I ran the Austin Half Marathon yesterday (review to come). In short, it was a really tough race! The course was super hilly and there was 95% humidity at the start. I felt pretty blah throughout the whole race. Maybe it wasn’t smart to walk 10 miles the day before? Needless to say, I didn’t PR but I had as much fun as I could. My husband though, is an animal and placed 4th out of nearly 8,000 runners. #STUD. Now we’re off exploring Austin!
While we’re on the topic of running, I’ve signed up for my 2nd Marathon!
Which Marathon Am I Running?
I’ll be running the Ogden Marathon in Utah in May. Since I’m from Rhode Island, I really thought the Providence Marathon would be my next one, but with Ed’s work and travel schedule, he had Utah on the docket and I figured it would be a great trip for me to join since I’ve never been! And Salt Lake City is on my bucket list, which is about 30 minutes away. Sooo, yeahh…
Plus, the Ogden Marathon is supposed to be one of the fastest and most scenic Boston Qualifiers in the nation. Alot of it is downhill, which will hopefully cancel out some of the elevation change. I’m excited to experience a new place.
So, I’m digging back into marathon training. Ed has changed my training plan a little bit since my first go around.
What Are my Goals This Time Around?
Well, first and foremost, I want to stay healthy and injury free. I’m going to eat pretty much the same way I did through my first marathon training cycle – eat as much as I need to, when I need to, but not overeat.
I want to include a little bit more strength training this time around. Possibly more circuit workouts and hot yoga.
I want to do more consistent speed work. While I would love to shave 7 minutes off my first marathon and qualify for Boston, I’d love to improve in any way, even if it’s a few seconds or minutes.
Most of all, I want to have fun, feel free running, and remember the experience.
Ever been to Utah? What can you tell me about it?
How do you set goals for races, aside from time?