Week of January 1, 2012:
Saturday: Long walk with a friend
Week of January 8, 2012:
Sunday: Long run!
So. It’s January of the new year, and I am sitting eight weeks out from a half-marathon that I just committed to running. I’m excited and nervous!
I’m excited because I miss running regularly. My commitment to running over the past six months has been sporadic, and while that may be frustrating, I know that I’m responsible for my own flaky behavior. Now, with a race on my calendar and a friend to run with me, I know that I’m on the right path toward a more disciplined running routine. That makes me happy.
It also makes me nervous because the most I’ve run in the past month has been about six miles (with my speedy friend JD!), and a half-marathon requires twice that distance and then some. My running buddy Christy is recovering from some injuries, so we need to tailor our plan for her running ability. I’m happy to do that. In fact, I have a question for all of you, my blogging/running friends. I’m thinking that for Christy and me, a run/walk plan might be good for the half, something like this:
Run 4 miles.
Walk 1 mile.
Run 4 miles.
Walk 1 mile.
Run 3.1 miles
What do you think?
I think the run/walk plan might be more forgiving of our injuries/short training season. I have two goals centered around the half-marathon: 1) complete it with my friend, if she’s able to enter the race and 2) use the half-marathon training season as a way of re-establishing a running routine that gets me into my sneakers 2-3 times a week. I have a habit of not running much at all after finishing a half; this year, I’d like to keep running outside until the end of May, if I can take the heat.
Yesterday I headed out for my first serious post-illness run, and I decided to jump right into it. I’m never really sure how to get back into my exercise habits after an illness, so I decided that I would try to run 4-5 miles, with walking breaks if necessary. I ran about 12 minutes to my favorite park, dropped off my sweatshirt near the kids’ play area, and felt a little dizzy, so I sat down for a minute. Then I felt better and ran about 3 miles (26 minutes) around the park. Then I retrieved my sweatshirt, walked for 5 minutes, and ran another 10 minutes toward home. I cooled down by walking another 10 minutes or so, figuring that if I’m following a run/walk plan for the half, then a longer walking cooldown is really part training, part cooldown.
I felt really, REALLY good after this run, and that happy feeling stayed with me all day. I’m feeling upbeat about establishing a new running routine for the new year, and I’m hoping the positive momentum from running will spill over into the rest of my life.
And on Sundays, this is what the rest of my life looks like:
Here I am in my Sunday office. I love Sundays.
Have a good week, my dears!