Friday, October 28, 2011

I've Caught the Bug

This is what came up when I typed this post's title into Google.
Fitting, no?

It's true, once you complete your first half marathon, you can't go back.  It's only 4 days post race and I'm already thinking about possible upcoming races and ways to improve my form and speed.

That's where you guys come in.  I've been doing some reading on Runner's World (because, let's face it, who doesn't?) and have been trying to come up with my next PoA (Plan of Attack) to get my speed up and to finish long runs stronger.  Then, I thought to myself, who better to ask than all you people who read this blog (all that handful of you) and definitely run faster than moi.

As someone who's pretty much detested the idea of speed workouts and generally "uncomfortable" workouts, I have no idea where to start on this quest to become a better, faster, stronger runner.  So far, I'm planning on continuing to run 3-4 times a week with at least 1 double digit run on Sundays and incorporating weight-lifting/floor exercises at least 2x week (Monday/Wednesday).  Now, I just need to figure out what kinds of other runs I want to add in to help meet my next goal of a sub-2:40:00 half.  At least.

So, that's where you come in.  Do you have any tips, workout suggestions, or book suggestions for things I could do/read to help inspire and get me to go from my 12-12:30 average pace to a steady 11:xx pace?  

I can't wait to hear your suggestions!

PS-- Currently:

Eating: Homemade Pumpkin Waffles (recipe to come)!
Running: Off for a 5mi run with Jonboy!
Reading: La Place by Annie Ernaux and Le Neveu de Rameau by Diderot (oh, grad school!)


  1. May I suggest that you change the font color - the yellow is very difficult to see.
    As far as running faster perhaps pretending a bear is chasing you would work!
    I want to suggest a wonderful book I just finished for pleasure reading another home run from Sandra Brown called "Lethal" kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page.
    Plan to make the stuffed squash tomorrow- not so sure about the pumpkin grilled cheese, however the pancakes will be added sometime soon to my menue plans.
    Now I am off for my Saturday morning walk with Anne, brrrr-
    talk to you soon.

  2. I got a personal trainer that took over 45 seconds off my pace. We did lots of leg weights and sprint exercised. TOTALLY worth it!

  3. Some speed should come as you increase your base mileage. It'll be easier for you to finish your long runs strong as the distance becomes your norm. Consistent mileage is the answer! What kind of base mileage are you planning to work toward or maintain during the off season?