I’m going to try to make it a habit to pop in with little updates more frequently. It is fun for me and hopefully will be fun for you, too.
I am officially *** 15 DAYS *** away from my third half marathon. Omgeee! I bumped up the intensity this time around and graduated from the Hal Higdon Novice 1 plan to the Intermediate plan. I haven’t missed a single long run and have been pretty steadily running 4-5 times per week, up from probably 3x per week my last few half marathons. I want to get faster so I am trying to take the whole running thing a little more seriously. I have also started to play around with speed-esque workouts – quarter mile (“400m”) interval workouts on the treadmill, tempo runs, and pace runs. I still don’t have a Garmin or anything similar but I have a few different apps on my phone that help me dial in on target paces while I’m bumpin’ to Bangerz.
The month before my last half marathon (May before end-of-June’s half) I logged almost 60 miles, and this time around I totaled 70 in September. The mileage gains aren’t super impressive (and neither are the totals really!) but overall I think I’ve done a pretty good job bumping up the intensity this time around the training cycle.
I still suck at waking up in the morning to work out and that inevitably means I miss workouts for a combination of reasons. Happy hours come up after work, bad days overcome even my strongest motivation, and last night people were occupying the only 2 treadmills in my building’s workout room the ENTIRE NIGHT. How rude. I definitely prefer to get in my runs outdoors but the waning sunlight has made it a lot more difficult, and last night I finally gave up hope of fitting in a tempo run at 10pm.
Today, I woke up at 5:30 on a mission. For me, this wake-up time is pretty much unheard of. I’m not a morning person – I can get up for work obligations, races, anything that feels like a requirement, but self-imposed workouts don’t usually do the trick. After missing a handful of workouts in September I am determined to kick the last few week’s of my training plan into high gear so today I did IT! and got in a solid 35 minutes (10 easy/20 increasing speed to 5k pace/5 easy) before my usual pre-work routine. It didn’t feel great and honestly just made me more hungry than usual and ready for a nap by 3 but I was proud of myself for getting it done.
Since I already took a rest day on Monday after a long run on Sunday followed by last night’s treadmills snafu, I started thinking that maybe I should squeeze in another workout today after 2 rest days in a row to kick off the week…. and when I got home from work, I took off for another 5 miles for a grand total of 8.5 for the day. Not too shabby, not too shabby at all.
I guess the point of this post is that I am sucking at running less which makes me like running more. It is less of a big deal lately to “just do it”/stick to a training plan and I’m going to keep working on that. I am realizing what a wuss I usually am but also that I have the ability to change that, and that is pretty cool. So… I guess I like running now. The end.
And here’s an awkward workout selfie because why not?
Anyone else doing a fall race? Wanna come do the Monster Dash with me on 10/26 in St. Paul???