Officially started my training today for my next half; I am running the Rock n Roll Half in Philadelphia in September and I am pretty excited to be going back home to run a race. I have promises from friends in the area to be my Wine Girls, waiting for me at the finish line with a bottle, some glasses, cheers, and smiles.
I am doing an official Half training program with a goal of finishing upright. I have no spectacular goals for this half except to do better than my last half. Considering that half was at Disney World with a lot of distractions, this should not be too difficult.
I will train, running three times per week and two days of some sort of strength and/or cross training. I may add a sixth day if I am not improving in either strength or pace; I want to start off with something I know I will do and add to it if needed. For me that is better than over committing and falling short of my goal.
I have to tell you I am pretty excited about this next half; I will be home and have familiar folks around to support me, it will be a true race for me as I will be trying to do better than my first time, and it will be a challenge. Disney was certainly a challenge and an accomplishment, but with all of the distractions I did not have a great finish time.
My first training run was this morning and although it was not spectacular; the first one is the hardest and it is done. 🙂 I am looking forward to an eventful local race season and some good training runs this summer! I could have never imagined saying those words a year ago.