MY winter challge!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

In the past 3 years I have completed 7 half marathons and 2 marathons! This is quite an accomplishment since I just started running 2 years ago. I haven’t always trained the best, so I have not really been able to see my full potential.

I am a mom of two, wife, homemaker, oh and adjunct professor. My runs get slid in when they are convenient. With the long distances, sliding those daily runs in has been a challenge. Thus, this winter I am looking to create a strong base, a more constant workout plan. By shortening my runs, I think this may be possible.

Now, the races have played a huge part in my success! I love the feel of race day and how the goal of that day pushes me to do better! Thus, I am simply changing the race type. I am switching my focus to 5Ks!

I have been considering this for awhile, but the idea has seemed backwards to me. Why would I want to shorten my runs, run less per week? Well, the reality is that I never EVER hit my goal for the week! I just got by. I am hoping to work on overall strength as well as endurance by this shift in focus. I don’t simply want to run long, but I want to run hard!

This morning I ran my base. I am pretty out of shape due to life getting in the way of my exercise agenda. My plan is to now train to squash this time at the end of November. I will then run a 5K at the end of December and January as well hoping to see improvements each month. This will keep me moving during the winter and give me a tangible goal to reach! Once February hits, I will be on track to start training for a half or whole. Who knows, I may be too taken by the 5KS to go back=0)

For this goal, I am throwing out prior 5K PRS and sticking with today’s base. It was BAD! I could not run the entire 3 miles; it was a shock even to me!
3.1 today: 40:05

Well, at least there is room to improve!
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