To be totally honest, the plan was to say goodbye to the blog. It had started to feel like a lot of work and I felt guilty for not posting. So I made up my mind. I just needed to get around to writing a final post. And then my domain name and hosting auto-renewed for another year, so here I am. And I realized that maybe I wasn’t ready to be done after all.
Plus, my half marathon training kicks off TOMORROW! I’m pumped to be training for something again, but it’s so hard to tell what my fitness level could be after the next 12 weeks.
The plan was to base build all winter, but…..well, life. The little guy wasn’t sleeping well and we were all majorly sick all winter. Every time I’d start back up, I’d get slammed with another awful virus, complete with a fever and chills/body aches, and all of a sudden a couple of weeks would pass by. So then, all of a sudden my first race of the year (the Point Bock 5 Mile) was upon me, and I had hardly been running a few miles per week. I surprised myself by running the entire time and pulling off a decent pace. It was stupid to do that because I was sore for the next week, but it gave me the racing bug again and gave me confidence.
I got a couple of weeks of base building under my belt and my hip started tightening up during runs. It felt exactly the same as what was happening during training for my most recent Twin Cities Marathon. On top of that, my plantar fasciitis was flaring up and my ankle hurt, so back to Orthology I went. After two visits, I’m already feeling much stronger and almost back to normal!
Here’s what this first week of training looks like:
Monday – REST
Tuesday – 3 miles easy
Wednesday – 5x400s
Thursday – 3 miles easy
Friday – REST
Saturday – 3 miles (planning to keep the pace just slightly faster than easy for this one)
Sunday – 5 miles
The plan is to do strength training at least twice per week. I’ll also be doing my PT exercises at least five days/week and rolling and stretching every day.
At this point, I have NO idea what I’ll be capable of, pace-wise, come June. So I’m going to wait to set any goals and am going to tweak training paces as I go. I’m starting out aiming for 10:00 min/miles for easy runs, long runs between 10 and 10:30, intervals around 7:23 and pace runs at 9:10 and tempos at 8:50 pace. I’d love it if I could shave some time off of all of those paces, but they feel like a good starting point.
Anyone else training for an early summer half?