Training has begun for my first attempt at a 20 mile distance (and race). I have mapped out my training until about mid December and then will re-evaluate how training is going and make any adjustments I deem fit.
I will not be posting weekly recaps of my training. It’s just too monotonous for me to blog about. I will pop in and update every now and again, share pics if I have any and keep myself somewhat accountable. I want to look at my training as fun, refreshing and insightful.
Training is definitely different and longer this time around. I’ve planned hill repeats early on. Not to prepare for the course (since it’s relatively flat), but to strengthen muscles I feel are too weak and causing issues that I’ve dealt with since my last half marathon several weeks ago. I’m also trying to work on being more conscious of my running form. My form has always been poor and I’m doing form focus intervals during my runs (Chi Running). The difficult thing for me is mastering the lean. I feel like my ankles are weak and I have a hard time supporting myself.
The past week of training has gone ok. Several runs between 3-5 miles and a long slow run (LSD) of 7 miles on Sunday. Did plenty of walking and cycling to cross train and burn some stress. I’ve been doing form focuses on my runs. My form stinks and I’m trying to evolve my form with Chi Running. Also been doing more stretching and foam rolling trying to get my left leg fully recovered. It’s been bothering me since my last half marathon.
The next couple of weeks are much the same as this past week. 3-5 mile runs except the LSD run will be 8-9 miles. Running days will be 4 times per week and one of those will be hill repeats (every other week).
Side note 1: I’m a Widow (not really)
The two-year relationship I’ve had with my Bluetooth earphones abruptly came to an end when they passed away. We’ve been through a lot together and they’ve always been there for me. Then one day… just like that, gone. It has caused me much distress as I have to suffer with cords and one earbud (why the same one over and over again?) constantly falling out of my ear (so aggravating). The bummer is I’ll probably have to wait until Christmas for new earphones bc hubby wants to get them for me as a gift. So, I have about 16 more aggravating runs ahead of me if I want to listen to music:/ I know, I sound spoiled, but it’s real hard to go back after Bluetooth. Boy, they’ll be a very appreciated gift and this will be one happy runner!
Side note 2: Low-light running
It gets dark
dark dark around 4:30 PM now. So it looks like I have a lot of night running ahead of me. Which makes me want to just make a reminder for all you night runners to have your reflective gear on. Lights, vests, reflective coats, pants…anything to be seen. Wear bright! Make yourself as visible as possible. Be alert and watch for drivers. Run towards traffic vs. along traffic to avoid getting hit from behind. Beware of blind curves (switch which side of the road your on to be more visible if necessary until you are through the curve). If you can’t see the cars, they can’t see you either. Be aware of your surroundings. Beyond the threat of vehicles. I don’t doubt that you already know this, but my conscience feels better saying it. I’m a mom, it’s what mom’s do.