Thursday, January 17, 2013

Training Update

I've been meaning to write here for awhile now but life has been keeping me busy (not a bad thing, right?). Instead of January being a calm and relaxing month off of school with not much to do I have been swamped. Okay, maybe not, but I certainly feel a bit overwhelmed. As much as I like to keep busy I also enjoy having the month of January and the summer to rejuvenate. After a little time away from school I'm ready and anxious to get back into the swing of things. I've been fairly busy this month though. I don't start classes until the 28th so I'm hoping to spend next week doing pretty much nothing.

Since the last time I wrote I have started training for my next big race, the Nike Women's Half Marathon on April 28. My goal is to break two hours and with the way training has been going these first two weeks I'm confident I will meet my goal. I have been running 6 days a week ranging from easy runs to hill sprints. I know it's only been a couple of weeks but I can already feel myself getting stronger. Running is becoming easier and I am looking forward to going for a run instead of dreading it. 

I think most of all I like being back in training. As someone who grew up training 11.5 months of the year with only a week off at the end of each season it feels weird for me to not be training for something. Don't get me wrong, I loved having time off in December to enjoy the holidays and not stress about getting in a run. Now that the holidays are over though I am really enjoying having something to train for. Having a coach is keeping me on track and making me even more excited because I feel like I'm heading in the right direction rather than guessing blindly. 

I know this post is a little all of the place, sorry about that, but my thoughts are kind of all over the place also.  When I got the Believe I Am journal for Christmas I saw that there is a section dedicated to checking in on your goals. Every 4-6 weeks you are supposed to assess how things are going to make sure that you are on the right track. I like this idea and want to do training updates every so often during training so I can look back and see how much progress I have made.

1 comment :

  1. Good luck with the half. My strategy for breaking 2 hours was to stay right behind the 2 hour pace group. Then with 4 miles left just take off and blow right by them. Keep a hard pace until you puke! :)