Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mercedes Half-Marathon Race Prep Workout

So after 3 weeks of going back and forth on whether or not I should race the Mercedes Half-Marathon or the 5k at Choctaw Trails (the female who runs under 17:45 at Choctaw gets a $500 gift-certificate to fleet feet) I made a last minute decision to register for Mercedes. Very last minute, the last day you could even register.

And why give up the possibility of a shopping spree at an awesome running store to run a hilly half in Birmingham, Alabama? Well M, K, D are planning on running the Marathon and Meagan Nedlo posted on her blog that she was planning on running the half.

Now I have no idea how my legs will respond on Sunday, but Meagan will keep it honest, and even if I can't be dragged to a fast time, it will still set the tempo for a good run. For those of you that don't know, Meagan just ran 2:41 for the Marathon at the Olympic Trials. Part of me hopes she goes out a little conservative (having that she just raced a marathon) so I don't get dropped in the first 1200 meters....

Mercedes typically posts fast times year after year, so I figure I'm going to eat this race and just go after it, even if that is not a PR, it will be worth going to see M, K, D finish their marathons and K, D chase 2:59.

This week...

Monday: 90 ish minutes (12 miles)
Tuesday: 11 miles (9 or so w/ K, and then a loop of Sherwood)
Wednesday: AM: 5 miles, PM: 1.5 mile w/u, 2 miles in 11:26 on the hills (5:48/5:37), 3 minutes jog, 20 min of fartlek, 4:51-5:40 depending on hills/interval length, 1 mile c/d (quick lunch break workout)

Also, I have a few articles on the Georgia Marathon Blog, just some fun stuff. If you all have a second, please like/share. It will help me win some nice gear from the Georgia Marathon folks.



inspirunning said...

sounds like a very fun wkend! Good luck and have a blast out there!

mrn said...

you are NOT going to get dropped in the first 1200 meters! probably not at all. i hope we can work together!

Jenn said...

Best of Luck to you this weekend!! Read your articles and "liked" them:)

Mudrunner said...

It was a great race event, thanks for sharing. Congratulations for a great job well done and looking forward always for more updates.