I woke up twice last night with such an intense headache that at one point I thought I might have been shot. But when my alarm when off this morning for my run at 3:45 I felt fine. I did briefly contemplate just staying in bed but I figured that I’m awake so I may as well just get up. And I’m glad that I did. I had a great run this morning. I love those mornings where it’s cool out and the run seems easy. It was a great start to my Monday.
Of course by the time I got to work, I was wishing that I was still in bed. Thank goodness I have a coffee pot in my office.
Weekly Run Report for the week of June 8 – 14, 2015
Considering that I only ran 3 days last week, I’m pretty happy with my mileage.
Tuesday was easy run but Thursday was supposed to be 3.5 at my 5k pace but it really didn’t quite happen that way. Since I’m switching to morning running and it’s dark out, I’m having trouble pacing myself. 9:39 average pace isn’t bad but I’d like to try to drag my average pace for 5k down to the low 9’s or high 8’s.
I’ve been considering changing my training schedule from every other day to running on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning before work to and on Saturday and Sunday. I just find it really difficult to pace myself when it’s dark. I don’t know what I’m going to do but I think I’m just going to stick with the training schedule I have for right now and maybe adjust it next week after my next race.
Have you ever changed your training schedule mid-cycle?
After talking with my Hubby about my running goals for 2015 and really spending a lot of time thinking about what I really want out of my running, I’ve decided that I want to race monthly in 2015. I missed January and February due to the stress fractures but I’ve raced in March & April.
I’ve been diligently working on my race schedule for the rest of the year. Green is races I’m already registered for or have done, Yellow is the months I need to pick a race for and have possibly already chosen a tentative race & White is for races I want to run but they haven’t opened up for registration yet or are open but I haven’t registered for. I haven’t picked a distance for the Moonlight Run and until I do I don’t want to register (I’m waffling between the 10k and the 10 mile).
June, August and December are still wide open. June I’ve tentatively chosen a race but I’m seriously thinking about switching it up for a different race. I’m trying to choose things that are close for me, are reasonably price and have a medal. I know it’s so silly but I don’t want to race without a medal. Of the races on my schedule, only June’s race doesn’t offer a medal which is why I’m considering switching to a different race. Also, I’m thinking about switching to The Courage Run because they provide housing and services to victims of sex trafficking. It’s a good cause and I’m pretty sure that the Dionysius Dash doesn’t benefit anything.
It’s so weird to have scheduled races so far out. Most of the time (unless it’s a half) I just do them as they peak my interest. I don’t plan them out. I don’t usually run short races either, meaning 5k or 10k. I generally pick the longest distance that races offers unless it’s a marathon. But this year the goal is to run injury free and that means keeping my distances shorter this year.
I signed up to train with a group for my only half this year. The group is really geared for people who are doing Urban Cow in Sacramento but I’m doing Folsom Blues Breakout. It’s a couple of weeks after the Urban Cow but I can maintain my fitness for two weeks without the group. I decided to join a group this year and train with a group because I want to be more structured than last year. I train fine on my own in terms of setting up the schedule and sticking to it. But with a goal of being injury free I just feel like a training group will be benefical to me. Plus I’d love to get to know other runners that I could possibly run with after the group ends too. None of my in-real-life friends are runners.
The training group doesn’t start until the end of July, so while I wait, I’ll race short races and enjoy my running as much as possible. And try to finish rounding out my schedule.
Have you ever used a training group?
Did you meet cool people?