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! :)
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.
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.