|Spring in DC!|
After seeing some excellent progress in my workouts over the last month (I'll post more on the training I've been doing - some HARD sessions - soon), I've decided to keep my focus on the half marathon distance through the first half of the year - which means dropping the Grandma's Marathon and running the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth instead.
My racing schedule now looks like this:
April 6 - USA 10 Mile Championships
May 3 - Indy 500 Half Marathon
June 14 - Portland Track Festival 5000m
June 21 - Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
I'm excited about the changes to the schedule. I didn't want to force any aspects of training before the Indy 1/2, but I also want to give myself the best shot possible at breaking 1:05 this spring. Now I know I'll have another full (6-7 week) block of training between Indy and Duluth, giving me another opportunity to step up my fitness a couple more notches. I'll also get a great shot at blasting my 5K PR to shreds in Portland.
Keeping my focus on the half marathon distance and in touch with my 5K speed will help set me up better for the type of training I need to do during a buildup to a fast marathon this fall. On that note, I'm planning to run the Chicago Marathon in October and use the entire summer for a big marathon buildup with only one race (Top of Utah 1/2 in August).
Less racing this year - more targeted, focused training.
You can follow the 10 mile championship race this weekend on Runnerspace.