Happy Monday gang! How are you? How was your weekend?
Judging by my facebook news feed it seems like there were quite a few big races this weekend and many of you were racing ” way to go! Here in Toronto, many of my friends raced in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Half Marathon (STWM), and from what I saw on facebook they all did very well – awesome job guys!! Congratualtions to you too if you raced. On Saturday I raced too, though I didn ‘t do the Scotiabank Half Marathon ” instead I ran a much smaller race organised by a local store: Mountain Equipment Co-Op in Burlington (MEC). This was Race #5 of their $15 race series (you may remember that I ran their Race #3 half marathon back in May). There were three distances: a 5k, a 10k and a half marathon on saturday. This time I was lucky and had two friends come to race with me – My friend Christine ran the 10k, and my friend Juliette ran her first half marathon!
We had a blast and I ‘m super proud of both of them ” This was Christine’s longest run since injuring her back, and for Juliette it was her first (of hopefully many more) half marathons.
I raced very well considering what I thought was mediocre training, and finished with my thrid fastest half marathon time ever.
One thing I learned during my race is that I may be capable of running a sub 1:50 half marathon. Over the past year I’ve broken 2 hours three times: 1:52, 1:59 and now 1:55. I also broke it once 10 years ago (before kids) ” 1:51. The only one of those where I trained really hard was for the 1:52. The other ones just kind of happened ” on race day the Tiger in me was ready to go, so I let the Tiger out. Now I ‘m wondering how fast can the Tiger make me run if I train the Tiger?
- What if I follow an over-distance training plan? One where I do 3-4 long runs of LONGER than 13.1 miles?
- What if I maintain my current endurance, and build off of it for the next 6 months?
- What if I do speed and strength workouts too?
- What if I ran more than 3 times a week? Say 4 times along with the spinning, swimming and weights that I ‘m currently doing?
- What if I got back down to the weight I was when I ran my two fastest half marathon times? I ‘m currently about 8lbs heavier.
What if … What if … What if … What if …
I ‘m really curious to find out if my body is capable of running that fast with training so I ‘m going to go for it! I ‘m actually pretty excited about it which I ‘m pretty sure means I ‘m ready. I’ve put off doing any more full marathons because I haven’t been mentally, or emotionally ready to take on that kind of training, but this is different ” I ‘m ready to see how fast I can go in a half marathon. The funny thing about this is that my husband has long been telling me that I ‘m better at the 10k to 21k distances than any other distances and that I should focus my training on doing those well.
Which brings me to this week’s training/recovery plan:
Monday: 40 min Spinning
Tuesday: 5k power walk with hand weights
Thursday: 8k easy run
Saturday: 5k race? (There’s a 5k charity race hosted by my work that I probably should try to race, followed by a 1k walk that I can do with my kids).
Sunday: Spin on my indoor trainer
All in all this was a fantastic weekend that has left me super motivated and inspired.
Have a great week everyone!
What are your favourite workouts for developing speed?