This week, I turned 45 !
No worries, no fears! I still have big goals.
Five years ago, when I turned the BIG 40, I made it my 40th year goal to run PRs (personal records) in all of my race distances. I like to race, so my goal included the 2 mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon. I was able to achieve that goal at 40 (2008) and since, have continued to run PRs after my 40th year was long gone. I'm blessed !
Being the "realist" that I am, I know running PRs at 50 will be unrealistic. I've been training "hard" on this passion since 2005 (& running for many years prior to that). I've read that "most people" have an 8-10 year window to max-out on your best running performance. This assumes your training fairly hard during this window. Well, train hard, I HAVE. I believe this estimate will hold true for me, give or take.
WAIT ! I'm not finished yet ! While I know realistically, I will come to the end of my PR capability, I also KNOW, I'm not "there" yet. So, my 45th year goal , is to run PRs in all of the race distances again. I'm in GREAT shape currently. I have a motivated training partner who also has a big goal this year. She is on her way to a BQ this year (at 32 or 33). We both have BIG goals for 2013-2014 and we ARE GOING AFTER THEM WITH PASSION.
TRAIN, we will ! Goals - we will achieve!
I haven't updated in a while - so here's the bullet point update.
** Boston training is in HIGH gear. I have an 11 mile run today and will end the wk with 72 miles, 1 yoga class, and 2 (maybe 3) days in the gym
**Dec. - Feb - I've been in the gym consistently 3-4 times per wk working on running specific weight workouts. March & April will be more like 2-3 times per wk as my run mileage increases.
**I've continued with yoga - 1 x per wk, most wks.
**I've continued this winter/spring with a custom McMillan running plan. 2nd time to "pay" for a running plan - it's working for me. I've been doing similar training for years (track, hills, tempo, long, and step-back weeks), but the phases, and the way the program is designed has proven to be an asset for me personally. Well worth the $$s invested.
**In Feb., 3 friends and I rode the train from Hattiesburg to Birmingham for the Mercedes half marathon. All four of us had GREAT races. The weather was "race perfect" for me (29-ish at the start). The course is a rolling hills course, but the downhills are sweet. I ran a PR half - 1:43. My previous half PR was 1:46, which was at the Stennis half, in Nov. 2012. However, Stennis is a FLAT, FLAT race, and Mercedes has some hills. (McMillan is working)
**this week I had a 21 mile long run on hills - ♥ (most of my running is on hills, with a few, flat run, recovery days)
**next week is a step-back week, in mileage
** the following week (March 18th), I will run 80 miles. this will be a new high for me (previous high - 75 miles a couple of years ago). this will be "peak week" before Boston. I also have Yasso's this week. ♥ Yasso's too !
That's it !
I hope your spring is nice, and all of your goals in running & life are achieved.