Birthday months rock.
Enough said. 😉
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. 😉
A Flying Pig Plan
Running Goals for 2012
- Run a 1:45 Half Marathon
- 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. 😉
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.
Flying Pig Training Plan
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.
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. 😉
How is your racing calendar shaping up? What do you have to look forward to this spring?