Saturday, October 24, 2009

Back on it.

It's so hard not to repetitively use cliches in this situation, buuuuuuuuuut... here I am, finding myself on the icky end of a lapse in running.  Again.  The reasons always differ, but I just wonder this:  how is it that I'm so terrible at sticking to this for longer than a few weeks at a time?  Sure, my track record doesn't suck over the long haul but I have this tendency to get sick, lazy, or hurt every two or three weeks and then to have to get my butt in gear all over again.

Well, I guess that's just how I do things.  It's so annoying.

Tonight I got back in touch with the one thing that motivates me to my core; it makes me want to run more than anything in the world.  When I run, it is the thing that drives me home. When I finish, it is the first thing that grabs my attention. It gives me a deep and satisfactory pride that defies both awesomeness and explanation.  It makes me happy: checking off boxes. I live for that chart on the fridge and for marking off each box with a neat little X.  The chart of my progress gives me a warm fuzzy in my soul.  I'm the kid in preschool, joyfully working for that sticker on the sticker chart.

Tonight I made a new running plan.  I realized (and E has said this to me approximately eight times in the past week, so that helps a smidge) that I haven't been so motivated since I finished my first Half Marathon.  I hate to admit this to the entire world, but he's right.  I do better when I have a goal in mind because I know that if I slack off I'm going to hurt myself on the day when it really counts.  That kept me going out for training runs before my first race because I knew that if I didn't keep up my schedule, the Half Marathon was going to be a) more painful or b) dangerous because I could injure myself.  So:

Step 1: Figure out what races I can do.

I am already planning to do Sacramento's Run to Feed the Hungry.  In fact, I've got about half of my AP English class running with me.  Fun stuff.  Today out of the blue I got an offer to do a leg of the California International Marathon relay. I'd been thinking about doing it, but had no idea how I'd find someone who was relatively my speed and level of... um... experience.  Enter Facebook, where I found a great group to run with that fits what I need, exactly.

At the Run to Feed the Hungry I'm going to run the 10K, and at the CIM, probably somewhere between 6 and 7 miles.  Perfect.  I'm kind of happy about running some shorter races for now.  I'd like to make sure I'm really enjoying my runs and not feeling pressured to get in a ton of miles.  I'm also a bit worried about keeping up my training as the weather starts to change--shorter distances give me a little bit more flexibility.

Step 2: Make a plan.

I'll post my plan here soon, but (sorry, this is lame-o) it's on the other computer and right now I don't want to get out of bed and wait for it to turn on.  I can tell you about it though.  I have some new goals when it comes to this plan.

1) Get in some shorter/ faster runs.  I work at a high school.  There's a track.  I should use it.  I'm going to start small, in the hopes that I can get used to this kind of thing.  I'll probably be doing this on my lunch hour once a week.

2) Get my short runs during the week back to about 5 miles.  I'd like it if I can have a good base each week--a "standard" run that I can do without too much thought.  I was running around 4.5 or 5 on my short runs for about a month before the HM, and it was going well.  Those were the runs where I could tune out and just go.  I figure this gives me about an hour of running, twice a week with a longer run on the weekend.

3) Shift my cross-training.  Before, I was doing two walk days.  Now that I am teaching ballet twice a week, I think this is going to take the place of my stretch/ strengthen days.  I don't want to get overwhelmed by doing too much, so I'm going to give myself the option to walk if I want to, in addition to the two nights of ballet.

4) Maintain my mileage on long runs.  'Nuff said.

5) Shift my running days.  I was running T-W-Th-S.  That won't work with my ballet schedule. There's also no way I can run and teach ballet on Tuesdays.  The new plan has me on the track on Mondays, ballet Monday night, ballet on Tuesday night, short run Wednesday, rest Thursday, short run Friday, rest Saturday, long run Sunday.  Run days M-W-F-Su.

6) Long term goal: another half marathon.  Since there are zero, I just mapped out a date for myself to do it again... on my own.  The way I have it set up, the two races I'm going to do end up in the middle of my training.  I want to keep my mileage up so that I can try another half, even if it's by myself.  I'm going to try that just after the New Year.

Lame post without the actual plan, huh?  I'll get on it.

P.S.  This post is scheduled to hit the 'net right when I should be out on the road today.  Let's play a little game called "Did she actually get out of bed?"

1 comment:

  1. So did you do it? I admire your dedication. You couldnt pay me to run. Welll, maybe...

    Gave you a shout out on my last post :)