With 2012 coming to close, I've been looking ahead to my 2013 race calendar and racing goals. As of the beginning of this month, I've registered for two races: the Rock 'n' Roll USA Half and the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler. And, I'm certain that I will sign up for a few smaller races during the first half of the year.
Last March, I missed my goal of finishing a half-marathon in under two hours. (Actually, I've missed it a few times before.) I can give any number of excuses for my failure. I was just coming off a cold. I was focusing on marathon training. I walked through a few water stations. I just didn't run fast enough...you get the idea.
I've come close so many times before, and I'm convinced that I can do it this time.
There are 11 weeks between me and this year's Rock 'n' Roll USA. Instead of creating a plan myself, I used the Smart Coach tool from Runner's World to form my half-marathon training plan. Here are the first three weeks:
I'm really excited to do this!