Along the way, we'll run a handful of local races (including what is left of the USATF-Utah circuit), and will probably also take a trip down to Arizona in early November for another shot at a fast half-marathon.
|Andrea winning the 2011 TOU 1/2|
Daily logs for: July - August
Only very recently I've started incorporating some faster tempo efforts back into the training. My plan is to run TOU mainly off base training - be at a super high aerobic level, and then just sharpen up by racing 4-5 times in the next month.
In two weeks I'll head up to Logan for a preview of the marathon, as I'll be racing the TOU 1/2 for the second year in a row. Last year I finished in 2nd place (1:05:40), while Andrea won the race by a wide margin. You can check out our 2011 TOU Half Marathon Race Recaps. This summer I haven't been running workouts at the intensity level usually needed to run a sub 1:06 half, so I have no idea what to expect. I plan to just go run off "feel" and see how quick I can go - if nothing else, this will be the best indicator of what time I should be targeting in the marathon.
After TOU, I'll take a little down time, then put in what will hopefully be a big training cycle for CIM. That race is one of the fastest, most competitive marathons in the USA. As you might expect, I really want to get under that 2:20 barrier this year!
This is my tenative race schedule for the remainder of 2012:
Dash for Donation 5K (8/11)
TOU Half Marathon (8/25)
Wildcat Half Marathon (9/1)
Something on Labor Day? (9/3)
Layton Classic 5K (9/8)
TOU Marathon (9/15)
Utah Fittest State 5K (10/13)
Beat the Heat 5K (10/20)
Halloween Harvest Half (10/27)
Phoenix 3-TV Half Marathon (11/4)
Some Turkey Trot (11/22)
California International Marathon (12/2)