Friday, January 2, 2015

Friday Five: How to Get a PR

One of my 2015 goals/resolutions was to obtain a PR (personal record) in one of my upcoming 7 half marathons.  I am really hoping to really see this one out. I know I will have fun races, flat races, hilly races, and downhill races in which a PR can be obtained but it won't be easy. I have been in a good running groove as of late and I am hoping it carries over into the new year. Here are five ways I hope to get a PR in 2015:

  1. HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. A lot of times being mentally prepared for a race is half the battle. It sets the mood and tone of how your race will turn out. Nobody likes a Debbie Downer or a Negative Nancy!
  2. INCORPORATE MORE HILLS. I hate hills but they are necessary for training purposes. I'll do more hill interval workouts either on the treadmill or outside. I do have a great park that lets me train with some rolling hills but over all Fresno is pretty flat. I'll have to be creative for this one.
  3. WEIGHT LIFT MORE. Since I started training I haven't really had the chance to weight lift as much as I used to. This is going to change starting next week. I hope to lift at least twice a week. If I am able to do more than great!
  4. ADD MORE CROSS-TRAINING ACTIVITIES. I've been doing spin for the last few weeks and already have noticed an improvement in my endurance. I am hoping to do more exercise classes, Insanity workouts, rock climbing, Zumba, etc. It will also help with keeping things fun! Doing the same workouts week after week can get quite boring. 
  5. SPRINTS, SPRINTS, AND MORE SPRINTS! Just like hills...I hate sprints too! They do help though. They increase endurance, improve lung function, improve conditioning, and build mental toughness.

What are your running goals for 2015?

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  1. Thanks for reminding me about #1. I've been in a bit of a slump lately. I had a horrible race today and honestly it all began with my negative thoughts. Here's to a successful 2015!

    1. Number one is always a tough one to overcome. I'm still trying to keep that positive attitude.

  2. More weights and more cross training is always a good combo for me. Happy New Year!

    1. Good combo but sometimes tedious! Happy New Year!

  3. It's been a long time since I ran (actually since I suffered a pretty bad neck injury). Maybe if I keep on reading your blog I'll be inspired to lace-up my running shoes again!

    I've done a half marathon in the past but if I were to run again, I think I would consider shorter races! Like a 10K!