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Training for No. 2

Race week is upon us! Sunday, I will head out for 13.1 miles of fun at the Glass City Half Marathon in Toledo. It's my second half marathon, and I think I'm twice as excited. There's a lot less pressure this time, since I already know I can do it.

Before I head down the Turnpike, let's compare my training for this half marathon to my first. 

                                          First Time                   This time
Weeks of training                   16                              12* 
Total miles run                       284                            250

Longest run                         12 miles                  13.1 miles

Double-digit runs                     2                                4
Average pace                     11:00/mile                 9:30/mile

*Really 11 because I got sick the first week

Confident (and exhausted) after my 13.1-mile training run
As the numbers show, this training cycle is completely different from the last one. I'm faster, stronger and more confident in my abilities. 

I attribute my improvement to running All. Damn. Winter. despite the obstacles Mother Nature threw my way. One blogger, Jess, inspired me when she posted, "Spring PRs are made in the dead of winter." Her free Winter Miles Challenge really gave me motivation to keep going between training cycles. It was so nice to know I wasn't alone!

Though I told myself I wasn't going to set a real time goal, I do have one in my head. We'll see how I feel come race day though. No matter what, I KNOW I can beat my first time of 2:35:59, unless something crazy happens. 

My REAL goal will be to just finish strong. And, of course, have a lot of fun. Once again, my awesome siblings will be joining me for the race. Even though we likely won't run together, it will be AWESOME to see them at the finish line and celebrate each other's victories ... and drink our free beers. 


  1. Such progress!! Congratulations! :)

    1. THANK YOU!!! But I really wanted to give credit where credit was due. You rock! :)


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