I had no overarching goals for my last half marathon, other than to enjoy the experience of finishing the race with my mom. The simple of joy of doing the run with her was enough for me. Everything else was just a bonus.
Now I find myself 13 weeks out from my next half marathon, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona. I have my hotel reserved, my flight booked, and my cousin on notice that I’ll be visiting so I can see her and her two beautiful children (can’t wait!).
This time around, to push myself a little harder, I’m setting a goal. I would like to finish in under 3 hours. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m not a fast runner. I don’t ever expect to be. In all honesty I enjoy walking more, but for my health right now, I’d like to push myself a little harder this year. Finishing this half marathon in under 3 hours would be a PR for me and a huge accomplishment for me.
I’m using the same training plan that I used last time with the addition of an extra week up front. I’ll be using a Galloway inspired method that involves both jogging and walking throughout. I’ll also be adding a strength schedule in as well and using biking & dancing on my cross training days.
This will be my first Rock ‘n’ Roll race. I was suppose to run RNR San Diego Marathon a few years back, but injured myself in a training run before the race. Any tips from those that have done this race before?