Goals, Strollers, and Ankles

Seven weeks to go!

Despite a persistently sore ankle (from a bad sprain last spring), training is going well. In fact, I feel ahead of schedule in terms of miles and speedwork. As I’ve been preparing for the race, I’ve tried to set a goal pace/time. This has been difficult, though, because of the variables. Will Rowan be in a good mood, or will I have to stop? How significantly will the stroller affect my pace? I only have limited experience with stroller running with Rowan; last summer we’d do short (3-4 miles) runs in the afternoon and he loved it. Plus, I found that my pace wasn’t significantly slower. I’ve read elsewhere that you can count on a 10-15% slower pace, and that rings true with experience. How will stroller running be when in a relatively crowded race? Should I start slow (as I usually do in races), or should I start with a faster mile or two to get out of the traffic and avoid a race full of passing other runners?

As you can tell, I have more questions than answers.

I think I’ve decided on a new running stroller, at least. I visited Scheels yesterday and looked at the Baby Jogger City Elite. It seems really well-constructed and sturdy. I’ve previously used a jogger from Target, and while it worked well for a summer, it quickly lost its ability to go straight down the path. Anyway, I’m anxious for warmer weather so I can get started training with the jogger and Rowan.

In terms of a goal, I’m not sure how aggressive to be. My previous time for a 1/2 marathon in Fargo is 1:27 or so, which was about a 6:44 pace. I’m thinking more conservatively for this race, obviously, due to so many unknowns. Tentatively, I think I am aiming for about 1:45, or just under 8:00/mile. We’ll see, though…

I already miss New Orleans (we visited last week), if for no other reason than outdoor running. I’ve been outside in Fargo a few times, but all the snow and ice makes my fragile ankle really nervous. So, I’ve been logging miles on the treadmill, for better or worse. Ok, that’s it for now. I’ll check in after a few more days–thanks for reading!