T-minus five days until my first half marathon of 2016: the Surf City half marathon.
As I’ve come to expect, the temperature drops to sometimes-unbearable conditions during the months of December and January, but the weather stays pretty conducive to running. There are, of course, many days where it’s too snowy or too cold for a sane person to go running. But more often than not, as long as I layer properly and take my Yak Trax with me, I can run outdoors.
But just because I can go running outsides doesn’t necessarily the mean the conditions are perfect; in fact, it’s still pretty darn miserable that first 5-10 minutes of running in sub-freezing weather. It would be a great excuse for me to stay inside and play video games or watch TV, but the Surf City race I do every year keeps me honest through these winter months and gives me a clear goal to achieve.
This will be my fifth year in a row running this race and sixth time overall; I have one marathon (my first!) and five half marathon finishes at this race. Last year I PRed the distance and course, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:53:42.
My expectation is that I finish the marathon at 1:55 or faster. My goal is to beat my PR last year and my dream race would have my finishing under 1:50.
My training last year vs. this year:
December 2014: 76mi
January 2015: 91.8mi
December 2015: 74.1mi
January 2016: 100.7mi
I ran marginally more for this race than I did for last year’s race. I definitely ran much faster and got some more speedwork in this year, hence my optimism for PR. We’ll see how it goes!