L: My Journey to Sub 2!

Happy Leap Day! Today’s workout was the cycle class I teach at Adelphi. Rolling hills complemented by some house music to start the party in my class. No running today, but Week #1 of half marathon training has begun! Where did the time go?! Training seemed like something so far away… the AirBnB Brooklyn Half Marathon is 12 weeks away! Time to get crackin’.

Goal: Run a sub 2 hour half marathon. It can be 1:59:59… I’m not picky, but I AM doing it.

This time, I’ve changed up my training routine a little bit. With the help of my cousin, Jared, a high school running coach, race record holder, and a marathoner who tackled Boston in 2015, we have put together an in depth program to help me reach my goal. Now, in the past, I have thought of my long runs in terms of mileage. “Today I have 7 miles, next week is 8”… and so on. Brooklyn will be my fourth half marathon and the first time my long runs are simply for time. For example, this Saturday I have a 60 minute run consisting of a warmup, paced middle, strong finish, and an easy cool down. But how FAR do I run? Doesn’t matter, just go!

I am excited and nervous to switch up my training routine. Since grad school, my style has been “lift more and run less.” I went from a noodle-legged, novice runner to a dead lifting, half marathoner. I ran the Long Island Half Marathon in about 2:03:00 and shaved 17 minutes off my time from the Pittsburgh Half Marathon the previous year. Last summer, I set myself off on a quest to break the 2 hour mark and signed up for the Suffolk County Half Marathon. My training started off strong, but fizzled with the hot, August heat. Long runs in the summer were NOT my favorite and became a second priority to lifting, cycling, or laying on the beach. Needless to say, I didn’t hit my goal. And while it was disappointing, I still finished the race with a time of 2:12:00.

So here we are- a new race and a new opportunity to hit my goal! I’m excited, and I hope you are, too!

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