2015 Race Plans!

It’s the end of May, and I am just now sharing my race plans for this year. In my defense, the spring was pretty up in the air not knowing the exact timeline of our Fort Knox move. I had to play the waiting game a bit. Now… I’m here, I’m settled (mostly…it’s not like we’ve unpacked or anything), and I’m ready to talk about my plans.

I don’t really feel like there is any need for further build up, so here it is: My goal race for 2015: the Air Force Half Marathon on September 19 in Dayton, Ohio. I’d love to throw some shorter races in the mix, but we’ll see what Kentucky has to offer…

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I’ve only got one race on the calendar because I want to PR. Not only do I want to PR [anything less than 2:07:49] I want to knock a couple minutes off. I’m officially telling the world (or the 6 of you who read my blog), that my goal for this race is a sub-2:05. I ran a 2:10 last October with Amy, so I feel like this goal is not to far out of reach. Do I have a sub-2 in me? I don’t know yet, it depends on how training goes. Speaking of training…

I’ve been running consistently for over 5 years now. During this time I’ve tried several different training plans with various success. I’ve run as little as 3 days a week and as much at 5 days a week. I’ve run only easy runs for a training cycle and only hard runs for a training cycle. I’ve done all that to discover my sweet spot for running is 4 days a week following an [easy, hard, easy, long] format each week.

Because I am training specifically to PR, I didn’t want to choose just any training plan. I researched for days, read my old blog posts on plans I’ve used previously, and talked Matt to death about it. Ultimately, I went a completely different direction. I purchased a training plan that was customized to me, my running history, and my current goals. I am using the Run S.M.A.R.T Project with programs developed by Jack Daniels and his elite runners.

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Pricey? Yes. Worth it? So far, yes.

I was super nervous about purchasing this plan because you can’t see what a typical week looks like beforehand. But, I went for it anyway. After filling out a questionnaire, it took about 4 days to get my training plan. At first glance, I was very intimidated. It looked so challenging, and I immediately doubted if I could handle the intensity.

My fears, while still rattling around in the back of my head, were mostly unfounded. I completed the first week today, and I’m happy to report I’m still in one piece and my legs haven’t fallen off. This week was all “easy” runs [2 miles, 5 miles, 3 miles, 7 miles], but next week the fun begins with some intervals and repetition work.

If I want to get faster, I have to run faster. Status quo isn’t going to cut it if my goals are to improve.

Sorry, not sorry.
Sorry, not sorry.

Wish me luck! I don’t know that I will do weekly recaps, but I will definitely be around to talk about my training!

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Farewell, Fort Bliss!

Did I ever actually announce I was leaving El Paso? Well, Matt got stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. So here we are. We moved into our new house (that I love, by the way) on Monday, and I start my new  job this coming Monday. Exciting stuff.

But that’s not what this post is about. Whenever I would tell people we were at Fort Bliss, I would get a lot of side-eye and “oh, that’s too bad” comments. I liked our time in El Paso though. So, I am here to tell you all the reasons El Paso (and Fort Bliss) don’t suck (in no particular order).

1. Mexican Food. Living in a border town has its challenges, but eating the food there is not one of them. I love tacos, and El Paso had some good tacos. My favorite restaurant was L & J Cafe, but Leo’s was also delicious (and closer to our apartment).

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2. The local WB:R2R group. This group of people is amazing. Running with them on Saturday’s was something I looked forward to every week. From running 9 miles in the rain, marching through White Sands, handing out water at the El Paso Marathon, they were more than a running group, they became my friends. I sincerely hope I cross paths with them again.

Amy!
Amy!

3. My Friends. Making friends as an adult is hard. Making friends in a new place with new people is hard. It took longer than I would have liked, but eventually I made some great friends. I know I will see them again and we will text often, but they made El Paso a pretty good place to be. Specifically Amy. I credit my sanity for those couple years to her, our long runs, and coffee dates.

4. My Job. I know it’s been said that it is hard to find a job in El Paso if you don’t speak Spanish. I was lucky then because I found a great job that changed my life. (No, seriously). If you ever end up at Fort Bliss, don’t dismiss the job market before you even look. Two of my friends and myself all found work in our chosen fields.

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5. The Sunsets. I had views like this almost every night. It was (an unexpectedly) beautiful place to live.

6. It’s in Texas. El Paso isn’t real Texas. It’s vibe is more like New Mexico. But, it has all the Texas staples like Whataburger and Blue Bell Ice Cream. Win.

7. The Running. I know, I know. I complained all the time about the running in El Paso. BUT, if I left the west side and went to up to post where it is flat, the running was actually pretty nice!

My point is, El Paso was actually a pretty good place to be. I have so many fond memories, and I will miss it! I will miss the people more though. In interest of full disclosure, El Paso wasn’t all roses and butterflies. I will NOT miss the traffic, running on the hills, or how far away from everything it is.

Life in Kentucky starts in full swing on Monday. I’ve got running on the brain and I can’t wait to talk about my upcoming plans!