Yesterday, I took the plunge and signed up for my first half marathon! I’m so excited for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half in September! I know it’s pretty far away, but it sets the tone for the training I want to do in 2011. Look! A confirmation email!
News flash: My decision to register this early may have been seriously influenced by the free Rock ‘n’ Roll Series Insulated Water Bottle & GU Gel 6-pack you receive if you register before 12/17. If you’re on the fence about doing any Rock ‘n’ Roll event and are swayed by free stuff, check out their website for races in your area!
To say that I’m a planner is an understatement. As soon as I decided that I wanted to do VA beach I realized that I wouldn’t want to go into it having a 10K as my longest distance race. I also can’t really do a half before my first half marathon so I settled on using the George Washington Parkway Classic 1o Miler in April as a quasi-test run.
The GW 10 Miler is local and runs right up the Mount Vernon Trail, which happens to be one of my favorite spots to run. Most of the race features a gorgeous view of the Potomac river and the race finishes up in beautiful Old Town Alexandria.
I plan to treat the 10 Miler just like a half, mostly because I found a training program that I love on RunKeeper. I like the program for a few reasons: 1) It’s not overwhelming. It has two weekday runs in the 3-5 mile category and alternates a day of speedwork and a long run on weekends. 2) It provides a good breakdown explaining why each run is scheduled and how you’re supposed to pace yourself. 3) A goal time of 2:20 is perfect for me based on my 10K times. If the training goes well for the GW 10 Miler in April, I can decide if I want to recycle the training plan or if I want to up the ante for VA Beach.
Do you have a race schedule for 2011? Do you pick out your big races early in the year or close to the event?