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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

First Month of Training Complete

One month of training and the progress has been slow but steady. Logged 90 miles for the month that has seen my long Sunday runs progress from 5 miles to 7 miles. What a wonderful month of January we've had on the north coast. There were only two days that I had to move my runs to indoor on the treadmill due to weather, and only two others that I had to utilize my Yak Trax outside. My goal for the month was strictly to build a mileage base so that I could continue to build up my endurance and reduce the risk of injury once the training intensity increase as the half marathon date grew closer. I did not try to run faster, but that ended up being a product of my training.

Here are the weekly summaries of my first month of training.
Week 1: 19.13 Miles ran; Average pace 12:58, longest run 5.6 miles
Week 2: 19.51 miles ran; average pace (12:07); longest run 6.11 miles
Week 3: 19.86 miles ran; average pace (11:28); longest run 6.11 miles
Week 4: 20.54 miles ran; average pace (11:20); longest run 7 miles.

I'm beginning to think that my stated goal of a 2 hour and 30 minute half marathon may have been too conservative. My long runs have settled into a comfortable pace of about 11:15 per mile with no emphasis on speed. I feel that if I get to the starting line healthy that maintaining an 11:15 pace is certainly achievable and that would put my half marathon time at 2:27:29. With that said, my only goal for this first half marathon is to get to the starting line healthy and to finish with a smile on my face.

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