I AM BACK ON A TRAINING PLAN.
All is right with the world.
Some people wait until after New Year’s to make resolutions; some people start on their goals before the clock even turns 12 on midnight.
I didn’t want to wait a second more to start on my goals, so I emailed Jess just after Christmas and told her I was ready to come back. I’d achieved two massive PRs with her in 2013, so don’t mess with what works, right?
My buddy Kristine wrote a post a few weeks ago about pushing past things. Comfort zones. Distances. Paces. Goal times. There’s a fine line between that making us feel alive and that being too much. She wrote that last year she was content to see what her body was capable of, and I had a similar year, trying all the things.
I didn’t want to force running, and I didn’t. Now, we’re back together, and I am very happy that way. I’m not running away from anything. I’m just running because it makes me my best self. It helps with my mental health, it helps with my physical health and it helps me commit to myself.
With that said…how did week 1 go?
Not too bad, thanks!
Monday: Back to the grind! 4 miles, go. Jess told me not to look at my watch, and I didn’t till the end, and did about a 9:46 average for an easy pace. I told myself beforehand not to judge where I was starting from, just to observe.
Tuesday: 4 miles, 2 miles at tempo (at about 70% exertion), 1 mile warmup, 1 mile cooldown. The tempo miles were 8:43 and 8:33, which, works for me.
Wednesday: I was really excited to get in a last workout before New Year’s and went to Mile High. 2.8 miles down.
Thursday: We’d planned a rest day, because, New Year’s Day. As it turned out, I was moderately responsible and definitely could have worked out…but a rest day was okay, too.
Friday: Returned to Mile High with Ashley. With her next to me, I had a push to go a little faster and got to 3 miles in the 28 minutes. (Keep in mind, this includes warm-up, cooldown and recoveries too.)
Saturday: We did an unofficial Junior League run club, and I ran 4 miles with the ladies.
Sunday: Yoga at Yoga Shanti
For this cycle, I’m trying to keep to at least one strength and/or yoga workout per week, since I know that really helped me the last time I ran D.C. — and I’m in a place I don’t want to give strength workouts up! (< Who am I?)
We can talk about this more next week, but I’m definitely having trouble motivating to run in the cold this week.The wintertime blues + my warm bed are conspiring against me, but I will not let them win!
What are you training for? How do you motivate to run in the winter? I’ll run on the treadmill if I have to, but I’m trying to tough it out.