Wednesday, January 8, 2014

training is underway.

I mentioned in my training plan post that half marathon training would start on Monday.  I'm happy to report I actually completed day 1.  Go me!  Haha.  :)

I wore my Sub 30 Club shirt to inspire me, my new neon green headband from the boyfriend, and I set off for the gym.

I got held up at school, but I knew I wanted to run before going to my Vixen Muscle class.  I quickly hopped on the treadmill and did my prescribed 2 miles, but I ran it faster than I was supposed to.  On the schedule it had 2 easy miles at 13:00 per mile.  I didn't have time to complete the 2 miles at that pace and make it to class on time, so I ran them at an 11:20.

Initally I thought, "Go me!  I'm pushing myself even harder than the plan asked me to!", but then I had to stop myself and realize that wasn't a good thing.  My buddy John reminded me that easy, slow run means easy, slow run.  I shouldn't be going faster than prescribed.  I also reminded myself that is exactly how I end up burned out on a plan and quit.  I try to push harder and do more than I need to, and I end up quitting before I ever finish.

I have a bit of an excuse for Monday, because it was either run faster so I could make it to my class on time or don't run at all, and I definitely didn't want to start my first day of half training by skipping my run!  I will be very, very mindful from here on out not to do that, though.  I need to stick to the plan!  I would like to keep running before my Vixen Muscle class starts, so I'll have to work on time management and getting out of school as soon as possible.

I will say that pace felt harder to me that it should have.  Two months ago I ran a sub 30 5k, yet 2 days ago 2 miles at 11:20 felt really hard!  I know I have a lot of work to do, but I have to take baby steps to get there.  That's what happens when you take almost a month off of working out for the holidays!  Read: I'm a dummy.

Today I have a longer tempo run (5 miles) on the schedule, Vixen Muscle class, and a mandatory meeting after school.  Being realistic, there's no way I'll have time to complete my run and get to Vixen on time since I have a meeting.  I'm going to have to swap tomorrow's easy 2 miles with today's tempo run.  Today I'll attend my meeting, run 2 easy miles at 13:00, and attend my Vixen class.  Tomorrow I'll run the 5 tempo miles.  I have to learn to be flexible with my schedule being the way it is, but I'm determined to make this training plan work for me!


Carolina John said...

I actually did the same thing this morning. My plan called for 10 miles easy before work, but since I wanted to sleep last night I ended up with a warmup (half mile at easy 6.5 speed), 1.6 miles at tempo (9.0 speed), then a 0.9 mile cooldown at an easy 7.0 speed. 3 miles with Tempo instead of 10 miles easy. So much is wrong with that, but it felt great to run fast and I didn't have time for 10 miles and still make it to work before lunch.

Kim said...

I think you have to be flexible with those plans and flip days to make sure you are getting in the weekly mileage!!!
Way to kick off your training!

Ali K. said...

I like that the Sub30 shirt gives me special powers haha. Great start to your plan!

Clarinda @ Enjoying the Course said...

Yay, Tyly! I think the key really is being flexible. It's OK to switch things around a bit, if you need to. Good luck with your training!

Kristen said...

Okay that shirt is really cool! That was my goal for over a year and I finally reached it in October! And I think pushing your pace because you're running out of time to finish your run is a totally acceptable. Good luck with the rest of your training!

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

Love the shirt! Yay for starting training, I think sometimes it is okay to push the pace a little. as long as you don't do it to all your slow runs ;)

Abby said...

Truthfully, I think you might find you are faster than a 2:30.
If you keep running consistently faster than pace you may need to consider adjusting the pacing of your plan to aim for a 2:20 or so. Then your training runs will be a bit faster and it will give you a bit of a race day buffer to come in under 2:30. If in 2 or 3 weeks you still notice you are much faster than all the paces you might want to consider going for a 2:20 and switching up the paces a bit.

ari @ whatarisaid said...

Way to go and get out there lady! I'm sure you'll get where you need to be and soon, good luck!

Teresa said...

I love any kind of training plan!! No outside running for me the past few weeks with the brutal cold. I would rather run outside then inside on the treadmill. My pace is always faster outside. Good luck with your training:)

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