Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Back to Running

Hi all! I’m getting bad about not blogging regularly. My goal back in January was to blog at least once a week. I was doing pretty well until my ankle issue forced me to run less, so I didn’t have much running to talk about. Although I read blogs where people update daily, some even twice a day! Well my life’s not that exciting but I’m going to try to blog at least once a week.

Since my last post, I did manage to get in a few easy 3 mile runs and my ankle didn’t bother me much at all! YAY! I think it’s almost completely healed. I say almost because I did notice it was tight after my run. I just have to be better about stretching after runs. I’m sure you all are feeling it too but this heat and humidity has been brutal when running in the evenings. Not to mention how slow my pace is now (not that I was ever fast). I know the set back over the past two months has also contributed to a slower pace. But I did feel better after reading a blog post about how the heat affects your pace. At least I know I’m not the only one feeling this pain!


The WRS kickoff event last Monday night was a great success! Lots of newbie runners signed up. I’m excited about meeting my group next week at the first scheduled run! I’m also very happy with the coach I was assigned with, Heather. I met her at the coach’s meeting a few weeks ago and I think we are going to make a great team! Wonder what color visors are team will be? I hope it’s a good one!
I also met with Jen last week for the Streakers half marathon training group. She was very thorough in discussing my current running / workout routine and my goals. Since the Hershey Half is October 21, my training plan starts this week. The group actually doesn’t start until August 9 and lasts for 16 weeks. But no prob for Jen, she is nice and customized my plan. I will say I got pretty nervous when I saw 7 miles, 9 miles, 10 miles…11 miles…within the next 8 weeks?!? I have only run 7 miles ONCE back in March training for the 10k. Those numbers just still don’t seem possible yet.

For the first 8 weeks I’m doing 3 runs a week but I know Jen said we would increase that to 4 runs later. This week I’m scheduled to do two 3 easy mile runs and one 4 mile run. I also have my body pump and pilates classes and spin twice a week for cross training. Also on 3 mile run days, I do 30 situps and pushups. It looks like later on in the schedule we incorporate core exercises. Friday is a complete rest day!

Sounds like a lot of exercising but I’m glad to have a structured training plan again! Unfortunately, I’m already behind one day due to a stressful event which completely derailed the rest of the day. I’m just so glad and thankful my family is safe and sound.

Well everyone have a great running week!

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