Sunday, April 3, 2016

It's On

I think 2016 is off to a great start. I have really built on the gains from the end of last year. I have taken my half marathon PR from 1:24 all the way down to 1:21! I have finished no worse than 5th overall over my past 5 races, while getting 1st in my age group for all (as well as an outright win today at the Not So Normal Half).

Year over year, my half marathon time is down 5 minutes! This after not being able to budge more than 40 seconds over 10 years! Why? I'm not sure. I have not given myself any excuses when it comes to taking days off. So i have been putting the reps in. Also, I've found a new love for training which has made competitions easier. Finally, I've been very focused. That always helps.

So what's next? Four more halves and a 10 miler ahead of my next marathon (including some races that I won last year so I'll be attempting to defend my crown). As far as the marathon, it's DEADWOOD, SD!!! I need to finish off the HBO series before I go for sure. After the marathon, it's a few triathlons then back to the half. This year is going to be the year of the half. I think Deadwood is a tough trail marathon, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to do my fall marathon in a place that could be a PR. I am running at a pace that theoretically could (and should easily) break 3 hours in a marathon. That would be amazing. For now, continuing to concentrate on halves!