This morning I'm beginning my training for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler! I signed up for the race as part of Team Pranayama. (I didn't actually think we'd win the lottery. Whoops!) Unsurprisingly, our team is a group of runner-yogis and we plan on kicking some major behind and busting through our goals during this race. I'm hoping that I'll get to go on at least one training run with the rest of the team during the thirteen weeks leading up to the race, but Mike and I will be moving further away from the city, where the group is concentrated, so it might be just me and my weirdo alternative running playlists . :)
I hashed out my training plan before the new year with the help of my new Erin Condren Life Planner . I wasn't originally planning on using it to schedule workouts, but it has the room. Better yet, during the first week of the new year I've found that I've committed to everything I've written down. For some reason, the planner has the power of holding me accountable!
An example of how my workouts are getting scheduled in my Erin Condren Life Planner. Saturday AM got moved because Mike and I had a very special date with someTHING named Jake ;)
Adorable planners aside, my training plan builds off all my other distance training plans. It ratchets up slowly and doesn't ever log a crazy amount of miles. My only goal is to finish the race without walking and to maintain a solid enough base during the week that my long runs aren't crazy difficult.
As you can see, I'll be running three times a week. On non-run days, I will cross-train with yoga or a free weights workout in the gym, focusing on leg strength to protect my knees during long distance runs. The toughest part of the plan will be the last month - March will be a month of a lot of travel and family time, as well as my Bridal Shower, which will be happening on the day I have an 8 mile run planned. I'm committed to make it work and I'll let you know how I get around all the craziness!
And now, my friends, I shall embark on the first and easiest, but no less noble, of my training runs of the Spring running season. Happy running!