Seacoast Half Marathon Goals

I think I might be safe.

**Knock on wood**

It looks like I might have been spared the stomach flu bug. My daughter got it Wednesday but Ron and I are fine. With that worry gone, I feel like I can really think about the race on Sunday.

I love the Seacoast Half Marathon. It’s no secret. I tell everyone and anyone that they need to do it. Flat, beautiful course and great runners. It was my first ever half marathon so it holds a special place in my heart.

1st half Marathon - happyfitmama.com2007 and very unflattering capris. πŸ™‚

When I think back to the first time I ran it, I laugh. I didn’t know a single thing about pace, training, fueling or anything. My training consisted of following Hal Higdon’s beginner half marathon plan. There was no speed work, tempo, hills. Just run x miles on this day.

halfmarathon2010 - happyfitmama.com

2010 – 4 1/2 months after my twins were born and very tired.

My one goal? To finish. Along the course, I ran, stopping at aid stations for Gatorade, getting my first taste of Gu and happily taking gummy bears (candy from strangers, awesome!). As I crossed the finish line with a time of 2:02:xx, I was happy and exhausted. I DID IT!! I also remember spending the rest of the day staying close to the bathroom. My first lesson in never, ever mix (or try for the first time during a race) Gatorade, GU and gummy bears on race day! Not.pretty.

Kick Butt Mama - happyfitmama.com2011 – My #1 fans.

Last years race I took 4 minutes off my previous course best. I felt solid for the majority of the race and I’m hoping that this year is the same. My training has been a lot more specific and intense as well.

Seacoast Half 2012 - happyfitmama.com2012 – Feeling good!

Here are my goals –

A goal:Β  PR sub 1:45Β 

B goal: PR sub 1:47

C goal: Enjoy the views, cheer on friends and others, smile a lot! I hope to do this no matter what.

My A goal is one that I set at the beginning of the year. If my foot/ankle is feeling great, I don’t think it’ll be a problem. Mile 8-9 is usually where I start to bonk a bit in a half so I’ll have to be conscious of my fueling and pace to leave enough gas in the tank. But overall my plan is to run intuitively.

Speaking of my foot/ankle drama, I had a stern talking from my PT during our session on Wednesday. She asked me what my plans were for after the race. When I said I was going to take a week off from running entirely. She laughed. And then all the other PT’s starting laughing.

What? It’s 7 days of no running…that’s a lot!

For my injury to fully heal, be gone for good and to continue to run the distances/intensities that I want, she is suggesting I do not run for 4-6 weeks after Sunday. No running at all. That was hard to hear.

Really hard.

I know my foot/ankle needs to rest. I would stop running in a heart beat if it hurt all the time while running. It doesn’t, it just feels different, no pain. I know she is right but it’s hard to accept. I’m trying to negotiate a deal with her that allows at least 1-2 days of easy, low mileage running. I don’t think she’ll budge but right now we are in agreement that there will be at least no running at all for 7 days after Sunday.

I know right now is an ideal time to rest. If I pick a May marathon, I will have to start training sometime in January. Regardless of what marathon I do, I have big plans for 2014. I don’t want to spend weeks/months on the DL. I’m trying really hard not be a stubborn runner. It’s tough to stop doing what you love even if it is short term and for the greater good.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at right now. Hopefully, I’ll be one happy camper living in PR City come Sunday!

Do you have a favorite race/event that you do every year?

Are you stubborn?

38 comments on “Seacoast Half Marathon Goals

  1. Sounds like you have a solid plan. I’ve never run the Seacoast Half, but it sounds great. Flat and Fast should be a great PR course!

    I would definitely listen to your PT and get that foot healed after your race. No point in chancing missing out on any training for your spring races. I know it really stinks not to be able to run, I’m in a similar spot. I have only run 2 short runs since my marathon almost 3 weeks ago. I’m bummed I’m losing out on training, but I have big goals for 2014 too. So rest now, kick butt later πŸ™‚

    Good luck to you on Sunday!
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    1. I know I should listen to my PT. She is absolutely right. I’ve been on the DL before and I’ve always come back. Best to get healthy before ramping things up again in the new year so like you said – rest now, kick butt later. πŸ™‚

  2. So glad to hear you were spared the stomach flu! My favorite races are always races of significance. My first this or my first that. I did my first REALLY hilly 1oK this year (Cow Harbor 10K) and it is definitely one of my favorites. Good luck Sunday!
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  3. You’ve written it down and now it WILL be done!! I did the same with my half-marathon goals in Oct and I beat my ultimate goal by 1 minute! There’s something to be said about writing down your goals. You will achieve them!
    And running a half four months post-twins? Yep. I did I triathlon three months later and tired does not even touch on what I felt after that race! I so get it!
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    1. I never was one to broadcast my goals up until I started blogging. It really does make a difference when you go public! And a tri three months post-twins? Rock star Mama!

  4. Ugh. That is really tough medicine to swallow. Especially since you CAN function at a high level in spite of it. I feel for you–and am potentially in the same boat. I am going to take at least 2 weeks off post-marathon to let this butt heal, but also recognize that it may not be enough. I know I don’t want to start my Boston training with any aches or pains, but man, I don’t know that I can face that time off!

    Anyhow–good luck this weekend! I am pulling for your A goal!
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  5. Good luck on Sunday! Sending PR vibes your way! I know a month off sounds terribly long, but the holiday season isn’t a bad time to scale back. It’s so busy & will go by in a flash. You don’t want to risk doing more damage and being sidelined even longer. Plus, you use the time to pursue other fitness goals or try new workouts/activities. I say all this but know exactly how you feel. I’m a stubborn mama too!
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  6. Oy. Those words about rest and rehab – those are hard ones to swallow. I’m most definitely stubborn but it’s come back to bite me in the butt this past year with regard to my injuries. But I hope that you have an amazing race and everything holds up brilliantly. Then, you’ll have some time off to enjoy and make sure you’re ready to have an incredible training for your marathon.
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  7. I bet all the rest is going to give you fresh legs for your race. Have you ever run the Half at the Hamptons (Hampton Beach)? It is February 23, 2014. I plan to run it as a training run for my spring marathon unless I get snowed in and HAVE to ski.

    To avoid bonking at 8-9 I began including a gel around 7.5 miles. When are you taking in your fuel?
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    1. I am contemplating the Half at the Hamptons. It’s such a tricky time of year for a race. This year it was cancelled due to a storm. In regards to fuel – I take a gel around 7-8 miles.

  8. I have a half marathon I do every year that I love. This year will be only the 3rd year, but I plan to do it for many more:) Good luck this weekend! I don’t think any runners actually do exactly what their PT’s tell them to;)
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  9. UGH!!! A nice shiny pr would make taking the time off sting a little less!! You have it in you to rock it! I know it’s hard to take time off from something you love so much but just think of how strong you’ll be nice and healed up!! My favorite race is more due to the challenge it gives me! The New Bedford Half marathon boast killer hills (well one GIANT one at mile 12 that stretches almost a mile and some pretty big climbs early on!) and I am always determined that one day I’m going to make that race MINE!
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  10. Your C goal is my favorite!!! But, I know you will get one of the other goals – probably A!!! You have done the hard part now it is time to have fun!!!
    And, as hard as it is to take days off from running, just think of all the things you can get done – you could have your Thanksgiving menu planned, Christmas shopping done… (is this helping at all?)
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  11. Good luck this weekend! How did you get faster over the years? My PR for a half is 2:04 & I would love to get a sub 2. Also, can you do pool running so you don’t have to stop all together? Can’t wait to read the recap!
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  12. Good luck tomorrow, Angela! One of my favorite local races is a winter ‘Frostbite Series’ the St. Louis track club hosts. It’s a race every other Saturday, of varying distances, throughout the winter months. Definitely motivates me to stay in shape when it’s cold out!
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