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The Plan for Flying Pig

by Meghann on February 15, 2012

Birthday months rock.


Enough said. πŸ˜‰

Did you know when you register for the Moe’s newsletter, they send you a free coupon the month of your birthday? True story.


I cashed mine in today for a chicken rice bowl with extra guacamole and all the fixins.


I also have free birthday coupons for various cupcake, ice cream, and yoga studios around Central Florida burning a hole in my pocket. The once-a-year freebies are totally worth the junk emails that fill my inbox up the rest of the year. 100% worth it. πŸ˜‰

A Flying Pig Plan

Running Goals for 2012

  1. Run a 1:45 Half Marathon
  2. Run a 3:55 Full Marathon

Now that I’ve crossed the 1:45 half marathon off the list (still getting over the shock on that one!), it’s time to start getting serious for the 3:55 Full Marathon. Good thing I’m still on the I-believe-I-can-do-anything-when-I-set-my-mind-to-it high from Sunday because this one is going to be tough. Especially since I picked a tough-ish race to attempt this at.







Wait, you mean some races have hills?!?! Who knew.

The race is Flying Pig and I knew there were hills going into this – yet I still registered with hopes of PRing. Optimistic, much?Ummm…yeah. I’ve heard advice from both ends of the spectrum – some people say the hills are a piece of cake and not to worry, while others claim the hills are the death of the course and the reason they’ll never run it again. Yikes.

As scary as the hills appear up above (especially the doozy from mile 6-8), I’m not going to let this hold me back. I’m keeping a positive attitude and plan to get as much hill work in as possible. This means lots of hill intervals on the treadmill and some longer training runs utilizing the causeways of Clearwater and hills of Clermont.

I’ve been spoiled in Florida by never really having to train for a hilly race before. This is a first, but I’m ready for the challenge. Besides, Flying Pig is only on May 6th. If I don’t PR, there’s always the fall of 2012 to make it happen. Try, try, try – and try again. πŸ˜‰


I built my plan for Flying Pig as a continuation of my St. Pete half marathon training plan. I had so much success with my former plan’s emphasis on tempo runs and track repeats, that I decided to continue the same themes and milestones through the rest of my training.

St. Pete Training Plan

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Flying Pig Training Plan

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What I love about this training plan format is the flexibility it offers. It’s still not 100% set and I’m ok with that. When I get to the ‘hill work’ days I plan to google various treadmill hill workouts and learn to mix it up. Hill training is a whole new territory for me and I’m going to need all the help I can get. If you know any good hill workouts, please leave the links below!

Please note on the plan I have included NROLFW workouts as my ‘cross training’ for the first 6 weeks.

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When the program officially comes to an end, I plan to continue with two days of strength training a week, I’m just not sure what yet. I’ll either finally cash in my CrossFit Groupon or start at stage 1 of the New Rules of Lifting (the original) book my sister gave me for Christmas. I’ve found I’m best at keeping up with my strength training if I have a legit plan to follow, otherwise I look like a chicken with her head cut off wandering the gym floor.

Flying Pig isn’t the only race I have lined up for the spring…

In less than three weeks I’ll be pacing my sister (or attempting to pace her) at the Gasparilla Half Marathon


And on March 17th I’ll be flexing my need-for-speed muscles at the Harvey’s 5k in St. Petersburg.


I’m also on the looking for a good 10k to run. Anyone know of any local 10ks between now and May?

That’s all I have for now. Running season comes to an end in Florida in April (*sniff *sniff). You know what that means, right? Triathlon season is just around the corner.

But I’ll wait to talk triathlons for another post. πŸ˜‰

How is your racing calendar shaping up? What do you have to look forward to this spring?


1 Krissy @ Shiawase Life February 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Princess Half next weekend (see you there!??!!) and Shamrock Full in VA Beach on 3/18! πŸ˜€
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2 Meghann February 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Yes! I’ll be there – I didn’t find out until after I wrote this post. πŸ™‚

3 Cat @Breakfast to Bed February 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm

just make sure you get some Graeter’s Ice Cream and Skyline Chili while you’re there.

Also, you got this PR. It’s totally proving to be your year.
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4 Anne @strawberryjampackedlife February 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Totally concur! Cincinnati foods ROCK!
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5 Christina February 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm

No! Have Aglamesis ice cream and Gold Star chili. πŸ™‚
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6 Aleyta February 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Last year, the night before my birthday I found a website that tells you all of the places you can register for your birthday and what free stuff you can get lol. It was awesome!!!
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7 Meghann February 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Yes! I’ve been there and have taken full advantage – but the best are all the local places that do it too πŸ™‚

8 Lindsey February 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I decided 2012 would be my year off from major races and then I plan to come back in 2013 and either run Chicago or NYC. But I signed up for a mini-tri and a spartan race this summer so that I had something to look forward to but nothing major.
You can totally do a 3:55 full! My half PR is 1:46 and I ran my first/only full at 3:51. You got this πŸ™‚
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9 Meghann February 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm

That was my 2011 – I took the year off and am coming backing strong for 2012. I loved having the time off – enjoy it!

10 Cait's Plate February 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I have a 10-miler on the books in April but that’s it so far! I have full faith in you to do a 3:55! I bet you even beat that time πŸ™‚
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11 Mary @ food and fun on the run February 15, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I’m looking for a 10k too! Let me know if you find a good one. I wanna PR!!! Easy to do in the middle of marathon training πŸ™‚
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12 Ida February 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I just signed up for a mud run in March and I am looking to PR in a 1/2 in April. Flying pig doesnt look so bad, the big hill is early on, and the back half of the course looks really easy to cruise down. I’m sure you’ll do great there.

13 Celia February 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I’d practice downhills as well as uphills! When I ran Steamtown (huge downhill course) the downhills were the death of me. Flying Pig doesn’t have as much downhill but I wouldn’t totally overlook it…that 300ft fall could take a toll early on in the race. Good luck with your training! πŸ™‚
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14 Meghann February 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Thanks for the tip! I’ll keep the downhill training in mind too πŸ™‚

15 Anne @strawberryjampackedlife February 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I’m doing my first half marathon in like 11 days. THE DISNEY PRINCESS!!! AHHH!!!

I love seeing you talk about the Flying Pig. I’m from Cincinnati, and several of my friends are doing the Pig again this year. Best of luck with the hills. The ‘Nati is one hilly town!
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16 Meghann February 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Woo hoo!!! I just discovered today that I’ll be running the Princess Half too! It’s a greats first race – you’re going to love it! I hope to see you there πŸ™‚

17 Anne @strawberryjampackedlife February 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

Oh boy! I’m so excited and nervous. I’ve been reading your recaps (and others) from past years to get pumped up!
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18 Stephanie February 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm

The Winter Park Road Race (10k/2-miler) is March 24th! I’m still debating whether or not to do it, but it was fun last year and, as I’m sure you know, running through Winter Park is always gorgeous!

19 Meghann February 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm

That’s a good one! Thanks for reminding me of that one!

20 Hillary February 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I’m running my second half marathon in DC in March (St. Patty’s Day!) I’m getting nervous because my training this time around has been much different than the first half marathon I ran, but I’m excited too!
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21 Kathy February 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I don’t get it??? Running season comes to an end in April in Florida?? Why? Is it too hot? Humid? Alligator season? (ha!)
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22 Lara February 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Too hot. In Arizona it basically ends in March…

23 Meghann February 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm

WAY too hot – even April is pushing it. Our race season is strong in the winter time.

24 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Ahhh I wanted to do the flying pig, but it’s the morning after one of my law school finals, and there’s no way I’d be able to get to Cincinnati in time to pick up my race packet and be ready for my first ever marathon! Guess I’ll have to wait until Chicago! Right now I’m training for a half on April 1st, but no races planned other than that. There were a few I wanted to do, but I just can’t afford the registration!
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25 Christina February 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Hey Meghann! I just signed up today for the Armadillo Run 10k in Oldsmar on March 10th. It’s right off Tampa Road. I’ve never ran it before, but the website says its flat and fast. Could be fun! Plus, my company sponsors most of my race entries – so I really never have much to lose. πŸ™‚

26 Jena February 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm

I was going to suggest the Armadillo run – a lot of my running group is doing it. I’m not bc I’m doing a 1/2 the next weekend, but they love the course. They say it’s very flat.
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27 Meghann February 15, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I’ll be out of town that weekend – but that does sound like it would have been perfect!

28 Cate February 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I have a hilly half marathon on the schedule in mid March in Atlanta. There aren’t really any hills here in Chicago, so I am going to try my best to find inclines and overpasses to run to help me. I also have my first 10 Miler in May and then my very first marathon in October -the Chicago Marathon!

Good luck with the training! Looks like you have some awesome races scheduled! πŸ™‚
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29 Kat February 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I am selfishly excited to read all your posts from the ‘Nati! Lived there for 4 years in college and I’m trying to move back since I miss it so much!

30 Kimberly @ Healthy Strides February 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Hill training for the Pig … YES. I did the half 2 years ago – it was my first. Though the hills are arduous and tough, they are at the most scenic part of the course. I think it’s important to focus on form during that stretch – not only to help you later but to distract you from the task at hand. I also think the Pig has the best volunteers and runner support, which is crucial with a tough course. Best of luck!

P.S. I second/third/whatev the Graeters comment. I’m a Cincinnati native, and there is nothing better than a {insert flavor here} chip cone after a good workout.

31 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm

You can totally DO this!! You’ll rock it, just like you did the Half πŸ™‚
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32 laura February 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I had moes today also, but I splurged & had nachos!
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33 kathleen @ fittitudefreedom February 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I know that you will be able to achieve your goal at the PIG after that amazing half marathon finishing time. Yes, the course is hilly but if you pace yourself accordingly for the first half, you will be able to rock the course! Great training plans you are going to follow.
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34 Alexa @ Simple Eats February 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I’ve only done one 5k, but I really want to get back into 5k shape! I’m hoping to do another one this summer!
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35 melissa (fitnessnyc) February 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I love moes! That looks like a good plan! you have a busy schedule!
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36 Kellie I February 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm

My suggestion for hills: stairs. Football stands are great to use.

37 Army Amy* February 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I’ve heard good things about Flying Pig. The hills looks a challenge (a big challenge), but it’ll be that much sweeter when you cross the finish line!*
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38 Christina February 15, 2012 at 6:09 pm

That elevation chart looked a little bit wacky to me, so I checked the Flying Pig web site and found this:

Where did you get your elevation chart? Those first two hills don’t exist.
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39 Meghann February 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm

I found that elevation chart via a google search. Since the one you linked to is more accurate, I’ll switch the images out.

40 Christina February 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm

That one big hill is a real monster. It really sucks because it’s not a straight shot – there are quite a few turns as you’re going uphill. Of course I guess a straight shot might suck, too, in that you’d see how far away the top was. You’re going to kick that hill’s butt.
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41 Hilary February 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm
42 Sloane @ My Life in Florida February 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm

There is a 10k in Palm Beach Garden (North of West Palm Beach) March 5th. I’m sure that is really far for you but here is the link if you need a weekend getaway.
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43 Hana February 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Ah! I’ve been a reader of your blog since I was in high school (I’m a sophomore in college right now) but I’m from Cincinnati so that made me so excited to hear that you’re doing the Flying Pig!

44 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I never utilize my birthday coupons! Next birthday, I am cashing in on everything!!
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45 Trace February 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Yeaaa come to Cincy. I’ve only done the relay, miles 1-7 so I got the beginning of the hill, not fun but I also didn’t train well. I know you can do it though!!! πŸ™‚

46 Holly February 15, 2012 at 7:31 pm

You may have seen this, but this story totally made me think of your birthday deals!

47 Victoria (District Chocoholic) February 15, 2012 at 8:19 pm

For triathlon season, don’t forget that IM-Louisville still has slots open. Just saying…
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48 Alaina February 15, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Those look like some great races! I have a half marathon this Sunday, then a 5k on March 10th, 5 miler on Memorial Day weekend and a 10k at the end of June. Thinking about a full marathon for the fall but don’t know which one yet.
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49 meghan February 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Looks like a great schedule. I’m still deciding what to do at Gasparilla…I don’t know if I’d hurt myself doing 5, 15, and half with only the base training for a half marathon…

I know someone else running Flying Pig! How fun!! Thanks for sharing your training plans. I hope pacing your sister goes well for Gasparilla!
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50 Heather February 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm

good luck I know you can do it! I have the princess half coming up, the RnR NOLA the next weekend and I don’t know what after that!
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51 Mary February 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm

oooo it’s getting so close!! I’m excited to meet up with you and Kelly again in Cinci! Runners World has some good hill training workouts that are fast paced and keep you moving, and not bored, I use some of those sometimes. Hill work though is definintely something that I’m going to have to work on more though before May 6 πŸ™‚

52 Kiran @ February 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I love it when it’s birthday month! So much free samples to cash in πŸ˜‰ Have fun!

ps: i use a different email for all of this marketing/offers!
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53 Michelle February 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm

There is the Trail of Payne 10k just south of Gainesville in Payne’s Prairie. It is half road, half trail which is a nice mix!

54 Deva @ Deva by Definition February 15, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I’m doing a 15k next month, then the Flying Pig half in May. I’m excited – I love running through Eden park!
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55 Chelsea February 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I’m so thankful to live in Houston where there are no hilllss haha

56 Kaitlin H. February 15, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Sorry if this has already been posted, but here is a local 10 K that my friends and I ran last year. Really chill course through a lovely neighborhood. And fresh strawberries at the end. Hope this helps!

I believe its put on by Tampabayrunners


57 Meghann February 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm

No one has posted that one – but it looks AMAZING! Thanks!

58 Hemarie @ I Sweat Pretty February 16, 2012 at 8:09 am

Nice! A group of us are doing the Pig this year too. We’ve already started the hill training. It’s brutal, but it makes the ‘flat runs’ feel so easy! πŸ™‚

I’m totally embracing my inner Geico pig this training season… Weeeeeeeee!!!
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59 Brandi February 16, 2012 at 8:26 am

Hey Meghann! I ran the Flying Pig half (last year and again this year) which includes that incline and it’s really not that bad, especially if you train on some hills before it. It looks a lot scarier on the elevation map, trust me I was really worried about it too. I just made sure to incorporate some hills into my training and was relieved to find out that it didn’t bother me or my pace very much! Good luck on the Gasparilla Half and the rest of your training!

60 Carolina @ Peas in a Blog February 16, 2012 at 9:24 am

No doubt you’re going to rock the Flying Pig! Can’t wait to read all about it πŸ™‚
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61 Michelle February 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I am lucky (????!!) to live in a hilly area. One of my half marathons last year (it was a new one for me) and I was walking from my car to the start with my husband and we were chatting up a storm and this lady who was clearly eavesdropping says to me – “hey did you know that this is the hillyest 1/2 marathons in New England?”. It was my husbands first 1/2. It was pretty tough but what an accomplishment. Anyhoo, race season here hasn’t started (much) yet; but I have a 1/2 marathon this weekend; then a 20 miler on March 4th and a (birthday) 5K on March 24th. Yeah for race season!!!! πŸ™‚ Have fun at Princess; I’ve never done it but I really want to do the Goofy Challenge next year. Ever thought about do that?

62 Kira February 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I’m also running Flying Pig, though it’ll be my first marathon, so my only goal is to finish.
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63 Kate February 17, 2012 at 11:17 am

i’m running the 1/2 flying pig! its my first half marathon (its actually my first race longer than a 5k) and training on all these hills as been daunting but doable! im sure you are going to be great! good luck!

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