Saturday, November 26, 2011
In the last few months, since my first half marathon, I have been goal-less. This is like getting in the car without a destination. They say you need a plan to get to your goal. In fact, if you don't have a plan, it's like not having a map on a road trip. But, what about the destination?
So, today I decided I want to train for a half marathon, even if I don't run it. I need something, ANYTHING, to work toward. I could work toward another weight loss goal but it doesn't really energize me. So, starting next week (or earlier) I am in training for the 2012 Get Lucky Half Marathon. The magical day is March 17th, St. Patrick's Day, during my spring break! I have just enough time to train with some breathing room.
In the next few months, I have alot of "exercise" stuff going on and started putting it all together. Check it out.
Nov 27th - Training starts
Dec 23rd - Fall Semester ends
Jan 3rd - Running Coaching starts
Jan 22nd - Spring semester starts
So what, right?
Let put this in better perspective. I will be training for my half marathon until March than add in that I will be the coach for the 5K beginner until the end of June. While I am doing that, I will be taking two courses. One is track and field so I will be running and other stuff on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Than, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, I will be teaching Group Fitness to the freshman health class.
Uff-da! (Yes, I used a Wisconsin cliched term. No, we do not talk like that!) That is alot of running. Obviously, a concern is about overtraining. I, honestly, think I will be fine. I can always drop the half marathon training if I it is too much. Also, I am thinking of making Sundays mandatory rest days. And, if I HAVE to exercise, than, at most, I will swim! Also, I have three weeks of breaks where I don't run those weeks. I hope it will help me to not overtrain!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Warning: This is a bit of a frustrated vent.
Tonight I had the first meeting with the two personal trainers for the Running for Life program. Run for Life is a program that trains people to run a 5K, half marathon or a full marathon.
Boy, am I frustrated. Long time ago, a different personal trainer mentioned how I would be a good trainer because going through my own journey. I didn't think much about it until today.
The main personal trainer talked to me like I have never ran a mile in my life. Also, she seemed more concerned about the endurance runners than the 5Kers. When I did bring up the issue of the 5Kers having to purchase outdoor running gear. Her response was they will have to commit.
I just feel she cannot relate to beginner runners. I have an issue with this. But, I will work with it. I am in charge of the 5K runs.. I think! Right now, I want to walk away because she doesn't seem to "get" her clientele! I have an major issue with this!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Sometimes when I run, I am in my endurance mode. This means I can run slowly for hours and well, I do.
And, in other times, I am in my sprinter mode. This means my legs want to go FAST. It reminds me of a horse itching to sprint. Today I did that. I let my body go. For two laps, it felt great! Than, I found myself wheezing and a burning lungs. Okay, Savannah, you might have gone TOO fast. I continued to sprint/walk while wheezing. When I was younger I had bronchitis. Again, the wheezing will go away eventually!
I am now done running for at least 10 minutes and still wheezing. I do know that this may potentially be an exercise induced asthma attack but it will go away soon enough. Also, I did do errands for 20 minutes before hand. That means the lungs were in cold Wisconsin air and I wasn't even inside a building for 5 minutes before I started sprinting, haha.
But, I don't regret doing fartleks (sprint/walk) because I think I needed to feel FREE! The slow running was driving me NUTS and I was bored! I had fun today!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Before this weekend, I was considering in giving yoga a chance. I am not a huge fan. Than, this weekend and today happened. I found myself at the gym.. with no requirement than to move the body. I did a bit of this and that with a busy gym. 5:30 was approaching and decided to get rid of the stressfulness and go to yoga.
It was wonderful! It really did help me re-center myself, letting go of any stress I was holding onto. A hour later I am still relaxed. I wish they did yoga on other nights besides Mondays. It makes it hard to get there on time when class ends at 5 pm twenty minutes away.
It's ironic because I never liked yoga. I needed calorie burn. But now.. I exercise for my mental state than anything else. Perks of the maintenance stage? I think so! Now I don't have to have a HARD work out every time.
For those that left a comment on my last blog, THANK YOU! It is nice knowing you guys still listen to me even when I have a bad day!
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