So, I finally got around to really checking out Austin Fit’s (add link) website yesterday. I read about how they structure their weekly workouts. I’m a little disappointed that it appears their half marathon training long runs are only 6-8 miles. Those are what I would consider “median” runs, not long runs, even though 8 is currently the longest I’ve run and is what I consider a long run right now. But, for half marathon training, I was thinking more along the lines of 8-10, or even 11 miles for the long runs. Also, and this really gets me, the group I would run with, the 10:00-10:59 group, states that it does a walk/run program. I don’t want to walk/run. I want to just straight up run. I don’t need or want walk breaks. So, when I sign up, I’ll have to ask if I join that group, will I be able to just continue running when everyone else stops to walk…or if it’s actually essential to the training that I take the walk breaks. But, really, I’d rather just run straight through. Heck, I’m not going to stop and walk during a half marathon, so why would I do it during training?
But they listed runs that people taking the specific classes (ie-summer, fall, etc.) are training to run. The summer class, the one I plan to register for, starts in mid-May. The most popular race that people in the summer class are shooting to run is the San Antonio installment of the Rock’n’Roll half marathon in November. So, now I have a goal. I want to run that Rock’n’Roll half. I got invited to go with some girl friends to run the Las Vegas one, but I won’t have the money to pay for the trip this year. Next year’s a different story, though.
I’ve still got my sights on the Livestrong Austin Marathon, half marathon distance for February of 2014. But, like the Austin Fit guy at the expo (where I picked up my Capital 10K race packet) said, if I can do one sooner, why shouldn’t I want to? Right! I totally agree with that. And I love exceeding my goals and accomplishing them ahead of schedule.