Why yes, it has been a long time since I posted on here. No I haven’t died, gotten an injury, or stopped running. I HAVE however slowed it down, dropped back to 1-2 easy short runs a week…gotten rather lax about running. Call it a vacation from Marathon training if you will. Or call it like it is…tired of running, don’t wanna have to…not gonna do it…you can’t make me…..blah blah blah.
Well vacation is officially over, and half marathon training season is here! I can say that I am 70% excited to have an iron clad schedule to stick to again ( I really am BAD about skipping out on runs if I am not in training). I am 25% anxious and dreading the grind of being tied to a schedule, and 5% worried that even tho I just managed 26.2 miles, I just won’t be able to run the 13.1 that I have to for a half. Only as good as your next race and all that…
Superhusband and I ran 4 miles this morning. It. Was. Hot. We didn’t get going til around 7:15 and by then it was a sauna-like 85 degrees with 70% humidity….ugh. As per usual, I was whining and hating life for the first mile. Once I got over myself and my legs figured out that we were not just going for a short jog, I evened out and ran pretty well. Apparently my muscle memory from all that training is still in play. For the first mile all I wanted to do was stop and walk, but after that, my cruise control kicked in. My cardio however, was a bit glitchy. Apparently my lungs were still on vacation. I huffed and puffed more than I would like, and that never really did settle in…but I’ll take what I can get and be happy about the 4 miles. Call me the little engine that ran 4 miles.
As I write this, I can tell that I will be a bit stiff tomorrow. Its time to shake off the cobwebs and get my body back in running shape for sure! Mentally and emotionally I feel great. I’ve been feeling petulant and emotionally blah…and this was a nice, mental spring cleaning.
I didn’t realize it, but somewhere along the way, I really have become a true runner…one of those people who doesn’t just run for physical gain, but also runs for emotional and mental well being…ick…ah well, what’s done is done I suppose!
So, once more into the breach…except this time its a bit less…well…breachy. I am not flinging myself out into the abyss of a full 26.2 but rather into my more comfy zone of 13.1. I have signed up for a doozy of a schedule though! In addition to running a 5K a month, I will be running a half marathon in Oct, one in November, one in December, and one in February. If I can find one in January, I may just sign up for that too just to round it all out lol. Its a VERY tight schedule and once the half marathons start, I will have little time to train between them.
With this schedule in mind, I am going back to a plan that got me in great running shape last year. I am using the Hal Higdon 3 Marathon plan again, but just using the first half of the plan. I will start now and ramp up to a long run of 15 miles before my first race in October. My goal this year, is to train and run without injury, and to hopefully PR a race or two. Oh yeah…plus I would like to lose the 5 pounds that I gained during my Marathon taper ( darn carb loading). Its a tough plan ( 3 days a week rather than 4 or 5) and a very tight schedule…but its good to have a plan and a purpose to my weekly runs.
So people, there you have it…we are once again, off to the races! Lets see how this season plays out!