It’s Monday so that must mean it’s time to recap last weeks running. Normally I don’t run back to back days…at least not since the stress fracture from earlier this year. I’ve being doing my best to keep my miles low and just work on speed. But since I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to run last weekend due circumstances out of my control, I ran ever day last week. First time in a while since I’ve had mileage this high. I won’t lie, it felt good to run every day even though I had to get up every morning at 3:45 to get those runs in. Heatwaves can’t stop me, I’ve got running to do and I honestly needed those runs. It was a very stressful week that lead up to an even stressful weekend. But sometimes you have to do what you can and just try to make it though.
Due to the heat wave, I cut Monday and Wednesday’s run short. It was so hot, even at 4am to keep running. But this mornings run was blissfully cool. I even ran an extra mile just for the joy of it.
Half marathon training for the Folsom Blues Breakout starts on the 23rd. I’m nervous about it. The longest run I’ve had since I started running again this year has been 6.2 miles. And every one of those miles was tough. I wish I had a preview of the training schedule so that I’d know what I’m getting into. I’m guessing that the first long run will be 7 miles. But I don’t really know for sure. I’m feeling really nervous about it. I’m sure once it starts I’ll be fine. I’ve run several halves before so none of this is new to me. But I’m a planner so not knowing what’s coming up is a little difficult for me.
How was your week?
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?