Welcome to the new MCLV Running series! I’ve posted about running quite a bit in the past, see the list of posts below for more, so I thought it was time to start a series to celebrate my favorite pastime! Today I’m sharing the new challenge that I’m setting for myself. I mentioned it my 2018 Golden Gate Half Marathon post as well as in a training-for-the-injured post last year, but as a result of my injuries, I can’t follow a traditional training program. I can’t run three times a week, let alone four or five. What I can do, is one longer run on the weekend, and one Barry’s Bootcamp session with ~2 miles of intervals on a treadmill each week. This is a good combination for me and has worked well in the past.
The challenge that I’m setting for myself is with the weekends runs is to work on hitting specific distances under set times. Below is a breakdown of what I’d like to accomplish before the Kaiser Half Marathon in February.
3k Challenge: (1.86 miles)
- First – Hit 16:10 minutes, which is 1.86 miles at an 8:40 pace (If you check out my last race post, you’ll see that my latest Half Marathon pace was slightly below 9 minute miles)
- Second – Hit 14:55 minutes, which is an 8:00 pace
5k Challenge: (3.1 miles)
- First – Hit 25:52 minutes, which is an 8:20 pace
- Second – Hit 24:50 minutes, which is an 8:00 pace
10k Challenge: (6.2 miles)
- First – Hit 54:52 minutes, which is an 8:50 pace
- Next – Hit 50:44 minutes, which is an 8:10 pace
- Finally – Hit 48:40 minutes, which is a 7:50 pace
I’m not particularly fast, but this is a challenge that’s fun and exciting for me, and gives me something to reach/train for, that my body can handle.
Love to run? Check out some previous posts to get inspired!
And, if you’re interested in racing, check out these posts: