A few weeks ago I remembered that I had signed up for the Indy Women’s Half Marathon. After deciding that I still plan to run it, I immediately hopped online to pull a training plan together. So far it has had its ups and downs.
Week 1 was a dud. Since I started mid-week, I had two easy miles scheduled for the entire week and I did not even manage to get those in. You may recall that I was freaking out about my hair, and, yes, for real, I did not run because I was worried about stressing it too much and making it fall out faster.
Fast forward to Week 2. I decided that my hair is going to do whatever it is going to do, so I got in all seven miles that I had scheduled. Really not much to be proud of as I think of myself as someone who throws down seven mile runs, not seven mile weeks, but still an improvement over Week 1; I’ll take it. Also worth noting, neither of these runs was as dreadfully slow as I expected them to be. Not that I was breaking land speed records or anything, but I was at least easily running a 9:15 pace – far quicker than the easy 11:58 pace my plan prescribed.
I have decided to adjust the goal paces in the plan as these are a bit slow even at 80 degrees with a jogging stroller. I was aiming for something low key and attainable, but perhaps I need a bit more of a challenge. I can always back off if I do not have enough energy when the distances get longer.
So here we are at Week 3 with a new faster plan.
- Monday – 3 miles @ 11:27
- Wednesday – 4 Mi, including w/u; 2×1600 in 9:17 w/800 jogs; c/d
- Saturday – 5 miles @ 11:27
I’m confident that I can accomplish this, but I am doubtful that I will be able to talk myself into running much more than this; I just haven’t been that stoked about going running lately. So I don’t become a complete sloth, I have been giving some thought to what I might like to do instead.
Now that the ducks have moved, I have started kicking around the idea of turning our garage into a gym. Chris’ interest seems to be piqued, but we haven’t taken any action on that yet. In the meantime, I’m thinking about re-starting up my garage version of New Rules of Lifting for Women. Since I am having a lot more trouble than usual getting motivated to run, maybe it is time to switch things up a bit. In some sadistic way, I kind of miss the Body Weight Matrix, so this might be the way to go.
As an alternative, I have also been kicking around the idea of joining my local CrossFit box, but I can’t really figure out how it fits into my schedule. I have been hearing so much buzz about CrossFit lately, that I’m über tempted to jump on that bandwagon, but the group workouts are from 7-8 AM and 6-7 PM. I generally try to be at work at or before 8 AM and Kai likes to go to bed at 7 PM. CrossFit is probably out, huh?
My last alternative might be to get my bike fixed and set up my bike trainer again. After months of riding mostly in place while in India, I’m kind of over the bike trainer, but riding outside really isn’t practical right now.
Heavy stuff, I know.