Week in Review – April 26, 2015

This week is the highest volume week going into the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon coming up on March 17th. It was a good week of training, but the next few weeks will be a challenge for me to take it a bit easier on the mileage. Here is how it went.

Training

Week Ending April 26, 2015
Week Ending April 26, 2015

This week I ran a total of 38.49 miles in 6:10:51. This included the longest long run of this training cycle of 14 miles today. The weather turned bad this week so all my runs ended up being done on the treadmill (besides I still want to hit it with as much abuse and miles as I can to make sure the fix still works). I prefer to run outside if I can of course, but running is better than no running.

Back to the the long run today, I felt pretty good. According to my watch I set a new 10K and new half marathon PR during it, so I must have been doing alright. I did hit the half marathon under my two hour goal time so I hope that translates over to actual race day. You just never know how things will turn out on the day. Usually you run a  little faster, but anything can happen!

That is pretty much it for this week. I spent some time doing outside work in the yard this week a lot, so not a whole lot of extra things going on. Hopefully you get a chance to get out and run this week!

Week in Review – April 19, 2015

This was an alright week of training. Wisconsin was nice enough to give us a couple of really nice days, so there is always that to be grateful for.

Training

Week Ending April 19, 2015
Week Ending April 19, 2015

This week I ran a total of 26.35 miles in 5:27:30. The weather was so nice this week, that I actually hit the trails two times this week. I love running trails. The ups and downs of the terrain, and the scenery makes it enjoyable, but I love the challenge that running on trails present. It is nice to break up my road running with the trails and get something different.

This week also included my long run today of 13 miles. I of course ran it out to 13.1 to see how I would do for the upcoming Cellcom Green Bay Marathon (half) coming up in less than 30 days. I actually did not do too bad considering. We had a wedding the night before. My cousin married the son of the owner of a very good candy shop. Well at this wedding, they of course had a ton of candy! And man, was it good! I don’t usually eat a lot of chocolate, but I had a sweet tooth for some reason and ate WAY more than I should. Let’s just say, that I have proven eating a lot of chocolate the night before a long run, not a good idea.

I completed the 13.1 miles in just over 2:07:00. This is above my goal time of 2:00:00 but I was not pushing hard. It was supposed to be a slow run, so I am very happy with that time. I would even be happy with that time the day of the race.

That is about it this week. Pretty normal week of training overall. This week coming up looks like we will have bad weather again the first half of this week, so the treadmill may get some action this week. They are even talking snow possibly. That would be a bummer after the 70 degree day we had this last week. Wisconsin is a weather tease sometimes!

Hope everyone gets out and gets a chance to run this week!

Week in Review – April 12, 2015

This week was a great week of training! Let’s dig in.

Training

Week Ending April 12, 2015
Week Ending April 12, 2015

This week I ran a total of 31.97 miles in 6:10:43. My long run this week was 12 miles. This was the longest outdoor run I have done in a long time! I ran 15 miles before on my treadmill, but it has been a while since I got to do it outside. I felt great to get out there and do it!

I also did something a bit different this week. I ran most, or as much as I could, of my training routes in reverse. I decided I needed a change of scenery, but there is only so much you can do about changing that in a little area. Running the routes in reverse was like running a whole new area. Especially on my trail run. I got to see things that I didn’t see running the other way before. It is a great way to freshen up your training by making just a small change.

Gear

I didn’t get any gear this week, but I finally got the parts in to fix my treadmill. I was able to finally get that up and running, so I did a few runs on that this week to make sure it is working. I will do a few more to make sure it is good to go.

That is it for this week, hope you get a chance to get out and run!

Week in Review – April 5, 2015

This week was a good week of training. I also got a chance to run a 5K race this week. Here we go!

Training

Week Ending April 5 2015
Week Ending April 5 2015

I felt like my training went pretty good this week. I had a good interval run and ran a 5K race. I ran a total of 26.53 miles in 4:35:03. I have been keeping my mileage low and trying to do some more cross training to keep my foot in good condition after the slight injury a couple weeks ago. So far that strategy has worked out well because I have had no further foot pain.

I also ran a 5K race on Friday night. I will have an ARR (After Race Report) coming up. I am just waiting for some pictures to post with it.

New Gear

I bought the Garmin Fenix 3 this week. So far I really like it. It has a really neat feature where you can add apps, to it and one of the apps I added was a 5K time predictor. It allows you to predict your finish time during the race to see how you are doing. It was really nice during the 5K race I did. I will have a further review coming up when I get a chance.

That is it for this week. Short a quick for this one! Hope you get a chance to get out and run!

Goal Setting

Today I got the First Timers newsletter email from the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. In the newsletter they talked about pre race anxiety and dealing with it. I for sure am one of those people that gets anxious before a race, and especially a race that is a new distance (like the half marathon for me). One of the things that helps me deal with the anxiety of an upcoming race is to set a goal.

By now I am sure that most people have a goal for their race. Most people sign up with at least some kind of goal in mind. For some people it is to complete the marathon in under 4:00:00. It could be to complete the half marathon in under 1:45:00. It could be to just finish the race or finish the race with no walking breaks. Whatever your goal, it is good to have one. If you don’t have one in mind (or even if you do) you may want to consider a different look on goal setting.

For me, I don’t set a goal. By that I mean I don’t set 1 goal. Every race or event I set at least 3 goals. I always have an A, B and C goal in mind at the start and during the training of each race. Let me explain.

My A goal is always a goal that is probably just out of reach. A goal that if I could achieve it, would be AMAZING, but if I don’t not a big deal. It was design to be just out of reach. For me, this is usually a goal time that is just faster than I think I could or have ever done a race. For the half marathon, my A goal is a time of 1:53:00 or under.

Now the B goal is the realistic time goal. A goal that is what I am 99% sure that I can get. The time that I am targeting in my training. For me in the half marathon, I am going for a time of 2:00:00 or under. Two hours is the time that I am training for with my training program (the Runners World Half Marathon Under 2 hours program). It is a time I should be able to get based on past 5K races as well as training times I have had.

The C goal is your if nothing else, at least I have this goal. My C goal is always to complete the race/event. If something happens during the race or it is just a really bad/off day, I can always rely on my C goal. I always want to just complete the event. So for the half marathon, my C goal is just to cross the finish line. Doesn’t matter the time, just get across that finish line.

By setting 3 goals for each event, it gives me something to really push for, something that I am sure I can achieve and as a last resort a default goal so that I don’t feel like I achieved nothing if the A and B just are not possible. In doing so, it makes me a little less nervous about not hitting a goal.

So, what are your goals for the upcoming event?