Well, we are officially back in training!
As of right now, we aren’t really following any sort of training plan. Aside from knowing that we’re adding a mile to our long runs every weekend and doing 2 speed workouts per week, we’re kind of winging it.
Besides, with Thanksgiving, an out of town wedding, Christmas, the billion things that go along with Christmas, an inevitable sneezey cold (it always happens in December), New Year’s, freezing temperatures, and a wedding anniversary, we probably wouldn’t do a good job of sticking to a plan anyway, so why set ourselves up for failure.
BUT I also want to accomplish some big things over the next 10 weeks. The problem with creating a ridiculous goal and actually accomplishing it (as was the case for the marathon) is you pretty much think you can do it every time.
So, my goal going in is a 1:35 half, or 7:15 per mile average (I’m not really sure why but it seems like a good number to reach for).
I am not anywhere near this.
My last real (non-puppy) 5-K in July was a 7:20 average. On ONE occasion have I been able run a race faster than a 7:15 pace. And according to McMillian, my half time is about 1:41 half based on my marathon time. So, I’ve got some speed to work on.
Aside from hitting a 1:35, my other goals for this training session are:
1) Yoga once a week to keep limber
2) Strength training: I’m never very consistent with this, and I need to get better.
3) Staying injury free by being proactive (with stretching and identifying nagging annoyances before they become issues)
4) developing a solid base for an easy transition into marathon training the week after the race.
We did our first long run this weekend. I was planning on getting in 5 miles, but we went for a trail run next to the river and we ended up at about 5.8 instead, so we’re already ahead of schedule!
Overall, I felt ok. My calves were tight yesterday, but considering we took a 5 week break with nothing more than a few 3 mile runs, it didn’t feel labored.
It was a slow run because it was on a trail (lots of really loose sand, lots of horse poo, and lots of change in direction). And of course, lots of picture stops/tree climbing/general shenanigans We had some COLD weather this weekend, so Saturday morning was our last chance to get in a good run with fall leaves because I’m guessing a lot of them have just met their ultimate death thanks to the sub-freezing temps and wind.
I am excited to get back into the swing of things and to have a routine to keep myself on track. I’m not looking forward to running in the early morning, especially because we’re having an unusually cold week (I know I complained a lot about the heat this summer, but I may hate running in the freezing cold even more).
I hope everyone had a good training weekend!