I am over virtual races, especially expensive commercial ones, but this one is tempting. The sugar bomb drink this week was the white mocha hot chocolate which… tracked and moved on.
I’ve been writing this post on the run for about two months. I really wish someone would invent a brain-blog transmitter because of course I’m crashing it on post day.
Also on the run, I was listening to Abbey Cooper on Ali on the Run (OK, but a little too much god for my comfort) and she talked about process goals, something I hadn’t thought about. Of course once I googled, they’re all over the running internet. Two really good reads here and here. I guess I sort of had one in increasing strength training, but it’s definitely something I’m going to think of for my next half in January/April. Running Rogue’s Episode 253: Deciding What’s Next For Your Training gave me similar food for thought. Why? Because I still have no idea what my “half marathon pace” is, or what my goal is, despite thinking about this for most of October.
Before I get there though, I have to say I’m pleased with my training. I didn’t end up following the race’s training plan or, to be honest, any. It made me realize why I really needed to train with a group for the marathon because while I’m happy to get in the miles, I’m not good at following a plan. I got in all my long runs, but didn’t do any speed work or the hill training I’d planned on until the last few weeks. I’d say oops, but the reality is there was no way in hell I’d have hill trained during this gross summer, so yeah. Most importantly, I stayed healthy and 99% pain free, which was amazing given the mileage increase. Thank you strength training!
On to Malibu…
I mean with any destination race, my goal is to have fun and enjoy the weekend getaway. I’m flying in Friday and out Monday and excited to have a long weekend with a dear friend who I haven’t seen in more than two years. We’re having post race dinner at Gladstone’s, our favorite Malibu-ish restaurant and hope to walk off any post race stiffness at Point Dume. So yes, my goal is a fun girls’ weekend, especially after this crazy year and a half we’ve lived through.
Oh, you meant race goals.
Do I have A and B goals for Malibu? Not really.
My Half Marathon times are fairly consistent, save for two (see below). In reverse chronological order:
- ZOOMA Bermuda Half Marathon + 10K: 2:57:01
- Mohawk Hudson River Marathon: 2:49:05
- United Airlines NYC Half: 2:39:50
- 2019 Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon: 2:44:17
- 2019 NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half-Marathon: 2:42:26
- Brooklyn Half Marathon: 2:34:35
- 2018 Publix Ft. Lauderdale A1A Marathon: 2:50:08
- 2018 NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half: 2:41:09
I throw out two times: 2:34:35, a unicorn** that I will never see again and 2:57:01, I was injured and I had no business running that race. Other than those two, I’m within a ten minute range: 2:39:50 to 2:50:08.
I ran 13.25 in 2:44:24 a couple of weeks ago, but that was moving time. There were water, stretch and photo breaks. There will be photo breaks because the race is on PCH. Will be weird not to have a beach sunrise though-still remember my first time in California and how weird it was to have north be in the “wrong” direction when I faced the ocean.
I would like to run 2:42 but I think 2:45 is more likely. I just want to enjoy it, as if it’s possible not to enjoy a race along the beach. It’s going to be a little warmer than I’d hoped, if the ten-day forecast is to be believed so if 2:45 turns into 2:50? Well, I know it’s not my training’s fault. I’m confident and excited going into this race, it’s amazing what an injury free training cycle does.
**Oddly my two far best times are races that began in Brooklyn. Wonder what that means for the NYC Runs Brooklyn Half in April?
Unrelated, but I can’t post this week and not talk about the Marathon.
This was a wonderful run view Thursday night. Zero FOMO, but so thrilled for friends and colleagues running it this year. They’re going to have perfect weather.
Do you find it easy to set a goal? Do you know your race paces? What’s your favorite destination race?