Tuesday, June 20, 2017

So there's this race...

So...there's this race I have my eyes on. It might be a marathon...it might not be ;) I'm not ready to commit, but right now, I need a race/goal to work toward. 

I haven't posted about running in what feels like years. Running hasn't really been my focus as of late, but that doesn't mean I haven't been running, thinking about running, or planning on running the entire time :)

I ran up until 9 days before B was born and took the recommended 6 weeks off after to recover, but at my 6 week appointment when my doctor cleared me for exercise I hit the road immediately

After the longest break from running I have ever taken (7 1/2 weeks) I went out for a couple of miles just to test it out. While it wasn't easy I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it...pain and all :)

I spent the next few weeks running if and when I felt like it and slowly building up my endurance. 

After 3 1/2 weeks I started to feel like myself again and ran my longest run yet! While I hadn't been focusing on speed and my splits weren't as fast as they have been in the past, I was THRILLED with what I was seeing and knew it wouldn't be long before I was back to my old running self :) 

Then, life happened...I went on vacation and while I planned to run while I was there, it just wasn't in the cards. My first road-trip with my 10 week old baby was enough exercise for me :) 

After returning from vacation my motivation and excitement from running had waned. I spent a week skipping runs, cutting them short, and even dreading them #NotNormal

I knew I had to do something to keep myself motivated and bring back the excitement in my running and a race is always the cure :) 

I'm not ready to say what race (or distance) I am planning to run, because 1) I haven't signed up for it yet and 2) I'm not sure what training will look like when I return to work in the fall. I will be learning to juggle mommy/teacher life...so I am leaving it up in the air until I know for sure. 

However, I did start an informal training plan today...and by informal I mean I am making it up as I go ;) 

Right now, my plan is to run 3 days per week
Tuesdays-Speed work
Thursdays- Tempo Runs
Saturdays or Sundays- Long Runs

I will also be incorporating some cross-training, but at this point I am not really sure what that will be...like I said, making this up as I go :) 

Today marked Week 1; Day 1

10 min warm up (10:30)
5 x 30 sprints (6:40) with a 2.5 min recovery between each (10:30)
10 min cool down (10:30)

Total: 3.4 miles (9:39 avg)

While it was tough workout, I definitely didn't put forth max effort. I haven't done much speed-work since returning to running and I want to ease back into it and avoid any injuries or burn-out...because let me tell you, speed-work hurts. I'm a distance runner and training those fast-twitch fibers goes against everything I enjoy....but if I want to get faster...I have to run faster :)

I'm hoping to start posting more about running over these next few weeks. I will share my training plan, workouts, and once I for sure for sure decide on my race I will share that too! 

Wish me luck!


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