Monthly Archives: August 2011

mile repeats

Week 1 of the plan is going well.  Hope it continues :)  Tuesday morning, the plan said 6 miles – warm up, 3 x mile with 1/2 recovery jogs, cool down.  The thought of attempting this had me tremblin in my shoes.  Repeats? Seriously? I’m sooo not ready for this.  I thought about knocking it down to 2.  That thought was encouraged when I found out Jon needed to leave for work by 6:15am … wow that would mean waking up even earlier than early.  Determination prevailed!!!  I set the alarm for 5am, DETERMINED to accomplish this.  Didn’t want to slack on the plan on the 2nd day.  In being realistic to my fitness and mental [LACK] of toughness, I had 2 main goals – keep the 1st repeat not too fast and get faster on each one.

I ran the mile warm up sloooooow. Felt good to stretch out the legs, still a bit heavy from Saturdays 7 miler.  Mile 1 was a few notches above comfortable, nowhere near hard.  8:04.  Mile 2 felt like I was pushing.  7:30.  Towards the end of mile 2 I thought, wow I’m actually doing this!  And feeling good!  And I’ll finish the workout!  Mile 3 caused me to dig deep and hang on. 7:16.  Mental and physical victory!!!

I did skimp on the cool down – .6 instead of a full mile.  Didn’t want to make the husband late for the concrete pour at work! :)

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oh yeah, consistency

I ended my last post without talking much about consistency.  For the 6 or so people who actually read this blog, you know that consistency is something I really strive for.  Even though the baby still is NOT sleeping through the night (come on little guy – you can do it!!!), early morning runs have been working.  For the most part.  Since I started back running in mid May, I’ve basically just been randomly deciding how far or how fast to run … based on how I feel, when I actually make it out the door (thus how much time I have before Jon leaves for work), etc.

Time for a plan.  I love creating running plans.  I’ve recently put together plans for several friends who want to run a 5K or half marathon – often starting from scratch as far as how much they actually run.  That’s been fun for me.  Anyway.  I’ve put together a plan for me.  Here’s the gist …

Mondays – easy
Tuesdays – hard – either repeat miles or tempo
Wednesday – off
Thursdays – maintenance run (not easy but not hard, 1-2 miles further than Mondays)
Fridays – easy
Saturday/Sunday – long and rest

The tentative goal is a half marathon on November 13 in Pensacola.  That will then set me up perfectly to start training for a spring marathon IF I’m ready – both mentally and physically.  Actually, that’s if WE are ready – marathon training is a full family commitment.  I’m holding that plan loosely.

I’m excited about the motivation of having a plan.

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ups & downs & striving for consistency

How has a month gone by since I last wrote???

Since then, I had 2 good weeks of 20.2 miles and 17.1 miles.  Then I was having a rough week and was desperate to feel like I was accomplishing some type of exercise, so attempted a “boy” pushup, managed 2, and felt my back twinge.  I stretched a bit, slept, and woke up in the morning feeling tight and thought a run could help stretch it out … MISTAKE.  It hurt the whole run and I felt my legs buckle many times.  I was in pain the next 4 days and didn’t feel better until a deep tissue massage.  I took 5 days off, and then ran super slow and short my 1st 2 runs.

Since then, I’ve been feeling good!  I’ve had some laborious runs, and some great runs.  The laborious runs remind me I have a ways to go. The great runs remind me that the hard work IS paying off.

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