So, it's now been a week since my Olympic triathlon. This week, I took it easy. My plan had been to just run and bike when I felt like it - no pressure. I actually ended up doing a lot less then I planned, due to getting hit with a cold during the week. Rather then train through the illness, like I would at other times, I took it easy and got more sleep. I only ran twice, and didn't bike at all. Now, that the week is over (and I'm feeling better), and it's time to get serious about training again.
Today, I sat down and planned out my run training for my next half marathon (the last chance half marathon, Nov 19). In order to do this, I had to make a decision. What are my goals for this half?
I seriously considered speed work. I am honestly of the opinion that I have untapped speed. I have the potential to go significantly faster then I have - if I work for it. (And that work can't just come from just being tough on race day; I'd need to do speed work in training.) I have never done any real speed work. Sure, I occasionally push myself a bit more on a run, or I'll sprint to the finish. Real, planned, consistent speed work? None.
On the other hand, I have to ask myself what I want out of this race. It's not my first half marathon. I did do one in April, so my goal isn't "just" to finish. Looking back though, I've always been disappointed with the Police half. Yes, I finished, but I felt like the course and the distance beat me. I paced poorly and crashed towards the end. So, is speed what I want the most with my next half marathon? Some serious thought tells me no.
What I want with my next half marathon is a solid and well paced race. I not only want to finish, but I want to finish strong. So, with that in mind, I'll continue to focus on running volume and consistency. I am a good place with my run volume, as I kept it high going into my Olympic triathlon. I'll build a little bit more and my last couple long runs before taper will have me doing 24km (15mi) rather then the 18 km (11mi) I topped out at last time. I'm confident that having a few solid runs that are longer then the race distance will give both my body and mind the edge I need this time around.
In other news, I did a few google searches for half ironman training plans. I won't be specifically starting to train for one until December or January at the earliest, but I wanted to see where I needed to be prior to beginning the plan. I was surprised and pleased to see that my training volumes in all three sports are already at the point where I could start half-iron training. Sweet!
(Today I volunteered at my first race, and Spud and Sweetpea raced a kids' 1 km. The pictures are on my husband's phone though, so that blog post will come when he sends them to me...)