Beer Geek says I’m happiest when I have something to obsess over. I say I’m happiest when I have goals and am working toward them. Either way, I don’t do well when my life is in “wash, rinse, repeat” mode. I find myself unmotivated and just sort of blah. Things are fine here and even pretty busy, but I don’t have any major goals right now. I suppose I could start a project on the house (it certainly needs it) or maybe start preparing for my eventual return to work by volunteering or taking classes or something. But, no, I’ve decided to obsess about a new running goal.
As I mentioned last week, I joined the Half Fanatics. Right now, I’m at the Neptune level. I don’t want to stay at that level. As RunningLaur mentioned, staying at Uranus doesn’t sound pleasant LOL and I’m all about efficiency. So, what’s the fastest way to move up? Back to back half marathons. Yep, I’m planning to run a half on Saturday and a half on Sunday in either April or May.
Right now, I have two different plans. The first is to run the Charlottesville Half on April 17, 2010 and the Run for the Shelter Half on April 18, 2010. This has the definite benefit of being relatively local. However, the C’ville Half is hella hilly. Not sure I want to run a really hilly half and then run another the next day. The second plan is to run the Capital City Half in Columbus, Ohio on May 1, 2010 and the Pittsburgh Half on May 2, 2010. The plus side to this is that I would gain two states on my 50 state quest. The downsides? 6+ hour drive each way. We’d need to get my parents to watch the kids, as I don’t like taking Jones out of school. Beer Geek prefers the first option, but I’m pushing the brewpub and weird geography angle.
Either way, I need to come up with a training plan that leads toward back to back long runs. I do well with flexibility, but I figure I need to come up with a plan that slowly builds both long runs. I’ll likely create my own, if someone knows a plan that trains for something like Goofy, I’d be interested. Of course, I also need to figure out how to not race the first HM of the weekend…
I had a nice run yesterday. It didn’t start off well. I was cold and extremely stiff, but suddenly at the 2.5 mile point, I hit my stride. Unfortunately, I was only planning to run three miles. I ended up running 4 just because it felt so good I wanted to keep going, but I only had a small amount of time to run. My first mile was 10:09, my last was 8:50. I think I’m starting to get the negative split thing down.