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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Now that I'm settled, I'm back to making plans. I leave for a beach vacation on July 25th. I'm going to take the rest of the month until then to get back into the groove of running. I pretty much took June off of formal exercise. And I have run very little since my half in April. Any time I take time off from running, I don't find it very difficult to get back into it. But there is a period of shaking the dust off.

I don't really feel ready to yet, but I need to start getting ready because every October I run a local half marathon. I ran it for the first time in 2010. I did miss last year. I just wasn't in the right place. But I've run it every other year (and the full course in 2011). 2010 was the inaugural year so this will be the 5th anniversary of it. I really want to be there.

So for the next month I just need to get comfortable with my usual distance again, which is 5-10k. Then comes Florida vacation. And when I get back in early August, I plan on starting a more formal half training plan to stretch the long runs back out. It worked really well in the spring so I think this will work well for the fall too.

I'm glad to have something to look forward to again, but also nervous because training can be such a time suck. Back to school time is always difficult. So much going on. I am also a creature of habit. I created a 5 mile running route 5 years ago when I started running. I have not strayed at all from it! To get my training distances, I would just run it in loops or run part of it. Now that I've moved...I have to find a new running route. This fills me with more anxiety than I'd like to admit. I want my old running route back!

Part B of my future plan is that I no longer live and work in the same town. So no more going home for lunch. This gives me great incentive to go to the gym on my lunch break daily because I'd rather do that than hang around work for lunch. For now I'll probably spend that time running, but at some point I'd like to try the noon step class at the gym just for fun.

P90X3 will also be a filler for evenings when I'm at home. I love pairing X3 with running!
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