Half marathon training begins

I registered for the Salt Lake City half marathon sometime last year. It was a steal at $45. Plus everyone I know has run it and I want to be part of the club. The race is on April 19th – starting at the U and finishing……? Last year the race ended less than a mile from my house. I’m hoping it’ll be the same this year but I’m still waiting for them to put up the final course. Like most races in Utah it’s mostly downhill but not as steep as some of the other races you can find out there. My previous (and so far only) half marathon involved running down Ogden canyon and has a net elevation loss of about 700 ft.

So today began with Week One Day One of half marathon training. I am a list girl. I like to know exactly what runs I need to do for the next twelve weeks. I also get a weird sense of enjoyment crossing out my run on my training calendar. One down only 59ish runs to go! I think that writing about my training will also help with my motivation, which last time started dragging at about week 9 last time. I think both of these things helped me get out of bed at 5.45 and head to the gym. Today’s scheduled run was 30 mins at 8.34 min/mile pace. Back to the treadmill as our air quality has gone crappy yet again. Luckily, a couple of storms should be rolling through this week so we might be able to clear out the smog.

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Still feeling a little tight in my hip so these guys are my new besties!

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I think all runners must have a bit of masochistic side – and this definitely comes out with these torture devices.

I had originally hoped to go for a new PR at this race. But with my hip issues, I’m now thinking that getting to the start line in one piece might be my main goal. My other main goal for the year is to run 1000 miles (about 83ish miles each month). I got just a little over 700 last year and think I can do it but only if I can stay uninjured. It’s always a dilemma with me – take a break now and let it heal or see if PT, rolling and strengthening will make it manageable. This is when I wish I had a PT/sports med. doctor on call……

Tonight I’ll be making an effort to dig in to our mountain of leftover carnitas. A quick dinner at work and then heading to see the Sundance Best of Fest movie. Once the festival is over – and SLC/Park City gets back to normal the guys at Sundance put on free movies for locals. They are guaranteed to be one of the festival winners but you never know what you’re gonna get. Last year we saw Fruitvale, which was pretty awesome. Tonight we’ll see the Case against 8. It’s a documentary winner about Prop 8.

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We’re travelling by bus to get there – clearing the air FTW – and the walk home takes us by the local gelato shop. I have to stop by, right?

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