• I Want a PR

    March 19, 2012

    Obviously, I’m proud of myself after my half marathon performance this weekend, but the race definitely lit a fire under my butt. A year ago, I ran the same half marathon 2 minutes and 30 seconds faster. Of course, I had been training and in better health, but if you look at my half marathon times over the years, I haven’t improved all that much.

    Rock ‘N’ Roll USA Half Marathon
    Washington, DC, March 17, 2012
    1:59:08 (9:06)

    Run to Remember Half Marathon
    Boston, MA, May 29, 2011
    2:03:57 (9:28)

    More | Fitness Women’s Half Marathon
    New York City, April 3, 2011
    1:57:49 (8:59)

    National Half Marathon
    Washington, DC, March 26, 2011
    1:56:30 (8:53)

    The Half of Quincy
    Quincy, MA, March 20, 2011
    1:57:16 (8:57)

    Chilly Half Marathon
    Newton, MA, November 14, 2010
    1:58:01 (9:00)

    Run To Remember Half Marathon
    Boston, MA, May 24, 2009
    2:06:04
    (9:37)

    And I haven’t PRed on a half marathon in over a year! People, this needs to change ASAP. I want a PR in my life.

    With that said, guess who registered for the Run to Remember Half Marathon this morning? Yep, that’s right. THIS girl! And my goal is to PR at that bitch.

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    I’m working on a new half marathon training plan, which will include a mix of CrossFit, CrossFit Endurance-inspired workouts, and long runs. After sticking to a mostly CrossFit/CrossFit Endurance-style training plan for the Rock ‘N’ Roll USA Half Marathon, I now realize I mentally (and probably physically) need those long runs. (Hey, it was a fun experiment!) I’ll post my new training plan when it’s ready. Hopefully, it will help me achieve my PR goal!

    Dinner

    Mal and I went shopping at Legacy Place yesterday afternoon (I bought some TOMS!), so we popped into the Yard House for an early dinner.

    I started with a Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, which, in theory, sounded delicious, but, sadly, it ended up not being a very good beer. It tasted watered-down, flavorless, and sort of boring. I usually love Rogue beers, but this one was just meh.

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    To eat, I ordered a Turkey Club (with lettuce, tomato, and avocado) and side salad.

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    The meal was pretty good. The salad was Asian-inspired and served with a delicious peanut dressing.

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    Breakfast

    For breakfast this morning, I whipped up a batch of “Oatmeal” Minus the Oats with Teddie Peanut Butter in the mix. I also drank a glass of iced coffee with soy milk. I’m a big fan of this breakfast lately.

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    Weekly Workouts

    • Sunday: Off
    • Monday: Off
    • Tuesday: 3 miles
    • Wednesday: CrossFit
    • Thursday: 2.5 miles
    • Friday: CrossFit
    • Saturday: Off

    Question of the Day

    When was the last time you PRed at a race? What do you think helped you achieve it?

    P.S. Megan is hosting a Zipcar giveaway to raise money for The ALLY Foundation over on her blog. Be sure to check it out!

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    Liz S. March 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    hey! i’m hoping to PR at the run to remember too! it will only be my second half, so i’m pumped for the chance to get a “real” PR instead of an “automatic” one! good luck with your training!

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    Serena March 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I’m sure your Pr will come when you are feeling better!

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    Laura WL March 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Last year I ran 7 halves (one a month from April to October) and tried to focus on enjoying the races/training and NOT PRs. For me, mentally, it was just not in my best interest to try to PR. It was too much pressure to perform & there was a lot of self directed negativity which is the opposite of why I run. I LOVE running and trying to PR makes me HATE running. This year my focus in on intentional running (I’ve been doing 1 interval, 1 tempo, 1 long run for my marathon training) and being a STRONGER runner (I’ve also incorporated strength/circuit training into my workouts). I ran through snow/sleet on a trail with a 1500 ft elevation gain for my 18 miler last week and felt like a WARRIOR. Was it a fast run? Heck no.

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