Sep 13, 2008

Tweaking Goals and the Half Ironman Dream

I have been thinking a lot about my Half Marathon and running goals in general.   I have still been juggling the running faster vs. running longer desire in my head.   I have learned that I can have both as they are not mutually exclusive.   

I have to realize that having both still requires give and take.  I can go long for sure, but need to realize that my 5K pace is not sustainable over 26.2 miles.    Right now I am in endurance mode, so that made running longer my main goal.   I am accomplishing that every day so that makes me happy.    Incorporating the speedwork and tempo runs like I have should be having a positive affect on my long distance running.   

Being that I am just getting back into running half marathons and actually training for running, I think that I need to spend more time adjusting and evaluating my running goals and make some longer term goals that I can work toward in the next year, not just a goal for a race that is happening in less than a month.      With that being said I have made some adjusting in the plan. I developed three distinct sets of running goals:  5K, Half Marathon, and Marathon. 

5K ~ Short 'n' Sweet
  • For shorter distances my short term goals (2008) is to run a 5K in 30 minutes. 
  • My medium-range goal is to run a 5k sub 30 
  • My long-term goal is to run a 5k under 27 minutes. 

Half Marathon ~ Keeping the Pace

  • My 2009 medium-term goal is to be able to run a half marathon in 2:11:00. 
  • My 2010 long-term goal is to run that same half marathon sub 2 hours. 
But for now, my short-term goal for Brooksie Way (10/5) is to finish it in under 2:40.   2:39 and change was my best time ever in a half marathon and that was pretty limited training.   

Marathon ~ Testing the limits
  • My 2009 medium-term goal is to run a marathon and finish it strong. No time goal for this. 
  • My 2010 long-term goal is to run a marathon, finish strong, and be under 5:15. My best Marathon finshing time? 6:45 and change. 

It will take work and time to achieve these goals, however I am giving myself the time to accomplish the work set forth ahead of me.  

As for my Half Ironman in 2009 - after much consideration, I feel that Steelhead 70.3 is not a good venue for my first HIM. I heave heard a lot of things about this particular race that makes me feel as if it will be a little overwhelming in both cost - a good $90 over the price of non-Mdot long distance races, and in field size - it is the largest 70.3 Mdot race in the world, or at least darn close to it.

With that and with much reviewing of other long course races I have decided to do the Muncie Endurathon in July 2009. February 23, 2009 starts my HIM training!


Theoutofshapeguy said...

DO STEELHEAD! Barb and I are doing it!

Cheryl said...

Muncie is an Awesome race!

Steelhead was my first half two years ago, and I did Muncie this year. Muncie has a better race expo (not that that matters at all). Great, excited volunteers. A great course. A low key, yet professional atmosphere. And great finisher stuff :)

Happy training.