Saturday, March 31, 2012

Keep on, Keepin' On

"Run hard, be strong, think big!" - Percy Cerutty 

Staying focused on training with 8 weeks to go until race day! I've been anxious with the last two long runs that were 12 and 13 miles, respectively. In my previous half marathon training, I had built up to 12 and only did 13.1 for the first time on race day. I've been feeling good and know that it will pay off later. Some sore legs this past week, but nothing that is keeping me from reaching my goals. 

I started the search for fall marathons. Think BIG! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Why Run #3

If you are a runner, it doesn't matter how far or how fast. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership to get. You just run. 
- John Bingham

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Good Run, Bad Run

I'm on week 2 of 13 weeks of training for a half marathon in May.

My first run of the week was a speed workout and I absolutely wimped out. I was supposed to do 2x1200 and 4x800. Translation: Two 1200 meter distances followed by four 800 meter distances at my 5K pace with a two minute rest in between each distance. 

I knew I was tired in the middle of my first 1200. The kind of tired where I can easily make excuses for stopping early. I had every best intention of finishing the workout, but all of the other things I could have been doing were rolling around in my head. So, I didn't do the last two 800's. I gave up. 

Thankfully, my tempo run was a different story. The warmer weather in the middle of the week was just what I needed to keep my legs going. This run started with an easy mile warm up, then two miles fast, another mile easy, two more fast miles and finally, a one mile cool down for a total of 7 miles. It was a lot to do in the middle of the week, but because it's helping me reach my goals for future marathon training, I had to do it. 

Hopefully, next week will be Good Run, Good Run. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Why Run #2

Working hard becomes a habit, a serious kind of fun. You get self-satisfaction from pushing yourself to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off. 
- Mary Lou Retton

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Training Begins!

This week, I started a training plan for my next race. I will be running in Boston's Run to Remember Half Marathon. With my training for this race, I'm hoping to...
  • improve my time
  • increase my mileage to 15 miles 
  • establish a strong base for future marathon training 
I'm trying a new plan called the FIRST Training plan. It was developed by Bill Pierce, Scott Murr and Ray Moss at the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training (FIRST). In short, this plan emphasizes quality over quantity. They recommend that runners do three Key Runs and two Cross-Training workouts per week. The three Key Runs are 1) track repeats or speed training, 2) a tempo run and 3) a long run. Cross-Training can be cycling, swimming, rowing or anything that is aerobic but gives the legs a break from pounding the pavement. 

Looking forward to my Long Run this weekend!
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