Kalamazoo Half, It’s Going Down

So it’s been awhile since I did an old-fashioned running post.  But this is what I have for you today.  To be honest I am pretty excited about it too.

As most of you know my last major race was the Chicago Marathon last October, and it did not go the way I had planned.  Afterwards more than just my ego was hurt.  Now that I have been on the mend, and resting, and doing more cross training and lifting – I am getting more and more excited about the prospect of training.

I do have a couple races coming up in March as well, so I am hoping this training will lead to PR days for those races, but we will see.  In April I plan on doing the Lakefront 10 miler for the 3rd year in a row – with all of these in mind my main goal will be May 3- the Kalamazoo Half Marathon.

Kalamazoo is a race that a lot of people from my run club have done in the past.  I know it won’t be the easiest of goals but my goal for this race will be to run around or below a 2 hour time.  I am following a fairly advanced and personalized training program built by my friend the Dynamic Runner 

I started my training two weeks ago, and it has been going really well.  I think for several reasons.

a) this plan took into account my specific wants and needs, and is built around my schedule

b) I have a lot more direction with pace than I did in past training programs

In the past – I have always known that long runs SHOULD be a bit slower than my tempo runs, but that never ever stopped me from trying to max out my pace on my long runs.  Now I have specific instructions of where I should be pacing for each of my runs- and that is very helpful.  I also have adequate days for strength, and cross training.

My week this week is similar to past weeks, but with a bit more mileage:

Monday: 3 miles easy pace/effort

Tuesday: 4 x 400 + 4 x 800 (should be a blast)

Wednesday: 4 miles easy

Thursday: Strength day

Friday: Cross training

Saturday: 8 miles

Sunday: Rest


I’ll be making sure to start posting more about what I am eating during my training.  One huge thing that will be missing for the better part of my training will be non-nutritious sweets.

I say this because I am not giving up things like Quest/Clif bars as they do provide me with protein, but things like chocolate, cookies, cakes, doughnuts are things that I will see on the other side of Easter.  I have been craving them (and fullfilling the cravings) way way too often as of recent.  So I’m ditching these, and amping up the running.  I’ll be sure to fill you in on what works and what doesn’t.






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