My title says it all – in the past, I’ve been lousy at training for races. I typically do some training but it may not be super consistent nor do I put in the mileage necessary. As I’ve mentioned, my longest run before my first marathon was 15 miles. And following a plan? Ha! Nope, not really.
However, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to stick to a plan. I have realized that my definition of “following” a training plan may not be as type A as some and I’ve accepted this. It’s about time, yeah?
Why this huge intro? I ran 20 miles on Friday! Wahoo! I think I am prouder of this than my first marathon. I did this on my own, without the promise of a medal or a Tiffany necklace, the energy of others or a finish line. It was determination and sweat. And I am damn proud of this!
I chose a better but still a tough course. There were some monster hills that I had to go up at least twice. I kind of regretted this later since the wheels came off at mile 12 and the rest of it became a lot harder. My legs were heavy from the hill work and my calves were protesting a bit. It probably didn’t help that I sat in my car for a Honey Stinger break at mile 11! Nevertheless, I recognize the progress since on my 17 miler I lost traction at mile 8.
What I determined was I need a few more 13-15 milers under my belt. However, I’ve attempted to run 20 miles at least three times so far and finally getting it done was a huge confidence boost. I knew I could do it as soon as I hit five miles. This was a completely different mind-set than in my past endeavors so this was progress too!
Saturday I ran six miles and boy were my calves TIGHT! I wanted to hit 10 more on Sunday but went to our new dinner/movie theater with a friend instead. Priorities.
All in all, I’m happy with this past week of work outs. I’m adding strength training this week – this isn’t a choice rather a necessity. I want to increase overall fitness! I’m also increasing my mileage for the week but stretching it out more – maybe two 13s this weekend? I have a Turkey Trot on Saturday and ideally, I will just keep running afterward. Oh! Those six miles I did on Saturday? All on my treadmill! They weren’t the easiest miles ever but there was a big rivalry football game on campus. Last time I ran during it and was heckled more than ever. I’m getting better with my treadmill runs!
Do you wear “good mojo” clothing when it’s going to be a tough training run or race?