I’m starting my half marathon training next week (following the Hal Higdon Novice 2 plan) and today I set appointments on my calendar for all the runs. Part of my preparation is getting myself back into the long run mentality. Since my last half marathon in April my focus has been running shorter distances much faster and that’s just not going to work for long runs. I’ve been trying to remember how I ever ran more than six miles at a time, and this is what I’ve come up with:
I put these ideas into action tonight during a run at Tower Grove Park.
I made an effort not to start out as fast as I’m able to run; instead I was aiming for a 9-10 minute mile. I settled in around 9:30, which felt comfortable. I ended up going all around and outside Tower Grove Park for a total of 4.75 miles in 45 minutes. The run felt challenging but I was fairly relaxed, and happy!
So per usual, I’ve had a good run so I feel great about running and am ready to conquer the world. I’m prepared to refer back to this post when it gets challenging and I can no longer remember how long runs are possible. If training for half marathons was easy, everyone would do it. And that’s exactly why I love it.