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Taper Week and New Goals

I didn’t get much of a chance to rest from my King’s Peak trip.  I have the Hobble Creek Half Marathon this weekend.  This last week of training included my last long run.

I did a 12 miler on Saturday.  It was really a different type of long run for me.  The first few miles were rough.  It could have been due to many factors including, 5 hours of sleep, not the best meal the night before, and being a little wore out.  But I made it!  It helps being dropped off 12 miles away from home and the only way to get back is to put the miles in. 🙂 The middle part of the run went well.  Even though the last few were a little rough as well, I was getting close to home and knew I could make it.  I have found that these long runs are not just important to build up mileage, but also to train how to do nutrition and hydration as well.

This week is a taper week.  It came at a good time.  I need to back off a bit anyway.  The weeks of training and a ton of other stuff going on has wore me down a bit.  I felt pretty good on my four miler today.  I tried not to push too hard and just kept it at a pace that was comfortable.  As a result I was able to finish strong which is always a good feeling.

Now on to another important subject.  Now that I have completed my Three Peak Challenge, I need to have a new goal.  I have given this much thought.  I have toyed with the idea of doing a marathon.  But with training for two half-marathons, I realize that I am pushing myself running longer distances at the weight that I am at now.  If I want to complete a marathon, I need to get down to my goal weight.  So here is my next challenge and the steps I need to take to get there.

Goal – Complete the Ogden Marathon on May 19th, 2011.

Steps I need to take to make it happen.

  1. Get to 175 lbs by December 31st.  If I am not, I cannot run in the marathon.
  2. Sign up for the Marathon.  If I am on track on November 1st weight wise, I will sign up.  If not, I can’t sign up until I am on track.
  3. Start 18 week training on January 16th.
  4. Track everything that I eat from September – December.  This has worked every time I have done it in the past.  It’s a bit of a pain, but it works.
  5. Stay accountable on this blog.  I will post my weight and progress each week until I hit by weight goal and am signed up for the marathon.
It seems funny to me that I am preventing myself from running or signing up for the marathon unless I am where I need to be.  Almost like a punishment!  But I really would like to try.  If I am not on track, it will be a miserable experience for me and I don’t want that to happen.
Getting this written out, has gotten me even more excited about my plan.  I am going to do this!
Hang in there and I will too!