I was looking for a half marathon to run in February – one that was close by and one that I hadn’t done before, so I started a search. On halfmarathons.net, I found the Five Points of Life Marathon and Half Marathon. This one is in Gainesville, which is just a couple of hours North of Orlando. It also takes place on a long holiday weekend, so I decided to make a weekend out of it.
My last half marathon was the Disney World Half. I was so behind on my training that I decided to do 1:1 mile:walk intervals. That worked okay, but I had a slow time (3:12) and was really sore afterwards.
For this half marathon, I have started doing one hour tempo runs one day a week and ever longer LSD runs one day a week. I should be up to 10 miles on my last LSD run, the week before the half. Actually, the runs are interval runs, where I do 4:1 work:rest interval. The pace will be much faster than the Disney half, and I think that because I am actually training this time, I should be okay afterwards. Don’t let me forget to drink a real recovery drink with protein and BCAAs in it!
I think my goal this year will be to do only half marathons and no triathlon longer than half Iron distance.
See you in Gainesville in 3 weeks!