I have to be honest with you. My running has been lack luster lately. It’s intermittent and some weeks I hardly get out for a run. I know it’s because I’ve been busy, traveling a lot and feeling out of my normal routine. But those are really just excuses. Friday morning I went out for a 3 mile run. It felt great to be out running but 2 miles in I felt winded and tired. The run felt hard and later in the day my quads were sore. I don’t really need a bigger sign than that to realize I’m out of shape. My one or two workouts a week in addition to teaching my 2 yoga classes a week is just not enough.
Truthfully though I miss my weekly runs, heading out with the sunrise and feeling incredible as I put in 8 miles before the world even wakes up. I miss feeling strong and light, like the way running makes me feel not just while I’m running but during my daily activities. I miss running consistently and regularly. Most of all I miss running with a goal in mind. It’s so easy to just run 3 miles instead of 5 when I’m not training for something. On rainy mornings when I’m tired, it’s so easy to just get some extra rest. I’m ready to train for a race and prepare to reach a goal.
I knew I needed a break from running and goals. I consciously made the decision not to train for a spring race or sign up for another training. I wanted time to settle in to my job and teaching yoga regularly and adjust to this new life I created. I wanted a break from looking forward to accomplishing something and wanted to live in the now. I knew when I was ready I’d want to train for something and be excited and motivated to make it happen. And that’s just what’s happened. I feel rested and ready.
This weekend I signed up for the Maine Half- Marathon in Portland, Maine on October 6th. And I plan to register and run the B.A.A. Half- Marathon the following weekend, October 13th. That race usually sells out fast so I’m hopeful I’ll get a spot like I have in years past. I’m looking forward to back to back races! I do have a goal time in mind BUT I have a long way to get there so I’m keeping it to myself for now and will look to set a realistic goal when my training plan officially starts.
So what is my plan? What will my training look like? Well, my plan for now is to build a strong base. I’ve been running 3 or 4 miles about 2 or 3 times a week since last fall. I’m planning to slowly increase my mileage and running consistently 3 or 4 days a week. I’ll build my base for about the next month and then in mid-July I’ll begin my training plan with long runs, speed workouts, hill workouts and recovery runs so I’ll be all prepped and ready for race day!
I’m still ironing out the details of my training plan but as soon as it’s ready you know I’ll be sharing it! I’m so excited to be training for a race and running regularly again!