This weekend was, umm, interesting. Living near DC, we are always affected by the Inauguration. Add in the Women’s March and the whole area was in a bit of an uproar. For the moment, I am continuing my personal choice of keeping politics off my blog and social media, but it was a pretty amazing weekend to live here.
Let’s focus instead on my lack of a training plan since the Marine Corps Marathon. Heck, let’s be honest, I didn’t even have a training plan FOR Marine Corps Marathon. But I really needed some time to just run for the love of it. So, despite running every day for the Runner’s World #runstreak, my mileage has been pretty low. It’s time to get back on the horse now.
In what I am sure you find to be a shocking turn of events, my “A” race for this spring is NOT a half marathon. I know, crazy! Instead, thanks to an amazing sale at Pacers this past December, I’m running the GW Parkway Classic again.
I’ve run this race a couple of times and worked loading the buses a few times. There’s much to love about the race, but one of the best things is the mostly straight, mostly flat/downhill course. You know I have a thing for crazy hilly races, but this is not it.
I don’t expect to PR – my 10 mile PR is 1:30:49 and my GW Parkway PR is 1:31:03. I do, however, have the goal of sub all 10 minute miles and an average pace below 9:30. For perspective, my fastest half last year was 2:14:16, which was a 10:15 pace, but I recently ran the Great Chocolate race at a 9:28 pace. To get there, I’m actually bringing back real speedwork for the first time in years.
GW Parkway Classic Training Plan
I’ll be using a combination of tempo runs, speedwork, and hills to add some variety instead of just running long and slow. I’ve taken Hanson’s half marathon plan and merged it with my availability. In addition, I’ve decreased the distance on my Wednesday runs and added some cross training two days a week.
(See why I like a bullet journal? I love to write things by hand LOL)
Compared to some of my recent plans, this is a reasonable mileage plan while still setting me up for the month of May/first weekend of June, which will likely have a total of 7 half marathons. Yes, I know I have a problem.