Friday, February 23, 2018

Mother Runner: Finding My Groove

6 weeks from Saturday I will be running my first 10k of the series. 

6 weeks seems like nothing these days...seriously, I blink and a month has gone by!

I'm still struggling to get a consistent running/strength training schedule put together, but with the races coming up so quickly I need to! 

I went out a 3 weeks ago and ran a "practice" 10k just to see where I was at...

and it was definitely an eye opener.

When I signed up for these races my goal was to PR...which I mistakenly thought was around 50 minutes (8:20 pace) My PR is actually 47:18 (7:45 pace) which scares me even more.

Before baby, those paces were nothing....I ran a 47 min 10k on lackluster training. I ran 13.1 miles holding a 7:45 pace for the whole thing...I ran 26.2 miles in less than 4 hours...and now? I'm nowhere near that...

I'm getting faster, but it's taking a lot longer (and hurting a lot more) than I thought it would. I'm sure some of it has to do with the fact that I am not running (or sleeping) as much as I used to.

I'm trying to give myself grace these days and not let training or meeting this goal become an added stress. I love running, I love setting goals, and I love pushing myself to the limits...but there are days a run just isn't in the cards and I am learning to be okay with that. There are days when running my goal paces seems darn near impossible...and then there are runs like this...

These are the moments that keep me going...when I got out for a run and surprise myself. It gives me hope that all the hard work I am doing it paying off. The above run was a little under 3 miles, so now I just have to work on maintaining that pace for 3+ more miles...easy right? #HA

In the next 6 weeks I am hoping to run at least 3 times a tempo run, speed-work, and a long run and then 1-2 times per week of strength training.

Will I follow this plan perfectly? No...not even close, but it's my goal and I am hoping that by race day I will have the strength and stamina to run a strong race that I can be proud of. I may or may not reach my goal...but if I don't, that's okay too. Running has been so enjoyable these last few weeks, and I think that is because I have taken the pressure off. Training for a 10k instead of a half or a full marathon was definitely my best decision yet!


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