HALF MARATHON TRAINING
I know I promised to use the super catchy title "Oops I did it again" If I had another week filled with some crazy amount of mileage. And I know using that title would for sure get this post way, way more views. But, 1. I'm not in it for the views (DUH) and 2. This past weeks insanely high mileage was no mistake. After Saturday's 9 miler I knew I only had to run 6 more miles on Sunday to get to a total of 50 miles for the week. I also knew that my legs were gonna be sore as Hell on Sunday..but how can you not at least try to hit a milestone as huge as running 50 miles in ONE FREAKING WEEK. Like, only really serious/dedicated/bad ass runners tackle that kind of distance. And since I'm trying to get on their level...I had to go for it. There was no doubt in my mind yesterday that I was going to make it. Yeah, I felt like a freaking turtle running through peanut butter...but I made it (with a sluggish pace of 9:45 min/mile). And it was nice to have a shit ton of energy left afterwards to tackle my 3 hour workout at the gym.
Today's run was back to business as usual with a 6.5 mile run at a pace of 9:28. I started out way, way too damn fast in the beginning. For some crazy reason, my brain and body both felt like I needed to make up for yesterday's "slow" run. Which is so freaking stupid because like who can run anywhere near their normal pace the day after running 9 miles. Well, probably a lot of people but that 9 miler and leg day took a whole lot out of me. And, I know I should be happy I was even to run at all yesterday and pacing shouldn't matter and blah blah blah. Well none of that had any impact whatsoever on my approach to today's run. I was ready to nail another 10K PR. Which sounds incredibly irresponsible/dumb because like I've already hit two of those in the week or so since I've been home...so I don't really have anything to prove at this point. But, during the last couple of miles I was decided I needed to pick the pace up and go for it anyway. I only ended up being like 30 seconds off from hitting it, too. But, like damn Caitlyn if you're gonna decide to do this shit you need to have a pacing plan from the get go.
So, let's talk rest days and why I decided it would be a brilliant idea to ban myself from taking any until we go on our upcoming vacation. The last rest day I took was December 7th...yeah it's been awhile. And yes hitting that milestone of running 50 miles in a week did have a lot to do with the fact that I haven't taken a rest day yet. I've always taken at least one day off from the gym/running for as long as I can remember. And I made an exception when I cam home for Thanksgiving break to that rule because of the Mall of America trip. And once again here we are, on the brink of Caitlyn having to take off 4 days in a row from working out/running. The closer it gets, the more stressed out and anxious your girl is getting. Like, why, why is there not time for the gym on vacation? I mean I know it's called a "vacation" for a reason but damn, how the heck am I supposed to be more normal, delightful self if I can't work off some of my crazyness in the gym or with a long run. What if I lose all the strength gains I've made in the last 3-4 months? What if my body just forgets how to run? These are the questions that keep my up at night and really trying to make the most out of my workouts and runs before vacation.
So, the big, bad, scary 13.1 miles. Why make that a goal in the first place? Why not just skip ahead and go straight to the absolutely terrifying 26.2 mile marathon? Why aren't you taking this seriously and following a legit training plan where you aren't running 6-7 times a week CAITLYN? Well the answer to all those questions is the same: It just sounded like a good idea at the time. I got inspired by the badass runner that is Kelly Roberts (who runs both half and full marathons) and each podcast or youtube video that I watched/listened to just got my thinking more and more about going the distance...literally. And obviously the fact that I had to set all those goals (aka 2 :) ) for that paper for my online class made the "why" decision pretty easy. Making the decision to go for running 13.1 miles was scary enough, so skipping over that step and going straight for the full marathon wasn't even a viable option. As far as training is concerned, I did look into a few plans. But...1. They only had you running like 5x per week, so that was a no go from the start and 2. They had you doing track workouts and I was like Hell no ain't nobody got time for that stuff. Plus, I feel like since I've been able to make decent strength progress w/ doing my own programming as far as lifting is concerned I figured why not trust myself to be in charge of this whole half marathon training.
I know the only question I have left to answer is the big "When is the race going to be and where?" And the truthful answer is I have no idea on the when. Ideally, I would be able to run that far by around spring break time in mid March. As far as the where is concerned, it will obviously be Belle Plaine, because who has the guts or the money to sign up for a real race in some place far, far away where I don't know exactly how many hills there are or where they are on the route, etc. Plus, if it's a one person race then I know I am guaranteed to get first place...so it was really a no brainer to opt out of running a traditional race. My originally timing goal was for the summer of 2018...but I am confident that I can be ready before then. However, March may be a little bit of an ambitious goal. It all really boils down to just how long my longest run is during Christmas break.
I want to attempt to run 10 miles on Thursday. Yeah, I know, it sounds crazy. But, with this crazy Iowa weather...that might be the last time I am able to run outside for awhile. In a perfect world I would run like 7 miles tomorrow, 6.5-7 on Wednesday and then go for that insane 10 miles Thursday. If I am able to do that, then I for sure will feel ready to run those 13.1 miles in March. If not, then I guess it's back to the drawing board. I know I said before that just making it 9 miles would make me the happiest person in the world. Well, that was a big fat lie, because here we are just two days later and I'm already ready to push things a little bit (or a lot bit) further. I think it's because I felt so good for the majority of those 9 miles that I am curious to see if the same hold true for 10 miles. Plus, being able to run double digit mileage is another huge running milestone and we all know how much I want people/myself to be able to see me as a real "runner" and not just some crazy person who runs around town in the dark blasting T-Swift songs fro all the world to hear.
Expect another riveting post on Wednesday...probably late sine I'll be seeing the new "Jumanji" movie and going to Buffs that day. As always, thanks for reading and PLEASE don't be afraid to leave a comment with your feedback. Like, are these post actually helpful/entertaining...or am I just a horrible writer/blogger? 😂😸