Since I’m sidelined right now and can’t run, that gives me lots of time to THINK about running. On February 22nd, I ran my 15th half marathon. You’d think I’d be getting pretty good at it by now, right? Well you’d be wrong. haha Let’s review, shall we? I’ll leave out the handful that were outliers due to being run just for fun or in terrible conditions.
November 2009, my very first one, after only four months of running – 2:42:33
April 2010 – 2:29:15
October 2010 – 2:21:15
April 2011 – 2:15:28
So far, so good, right?
March 2012 – 2:14:21
March 2012 – 2:13:20
October 2012 – 2:07:24 (PR)
Yep. Nailing it. Consistent improvement.
March 2014 – 2:14:18
October 2014 – 2:21:35 (I knew I wasn’t in shape to be racing this one though)
December 2014 – 2:17:29
January 2015 – 2:13:19
February 2015 – 2:14:41
We won’t even count those first two because that was when I was really still new to this whole running thing. But look at that. 2:13 – 2:17 is apparently my happy place. So I guess that saying is true. You know, the one about, “if you train like you’ve always trained, you’ll perform like you’ve always performed,” or some shit like that. I obviously need to do something different because what I’m doing now isn’t making me any faster. I really shouldn’t be surprised. My training plan basically consists of “run fast sometimes, run slow sometimes, run for a long time sometimes.” When I really stop to think about it, my races really do reflect my training. At two of my last three half-marathons, I’ve bonked right around the 7-mile mark. Well guess what. My “fast” runs are usually at that pace and are always around 5 or 6 miles. Seems like a no-brainer now that I realize what I’m doing. If I’m not accustomed to ever running any faster than that, and never for more than 6 miles, OF COURSE I can’t carry it for 7 more miles. But I know I can’t run 10-mile race-pace training runs either, so… I guess I really need to do some studying on where to go from here. Obviously I need to run my fast runs faster, but what else?
I’m probably wasting my time, or at the very least getting way ahead of myself, even thinking about all this. I haven’t run a step since 2/22 and I can’t see myself starting up again any time soon. But I can tell you that when I do, things are going to be different. I don’t know exactly how yet. I may even enlist the help of a coach if I can find one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg after I get a solid base built back up. Like I said, I know I’m way ahead of myself, but a jacked up hip can’t stop a girl from dreaming.