Today is the first “posting” day of Running and Reading Long! As I have mentioned, I will be posting about this program each Thursday. This Thursday I’ll be talking about some of the basics of the program and how this first week of training has gone. Of course, since I can never do anything ‘normally’ this week has been a bit off – I’ve had to do some tapering for the 25k on Saturday.
The plan I am essentially going to be following is a Half Marathon training plan provided by Laura. I tried posting it but had some trouble; I’ll try again. Here is the deal – I am not very good at following running plans (okay, most plans in general). This is one of the reasons I wanted to do this program to see what I can accomplish with solid training. I am training for this race
It’s also the first race my family will ever see me run so I really want to do well. It’s not quite the full 13 weeks away like the program but as I mentioned I am not always very good at following plans!
The plan started this past Monday and I was still pretty sore from the 12.5 miles on Sunday. I didn’t end up running until yesterday, which means I missed some of the planned workouts. I am not happy with myself for already messing with the schedule – this is the habit I am trying to break. Nevertheless, I busted out 5 miles yesterday and then walked one mile home. These 5 miles were AMAZING! Wow! I haven’t felt that great on a run in a long time. I felt strong, kept a decent pace and I really listened to my body. At one point, I was wondering if I could do 6 or 7 then I remembered the whole “taper” thing and knew 5 was the right decision.
Next week… I feel confident I can get back on schedule once the race is finished this weekend. Since part of me knows I am not going to run super well this weekend, I have weird feelings about it. I can’t really explain it but I’m looking forward to running some hills and doing some speed work next week. I actually want to stick to a plan that actually might help me succeed! The ONLY change I am considering is what’s supposed to be a walk day, I might turn into a run day and then stick to the other run hills/speed/long days. I might run during this walk day only because I enjoy it. We’ll see… again, I want to listen to my body.
I have also started the first book we are reading, Kara Goucher’s Running for Women: From First Steps to Marathons. Honestly, I haven’t gotten too far – it has been a NUTTY week for work and my books just came in the mail. So, I’ll have to report more on that next week :)
Last, I want to leave you with the following quote:
“In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.” – Miguel de Cervantes
It’s been on my computer for months now and I look at it everyday. It just helps to keep pushing me forward, even when it feels like I am too tired, too sore and too lazy! Hope it helps you, too!