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Week two-in the books!

Still figuring out how this stuff works. Blogging, that is. I’m going to shoot for at least once a week.

I am no longer running most my easy runs too fast. Ha! There’s a reason that those runs are supposed to be slow–because that’s all you can do! I have never been an everyday runner, and I’m beginning to feel it. I have to say that I’m thankful for the 5 week build up-I’m going to need it all, I think.

I missed two runs this week due to illness, but made up the mileage. With this plan, that’s not how you’re supposed to go about doing it, so I need to work on that.

Instead of an easy 2 miles on Tuesday, followed by easy 3 miles on Thursday and Friday, I ended up doing a fast 5 miles (on the treadmill) on Thursday and an easy (kind of) long run of 8 miles with friends on Saturday. That run on Saturday was supposed to be a 3 miler, but I was playing catch-up…I did follow that with an easy 4 miles on Sunday morning, so I’m getting better. I started off week three (the first 6 day week) with the planned 4 miler this morning, and am shooting to make all of them. I’m also going to go ahead and move the long runs to Saturday, with an easy run on Sunday (just flip-flopping on the schedule). That way I may be able to see some of my running friends this summer as they train for their respective marathons!

This week will be a bit out of order, as I am running a race on the 4th–a 5k. I am going to give it my best, but I’m not sure I can beat my time from last year. We’ll see. This year I’m going to try a mile warm up before the race and see if it helps, as lately my first mile has been and felt terrible.

Goals for the week are to do my runs outside barring storms–which means I have to get my butt out of bed in the mornings. School starts for me and the boys on July 7, so I need to get my routine better established! Gotta get more acclimated to the humidity. Also need to get my head in the game more-I’ve been struggling with the mental game these days…3 more “easy” weeks, then the real fun begins!

And it’s begun…

Not only am I new to the blogging thing, I obviously have problems updating it frequently. But I moved my computer (part of the annual move-the-schoolroom-around fest), and hopefully the proximity will assist me in writing more often. (This post was actually written on June 23. I just didn’t publish it…I guess.)

Marathon training has begun, as has the craziness of pulling together the curricula for both boys for the next school year, which begins July 7. I’m only going to talk about the running though, as I’m not finished with the other crazy.

My intention was to run every day up until the actual training began–which didn’t happen. I did get in a trial speedwork session, which kicked.my.butt. 😦 I thought I had done terribly, but apparently I can’t read my Garmin correctly at 6 am, and when I went back and looked at my stats, I realized that I was running the intervals WAY too fast–about 30 seconds too fast! No wonder I thought I was dying out there, and had no hope of finishing the workout. This I will fix.

The plan began on June 19 with an easy 3 miler. Easy is supposed to be either 11:43 (aerobic B) or 12:33 (aerobic A). I decided to run at around 2 in the afternoon–after all, it’s “only” 3 miles, right? At hot, humid, sunny 3 miles.  Bad idea. Almost passing out from the heat at 2.5 miles is not ideal.

The first week called for Friday the 20th to be off. Good thing, as I had to drive to Atlanta and back to pick up kid 1 from camp. 6 hours in the car makes for a very stiff mama. Saturday called for an easy 3 miler as well. I had to leave by 8 to pick up kid 2 from his camp, so I elected to run later in the day–at the Y. Sunday’s run-an easy 4 miler- was also done at the Y.

The goal with this training is to get the runs in. I have a Y membership, so weather is not really an excuse for me.

I’m having trouble keeping the easy paces easy. I have run all my runs too fast, but I know that my pace will decrease as I add the SOS workouts in a few weeks, so I’m going to try to slow down but not get too obsessive about it.

Tomorrow is an “off” day, so I’m going to try to fit in some yoga somewhere in the rest of the craziness. This plan starts the week on Mondays, so tomorrow officially begins week 2 of 18! 🙂