Ive been doing some thinking about this blog. I seem to go through phases on what I blog about–or even if I blog. I guess thats the benefit of it being my own site–I can post about whatever I want 😉
HOWEVER, this week I was thinking about what I like to read about in other people’s blogs. The answer? Their training and their food. So I decided to start blogging about running again!
First, Id like to catch up on my training. Every year (it is inevitable, seriously) I end up getting overwhelmed by work and school and run sporadically for a couple of months. And it sucks–because when you do that you lose so much fitness, and all the work you put in leading up to that! I am going to try to break the cycle this year. How? BY SIGNING UP FOR ANOTHER MARATHON! The cure for me to run through the winter? A training plan with a LOT of running on it–the more miles assigned, the more likely I am to do it!
So, back in May after running off and on for months, I ran a two mile race with my father to benefit the One Fund for Boston. And it was miserable. The entire time I cursed my lack of running and the food I had eaten all winter–I ran that race heavier than I had been in a LONG time–126 pounds. And I could feel every. single. bowl. of. ice. cream. during those 8minute miles (at a HR of 178, seriously). That was the kick in the butt I needed to start running again! Here are the following weeks of training.
May 20 – May 26: 2 runs, 6 miles total
May 27 – June 2: 24.5 miles, average pace 10:45/mi
June 3 – June 9: 19.6 miles, average pace: 10:20/mi
June 10 – June 16: 17.7 miles, average pace: 9:55/mi
June 17 – June 23: 28.7 miles, average pace: 9:45/mi
June 24 – June 30: 34 miles, average pace: 9:30/mi (this was LP camp! lots of running/recovery)
July 1 – July 7: 17.3 miles, average pace: 9:40/mi
*This was a recovery week and included a 5k on Wednesday that week (race report coming soon!)
July 8 – July 14: 33 miles, average pace: 9:23/mi
So, Consistency. All of the runs were done at the same average heart rate–smack in the middle of Zone 1. I was a miserable, miserable person during that first month when running between 10:45 and 10 minutes miles. My husband was hiding from me because I was blaming him for me being “slow”. Now, is that actually slow? No, of course not. I was angry because when I stopped running in November I had been running sub 9’s in the same HR zone. And because it felt AWFUL. My legs wanted to go faster, I was bored, but my HR was just so high!
BUT PROGRESS! This week has been pretty miserable in terms of weather in MA. Well, “miserable”. I actually love it but my running does not 🙂 I have been up at 6am every day to have my runs done by 8am at the latest because otherwise it is a sufferfest. 6:30am runs are just half-sufferfest (humidity, but no sun yet). Looking forward to running in Lake Placid next week–cool, dry, and flat!
Since I bit the bullet and did this post (the most time intensive one trying to calculate all the data above!), I am feeling much more motivation to post! Tomorrow morning: I alluded to running that 2.5 mile race heavier than I’d like, so Ill post about what changed!
Also—race report from the Finish at the Fifty 5k with about a gazillion pictures!