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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Goals for my 1st 1/2 Marathon (4/6/2008)

Normally I would have lots of base miles with a bunch of long runs by this time of year. I'd typically spend the winter working on my distance runs and endurance, sacrificing speed workouts (not a lot of races during the winter months).

This year is almost completely opposite. Although I haven't done any road races yet, I did take up a new sport/activity which sure felt a lot like speedwork every time I went out: snow shoe running. In addition, I've spent a lot more time on the treadmill doing controlled tempo runs (unlike my effort-based tempo runs I do outside). So, lots of speedwork but very little distance work. In fact, my longest run of the year or even the last 6 months or so is 12 miles and I did that last weekend. The biggest factor limiting my long runs has been some nagging foot/ankle issues. I'm not really injured, but there's something wrong with my ankle....and it just doesn't feel right. So, most of my runs have been in the 5-7 mile range, max for quite some time.

So how do I go about setting a goal for a 1/2 marathon? Good question. As a general goal, I'd like to be under 1:30 (6:52 pace). A more aggressive goal would be something closer to 1:25 (6:30 pace). I'd be happy with anything in between though.


Jim Hansen said...

Hey Steve,
You looked pretty fit when snowshoeing. Next time I see you I'll have to show you some ankle and feet mobility exercises for you ankle joints. One thing I am learning is that if you have a problem with one joint it can move up or down with an effect on the next joint. You had some knee work done and I wonder if there is a connection?

Steve W said...

The ankle thing is kind of weird. I just haven't found the right expertise to figure out what's going on with it. It started last summer while I was recovering from my second knee surgery (so yes, I too think there is a connection). The top of my foot started 'clicking' while running. It didn't hurt, just made a funny sound. However, the more I run, the more it clicks and then it starts to get sore. I've had 2 doctors look at it, x-rays, MRI, PT, an orthopedic surgeon and a podiatrist. Currently working with the podiatrist so we'll see how that goes.