ZOOMA Florida – 6.5 Weeks Out!

How’s ZOOMA Florida training going? Well, I haven’t been really doing this thing called “training,” but I really surprised myself at Thanksgiving’s half.

I really wasn’t expecting a PR – mostly because I hadn’t run more than 8-9 miles (twice) since my last half at the beginning of October, and I hadn’t run since my 5k on Saturday (I’ll get to that next). I figured I’d take it easy and do 4/1 run/walk intervals, and set some more conservative goals.

The Subaru Distance Classic

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 10.53.32 AM The weather was fantastic. I love running in the high 40s/low 50s. The only thing I wish I would’ve remembered was a pair of throwaway gloves since my hands were freezing.

The first 5 or so miles flew by, and I was pleasantly surprised with my pace. I saw plenty of friends and familiar faces in those first few miles, which is always nice. I knew I was on track to PR, but I didn’t want to push myself too much and burn out. Miles 6-8 were my fastest and my pace dropped below 11:00 on each of those miles. I continued to pace myself and remembered that I had wiggle room for a PR. I just wanted to stay consistent and not burn out.

As much as I love the Subaru Distance Classic, I really hate the last mile of this race. It’s through a neighborhood, and there’s multiple turns. I can never remember which one is going to be the last, and it can be a little crushing to make a turn and realize that you have further to go than you thought. Regardless, I stayed strong even though my legs were beginning to burn.

I crossed the finish line at 2:28:35 – a 51 second PR from my 2011 time at this same race.

Subaru Distance Classic Route

McKenzie’s Run 5k

As I mentioned before, I hadn’t run since my 5k the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Thanks to my awesome employer, I ran the McKenzie’s Run 5k. Gotta love a free race.

I arrived at Everbank about 45 minutes before the race, and after saying hello to some friends, I made my way to the start line with one of my co-workers… where we stood for what felt like a century since the race started about 45 minutes late.

If you’re a runner you know – 45 minutes makes a big difference. It makes a difference for food and hydration and bathroom and so many reasons. I was hungry and thirsty the entire race, and it was rapidly getting hot and humid. I just wanted to finish the stupid thing from the very first step.

It wasn’t a PR, but it wasn’t a total bust given the circumstances.

6.5 weeks til ZOOMA Florida! A little less than 4 weeks until Jacksonville Bank 1/2! Can’t help but wonder if there’s another PR in my future… I’m also debating whether or not I want to continue down the interval path for these next two. Thoughts?

Don’t forget: Use code ‘DEVON15’ for 10% off any ZOOMA Florida distance!

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  1. If it works for you I would stick with the interval plan. You could always go out for a longer run before your next half and do the same method to see how you feel after. Space the run out enough from the race so you can recover and aim to go a little faster than you would for your normal long run. Congrats on the PR!!! That’s awesome! 😀

  2. OMG! That neighborhood is awful. Great job on the PR. It was good to see you. We were running 3/1 intervals but I think I am going to bump it up to 4/1’s for our future training.

    • That neighborhood is pure evil. I personally love 4/1s because they’re really easy to keep track of if something happens – you just have to remember to walk at the 4s and the 9s of every 10 minute section!

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