Update: Improving in 2011

Back in March I wrote about my goal for 2011: improve.  I am happy to report that I’ve reached my goal for this year!  Last month (I know, I’ve neglected this storyline) I ran Madison Marathon and improved my half marathon time by three minutes.  I am proud of the performance because I had been injured and unable to run for about 18 days during the last two months leading up to the race.  I had even told myself that I wouldn’t go for that goal in my first race of the season.  I had another race scheduled the following week and I figured it would take two races to get my legs back and in the fall I’d increase my speed work to go for the goal.

"Improve in 2011: check!"

Well on race day I couldn’t find my race watch.  In 5 years of running I have never competed without a watch – talk about feeling naked.  But I went out fast and felt great the whole way.  I knew I was doing well around mile 9 when I found the pace team for a 1:40 finish time.  They were a little off but I knew I was running well.

The last 1.5 miles were tough to hang on.  My feet were getting sore and the uphill climb up East Washington killed me.  Still I came around that Capital Square strong and proud when I crossed the line.

So what’s next?

I’m not quite sure.  Katie and I have discussed adding strength training and speed work to our workouts.  I’m not sure if we’ll register for a race this fall but it’s the best way for me to go after a goal.

Did you take my challenge to improve in 2011?  It’s not too late!  Need help?  Email me or leave a comment.  And you can always click on “Hire Hans” and we can really get after your fitness goals.

 

Those are my thoughts. What are yours?

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