Posts Tagged ‘Training’

The Jacket

The reward. The reason. The 2012 goal.

I finish five Millennium Running races and I get the very first Millennium Running Series jacket. I signed up in December for the Shamrock Shuffle ,

the Rifest Five Miler,

the Millennium Mile 5K,

and the NH Ten Miler and Santa Claus Shuffle.

Three down two to go, but my most challenging one is just ahead.

I never thought I could comfortably run five miles, and here it is a year later and I have three under my belt, but ten! Ten, that’s almost a half marathon. That’s probably, at least, two hours of running. It will definitely be a test of my mental limits, but if I thought I could do it back in December than I must’ve known something then that I don’t remember now. I must’ve been much more brave.

Whatever the case, when I finish this series, I am wearing that jacket to bed.

Three miles tonight and some weight training– arms.

Shower, wine, bed.


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The plan

Look Mom! I’m flying!

With the exception of actually running races this summer, I have been seriously slacking in the training department. This is very bad because in a matter of weeks (eeks!) I have a ten mile race. September first is coming faster than I can run, so this week I’m making the plan that will, at least, help me survive the ten miler.

Hal Higdon is an awesome resource for training plans. My plan is to use HH’s novice 15K (9.32 miles) training plan starting at week six because I’m pretty comfortable with a five mile run at this point– which is something I NEVER thought I would say.

So here’s what my week looks like:

Monday: Yoga and a Tone It Up routine
Tuesday: 4 Mile run
Wednesday: 40 minute walk with Roxie
Thursday: 3 Mile run and strength training
Friday: REST DAY
Saturday: 6 Mile run (this will be my new longest run EVER!)
Sunday: 50 minutes of cardio

So, that’s the workout plan, but it’s going to take more than that to get me in better shape. I have to really follow my Weight Watchers plan. This last month has been all fun and revelry, but it’s time to get serious about eating (and drinking) healthy. So, what’s the plan:

Drink, at least four of these babies every day.

Eat clean all week, meaning no over-processed  junk.
No alcohol, except for wine night, but there will be no wine night if I skip even one workout this week.
Moderation and portion sizes.
Get lots of fruits and veggies.

Big salad

And lastly, track everything I eat!

So many rules, right? But I guess what it all boils down to is that I have to be a lot more responsible when it comes to what I put in my body.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, so I know there won’t be results by the end of the week. All I can do is take it one day at a time, so that in five weeks I’ll be ready to take on that ten miler with time to spare, or at very least a buffer should my commitment wain.

Alright, so that’s the plan, now it’s time for some action.

Wish me luck!


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Encouraging Strides

This Saturday. Newington, NH. 8K. 5 miles.

Hi! I'm getting ready to run. Can't forget to smile.

I’m nervous, of course. I knw I haven’t been training like I should. In the last two weeks I missed a lot of workouts. I skipped strength training, a run here and there, and what exactly is cross training? You might remember from a previous post that I’ve been “following” Hal Higdon’s novice 8K training plan.

Tonight’s run was encouraging. I ran three miles in 31:31, and I felt pretty good. I took a slow and steady approach and pushed in the last half mile. My goal for Saturday’s race isn’t to set a record time. My goal is to finish the race, running, in under an hour. Technically, that might be three separate goals.

Race day is always different than training on a treadmill. There will be different terrain, hills and what-not. There will also be the competitive atmosphere of the other runners and the cheering of the crowd. And, there’s really no turning back. It’s not like shutting of the treadmill and walking out of the gym with my head down in shame. I have to finish the race or I don’t get any pizza. PIZZA, folks! Anyone who know me knows that I don’t turn down free pizza.

Alright well, if you find yourself with nothing to do Saturday evening and want to come cheer me on, this is where you will find me. Wish me luck.

This is the first step toward a much larger goal that I hope to share very soon. Alright! Off to drink some water, start a new novel, and get some sleep. Thanks in advance for any words of encouragement. I will definitely need them.


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