Yesterday I ran for 1 hour and 15 minutes. It felt great to run
longer than I have in a while. I realized, however, that I didn’t cover as much distance as I used to in that period of time. When I ran my first race, I just wanted to finish. Even in my second race, I just wanted to finish a marathon at
altitude (in Colorado). Now, I have a time goal of running my race in under 4 hours and 30 minutes. Ideally, my overall pace will be 9:44/hr which will allow me to finish the race in just under 4hr15 to achieve my best time ever. For the first time during any of the training I’ve done, I am actually timing myself in mile increments so that I know that I am staying on track to make my target time. It’s actually making training easier. I don’t think, “Am I going to finish?” Instead I think, “When am I going to finish?” This makes a big difference, mentally. I am not even thinking about stopping, walking or
quitting. I am only thinking about getting it done in the time that I want. 

Here is the breakdown:
1 mile: 9.44
2 miles: 19.28
3 miles: 29.12
4 miles: 38.56
5 miles: 48.40
6 miles: 58.24
7 miles: 1:08:08
8 miles:1:17:52
9 miles:1:27:36
10 miles: 1:37:20
11 miles: 1:47:04
12 miles: 1:56:48
13 miles: 2:06:32
14 miles: 1:26:16
15 miles: 2:26:00
16 miles: 2:35:44
17 miles: 2:45:27
18 miles: 2:55:11
19 miles: 3:04:55
20 miles: 3:14:39
21 miles:  3:24:23
22 miles: 3:34:07
23 miles: 3:43:51
24 miles: 3:53:35
25 miles: 4:03:19
26 miles: 4:13:03

I am working on interval training so that I can condition myself in order to cut down on my time. Essentially, I run between
3-12 miles at my marathon race pace (depending on how long my run is planned for). This is advice given by Owen Anderson of Peak Performance. Anything run over 12 miles at race pace during training will actually be detrimental.  Running too fast and burning out too early is not good either. This is why I want to train myself to realize my race pace so that I don’t move too slowly or too fast.  I am also keeping a stop watch on hand so that I can concentrate on making my times for each mile. It takes a lot more effort and concentration than how I trained before (which was just running and not stopping, ignoring my pace) but now that I know I can run a marathon, I want to work on doing it with the best effort I can put forward.

"Many people shy away from
hills. They make it easy on themselves, but that limits their improvement. The
more you repeat something, the stronger you
- Joe

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    Kris Fergus is training to run Red White and Blue 26.2 in Findlay, Ohio on October 7th, 2012. Though this is not her first marathon, it is the first race in which she will run after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Training began on Monday, June 18th, and Kris will be keeping a blog to bring you with her on her journey and she will be raising money for Lakewood Hospital during the process.

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