Now that Ragnar So. Cal is complete… it is time to shift my focus on training for my next race. I have learned a lot about myself as a runner, athlete, and person from this past weekend’s adventure. I am also challenged by the fact that I can do, run, and accomplish so much more than I am giving myself credit for. I can run faster. I can run further. I can do this!
I am revamping my training plan for my next race (on May 19th). It will be my sixth half marathon. I am hoping that I will set a new personal best… beating the record I set last month at the Shamrock Half in Sacramento!
While sitting poolside and enjoying my recovery day from Ragnar, I began mapping out my plan of attack for the next race. I will be running my next half marathon in Lodi, California: Running of the Vines. It is supposed to be a relatively flat and easy course (so they say).
There won’t be many hills to tackle, like I experienced this past weekend. There will be heat! There will be the extra challenge of coming off of an endurance race and resuming training so quickly. But I am ready.
I have decided to try the Run Faster, Run Less training plan method. Of course, I am picking up the plan with only four weeks to go. But… so far so good (this coming from the gal who has only completed ONE of the prescribed workouts on the plan – speed work).
I detest speed work. It hurts. It is hard. But in order to run faster I need to do speed work. So… speed work and tempo runs I shall. Who knows, I am hopeful I will be successful with this plan and be happy with my race results in four short weeks!
New Race. New Plan. New Personal Best!?
Do you create your own race/training plans or do you follow a set method?