1. I need a goal. I finally broke 2 hours in my half marathon and I haven't put a lot of thought into the next goal. I mean, of course a PR would be nice, but I don't have as definitive of a goal. Quite frankly, running sub 2 was hard, and it would be nice to do that again, preferably a little more comfortably.
|Love that PR bell!|
2. I do really well following plans. I really like posting my plan on the fridge and checking off each run. I've been following essentially the same plan the past few races. I try to do two 5 mile runs a week and then alternate speed work and long runs. It's been working, but I would be interested to see what a coach had to say. I wonder how fast I could get actually following advice from someone who knows what they are doing. On the other hand, I appreciate how easy my plan is to follow. It works for my life.
3. Long runs are tricky. I try to go somewhat early and just pack a lot of water and shot bloks in my car. I do various miles that circle back to my car every so often. It seems like the training run group would have set up aid stations throughout the long runs. That would be really great. On the other hand, long runs are usually not very pretty for me. I kind of like suffering solo. Plus, I like being able to take breaks when I feel like I need them.
4. I like my current group. They are only a quick drive away, and besides, I would really miss seeing them every week. Plus even though it's hotter, I like that we have a later start time. 7am runs would be tough at first! From what I read there will be a couple of easy runs thrown into the mix, so I could always go back to my group for those instead.
5. Commitment. I think this is a really good thing for me, and something that I'm not so sure about. It would be good for me to be held accountable by a group and a coach. I like when other people know about my goals so that I can be reminded of what all the hard work is for. The plan would coincide perfectly with 2 of my three half marathons I want to do, and would hopefully give me the tools to continue moving forward for my third. I do appreciate the ability to be flexible though. I like being able to do my runs when I feel like doing them. I like being able to adjust according to how I'm feeling. I like running for me. Now I just have to decide how much support I want.
|Gotta earn my bling!|
Have you ever used a training group? How did it go? Did you find that it helped you meet your goals? Maybe form new goals? I would love to hear your stories!