I curse myself when I don’t find the time to blog at least weekly about my running progress. I feel like I’m learning so much! I can’t express to you how lucky I feel to have my running coach. He has helped me to discover the joy of running. Seriously. I wasn’t even looking to enjoy running this much because I didn’t even know it was possible.
My first Joyful (with a capital J) run was a 3 miler out to Asilomar. I left my house, ran through Pebble Beach down to Asilomar. It was one of those moments that I felt so lucky to be me.
I posted this video from that run a few weeks ago but I never did write a post about it.
I’ll catch you up for the last three weeks…
My treadmill runs got a whole lot easier after I signed up for Netflix streaming and got hooked on Prison Break. Shane and I did a 2.0 mile trail run on Saturday. That was fun! We’ve never run together before. I hope we’ll get to do it more.And I had another great run down to Asilomar on Sunday. It was cool and foggy. Bliss.
Tuesday: 2.33 mi / 25:00 (treadmill)
Thursday: 3.68 mi / 40:00 (treadmill)
Saturday: 2.02 mi / 22:33 (trail)
Sunday: 3.0 mi / 30:28 (road)
TOTAL = 11.03 miles
Tuesday: Box jumps – 20 x 3
Seated leg curl 55# – 12 x 4
Lunges – 40 x 3
Thursday: Tri dips 55# – 12 x 3
Lat raises 15# – 12 x 3
Assisted dip – 12 x 3
I hadn’t talked to my coach in two weeks and that was a big mistake. I didn’t have a clear idea of how I should approach the race. And apparently, I don’t have great instincts for these things. The race started on a steep decline and I went out way too fast. The unexpected 344 ft. elevation gain didn’t help things either. I ended up having to walk for 1.5 minutes up the third and last hill.
I didn’t feel great after the race. But I’m glad for the experience because I learned a lot.
- I like warming up during the race, rather than warming up before the race. Starting off slow sets me up mentally to focus on having fun instead of finishing fast.
- I need to come up with a strategy to conquer hills.
- If I’m confused about my training, I need to reach out to my coach.
Tuesday: 3.0 mi / 32:12 (treadmill)
Thursday: 2.3 mi / 25:00 (treadmill)
Sunday: 1.0 mi / 11:45 (warm-up)
3.1 mi / 33:05 (5k with 344 ft elevation gain)
1.0 / 10:40 (cool-down)
TOTAL = 10.4 miles
Tuesday: Box alternate step-ups – 20 x 3
Push-ups with ball – 12 x 3
Assisted chin up – 12 x 4
Toe touches – 12 x 4
By Monday, I still hadn’t recovered from the ickiness of the 5k. I ran around the Pebble Beach neighborhood near me and I kept saying to myself: “This is the dumbest hobby ever. Why am I doing this!?”
I thought that might be a problem so I called my friend Joanna for help. We figured out that training for the half-marathon was making me miserable. Running had started to feel like Work.
So I chatted with my other friend, who I am running the half-marathon with, and we decided to do a run/walk plan. We’ll run 1.5 miles and walk 0.5 mile. So now I don’t have to stress about it!! So relieved about this. I’m just not interested in pushing myself right now. I’m amazed that I can run 40 minutes without stopping. This is good enough for me.
Also, I had recently changed my schedule so I could run with Shane on Saturdays. But this put me on a different schedule than Joanna and we weren’t talking about running as much.
I am now back on schedule with Joanna!! Running with a friend, even if she is 2,500 miles away, is so much more fun and motivating.
I was visiting my mom in Sacramento and did my long run on the American River Bike Trail (or Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail). It did seem like a long time. I think I might try listening to music again. I really wanted to stop at around 35 minutes but I remembered something my coach said about being able to sing while you run. I could. And so I told myself to stop whining and keep going. I did.
Running past all the bums was a little unsettling and I nearly screamed when I ran past one and 2 seconds later a cyclist rode by me a little too closely. But the funny thing is, I thought about how strong I’ve become and I thought I’d probably be able to defend myself pretty darn well. I hope at least. hmmm… if I keep running outside by myself, maybe it would be a smart thing to look into a self-defense course.
Monday: 2.32 mi / 25:00 (road)
Tuesday: 2.73 mi / 30:00 (treadmill)
Thursday: 2.31 mi / 25:00 (treadmill)
Sunday: 3.67 mi / 40:00 (road)
TOTAL = 11.03 miles
Tuesday:Toe touches – 12 x 3 each side
Wide squats – 20 x 3
Long arm/leg crunches – 10 x 3
Thursday: Push-ups on ball – 12 x 3
Chest flys on ball – 8 x 3
Tricep push downs 25# – 12 x 3
Machines lateral raises 15# – 12 x 3
Dumbbell lateral raises – 12 x 3
Bisep curls – 20 x 3
Have you discovered the Joy of running?
How do you make your long treadmills runs more tolerable?
Have you ever had a horrible race? What did you learn from it?
Have you ever taken a self-defense course?