Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Racing/Training Update

My training really took a hit over the summer for two big reasons:

  1. When life gets busy, unfortunately my training is the first thing to go.
  2. I didn't have any set races I was training for (thus, nothing to hold me accountable or motivate me to try to fit it in).
I hate to admit it, but that's the reality of my life. Running just isn't as important as other things, and I'm not disciplined enough to squeeze it in or make time for it.

But now that we're finally feeling settled in the new house and we've sorta got our routine back, I'm happy to be running again.

I'm not going to call it a comeback or a fresh start or anything else inspirational like that; I think I've finally learned my lesson not to speak too soon in that regard. But I am really excited to have some motivation to train again. It's weird -- as much as I hated running when we first started, now I miss it when I don't make time for it. To the point where it throws off other aspects of my life, even.

Getting back into it has been a slow progression over the last few weeks. I had some good momentum going earlier this year right after the miniMarathon -- I was excited at the thought of racing a duathlon for the first time, and I was posting some decent mileage:

May - 4 runs - 15.68 miles
June - 7 runs - 27.61 miles
Nothing spectacular by any means, but a good foundation from which to start a training plan for a fall race. Just for comparison, here are my numbers while I was actively training:

January - 2 runs - 4.79 miles
February - 6 runs - 22.06 miles
March - 6 runs - 27.32 miles
April - 3 runs - 28.2 miles
But then all the craziness hit:

July - 1 run - 6.26 miles (on July 1st)
August - 1 run - 3 miles (on August 29th, so nearly 2 full months without running...)
September - 2 runs - 5.55 miles (post-move)
October - 4 runs - 11.45 miles (so far)

Jennifer and I have already started talking about our racing plans for next spring and summer, so I think that's where the majority of this new motivation is coming from. I want to "hit the ground running" in the spring (ha!), so I need to try to build my endurance back up over the winter.

And the timing couldn't be more perfect as I was recently given the opportunity to participate in The Biggest Loser Run/Walk 5K/15K out in Lexington on November 2nd. As much as I want to push myself and go for the 15K, I know that would most likely result in an injury so I'm playing it safe and sticking with the 5K.

Besides, you get a free beer no matter which one you do. And let's be honest, that's one of the main reasons I run in the first place!

So I guess we'll see how well I can prepare for a race that's just 10 days away and if this is the turning point I really hope it is. Either way, I know it'll be fun to get out and race again!


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