Tuesday, May 29, 2012
After almost 6 weeks of a break from running, I am now officially back training. But this time is really special. I plan to run a half marathon, that is, 13.1 miles. My longest race to date is a 10k, 6.2 miles, and the longest training run of my life was 9 miles which I have accomplished several times.
Today's session was almost laughingly easy. I ran 20 seconds out of every 2 minutes, walking the rest of the time. I didn't even break a good sweat. I was only breathing heavy when I pushed the pace to 7 miles per hour. Nonetheless, I have committed to take this training very slowly. I want to avoid what has happened to me repeatedly. Every time I build up to running about 9 miles, I either get sick or suffer a minor injury that sets me back. I don't think it has been about overtraining, but I want to rule that out for sure.
June 9th at 6pm I'm going to a kick-off session with nationally known running trainer, Jeff Galloway. Then on June 16th I'll run a mile and be placed in a training group according to my pace. I started training today so that I won't be in the slowest training group, but I don't have to be back running my fastest. I'm going to take it slow and stay focused on my goals: 1) overall health, 2) maintaining my 80+ pound weight loss, 3) functional fitness, and lastly, 4) acquiring more running trinkets and awards.
I felt a real let down after my 10K which I ran in 1 hour and 4 minutes, but did not place in my age group. It is my goal to be happy, really happy, with running for the sake of health and fitness and not focus on winning medals. Galloway's book, "Running Until You're 100" spells out the philosophy I want to embrace!