I’m trying on a new look for my training. I really want to add in my splits for each run, but I’m finding it a little tricky. I want it to look good, but also be informative, and easy to type up each week. Not sure if this will stay. Anyway, here is my first week of training:
I hate getting up early to go for a run.
I hate the feeling during a run. It hurts. Everything hurts. My legs hurt. My lungs hurt.
It just hurts.
I hate not being ‘fast’.
I hate not getting PRs.
I hate that you have to be consistent to see any amount of improvement.
I hate having to run in hot/humid about-to-die weather.
I love the feeling after a run.
I love the fact that I can improve, if I put in the work.
I love that I can do something that other people will never be able or want to do.
I love the accomplishment of finishing a long run.
I love the sweatiness after a hot/humid about-to-die run.
I love where running can take me.
I love to achieve my goals.
I love that running is purely for me.
Ugh. I feel this is all I say. So I apologize for repeating myself again and again. I want to run mornings. And then my alarm goes off, and nope. Not getting out of bed.
This morning was the same. Alarm off at 6am. I laid in bed until after 7am on my phone: Instagram, Facebook, the news…. Finally, I got up and am now on my blog with coffee brewing. What a fail. Except that there is coffee.
Though, in my defense, it is raining. And while I love to run in the rain, I hate to begin a run while it is already raining. Make sense? I don’t know. Anyway, I looked at the weather forecast for the day, and it looks like it is meant to be raining all day. It was also 76F when I woke up, and the high is around 80/81F. What’s a few degrees more? I figure I can try to prep myself for this rainy warm run and head out for a mid-morning run.
On the cards today is a tempo run. I’m hoping for 2 or 3 miles at around an 8:50min/mile. We will see. I should be able to do this. I’ve done much harder workouts.
Let’s drink this coffee and go!
Only six weeks until the HBF Run for a Reason 12km. I was going to try to find a 10 or 12km training plan to follow, and I found a few 6 or 8 week plans. But I don’t know, I’m just not that interested in following one. I have no idea why. I’m just going to do my own thing, and see how that goes. I know what I want to do, have the usual speed work day, a tempo run day and a long run day – but I’m going to run by feel and have nothing really set in stone. Continue reading
I am not a gifted runner. I never have been. I was always the slowest in my class at school. Painfully slow. I didn’t even want to participate because I knew I would be last. Well, actually, second last, one girl was just a tad slower than me. However, it still made me not want to run.
This is not a post about my past as a runner, which is brief: I wasn’t, and now I am. It’s about not being naturally fast. There are people out there that can decided to run a marathon and easily break four hours. Heck, some even get close to the three hour mark their first try. I am not one. My first marathon was a a 4:46, which was in 2013. It was a huge accomplishment to me. I have never been surrounded by runners, no one I knew had run one before. I was hooked. The feeling of crossing that finish line was like nothing else I had ever experienced. Continue reading
It’s been a week since I ran The Hapalua Half Marathon. I decided to take a full week off. Actually, it wasn’t planned. I was going to take two days off, then start running again. Then I got sick, and decided, what the hell, I may as well give myself a full week off to completely rest and start fresh.
I haven’t been doing nothing – I’ve been surfing quite a bit. I was talking to my husband about surfing, and sometimes I think – Oh my gosh, I’ve been so lazy today, I haven’t done anything. Then I realize I have gone for a 2 hour surf. And surfing can be intense. If anyone has ever even had a surf lesson, you’ll know what I mean. Put yourself on a shorter board, and that intensity goes up! Just because it isn’t your typical ‘mainstream’ activity, and it looks like a lot of run (it is, it is so much fun) doesn’t mean it’s not doing anything for your health. I just wish I could be a faster runner from the amount I surf!
Anyway, the Hapalua was a great race. It definitely was another lesson in getting more mileage in. Right from the start I didn’t feel ready. At the start line I didn’t feel that excited nervous I usually do before a race. It was more of a, oh my gosh, I have to run 13.1 miles, kind of dreaded feeling. I know it’s because I didn’t run more than 10 or 11 miles during training. At least I know this is where my (biggest) downfall is.
It’s Boston weekend too. That gets me so excited. I love seeing everyones photos about the race. I never thought I’d even dream of running it, I haven’t even ran a sub 4 marathon… But I now have that dream… One day, I’ll get to you. (I think when I’m in my 40’s my BQ gets up to 3:55 – maybe then!)
A bit of a mish-mash post. I’ll post again with my next plan – which I’ll be figuring out today!
I’ll be writing a quick recap of The Hapalua in a little bit – at the moment I have come down with a cold, and am feeling sorry for myself. I really just wanted to put this up. I’ll probably need to update it too, to add in my splits for the Hapalua. I’m pretty disappointed with how I ran. Well, maybe I’m more disappointed with how I trained – I was definitely under trained, and really need to focus on completing long runs.