Looking into the New Year

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Every year that I have been running, I have tried to set a set a goal for the New Year that would challenge me, but was attainable.

Last year, I set out to get a 5k PR/good Peachtree Road Race Qualifier.  I ended up going from an average of a  28:30 5k to a 26:04 PR.  Not as good as I wanted, but still a great improvement for me.

This year, instead of time, I am going to focus on distance.  My goal for 2015 is to run a marathon.

I have run a half marathon (about to run another one!) and I am ready for a new challenge.  I’m not crazy about long distance running {a 10k is my favorite race} but I have always wanted to run a full marathon so this will be the year I will do it!

Any suggestions for a first-time marathoner?

What marathon should I sign up for?

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A Year Later

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In training for my Thanksgiving Day half marathon last year, I ran a 10k trail race at a local park.  Prior to this race, I had not been training, really at all.  I ended up walking most of the race, especially since it has 3 majors hills in the last 3 miles, and my time was 1:16:02, which is about 15 minutes slower than my usual 10k time.

This year, I decided to take the challenge again to see if I could better my time.  I trained for about a month leading up to the race.  Race morning it was SUPER cold and windy, and I was a little nervous about how the weather would affect me since I hadn’t gotten used to the cold yet.

On the first turn around, they did not make it clear where we were supposed to turn around, so everyone made the mistake of running too far.  When we got into the woods, there was a really long downhill, so I took advantage of that and gave myself a nice lead over the other runners.  I felt good the entire race {except those brutal uphills!} and never walked which is a goal I had for this race.

I ended up coming in 1st overall for the women and 3rd overall for everyone.  Granted this race only had 16 people, but hey, I’ll take it!  My time was 1:09:28 which is not what I was hoping for, but it was a 5 minute improvement on last year.

Have you ever run a race one year and then run it again the next year to see how you improved? Also, any last minute tips for my half marathon in 3 weeks are welcome! 🙂