This year my four main running goals are;
- Run a Half Marathon PB
- Run a Marathon PB
- Love my training
- Stay injury free
So, with 5 months until the New York City Marathon, this is how I’m going to achieve these goals.
Firstly, I’m turning to my old fave coach Kerry to work on the plan. He’s running NYCM too (although strangely he’s not so down with pacing me as he actually has his own running goals to work towards!), but I’m hoping we can do some of our training runs together.
This year I’m doing something a little different, and instead of running 3 times a week, as I have for pretty much all of my previous marathons. This time I’m running four; speed, tempo, long and EASY.
As in previous years SPEED is key to running faster. Running Yasso 800s on a near weekly basis for both Berlin and Chicago training improved my average pace. It was also great seeing the improvements week on week with my 800m times. I would often shoot myself in the foot by running faster than the splits on my training plan meaning the splits for the following week would be lower.
I’ll be including speed work each week, mixing it up with 800m repeats, ladders, 400m repeats, mile repeats – repetition is key for improvement, right?
Awkward lines on my legs…clearly NOT a model.
As part of my New Balance collaboration, I shared some of my speed training tips with Runner’s World and Women’s Health;
I wrote previously about my Marathon shoe, the very cushioned Fresh Foam 1080 but I wear a lighter, faster shoe when I do my speed training. I find that my running style changes when I run faster, and I land more on the forefoot than mid or heel, meaning I need less cushioning. I’ve been wearing the Vazee Prism which still provide support but are much more lightweight.
Secondly, I am going to strength train, yoga, and physio religiously. This isn’t my favourite part of marathon training, but I have hated being injured for the last few months and I know this will make all the difference. Last summer Barre made such a difference to my strength, flexibility and body, so there will definitely be some Barrecore on the schedule.
Thirdly, I’m going to take the pressure off without putting a specific time on the cards. As I’ve said I’m aiming for a PB – which will be faster than 1.52 in a half, and 3.49 in a full. I think having such a hard, specific time goal for Chicago meant that when I failed, I failed big (read about what happened here). This time I just want to run faster. Whatever pace that may be…
In other news, now that my exams are over (YAY!) I’ve decided that i’m going to be blogging every day in June – so follow me on Bloglovin if you haven’t already and subscribe on the bottom right of the blog to ensure you don’t miss anything! It’s a travel packed month which I can’t wait to share with you.