December 7th, 2012

Half Marathon Goals

Hooray, it’s Friday!

Whew, it’s been a busy blogging week here.  Registration opened for the 5 by the 5th Virtual run, and there are almost 200 participants.  I think I’m going to need to round up a few more prizes so more of you can come away with something.

Between that and the Under Armour hoodie giveaway, I completely forgot to mention that I have a half marathon this Sunday. (By the way, my friend Carrie is giving away the same hoodie- check hers out and double your chance of winning one!)

This is a small, local race that is only a few years old, called the TriGirl half marathon.  I was looking over the website last night, and realized I have no idea what to expect for the elevation.  Most of Houston is pancake flat, but this race takes place on park trails.  If anyone has done this race, I’d love to hear your experience!

I’ve been learning recently that I have more fast-twitch muscles than slow-twitch muscles.  I wrote a guest post on this for Melody, at Will Run for Margaritas, about how you can determine which one you have more of.

My 5k races consistently predict faster half and full marathon times than I can pull off, and my longer runs predict slower 5ks than I’ve run.  This makes pacing a little difficult, as I don’t want to go out too fast and burn out.

But I do think I can safely beat my old pr (1:41:02) from last January.  I would love to hit sub- 1:38, so that’s my big goal.  Anything under 1:40 will make me happy.

I am also scheduled for a 20 miler, so I’ll add two miles before and five afterward.  Yikes- those five will probably be as slow as molasses, but at least I’ll get that time on my feet.  Only one more 20-22 miler after this (in two weeks), and then it’s taper time!

I also got in my 5k for Courtney’s sweet baby, who would have turned four this year.  L and I ran 5 easy miles last night, 3 of them for this race.  I don’t run with the stroller very often anymore, but was reminded that December has the perfect  afternoon weather in Houston.  We ran the long way to the playground, and then took a short cut home.

Do you prefer small races or large crowds? 

Do you know if you have more fast-twitch or slow-twitch muscle fibers?


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