• 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

    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.


    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!


    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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    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!


    Serena March 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm

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


    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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