Friday, October 4, 2013

Switching Gears

So yesterday I made the tough decision to switch my St. Jude registration from the full marathon to the half.


We have a lot going on in the Smith house right now and I want to run a full again when I can put in the proper training - I don't have time for another 6 hour marathon! (pun intended)  And right now, I just don't have the time.  Last weekend's disappointing performance at the Women's Half (recap here) made me realize that my time would be better served improving my speed so that I can have a better half time to take to other races for better corral placement.  That, plus the training schedule just meshes better with our family schedule.

Does all that make sense??

I sure hope so.

I got squared away with the help from the folks from St. Jude yesterday, although my bib will still say marathon and my runner tracking will still say marathon, I will receive the half shirt, finisher medal, and most importantly, an official half finish time.

And even MORE importantly, I am still running as a St. Jude hero!  My fundraising efforts are still underway - if you haven't donated, I would LOVE it if you would consider doing so today!  I know I appreciate your support and so do the kids at St. Jude!!  

I have officially switched over to Hal Higdon's intermediate half marathon training - the words tempo run, race pace, and intervals are entering my vocabulary!!  I am looking forward to a fast 5K this weekend.

Thanks again for hanging with me and supporting me along this journey; I know I have another full in me - it's just not THIS one.

QOTD:  Do you incorporate tempo runs and intervals into your training?  Share some tips with me!

12 comments:

  1. I think this makes all kinds of sense Kristen! You will rock the half!

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  2. Totally makes sense! I do treadmill interval runs twice a week. It changes things up so it doesn't get boring. I love them. ur. I'm still slow'ish but I'm getting there. I do 1:00/1:00 intervals.

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    1. Thanks for the tip Suzanne! I'm sure I'll be hitting the tm for the intervals because I don't have a track nearby.

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  3. I know you feel bad, but you know what you need to do and its good you realized it. I only run intervals.... it breaks things up and I will son on the TM, it certainly helps me stay at target pace. I try to push myself once a week on the TM.

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    1. I typically run intervals when I'm going for distance too; this chick can't run 13.1 straight ;)

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    2. LoL Honestly I have little interest in running a half straight through. In the past I have only done intervals, but recently I started running my shorter runs (3-4 miles) straight and doing intervals on my long runs.

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    3. That's what I do Summer; anything over about 5 or 6 miles I do my intervals.

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  4. I like to do at least one speed work run (hill repeats, speed intervals, fartleks, and tempo runs) to my week. And I've done 7 halfs all with run/walk intervals, I love them. Some day I will get to a point where 13.1 straight can happen, but for now, I'm just speeding those intervals up :)

    I have a bunch of friends running the St. Jude half for team Rhodes. You'll be in good company!

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    1. We run right by the campus - it's BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  5. I know it was hard, but I think you made the right choice! Marathon training scares me. It is just so time consuming that I am more afraid of the training then the actual race.

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    1. Yeah, it does drain a lot of time for sure. Time that I really don't have right now!! I know you totally understand too :)

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