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.