Friday, April 19, 2013
I know I said I was not training while losing weight. But it's driving me nuts! And I would like to add some intensity to my workouts versus just going out and running. I'd also like to be on a defined schedule as this helps some of the ambiguity and delay that I can have in deciding what workout to do on a particular day.
So... I'm running a 5K tomorrow to get my race pace for training purposes! Though normally I train for marathons, I am changing it up to lose the last bit of weight, as losing weight and marathon training don't mix. So, I am going to do a 5K training program from the book, "Runner's World, Run Less, Run Faster." I actually previously bought the book to enhance my marathon running, but I noticed there are programs in there for the 5K, 10K, etc.
It would seem like, "You're a marathon runner, so running a 5K will be easy." Well, in a way, yes, but I'm not running to just finish, I'm running to finish FASSSSSSST. In that way any distance is challenging. With this, I can incorporate more of the speed and intensity to my running workouts that I am looking for, and train for a goal while still keeping the overall mileage lower.
The program has running on just 3 days a week, but they are intense. One interval workout, one tempo run and one long run at pace. Though a 5K is only 3.1 miles long, each training run is actually going to be 5-8 miles long, which is similar to what I'm already doing, however you run them at pace - which depends on your current 5K race pace. I'm not sure of what that is, so that's why I'm running a 5K tomorrow.
In between the 3 running days, you crosstrain. So this also matches my goal of wanting to mix things up as much as possible. I've been snowshoeing, cross country skiing, swimming, using a rowing machine, doing step aerobics, cycling classes, and of course running both roads and trails including hill repeats. On the 7th day, I am going to do some easy walking and/or yoga.
I've also added some weight training in the weight room in addition to my at-home strength workouts. It made me realize how much I miss being in the weight room, but at the same time, I know I can't lift THAT much, as I build too easily. I stopped seriously lifting since being advised by my running coach years ago that I was building too much lean mass and it was slowing me down... and it was. Extra weight is extra weight when it comes to running.
So, basically in some ways I'm going back to the training I used to do when I was in fantastic shape. I was a group exercise instructor and taught all different types of classes, trained for triathlons, and lifted weights regularly. When I ran, I ran for speed versus distance. Through this, when I'd run a 5K, I'd finish in the top 3 women or at least in the top of my age group, without formally training for it.
So, we'll see what this gets me. Although I can run the race tomorrow with my dog, I am thinking I won't. I really want to, but he normally has to go to the bathroom in the first mile, and as I'm running for time, I don't want to have to stop for that! He does this... even if I walk him before. Kind of frustrating...
Will post as to how I do. I miss marathon training, A LOT, but I'm just thinking of how fast I'll fly on my next marathon when I'm at my goal weight!!