I just completed an amazing run. Winding along the Cuyahoga River, on a gravel path between the river and a canal. Called the Tow Path due to it's previous life as a path for mules to pull boats along the canal transporting goods and people, now it is a tranquil pathway with bikers and runners. As we prepare for the Tow Path Half Marathon, Sunday's are our long run, and yesterday was the 3rd time we have gone up there for the long run. 5 miles at a conversational pace and loving every minute of it...well to be honest, that last mile was a little rough, trying to make sure I keep it under 50 minutes.
Each week it gets easier and more enjoyable. This was such an amazing run, I set a goal and beat it, and really enjoyed myself. I can't wait to lengthen these runs, 13.1 here I come!
So, a month has passed and I just now realized what my intentions where with this blog. I did run the 5K and finished respectably at 25:42 and 18th out of 42 runners. I set a goal of 27 minutes, and surpassed that, so I chalk it up to a success.
I have now began training for a half marathon, The Tow Path Half Marathon in the Brecksville Reservation. My training has progressed well since completing the 5k program and now I run 3.5 miles 2x weekly and 2 miles once weekly and on Sundays, run a 5 mile long run at a slower pace.
I am pacing at about 8:30-9:00 on the 3.5 mile runs and around 10:00 for the long runs. My goal for the Half is 2 hours, so I need to be able to maintain about a 9 minute mile for the full 13.1. I feel pretty good at this time, and as the training program progresses, I will have a better gauge on it. My splits have been improving on my training runs, so at this point, so far, so good.
My first 5k is a week away, and I am chomping at the bit to get out there! I started with the Couch to 5K running plan, and it has been amazing. I can now confidently say that I am a runner. I run 3 miles 3 times a week, and am excited to move on to new goals and longer races! I am aiming at getting under 27 minutes for the 5K, and hopefully more like 25 or 26, but I will take what I can get. At this point, just knowing that I will be running the race and finishing is a victory, and a platform to go for more.
I am planning on going right into a half marathon training plan after this, with a goal of fall 2011 to complete my first half.
My main idea behind this is to chronicle my running progress as time goes and see where it takes me. Until next time...