Let’s Talk Training Thursday: Evaluating Your Race Performance

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Ok, first off, let me start by saying I am a few days late posting this due to the holiday, but I don’t think any of you were sitting around waiting on this post 😉 Any who back on to topic….

Welcome to the last edition of “Let’s Talk Training Thursday” for 2014! This week Cassandra, Montana, Julie, Bethany and I are discussing our race performance for 2014 and taking a look at our personal goals for 2015.

As I mentioned in my last post, 2014 was a big year in running for me. I completed my first 10K, first 15K, first half marathon, PR’d my 5K time and completed my second half marathon with a PR. Needless to say I am extremely pleased with my race performance.

The first half of 2014 was about getting me the distance to a half marathon and along the way I tested my endurance by partaking in 10Ks and a 15K. The second half of 2014 was a much different approached. I knew I could run the 13.1 miles but could and how much could I PR by. This time around I took a different approach and tested myself even more with a varying degree of speed work and some strength and core training, not as much training as I should have done but more than previously.

To date, for 2014, I have logged 566.53 miles and devoted 108:30:35 (h:m:s) to running since January 1. If I had to guess I certainly would have not thought I would have logged 500 miles, let alone 566.53! I am excited to see where my logs stand in next year.

I completely exceeded my goals for 2014, which only sets the bar higher for 2015. I have not really thought too much as to what I would like to accomplish all together throughout 2015. As some of you know I am an ambassador for the GirlsGoneSporty community and in 2015 we are moving forward with a stronger mindset than ever using #PYBCYE (push your boundaries, challenge your expectations) and PYBCYE is what I shall do!

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The first step in my PYBCYE goal is to complete my first challenge run, the Glass Slipper Challenge at the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend. 19.3 glorious miles spread out over 2 days, with the Enchanted 10K on Saturday and the Princess Half Marathon on Sunday. Because this is a major endurance test, I am not going to try and PR at either race. My goal here is to go out and have fun, and finish strong and in this case finishing strong means finishing before the cut off time, lol.

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Another (hopeful) ambition of mine is to return to the Iron Girl Clearwater Half Marathon and 5K. Registration just opened this month, with the date of April 12, 2015 for the event. I really would love to do the half marathon again (I say that now but I’ll be cursing myself when I am running up those bridges, lol) but at the same time I do need to take it easy. If I decide to do the half,  I don’t plan to PR necessarily. I would like to beat my previous time here which is 2:37:52; however coming off the challenge less than 8 weeks prior I don’t want to hurt myself taking on too much in a season. I think ultimately this decisions is going to come down to how I feel post Glass Slipper Challenge, and while I really want to register now while the prices are at their lowest I need to things one step at a time (literally).

I really would like to run a sub 2:30 half marathon. I think this is a real good goal for me for the second half of 2015. I have quite a packed schedule for the end of the 14-15 season. Some races I have in mind for this include Best Damn Race Cape Coral, Women’s Running Series St. Petersburg, maybe even the Rock’n’Roll Savannah.

My final goal is to continue on this path I am on. There are definitely days when the alarm goes off and I really want to turn it off and go back to sleep, like this morning for example haha, but I got up and ran one of my best 8 mile runs! I have enjoyed all running has brought into my life and I am excited to see where it takes me next.

What 2014 running goals are you most proud of and what are you looking to achieve in 2015?

Link up with Powered By BLINGPretty Lil Mudder, Half Marathon Mama, Girl on the Move and The Runner Within for Let’s Talk Training Thursday! on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month.  Link up your post about the week’s training theme so your post will be found in the linkup archives.  Then, link back to our blogs to share the linkup with your readers.

 

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