I am not currently following a specific training plan but for previous marathons and important races I did. Now that I have a little girl I run when she naps which is usually at about 10 a.m. everyday. When I was working as a teacher I would run at 5 in the morning and that is what worked best with my work and family schedule. I am currently running 40-50 miles a week.
I typically run 10 races a year but that may change now with a child. I will probably focus on 5 key races each year. My favorite distance is the marathon. For some strange reason I love running for hours and doing it with other runners makes it even better.
My absolute favorite race was when I got my personal best marathon time at the Top of Utah Marathon. Everything worked out so perfectly that day. It was a gorgeous course and the temperatures were perfect. I was very positive throughout the race and didn't hit the wall as hard as previous marathons because I was smarter about my fueling throughout the race. It was an incredible feeling to cross the finish line with a new record!
My husband does run! He started really training a little over a year ago and he is very fast. We have run two races together and they were a blast. I am hoping that we will be able to run many more races together in the future and he even promised that he would run a marathon with me at some point. When I first met him he didn't like running at all so it is so fun to see him enjoy it so much now.
You are really nice:) I love running and I love setting new goals for myself. I love training to reach those goals and I can't wait to improve.
I love hearing about people wanting to get into running, it makes me so happy because I want other people to enjoy all of the benefits of running too. I think that first you need to make sure you have good shoes. Go to a running shoe store to be fitted for shoes that are right for you. I would focus on running for time in the beginning rather than distance. Start with a goal like running for 5 minutes followed by walking and increase the time each week. The couch to 5k plan ( http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml ) is a great plan to follow for beginners! Find a buddy to run with. One of my favorite things about running is running with other people and it is so motivating to have a running partner. Think of some rewards that will help motivate you to reach your goals. I like to buy new running gear (shorts, tops etc) once I meet a goal or getting a massage is also a great reward for meeting your running goals. My last tip for new runners is to sign up for a race like a 5k or 10k. Once you pay the money for a race you will be more likely to stick to running! Know that running is hard for everyone! It gets easier but we all start at the beginning and experience the same things you are experiencing and for most people it takes time to really grow to love running.
I think that it is very important to include speed work and hill work into your training to get faster. It takes time and dedication to get faster but I truly believe that everyone can get faster. I wrote a post about my favorite ways to get faster here: http://www.hungryrunnergirl.com/2012/02/how-to-become-a-faster-runner.html
I do not follow a specific diet plan. I try to eat healthy but I love sweets more than anyone you know:)
I would love to continue to run races for the rest of my life. I love the racing atmosphere and everything about it. There is so much excitement and it is so fun to talk to runners of all ages and from all over the world. Running the NYC Marathon was incredible because I was able to talk to so many different people about their love for running.
HECK YEAH! That would be awesome:) I have some big goals in terms of running but I also have big goals in other areas of my life so I don't think I will dedicate the amount of time and training it takes to become pro. For now I am just going to continue to run everyday and love it for the amazing benefits. Getting some pr's will be really nice too.
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