I can’t believe it’s my 5th week of training for this half marathon! I feel like just yesterday I was starting out and being totally scared of the long run! Amazing how time flies when you’re busy. I still have approximately 36 days/5 weeks until the big race.. Eek! As fast as these first 5 flew I can’t imagine the next 5 weeks feeling slow.
So, have my expectations of training changed? Totally. I started out really shooting for running 4 times a week and following he training plan the best that I can, which I knew would be tough in the first place.. But honestly I’m just not a training plan kinda gal. Truthfully, my schedule is crazy making it hard to make sure the things scheduled actually happen… not that I’m not doing something, I just have to adjust A LOT. (Winter also hasn’t helped..I’m a sissy in the cold!) I have followed the long run schedule as best I can and I think that’s mostly because its the area I need the most work in, so I’m glad that is happening. I have discovered though that running 4 times a week is just not my thing..it didn’t work for me and I just decided to rearrange and do what I felt was right. I enjoy cross training, lifting weights, and playing field hockey…and I will keep doing things that I enjoy!
I would just not be happy running everyday. I’m not a high mileage runner.
As much as I have been enjoying training for the half I’m glad I have not been rigid with my running. Might that change is year? A few months from now? Maybe, but right now I like what I’m doing. I’ve enjoyed moving my long run to Sunday and getting up for body pump Saturday mornings instead of my long run being then. I feel stronger than ever doing that. Also, being crunched for time has gotten me to enjoy treadmill interval workouts.. Never say never!
I also have to take in the fact that I’m not going into this first half with crazy time specific goals. I have a time I would love to be around, but if it doesn’t happen I know what areas I need more work in and ways to go about my training differently next time. Yes, I totally said next time! So there will be one I’m proud of myself for making it this far, and not being burnt out from running. I’m still looking forward to this half so much!
Anyways, I hope you have a good weekend! We are supposed to get some crappy weather here…YAY. not.