Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Starting from scratch....again.

I've decided to start a training program....again. In reviewing my blog, I came to realize that I started this effort nearly 1 year ago.

I now remember that I used to really enjoy being fit - and that working out regularly actually felt good. I also remember that being in a regular exercise program helped me control what I ate, which I could definitely stand to do at this point.

I'm going to pull out the same book that I used last time, and just start the prorgam all over again. If I'm lucky, I'll get 4 walks/runs in this week.

Let's see how it goes this time.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Week 1: Complete

Finished week 1 of my formal marathon training program, and I think it went a lot better than I expected. The schedule for the week was:

Run1: 3 Miles Tues
Run2: 4 Miles Wed
Run3: 3 Miles Fri
Run4: 5 Miles Sun

The 5 mile run went really well. I completed the run in 53:00, keeping an average running pace around 10:30. I took two walk/drink breaks, one at 2 miles - and the next at 4 miles.

All in all, felt really good - a bit of soreness at the bases of my calves - but nothing excessive. I think that things are going well, and that my goals here are really attainable.

I'm going to keep my speed about where it is, as it seems to be working for me...and we'll see how it goes. I'm just looking forward to running 3 miles today, because by now, I feel like that's NOTHING!!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

It worked!!

I had a really pleasant 3 mile run. It helped that I was well hydrated, and that I ran slower than I have been running (average pace of about 10:35)...we'll see how the next one goes!

It's good to be back!!

Accidental Hiatus

I just realized (by looking at my Nike+ page) that I hadn't run in 10 days....yikes! To be fair, first I was getting sick, then I got sick - but I'm feeling better now - so I'm about to attempt my first run in 10 days. Let's see how that goes.

I'm going to change gears now - and start focusing on specific distances - starting with a 3 mile run today. The other big difference is that I'm going to START SLOW. I realize that I've been starting my runs at my cruising pace - which seems to decrease my endurance. Today I'm going to run my first mile BELOW my goal pace, then increase afterwards.

I have to remind myself that I'm going for distance here, and not time. I realize that having lost two weeks - my goal of running the half-marathon will be that much harder to hit, but I'm going to keep trying. I'm not quite ready to throw in the towel just yet.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Recap: Week 10

This week wasn't such a notable week as far as running goes. I did manage to complete two 30 minute runs this week...but neither of them were particularly worth mentioning - since I was a little under the weather all week. That, coupled with the BONE-CHILLING cold that is sweeping the northeast right now, has made running a bit of a challenge.

I'm hoping to re-run week 10 again this week (4 days of 30 minute runs). I'm currently running at an average pace around 10:20, which is pretty good for me. Hopefully, I haven't lost TOO much ground this week.

I'm starting to get nervous, since the 1/2 marathon is only about 11 weeks away! But then again, I got myself from zero running to where I am today in about 10 weeks, so I guess it's still realistic to think that I can run the 1/2 marathon in 10 weeks from now.

I've seen more people than I would imagine running OUTDOORS in the temperatures that we've been experiencing. I find it difficult to just BE outdoors in this weather, much less go running. Maybe I'll be doing that at some point in the future - but not terribly likely. For now, I'm happy enough being able to get to the gym 4 days a week, and run on a treadmill. I'll try running outdoors again some time in March or so.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Recap: Week 9

Things are continuing to move along nicely. This week, I ran for 25 minutes and walked for 5 minutes. I've also noticed that my speed is starting to improve, and my runs are starting to head into the low 10 min/mile pace...I'm not really doing any speedwork, but I think that my pace will continue to improve as I keep running.

I've really been taking my own advice on staying hydrated, which seems to make all of the difference. I ran on Sunday - I happened to be mildly hung over from the night before, and the gym was about 15 degrees hotter than normal. I was barely able to make it through my run...but the other three runs of the week were pretty effortless.

This week will be my first week of 30 minute runs, 4 times per week. I can't believe that I'm actually wrapping up this phase. People are actually starting to notice that I'm losing weight, and my pants are fitting me better - which is also keeping me pretty motivated. Let's see how this week goes!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Recap: Week 8

This pre-training program is starting to come to an end...only two weeks left! I feel like I've made a great amount of progress - and have really strengthened my body in preparation for the real training program. I can feel the most improvement in my calves, shins and quadriceps. I've tried to do some stretches to both strengthen my shins and stretch out my calves, and I feel like they are starting to pay off...I haven't really had any pain in either place in the last two weeks or so. Any pain that I do get in my shins, I've been icing, which also seems to help.

This week, I ran 20 min / walked 5 min / ran 10 min / walked 5 minutes, for a total distance around 3.5 miles. I did this 3 times this week, and missed the fourth run b/c I went snowboarding :) - I really felt good about my runs this week. Running for 20 minutes straight wasn't a problem at all...it's just always hard to take those first few steps when starting to run again after a walk break. I guess I'll get used to that.

I'm no longer going to track individual runs on my blog, because they are all captured within my Nike+ website...if I find a way to link them to my blog, I will.

My goal for this week is to run 25 min / walk 5 min, repeated 4 times this week. Given the fact that this is actually LESS running than I did last week, I'm feeling pretty good about it. I've started to manage my hydration a bit more aggressively during the day, and definitely feel the results in my runs. There's no doubt in my mind that being properly hydrated several hours before the run is helping me a lot.

All in all - feeling really good, and making a lot of good progress.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

I finally FEEL like a runner!!

I just started a new week of training. My goal for this week is to run 15 mins / walk 5 mins - repeated twice, 4 times this week. I just did my first run last night, and had an epiphany:

  1. By running 3.5 miles, I've finally crossed a mental threshhold. I now feel like a distance runner, and feel like I'm actually going to be capable of running the 1/2 marathon.
  2. Running is going to hurt. I'm going to get tired, things are going to hurt, and I'm going to want to stop. By using positive mental reinforcement - I can make myself feel that physical discomfort and fatigue are not bad things - they are part of the process, and I should embrace them.
  3. Pushing myself beyond my limits is rewarding. I know that I am capable of more than I think I am capable of - and that I shouldn't look at new milestones with fear.
  4. I can do things to help prevent injury. By staying in tune with my body, and taking care of small problems as they occur, I can reduce my chances of being injured and dropping out of training.
I've finally hit a turning point in my training, I feel like I'm headed towards the home stretch of phase I (getting to the point of running 30 minutes continuously), and on to phase II (the structured training program for the 1/2 marathon).

Wish me luck!

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Congratulations Brother Avi!

For completing his first marathon, the Tiberias Marathon in the amazing time of 3:46. Avi continues to inspire me to keep going - and hopefully I'll be able to duplicate this accomplishment too.

Recap: Week 6

Things are moving along nicely. This week, I am running intervals of 10 minute run / 5 minute walk, 2 repetitions. So far, so good.

I ran outdoors this week for the first time - I don't think that I was prepared for it (and didn't have the right clothing) - so it wasn't a terribly pleasant experience. I think I'm going to hang out on the treadmills for a while longer, until the weather is consistently above 50 degrees, or I get some cold weather running clothes.

I also purchased the nike+ for the ipod nano. So far it looks like a pretty cool little tool - I guess I'll be using it more often when I'm able to run outdoors (I'm told it doesn't work all that well while on a treadmill).

I did my third run of the week on Sunday. I don't think I had enough fluid in me - because my legs started to cramp up once I started the second interval of 10 minute run...but I ran through it, and felt good when it was over.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with my progress - hopefully, in another 3-4 weeks, I'll start the next phase of my 1/2 marathon training. Sometimes I really wonder if I'll be able to do this...i mean, if I'm struggling to get through 2.5 miles in 30 minutes - I wonder if I'll make it to 13.1 - but I'm worlds away from where I was when I started, and I'm sure that things will continue to improve as I keep to the process.

For now - 3 things to think about:

  1. Stay injury free. Make sure that I keep stretching, and be mindful of anything that hurts
  2. Get enough water - I realize that my runs are SO much better when I'm properly hydrated.