Monday, March 4, 2013

Oh, There's That Motivation!

Two full weeks into my new plan, and I can happily say I'm finding my groove again!

Seriously, it was like starting over again, which is incredibly defeating. (I'm still amazed at how much fitness a person can lose just after a few months!)

So yeah, I've made a concentrated effort over the last two weeks (and two days) to stick to my new training plan as much as possible.

And out of the 7 runs scheduled over the last couple of weeks, I've done 6 of them.

Week 1: 4 miles
  • 2/17 - Long Run - 4 mi @ 9:31      2/16 - 4 miles - 39:30 (9:50/mile avg) - treadmill
Week 2: 11 miles
  • 2/19 - Easy Run - 4 mi @ 9:32     
  • 2/21 - Easy Run - 3 mi @ 9:32     2/21 - 3 miles - 30:00 (10:00/mile avg) - treadmill
  • 2/24 - Easy Run - 4 mi @ 9:32     2/22 - 3.23 miles - 28:51 (8:55/mile avg) - outside
Week 3: 12 miles
  • 2/26 - Easy Run - 3 mi @ 9:31     2/24 - 4.05 miles - 36:20 (8:59/mile avg) - outside
  • 2/28 - Tempo - 4 mi; 2 @ 7:55     2/27 - 4 miles - 37:45 (9:23/mile avg) - treadmill
  • 3/03 - Long Run - 5 mi @ 9:31     3/02 - 5 miles - 47:15 (9:31/mile avg) - treadmill

On Saturday I did my longest run since the marathon last September (and yes, I'm actually really embarrassed to admit that). It was supposed to be a 5 mile easy run, but in the middle I was having fun so I pushed the pace a little. Nothing crazy, but man did it feel good! (Of course, you'll notice that the average ended up right where it should have been anyway, so I guess I really didn't "push" it much...)

It blows my MIND to think that I ran more than 5 times that far. And I still have trouble believing I've had to stop and re-start the treadmill 4 times just to finish a single run...

Now that I'm actually running again, it's getting so much easier to run. And that makes me want to run more (kinda funny how that works, I guess).

So now that my motivation is back, my new goal is to add in some cross training so that I can (hopefully) stay injury-free again this season.

I'm convinced that's what lead to such a great season last spring. And while I'm not looking to PR every race again this year, I WOULD like to avoid being injured!

If you haven't noticed, I've been thinking a lot about training this weekend. I'm really hoping to find a good amount of training that fits into my everyday life so that I keep up with my running even when I'm not training for a particular race. It's something I've always struggled with, especially since I don't always have the energy or desire to go work out.

With that in mind, I put together a little chart of my total weekly mileage, comparing last year to this year. As you can see, I'm off to a bit of a slow start this year.

(You can click on it to make it bigger)

Here's a closer view of my progress so far this year (Saturday wrapped up week 9):

(This year is the lighter blue)

I remember that it was easier for me to fit in my training last spring because Jennifer was training so much, too. After Jennifer's half-Ironman in June I had a much harder time fitting it in -- both because I was busy taking care of her since she was really sick from being pregnant, but also because I lost some of my motivation since she was no longer training for something, too. (If you look at the first graph, you'll see that my average miles per week for the marathon in week 37 isn't too far off from my average miles per week for the half-marathon in week 17, when it probably should have been closer to twice as much.)

So the good news here is that my timing with all of this couldn't be better -- Jennifer has started hitting the gym again, and she's just as motivated as I am to get back to our "normal" lives.

And hopefully the weather will warm up soon -- that always seems to help, too.

Tonight I'll be hitting the gym for a spin class (which I haven't done since about this time last year!), so wish me luck! I'm really excited to try out my bike shoes there -- it's my first time doing a class while clipped in.

Yeah, it's the little things.


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