Fall Half-Marathon Training Update #2

It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end and that in just a couple of weeks it will Labor Day weekend.  That also means we are only a couple of months away from the fall racing season!  I signed up for the Maine Half-Marathon and the B.A.A. Half-Marathon.  In June I started building my base and then in July I started increasing my mileage for long runs and added in some speed work.  Everything was humming along perfectly…until it wasn’t.

I started feeling really tired on my runs, my legs weren’t recovering and a 4 mile run would wipe me out.  I knew I was getting sick so I thought I’d get a head of it, take a few days off and rest.  Well that sickness turned out to be a summer cold.  I was down and out with a stuffy nose, a headache and a cough.  To add to it we were traveling for vacation and I definitely didn’t want to sit still and get extra rest.  We are finally back home and settling in to our routines again…3 weeks later.

I headed out this week and got in a 4 mile run and on Friday I was able to get in an 8 mile long run.  While I was happy to be back out running and getting my mileage in, I’m definitely still not feeling my best.  I easily get tired and still have a cough but do feel world’s better compared to last week.  This past weekend I forced myself to sit still and rest which as Michael says is kind of like telling me not to talk.  I’m still debating about going to the doctor but I’m hopeful I feel my best again this week!

Going forward I modified my plan to adjust for the weeks of training I missed.  I still plan to get in one 14 mile long run and a couple 12 mile runs.  During the week I’m focusing on a recovery run and a good speed workout.  I’m hoping that as I feel better I’ll be able to add in one shorter run.

In terms of the PR I was hoping to get, I’m not sure I even really care.  I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can simplify (more on this in another post) and I’ve come to realize that PR’s and times don’t mean as much to me as they once did.  In fact, pacing and PRs seem like an extra stress that I don’t need.  I love going out for a run and tackling the mileage because it makes me feel good and is the best stress reliever I know.  I love racing and a half-marathons because they are fun and a great way to celebrate all my 5am workouts.  So for now I’ve kind of decided to let the PR goal move to the back burner and just enjoy my runs.  Whatever happens on race day will be.  As long as I’m having fun that’s all that matters!

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How is your training going?  Have you had a summer cold?  Are you training to PR or just for some race day fun?

Running, Training and Fall Races

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.

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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!

What does your summer training plan look like?  What fall races are you planning to run?