Training, April 21-27

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Monday AM: 2.38 mi in 00:23, 9:49 pace
Monday PM: Anniversary dinner <3

Tuesday PM: Body R+D Pilates reformer class – 50 minutes, then Divvy’d home about 1.5mi

Wednesday PM: 1 hour Burlesque Class

Thursday AM: 3.09 mi in 00:30, 9:44 pace
Thursday PM: Yoga, 1 hour, lunchtime class at the office

Friday AM: 4.09 mi in 00:40, 9:48 pace
Friday PM: Rehearsal dinner

Saturday midday: 6.01 mi in 01:03, 10:32 pace
Saturday PM: wedding

Sunday: rest (like this week was so hard? really just being lazy)

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I ran on the Des Plaines River Trail and didn’t get lost this time. 

I need to be honest with myself. It’s been a year since I was serious about my running. A year ago, I had a goal – to run the Southwest Half Marathon an hour faster than when I ran it as my debut half back in 2010. I followed the training plan written by BFF Ultra Vera (who has recently had some milestones of her own!!)  And then I got a stomach bug and puked my guts out less than 12 hours before racetime and didn’t even have the energy to get out of bed. And since then, honestly, I’ve been unmotivated with my running. I haven’t had a serious goal race. My mileage has gone way down, my pace has slowed, I’ve gained weight, etc. I try to remind myself that I’m still more active than the majority of Americans, pace is relative, etc. But … I’d kind of like to get my groove back, you know?

And I know it’s 5 1/2 months away, but I’m nervous about the Chicago Marathon. When I ran it in 2012, as my first marathon, I was so motivated. My running was consistent, I was PR’ing all over the place. Now? My mileage at this point is lower, and even though I ran the first one pretty conservatively, I don’t have any expectations that I’ll PR. My goal is just to finish a marathon. That’s it. I thought my second time around, I’d have improved so much and be in a position to do awesome. Finishing a maration is awesome, no matter your time, but you know, everyone always wants to PR. We’re human. We want to improve.

So why did I sign up for the marathon this year? Honestly, because my husband said he wanted to do a marathon, and it was kind of like … well if he’s doing it, I should too, after all, I’m the runner in the family. And then the ACS emailed me (and likely all of their veteran charity runners) to see if I’d like to be a mentor for their new charity runners, and I wanted to find a way to “give back” so it was all good timing. And I reasoned with myself, what else am I going to do with my summer? Why not train for a marathon?

So what’s my point? Hmmm … not sure. I’ve commited to a marathon, and, you know, I do like running, so I need to refocus. One thing I’m doing to that end is not taking any more burlesque classes until after the marathon. Really, that’s financially motivated (it’s not in the budget right now), but that’ll free more time for running and strength training, plus, I suspect that dancing in high heels isn’t the best cross-training. My left knee is starting to bother me in ways it never has before. I could probably also stand to get a new pair of Adrenalines.

Other goals – I need to get back to my basic routine. At least one of each per week: speed or tempo run, legit strength workout, long run. I need to make 20-30 mpw a habit again, and then go up from there once marathon training officially starts. I need to stop hitting snooze for like 45 minutes in the morning so I can run more than 2-3 miles before work. I need to actually impress myself once again. (With my running.) I miss that feeling.

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15 Comments on “Training, April 21-27”

  1. Once you’re in the ‘hood we can motivate each other to do AM runs. Because I can’t get myself out of bed to run before work unless I’m meeting someone. Just isn’t going to happen.

    However, I totally feel you about not being in the mood to hardcore train. That’s how I’ve felt for going on at least a year now, actually. Could I PR a marathon? Sure. I mean, I did just PR a half marathon. But, dang, there are so many other things I could do instead of just running all the time!

  2. If it were me, I think not being able to follow through with my training on a serious goal race because I got sick at the last minute would be super disappointing and would probably kill my motivation for a while. Since that more or less happened when I had to drop out of my “redemption half” last fall. But being honest with yourself and wanting to feel excited and impressed by your running again is a good start!

    Have you tried making a schedule for your week ahead of time? Mine’s all pretty mapped out, so I don’t have a chance waffle over whether or not I’ll work out, I just do it. Pledging to donate to charity based on my mileage was super motivating too, since skipping a run (for anything other than injury) clearly means that I like cancer. But, ya know, I wanted to make sure that number would get as high as possible.

    1. I think that’s the other thing – I haven’t had myself on a plan. Even though I do have legit races coming up before marathon training starts – the Soldier Field 10 and Ragnar. I’d like to do good at both.

      I like the idea of pledging to donate based on mileage.

      1. 10 miles is definitely legit, especially if you haven’t been logging many longer runs. I’m trying to figure out how to stay in good shape for that one myself, since it’s 3 weeks after my half (and I’m a little tempted to just take a break from the long runs). But maybe finding a 4 week training plan for SF10 would help get you going again?

        1. I’ve been doing “long runs” of 6-8 miles on the weekends, figuring that’s good enough. And I’m glad my Ragnar legs are each under 5 miles, so I won’t disappoint the team or anything. But I know I’m not in PR shape for the SF10. I guess I just need to be OK with that. I had the time to train, I just didn’t have the motivation. Oh well.

  3. I hope you find your running groove again! And that your knee gets better. Do you like to run in warmer weather? Will that help you stick with a plan? Or maybe just designing the plan so that you see improvement each week, and “impress” yourself, like you mentioned?

    LOL, I would be worried if you got lost on the DRPT in Lake County! It’s really well marked! I think they recently redid all the signage on the trail, too!

    1. The trail was really well-marked! It was well-marked around the spot where I got lost, but that time I ventured off the trail, which was stupid of me.

  4. I feel your pain. Before I ran my first marathon, many folks had told me that marathon training doesn’t get any easier even if you’ve run a marathon before. At the time, I didn’t understand how that could be possible – but now I completely relate. I think it is super cool that you are an ACS mentor this year, though. That is a really great way to put forth a new spin on your training!

    And I was also so excited to hear that you’ll be moving to the hood soon! It’d be great to do some runs together, and to get together more often just in general!!!

  5. Cut yourself some slack. I think it’s normal to have our enjoyment of certain things – even things we adore and that make us feel alive – ebb and flow. I mean, I freaking tattooed the word “write” on my wrist and sometimes I will go entire weeks without being able to stomach the thought of writing. It’s totally fine.

    re: burlesque – I actually had to cut back on pole classes during marathon training and now during my ultra training because I found the heels were really jacking with my left knee, even though they are comfy exotic-dancer heels. I can’t even wear teeny heels for work, so super-high heels for playtime is definitely out of the question.

    1. I’m always the first to encourage cutting some slack, but I also know how easily I fall into ruts of laziness (aka, me during the first few post-college years), and I know how hard it can be to build back up with strength and mileage.

      I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who has cut back on exotic dancing for the sake of running 🙂 I was wearing ballroom dance shoes during class, but even with that, there is less stability. I often wear heels to work, but they are generally wedges and relatively comfortable. And I sit at a desk. And I’m not dancing. Ha.

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