Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I had someone ask me recently about my running habit, so I thought I'd add this blog.
My favorite race distance currently is the half-marathon. I've run 3 so far this year.
My first few half-marathons I only half-heartedly trained for. Also I was anywhere from 10-30 pounds heavier, so between these two factors I felt like I was dead after I crossed the finish line. But now that I've reached goal weight & have more seriously trained, I've felt good after I finish.
I can only run 3x/week if I want to avoid injury. I run Sunday mornings (long run-10-12 miles), after work Wednesdays (6 miles at about race pace), and on Fridays.
On the Fridays I work, I do speed work on the treadmill at work at the end of the day. On the Fridays I'm off I run in the morning. Either way it's about 6-7 miles.
I much prefer running in the morning. I've always been a morning person & usually get up at 4-4:30 AM. But it isn't safe for me to run my route in the dark, so I have to wait for the sun to come up. Right now I start my run a little after 7 when I run in the morning.
During the winter when it gets dark before I can do my after-work run it becomes challenging. I have a flashing red light I attach to my shirt and I have a convoluted route looping through an adjacent neighborhood that feels pretty safe rather than my regular route on a bike path along a creek.
My next half-marathon is the Santa Clarita on 6 November. After that I don't have one scheduled until 12 February in Palm Springs. I was thinking of adding one on 11 December or 15 January, but I still need to figure out when I will travel to see my parents again so I can't commit yet to the January one. I'm sure I'll be in town on the December date, but that weekend is already very busy, so I'm not sure.
One reason I keep signing up for these races is that they motivate me to stay in training mode, which includes:
1. The running schedule I've already described in brief.
2. No alcohol.
3. Very little refined sugar (one mocha a week, otherwise honey or stevia in anything sweet I eat).
3. Cross training: bike/pilates/swim (at least once a week each).
4. Physical therapy & strength training exercises.
Staying in training mode keeps me fit & feeling full of energy, not to mention the benefits of helping me stay at my target weight/size. So having a race on the horizon might be for me the best approach to getting through the holiday season while staying within my targets. I wonder if February will work if I decide not to add those other races?