There’s no question that consistent, planned runs leading up to a race improve your performance — just as missing too many workouts sets you back.
I’m living proof.
It all started two Sundays ago. I’m following Hal Higdon’s Advanced Half Marathon Training Plan (http://www.halhigdon.com/halfmarathon/adv.htm) as I prepare for the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon on April 2 in Kansas City (http://www.rocktheparkway.com/). I want to beat 1:50 and set a new PR.
It hit 71 degrees on February 20 in Independence, Mo. I took advantage of the Spring-like day and ran a great 12-mile stretch (http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=4329772) of Eastern Jackson County’s Little Blue Trail. I went easy and finished in 1:49, an encouraging time six weeks before the race.
I continued logging scheduled runs the following week. Then last Sunday, a family member became ill and eventually was hospitalized for a few days. Thankfully, all’s well and we’re back home safe and sound.
I didn’t run last week but returned to the pavement today. Things were rough the first two miles as I blew out the cobwebs, then I hit my stride. As I finished my regular six-mile route (http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=4329774), I felt ready for more.
But I’m holding back for tomorrow’s scheduled two-hour run. I’m thinking I’ll get up early and hit the neighborhood streets, though my history with such aspirations suggests the warm bed will win out and force me to take to the road after church.
Regardless of when I hit the pavement tomorrow, I’m glad our family is safe and sound at home. Returning to the streets today was the perfect conclusion of a stressful week and beginning of a better one.
It’s good to be back.
Kansas City Runner