my answering machine), offering to hostess a birthday get together, listening to me whine on a bad day, or just generally always being up for fun adventures, Cam has always made me feel lucky to have her as a friend.
Cam ran her first half marathon, the Lady Speed Stick Women's Half, in St. Petersburg, Florida a few years back. You might recognize her from their 2010 ad campaign (did I mention she's famous?)
How did you pick this race:
One of my half marathon buddies moved to Dallas last year, so I'm getting to see her new life and city, as well as get another race under my belt with her! I also have a sister and bro-in-law in Dallas, so excited to have some of my family see me run and cheer me on!
PR to beat and Goal for this race:
2:15. At first my goal was 2:12, then down to 2:10, not down to 2:08. I have built up my speed considerably over the past few weeks!!!
|Cam, after finishing her first half marathon in a respectable time of 2:15|
I like the Hal Higdon training plan and roughly follow it. However, I never have time to do much cross-training. I hit my 2 short runs and 1 long run every week, and usually make it to yoga 2 times a week. This time around, I also did not taper down, rather did 11 milers two weeks in a row as my final long runs. I did have to do some treadmill training early in the training process because it was so cold out. BORING, but a great way to really focus on speed.
I wish I had the secret sauce to share, but I don't. For me, added speed just comes with practice and more runs. I did start running once or twice a week with the Jersey City Road and Trail Running Group, and I think this helped quite a bit. When you're running with other people who are faster than you, you naturally push yourself to keep up. And slowly it became easier and easier to keep up! The competitive side of me is also fueled by running with others :) I have athsma, so have trouble talking and running at the same time, but it's ok to have your headphones in while running with others. Even if there's no conversation, the company is great! Tempo runs would be great to fit in, but who has time for it all?!?!
Aside from a combo of treadmill and road running and the occasional running with a group this time around, nothing was too different from my last race. Consistency is key. It's about increasing mileage and fitting in your runs. I now live in Jersey City and run on the Hudson - it's pancake flat. When I lived in Manhattan, I trained in Central Park, so had more hills. Without the hills, I really could focus on speed rather than powering through hills. Fortunately the Dallas half is flat :)
My knees and hips are not fans of running. I ice my knees after my long runs once I hit 8+ miles. Pigeon pose is my best friend when stretching. I also do a lot of outer hip stretches. I try to get a sports massage every few weeks while training. My right knee currently feels like it's locked on and off, so I'm trying to not lock my knees and hoping it works itself out by race time.
Good luck this weekend Cam!!!