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!