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Training: Week 2

03 April, 2018

Happy Tuesday friends!
So last week was a little busier than I had anticipated which did not translate well in terms of running.
To keep things somewhat consistent, the schedule I came up with was to run on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday of each week.  I figured I could do the shorter runs on Monday and Wednesday after work before heading home and then a longer run on Saturday with the dogs.
What I didn’t plan for was the unexpected “life events” that popped up and threw my plan off kilter.
Thankfully though, I was able to get 2 of my 3 runs in this week. I know it may not seem like much, but it was a pretty big deal considering most days I’m trying to drag myself out of bed every morning (my pesky ‘ole friend depression has decided to pop by for a spell).
Monday I headed out for solo run to one of my favorite spots. I like to start at my family’s cottage which is close to an easy dirt road that runs through the woods. The hallway point is the community boat launch on the lake. It’s a pretty great spot for a quick picture break before heading back to the cottage.
Penny had a vet appointment Wednesday morning, so I took Sam along with me for a morning run before she and I headed out for the day. Running with a dog is definitely an interesting experience. I think I spend most of my time trying to convince Sam that we didn’t have to sprint the whole time, but it was a lot of fun getting out there with him. It was also nice getting out there first thing in the morning and getting it over with. It also reminded me how much I love running in the morning. There is something almost magical about being out when the rest of the world around you is waking up.

Unfortunately, I did not get my 3rd run of the week in. I ended up having plans the rest of the week that kept me from strapping on the running shoes, but it’s o.k. This is one of the reasons I have decided to give myself so much time to prepare for the 10k. I won’t want to put life “on hold” just to prepare for a race.
This week looks to be just as busy as last week, so balancing real life with running and training will be a bit difficult. But rather than focus on getting my miles in, just making sure to keep moving will be key this week. Along with getting in at least 2 runs again this week, I have a long hike planned for the weekend which should be a fun way to get in some exercise. 

It's Happening!

26 March, 2018

I'd like everyone to go ahead and ignore all my previous posts regarding any training for running a 10k.

Why, you may ask? Well....I'm starting over because this happened....

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Friends and I are officially signed up to run the Across the Bay 10k in Annapolis in November!

Part of me is absolutely terrified.

And part of me is so unbelievably excited about it that I just can't stand it.

Because I haven't run an significant amount in quite a long time, I'm taking my time to prepare for this race.

I still plan on following the Half Marathon training plan from Run Eat Repeat to not only get me ready for the race, but to get me on a consistent  running plan.

I used to love running and am at a place where I'd like to fall in love with it again. And I think this is just the thing I need to help make it happen. 

Training ReBoot

19 March, 2018

I don't exactly know what week of training I am supposed to be on. Week 3....4 maybe?

Regardless, I'm going with week 3 just be be safe.

Last week was a bit of a disaster.

Work stress and relationship sadness got the best of me and I do what I do best....I retreated inside of myself and training too a seat on the back burner.

I know it's not the best coping skill, but sometimes it is what I need to move forward.

So this week, I'm starting over with week 3......

Three days of running. Three days of strength training.

Seven days closer to hitting my goals.

Even though I'm not entirely sure what they are just yet.


Half Training: Week 2

05 March, 2018

Happy Monday everyone!

Still trying to get back in the swing of things, but we’ll eventually get there!

I cannot believe it is already the first week of March! I almost hate to admit that what my high school physics teacher told us was true….the older you get, the fast time goes by. It’s crazy!

This is also the start of week 2 of the Half Marathon Training Program.

The first week of the program was shall we say, interesting.

Not only am I trying to reacquaint myself with running, I’m also doing it while trying to teach 2 dogs how to run along with me. Super fun! Thankfully both Sam and Penny love to be outside and love to run so it’s been a somewhat easy thing to do. Just need them to realize that it’s more of a marathon and not a sprint, but we will get there.

Last week we covered 7 miles in the program. It was so great to get out and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air and to just be able to move. I feel like I’ve been cooped up all winter so getting out has been great not only for my body but also my mind.

Thankfully getting back into running hasn’t been too bad. Like I said, the hardest part is getting the dogs to realize that we don’t have to sprint every time we start to run. I even discovered that I can set up a profile on my watch for running intervals so I don’t have to try and keep track of when it is time to run vs when it is time to walk on my own!

This weeks programming is the same as last weeks: 2 miles, 2 miles and 3 miles.

I also plan on adding some strength training back in this week. Just some light dumbbell and kettlebell work to get back in the swing of things.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Happy running!

Let's Get Running

28 February, 2018

Before my thirtieth birthday I wrote out a bucket list of some of the things I wanted to do in my life.

Three of those things were running related…..

  • Run a 5k
  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a marathon

But here is the thing…..I’m not exactly a runner.

I’m thick and squishy.

I’m not fast. I’ll never be fast.

I can count on one hand how many times I have gone on a run and actually managed to complete the whole thing without walking or stopping to catch my breath.

And quite frankly, whenever I do run and someone asks me how it went, my response is always, “Well…I didn’t die.”

But here is the thing, I kind of love it.

I love the freedom it gives me.

I love the runners high.

And quite frankly I love the routes and trails that I am able to run on.

At the first of the year, friends and I started talking about the possibility of running a destination race together. Not only would it be a fun girls weekend, it would be something different to try.

So it was decided over margaritas, Manhattans and a delicious drink called “the orchard” that we would run a 10k together!

I may be the least athletic of the group but I think I am the most excited about this adventure!

In past I have done the Couch to 5K program with some success. But I’d get to weeks 4 and 5 and it would all fall apart. I think it was more of a mental thing than anything.

This time around, I’m taking a slightly different approach. Instead of training specifically for a 10k, I am going to train for a half marathon.

Wha?!

The idea was actually that of a friends. She suggested we plan for a longer race, so that on race day we aren’t super intimidated by that distance.

To get me ready for the race, I am going to be following the training program for a half marathon from Run Eat Repeat. It's a 16 week, walk/run program which I think will be perfect for me. Running non-stop for that long seems really intimidating, but doing a run/walk combo seems way more doable and knowing that my training plan consists of running and walking, I won't feel like I will have failed if I can't run the whole thing.

I'm excited to start the training program and to get back into running. It's going to be a fun 16 weeks!

Thanks for reading!