I’ve been debating what sort of running goal to set for myself this winter. It’s easy for me to get burned out on the treadmill or to make excuses to run in the winter, so it’s helpful for me to have a goal to get excited about and work toward. Last year I did the 100 days challenge, where I ran at least 1 mile for 100 days straight. While I enjoyed the challenge and it really helped me get back into running post-Leo, I don’t want to do it again this year.
Instead, I want to go for a half marathon PR on the treadmill. My best time is 1:54:35, from May of 2010, which is an 8:44 pace. My best time this past year was at the Haunted Hilly half marathon with 2:06:22, which is a 9:39 pace. That’s a big chunk of time to cut off as a whole, but also for each mile. But hey, what’s a challenge if it’s not challenging?
I’m hoping to get this PR by the end of March. I’ll probably do a practice round or two and lots of speedwork in the meantime, too. If I get this, I’ll have to sign up for a spring half marathon to see if I can PR on the road, too!
Any tips or tricks you have for getting fast?