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!