Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Allure of 13.1

Half marathons are the new black. They are super popular. And I know why, they are fun. It's challenging enough for one to feel proud of oneself, BUT, it's not a marathon which takes a lot of time to train.

I've run 5 half marathons, 1 trail half marathon and 4 Rock'n'Rolls - 

My running story is this - 

In 2007, I had reached a point where I was completely unhappy with my body/myself. I had been trying to work out for several years but never really knew what to do or how to do it. I started doing Crossfit in late 2007 and did that for a couple of years. Then I met a runner. 

I officially started running in November of 2009. I ran my first half marathon in February of 2010. I ran my second half marathon in April of 2010. Then I ran 3 half marathons in 2011. I fell in love with the distance, but  

1) got burnt out on training and 
2) improved my times a little bit but never really got very fast

I was running in this group with people that had run multiple half and full marathons, so naturally, that's what I wanted to do as well. But I never really built a strong foundation of running 5ks and 10ks. So now that I've decided I'm not running a half marathon this year, I want to use this time to build a very strong base/foundation and build up some speed. I'm not a natural runner. I'm slow and I have to work hard to get to a speed that most people started out with. 

So my goal for 2011 is to speed up. I'd like to get a solid 5k time of under 28 minutes and be able to keep it there. I'd like my 10k time to be in the 50 minute time frame. Once I can do that consistently, then I will look at longer distances again. Those times aren't super amazing or anything, but I think if I can be fairly solid in those times, THEN, my half marathons will be more enjoyable. 

Since I ran a 5k in 33 minutes on saturday - yes I know, not my best, I have a long way to go :)


  1. I hope you can make it out to the track workout on monday nights. It will help you work on speed, running efficiency and raising your lactate thresholds.

    1. I can't because I have a commitment on Monday nights from 6:30-7:30

  2. I love 13.1. I have no desire to ever run more than that :-) In fact, when I run a half and there's a full going on, I always feel sorry for the folks that make the turn to keep going when I'm almost done (they are stronger than me, that's for sure!)

  3. I'm training for my first Full right now. I haven't ever run a Half. I figure.....what the heck, train for a Full and that way I can say I've done a full and then enjoy doing halfs and feel good about them. So we will see. I like you am not Built to be a runner.....I played many other sports back in the day.....but running is one you can continue to do solo. I'm not fast......but I'm addicted. Good luck on speed. I haven't hit the desire to even try for speed yet. Maybe after my Marathon. We will see. LOVE YOUR BLOG!!

    1. Good luck! I can't wait to hear how it goes! Thank you for reading!