Just because Rock n’ Roll San Diego is behind me doesn’t mean that I’m done half marathon training. Up next on the schedule is the inaugural San Diego Craft Classic Half Marathon on July 17th. I’m really looking forward to this one as I’ve been an ambassador for the event for over six months (use discount code Fitnessfatale for $10 off – prices increase on July 1st!) and I’ve organized a Oiselle Team meet up for this race. Asia is running the race, I also have another good friend running and I know several San Diego bloggers will be out at the event. Hopefully it’ll be a 13.1 mile party that continues at the finish line with plentiful craft beer. I’ve never been one to partake in the post-race free beer partially because it’s not usually craft beer and also because I’m usually hungry and want to go eat a meal ASAP! At the Craft Classic there will not only be craft beer but also delicious gourmet food trucks to solve my hunger problem.
Training for Craft Classic hasn’t been quite as regimented as it was for RnR – Asia and I plan to get in a tempo run a week and at least four runs per week including a long run, but I am not putting a lot of pressuring on training. Race day will be exactly 16 weeks out from the New York Marathon and I want to be sure that I’m excited and motivated to start serious training after giving myself a week to recover after the race. I don’t want to burn out on running by forcing myself to stick to a training plan before then.
I also went on a registration tear lately signing up for races in my home city – Encinitas! First up is the Encinitas Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Mike and I walked the 5k last year with Siena and decided to make the race an annual family tradition. This year we are going to run the 10k and push Siena in the stroller. Next is the Cardiff Kook race on Super Bowl Sunday. Although I didn’t have the best experience with the 4 mile “kook” distance this year year (no timing for that distance and I wasn’t aware of that), the race directors were incredibly nice when I reached out and refunded my money. Their customer service (plus the 40% off deal they were having) motivated me to sign up again for next years race, this time choosing the 10k (they eliminated the Kook distance). Mike also signed up!
And a new race that I’m possibly MOST excited about – the inaugural Encinitas Half Marathon!!! The course is basically a combination of all my coastal training routes but it’ll be really fun to run my town in a race setting. The course hits all the sights – Moonlight Beach, Swami’s Beach, the Encinitas Sign, and the Cardiff Kook. I think it may be the easiest I’ve ever signed up for a race since it takes place on March 26, 2017, but I couldn’t help myself – it just looks too fun. If you want to join me, sign up using discount code FITNESSFATALE for 10% off. Sign up now because prices are really low – only $79!
I’m a big planner and training plans are exciting to me! I am still deciding on my New York Marathon training plan and I think I might do Hal Higdon’s Advanced 1 Plan. I plan to drop one run so that I’m only running five days a week. Has anyone else done a Hal Higdon training plan for a full marathon? I used his beginner half marathon plan for my first half. One of the things that drew me to his full plan is that once the mileage gets high, the plan alternates between 20 mile runs and 12 mile long runs on the weekends. I like the idea of having every other Saturday to recover and spend less time away from my family! Plus as of now I don’t have a running buddy for long runs so this means fewer really long runs alone, which I know in the past has caused me to burn out a bit.
Which races do you have on your calendar that you are most excited about?