Classes are officially over. All final papers have been submitted. Other than patiently waiting for my final grades, my first year of graduate school is done. YAS!
While I was finishing up my final few weeks of school, I “ran” a 5k. Ran in quotes because I actually walked part of it. It was a rough, rough day for me. Finished in 24:37. It feels impossible to believe that a year ago I was gearing up for a PR and now I am almost 5 minutes slower. I guess this is what happens when you stop doing speed work and hill repeats. Or maybe it was just a bad day. Either way, you can watch me finish the race below. My name is announced ~6 seconds in.
I have another 5k coming up in a couple weeks. I’m trying to put on a brave face that it will be okay to have a “bad” race. But I’m going to be sad to say good-bye to my winning streak (2014, 2015, 2016–PR 19:59). I thought about trying to cram in some speed work in the next few weeks, but I keep reminding myself that my goal right now building endurance, not speed. So I’m sticking with easy miles, adding a few strides to a couple runs each week and hoping for a miracle.
This has gotten me thinking quite a bit about how I want to train this summer. I have a little over 8 months until the marathon. I’ll probably divide this into a summer training segment followed by a half marathon and a fall training segment followed by a marathon. In a dream world, this would be a sub-1:40 half (PR) followed by a BQ marathon (PR). I think both of these times are within my capabilities, but the BQ might be a bit out of reach this year.
If this was your race calendar, how would you structure your training for the next 8 months?