Welcome to check-in #2!
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The first week of training for the 13.1 NYC -- run and done!
Here's what I had planned to run / what I ran
Mon: 4 miles easy / Done! 4.25 in 40:25
Tues: cross-train / Nope, didn't happen. I, um, ran instead. Oops! Just 2.75 miles. I couldn't resist . . .
Wed: 5 miles w/3 @ tempo / Done! Total of 5 with 3.1 @ 8:50 pace
Thurs: rest / Done!
Fri: 4 miles easy / Done! With lots and lots of interruptions but I got the mileage in
Sat: 8 miles @ long run pace / Moved it to Sunday
Sun: rest / Long run done! 8.04 miles @ 9:03 pace
Total mileage: 21 / 24
Overall, I'm happy with my first week of training. I couldn't resist the extra run on Tuesday -- sometimes that happens, you know. Your legs just itch to run and you have to give in. You just have to. Or at least I have to!
My tempo run was a bit disappointing in that I wanted to run outside but the weather forced me in. My pace was slower than the 8:45 I had hoped to run but I'm more or less OK with that because I find it harder to run on the treadmill.
On the other hand, my long run was faster than I would have liked. I ran yesterday and I tried hard to keep my pace slow (my goal for the long runs is 10 min miles) but I kept speeding up at finished at a 9:03 pace. That's just a little bit slower than my goal pace for the half marathon so I need to work on containing myself as my runs get longer. Sure, part of me was happy that I finished the 8 feeling as great as I did -- I felt like I could have kept running but wisely stuck to the plan instead -- but I also know that running long runs too fast can backfire. And I don't want anything to do with that.
Which brings me to this week's plan:
Mon: 4 easy
Wed: 5 easy
Fri: 4 easy
Sun: 10.3 -- 15k race + warmup/cooldown
I may change things up. I'm considering ditching the race in favor of working on slowing down my long run, 10 miles @ 10min/mi. If I do that, I may toss in an extra run -- maybe 3 miles or so -- with pick-ups of 30 seconds of every 2 minutes for 2 of those miles. Nothing taxing, just something to keep things fresh.
How is your training going?
The week got away from me. I had promised the list of participants and prizes for you all last week but it didn't happen. I could make all kinds of excuses -- I had a deadline! And my sister-in-law had her baby! -- but the truth is I just didn't get to it. So, getting those things going is on the agenda for this week.
What I do have for you though, is a chance to Help a Reader!
Hey there! I ran my first half at the end of 2009. I started running in early 2009, about 9 months after my first child was born. I had to stop running when pregnant with my second last year. My second child is now 2 months old, and I started running again last week. Any suggestions on how to ease back into running? I would love to do another half again and marathon.
Who has some advice? Please leave a comment with suggestions/tips/advice for how marsfire98 can ease back into running.
In the meantime, I'll share my words of wisdom (har, har . . . ).
I started running 2 weeks after my second son was born, but that worked because I had run through most of my pregnancy. It took me almost 4 weeks to start running after my first son was born because I didn't run through that pregnancy.
When I eased back after both boys, the thing that I found helpful was to sign up for a 5K. With my first son that 5K was 4 months after he was born. This time, it was 2. The timing is personal and doesn't matter all that much. The key is signing up, committing, and using that commitment to motivate you to get out the door and run.
Another tip: Take walk breaks during those early runs. Be flexible -- if you can't run one day, don't get down on yourself. If you hadn't planned to run but your schedule opens up, take advantage of the opportunity. With kids, especially those early weeks and months, you have to be flexible with your running routine.
What other tips do you have for marsfire98?
Hope you all had a good weekend -- thanks for stopping by!
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
-- Martin Luther King Jr.