It’s crazy to me to think about where I was at this point last year. I was was struggling and failing at running a half under 1:58, my previous PR. I tried 3 times with no avail before I threw in the towel and started marathon training.
Having said that, I can’t believe how much progress I’ve made over the past year. Only 1 year and I feel like a completely different runner. For many years I was a 9 minute miler, low 9s were my speed and high 9s were my easy runs, so to see this much progress in only 1 year is amazing to me. Last year, I was excited when my races contained all miles that began with a 9 and not seeing a 10:xx in there. This year, all my splits begin with an 8 and I am moving out of the 9 minute miler category (except for the marathon distance).
I have always felt that 7:xx minute miles were insanely fast and that it would take me a lot longer to get there. I don’t have any splits from a long run that have read that, but it doesn’t seem so impossible anymore. All of my speedwork miles begin with 7s and those are the days where my confidence is through the roof! Maybe next year I will be moving into the 7 minute miler category.
At the Philly Half, where I exceeded all expectations and pulled a giant PR out of nowhere! This was a magical day for me and a race I will always look back on with a huge smile.
I don’t think sub 1:50 is an unreasonable goal for the Eugene Half. Sure, it’s a bit ambitious, but it’s certainly possible, considering my training and my recent races.
I have big goals for Eugene, but in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t my BIG ‘A’ RACE. It’s an important race that will help me physically and mentally, though, and will no doubt prepare me for my goal race that is the Vermont Marathon.
There won’t be any real taper for this race, in fact, I will be running 22 miles the weekend before, but it will be a semi-easy week leading up to the weekend.
There’s obviously a chance I won’t make my goal, but I’ve always promised to myself to be extremely honest on this blog and to talk about my successes, as well as my failures. And since I have been thinking about this sub 1:50, there’s no reason not to share it with you all. It’s a big goal for sure, but it’s something I really want and I’m going to try as hard as I can to achieve it.
A goal: Sub 1:50 (< 8:23 avg. pace)
B goal: Sub 1:52:41, which is my PR (< 8:35 avg. pace)
C goal: Sub 1:55 (< 8:46 avg. pace)
Can’t wait to see several of these ladies in just a couple of weeks!
I’ve also declared orange as my official lucky race color! Expect to see orange nails and orange shorts at all my big races in the future!
I know I’m the one who has put in the work, but I can’t express enough gratitude towards my coach, Michele. Without her, I definitely would not have improved this much. She has believed in me, she has pushed me, and she has challenged me and I am so glad I made the decision to hire her. So, thanks Michele for always believing in me and making me scary training plans that challenge me and make me a better runner!