To refresh your memory, below were my goals for Martian (the only one I "met" was #5 w/ my 2:03:55).
- 1:57:46 or better [This is an 8:59 min/mile average pace. It would be cool to go sub 9:00 for a half, but this is unrealistic right now I think]
- Less than 1:58:49 [This would be an all-time PR]
- 1:59:59 or better [Sub-2:00. Like the sub-9:00 min/mile goal, this is just a "pretty number" goal]
- Less than 2:02:45 [Minimum goal. This is my "recent history" PR, since I started this running "bout" in May 2010]
- Finish...and do better next time!
- Get a "recent history" PR, with anything better than 2:02:45.
- Beat my Martian time of 2:03:55
- Don't get a PW (personal worst!). 2:15:43 or better
I'm definitely not doing the pace band thing, and I'm not bringing my Garmin. This is going to be really tough because I really want to see my splits when I'm done! Oh well. I am going to bring music. Playlist TBD, but probably similar to Martian, since I haven't listened to music while running much since then, so I haven't worn out my songs.
MARATHON TRAINING commences. I'm planning on avoiding any intervals because my hip still isn't quite right, and the speedwork makes it worse. I'm planning on dropping my pace WAY down and doing lots of easy runs and SLOW long runs, partially because of the heat, and partially because it's just more relaxing to run easy. You may be seeing a lot of 11+ minute miles in my future this summer. I took the dogs for another easy 2 miler the other day when it was still hot, averaged about 11:00 min/mile in 85 degree temps and barely even broke a sweat. It was quite fun. I could handle more of that this summer. So yes, I'm treating marathon training as a break from running, and as a chance for my hip to heal. :)
Also, I plan on doing YOGA, hopefully 3x per week. I don't like going to yoga classes, for reasons very similar to those listed here: Reasons Behind Yoga Phobia (obviously I think these reasons apply more broadly than just to heterosexual males). I have some DVDs, but they get old, and some of the instructors are annoying. So this Dirty Yoga thing could be just what the doctor ordered. And I actually like that the 3 sessions each week expire if you don't use them. If I pay for them, that gives me a little extra motivation to actually do it. (And it's way cheaper than the studio classes here). Also, the instructor is pretty easy on the eyes, and there's no crappy music in the background so you can listen to what you want. The only gripe I have is that he says "right?" too much, but I can deal with that. So yay. We'll see if I actually stick with it. Or start it, for that matter.....
I keep wanting to talk a bit about FOOD, but then I run out of energy/space after talking so much about running. One day bleeps, one day. (Bleeps= blog peeps. I just made that up. But somebody else probably did already too.)