It's race week for me, with the Indy Mini Marathon this coming Saturday. I first ran the mini in 2005, with my coworker, Melanie. It was crazy hot that day and they had a race warning up the entire time. We finished in 2:34:55. It was my first half-marathon!
I ran again in 2006 with relatively no training with my friend Stacey. Finished in 2:29:38.
In 2007 I didn't learn my lesson and ran again without training. I ran most of the race with my friends Erin and Courtney, but lost them at mile 9 when my lack of training caught up with me. Time: 2:43:24.
2008 continued my trend of "why did I pay $50 to sign up if I wasn't going to train?" It was rough. I ran on my own but met up with friends afterwards. My worst yet: 2:47:59
In 2009 I actually trained - fairly hard - for the race. I was rewarded with some minor vomiting curbside and a PR - 2:14:47. I think it helped having Dave along to cheer for me... although he really just watched TV at the hotel, put the luggage in the car, and drank Starbucks while I ran.
My current half marathon PR is 1:58:23, from the FW half last September. My only goal for Saturday is to beat that time... although if I don't, it's okay. This half-marathon is working nicely into my marathon training schedule (I'm supposed to do 12 this weekend), and the marathon is my major goal for the year. Still, a PR would be nice...
Training for the week will be... whatever the heck I feel like running! I try to meet my long runs on the weekends but not pressure myself for weekday runs - that way I can enjoy running without feeling like it's a requirement. Run for fun!
Mosie's training for her race this weekend, too.