Monday, February 18, 2013

Malinda's 2013 runDisney Princess Half Marathon Goals

Would you kiss a frog for a PR? ;-)

I describe myself as the "go with the flow" slower 1/2 of @TwinsRun. Some may say I'm not a slow runner, since I did finish the Philadelphia Marathon in 4:00:57. However, compared to @LeahCville, the BQ x 2 faster 1/2 of @TwinsRun, I am slow - so speed is relative! ;-)

Although Leah is the Garmin obsessed race addict, I did start using the Nike Plus app on June 23, 2012. The pace isn't very accurate in comparison to the Garmin, but it does inspire me to see that I have logged 1,270 miles in the last 8 months!

While I have multiple training schedules, including the Charlottesville Marathon/Half Marathon Training Program and the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run Virtual Training Program, I have to admit that I don't follow them very well, except for the mileage.
I don't enjoy speed workouts or hill repeats. It seems too complicated to me, so I tend to run at the same pace for the same distance. I know I need to vary the distance and the pace, which is imperative, according to Bart Yasso. :-)
Generally, I don't have a time goal in mind when I run a runDisney race. I'd rather have fun and stop for all the character photographs, no matter how long it takes me to finish. However, after finishing in 2:54:26 last year, I'd like to run my 4th Princess Half Marathon faster! ;-) 

My "A" goal is to run "fast" and complete the race in 2 hours with team 'TwinsRUNinOurFamily" finishing in the top 10 of sister/sister teams. This seems like an achievable goal if the conditions are right and I feel good.

My overall half marathon PR was at the 2008 ING Philadelphia Distance Run (1:48:57). My runDisney half marathon PR was at the 2011 Disneyland Half Marathon (2:05:07) and my Princess Half Marathon PR was 2:23:44 in 2011.

My "B" goal is to run slow, stop for all the photos and have fun! If the conditions aren't ideal or I'm not feeling well, I'd rather enjoy this race and then try to PR at the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run on April 7 and the Nike Women's Half Marathon on April 28.

Do you have goals for the Princess Half Marathon - do you have a time goal or a fun goal?

"I used to have goals. They were evil goals, but they were goals." ~ Dr. Doofenshmirtz


Jamie Miles said...

With my bum knee and like you said "it is a Disney race" -- these days I seem to be stuck at 2:24. I almost cracked 2 hours once, but my body has left those days way behind. Hope you get your 2 hours.

Two Runners Travel said...

Enjoy the race whatever pace you decide is perfect on Sunday. See you there!

TWINS RUN in our family said...

Thanks for your comments, SouthMainMuse and We Run Disney! We appreciate the support! :-)

Krissy said...

Have a great race, no matter the outcome!!! Can't wait to see ya in DC for Cherry Blossom + Nike Womens!!

TWINS RUN in our family said...

Thanks Krissy! Malinda is ready to sparkle the Cherry Blossom and Nike Women's Marathon Half DC! See ya real soon! :-)