So I just came from what may have been the most amazing weekend of my life. My husband and I decided that a retreat was necessary after we realized we were arguing over things like saving a chicken breast and who folds a shirt the correct way. In marriage, this is inevitable. Time goes on, you get a little tired of one another. You get tired of life. And then, once you throw two kids in the mix, you go from looking at one another adorningly to fighting the urge to punch each other in the face, all the time. In a quest to regroup, I decided that we would splurge and stay at Hidden Pond in Kennybunkport, a lovely oasis where solitude comes in the form of a bungalow. As well as coffee delivered to your door every morning with fresh pastries and a newspaper, a big bonfire every night at the main lodge and beach cruisers on demand, to take you wherever your legs want to go. It was perfection. Although most of our time was spent together, doing really romantic, leisurely things, there were definitely moments where we both went solo. I went for a lovely run on Saturday and took a moment on the beach to decide what I really want for myself as a person who claims to be a runner.
My last couple of races have been, well, disappointing. My last 10K time was 1:00:24″ and my last half marathon was 2:14:36″ My best 5K the last year was 27’48” with my last 5K crashing into the 29’00” mark. These are good times, yes, for many, solid. And no, I don’t want to venture back to where I once was: (5K: 20’19”, 10K: 46’45”, Half marathon: 1:42:32″, these are my personal records held from a slightly younger age) but I would like to feel as though I am somewhere in between. My next half marathon is in October and I would really love to once again break 2 hours. I don’t need to run in it in any crazy time, just shy of 2 would make me smile from ear to ear. And although my last half’s training schedule was a complete joke, I would like to really hone in on what about it helped me to get to 2:14:36″ and improve upon it greatly to get me to the next goal. Being consistent is my largest flaw because I talk myself out of running more than I actually seem to run sometimes. I rely on the help and motivation of others far to much to get me where I need to be. I need to allow those partnerships to enhance my training but not make them the focus entirely. Otherwise, if a training partner isn’t available, I may just skip the run all together.
After much deliberation, I’m going with the training plan in this months issue of running world. It works perfectly schedule wise and it’s a smidge less scary than the BAA Medley version I found on their website. The height of the training plan is 40 miles a week with a 14 mile run being the longest. It emphasizes hill work, tempo runs and serious long runs on multiple days. The point, build enough endurance so that 13.1 feels relatively “easy” and finishing strong will be a very good possibility. Week one, which I will hopefully begin tomorrow is a 30 mile week with a long run of 8 miles. (I have the 5 Miler at the Clam Festival on Saturday so 8 should feel nice and painful on Sunday) It doesn’t give a time frame for finishing time but I’m assuming using this training plan with pieces of my last one will absolutely get me where I want to be. Especially since it has me running twice as much some weeks.
I’m nervous, yes, but in order to reach those goals, sometimes, we gotta get out of our comfort zone There will be days I hate it. By October, my legs might just fall off. However, I might just cross that finish line and be amazed at myself all over again. Amazed that I can still beat the odds, amazed that after fifteen years I’m still running and amazed at all the fruitful things running still manages to bring my way. I will be updating you all on a weekly basis about how this crazy plan is going. Until then, happy running everyone!
Get out there and score some miles!
If you have any questions, or would like a copy of my training and diet plan for the next 14 weeks, get in touch, I’m happy to share!