Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Provo River Half Marathon

My training for the Provo River Half has started somewhat slowly. I think I strained my calf muscle running Salt Lake, and I didn't want to make it worse, so I didn't start gun hoe into my next training plan. I decided to use the FIRST training plan for this half. I can't say that I have been following it very well, but I intend to, and I like the idea of running 3 days a week, instead of all week. Cross training will vary, but so far, I've biked and done the stair stepper at the gym. I'd like to lose some weight as well so it will be easier to meet my 1:45:00 goal. I read somewhere that if you can run a half in 1:45:00 then you can probably qualify for the Boston Marathon. I don't know if that's true, but 1:45:00 sounds like a good number. It would also be fulfilling to tell myself that I ran 13.1 miles at a flat 8:00 minute mile pace. Today I was supposed to cross train, but instead, I took advantage of the nice weather and went for an easy 3 mile run. It was good to get out of the gym and back on the street. (I've been running on a treadmill because I'm a wimp and don't like the snow...) Running outside today reminded me why I like hitting the pavement so much. The sky was clear and blue, and the mountains were snowcapped. Yes, Utah is really beautiful.

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