PB: 10 miles yesterday!!!

It was tough, my knees started hurting in the last 30 mins. I was on a flat treadmill as usual, at a slow speed of 4.7 mph. I didn’t want to tempt fate my increasing the speed. It is me pushing myself, as long as I’m running, I’m happy! And I ran. Today my legs are sore, but they’re not too bad. Not crazy sore.

I am almost out of time for my June 13 half marathon. I have not trained well. I have a week and a half of time remaining. I have decided to do 3 more training runs. None of the middle conditioning runs. Just the long ones. 11 miles this weekend. 12 mid week next week. 13 next weekend. Then a week break. Maybe some conditioning shorter runs. That’s it. Push myself 3 more times for training runs, and let me see how I do in the final one. I lost a lot of training time but I’ll give myself one last push. After all, running is more about the mind than the body, right?

See you next on the weekend! Good luck with all your running efforts! Keep at it, even if you lose time! Don’t stop and lose even more! 🙂

Ran 9 miles today

In the last one month I have run a total of 5 times, including today. I did an 8 mile run, continuous, which I was thrilled by. I then kept losing time, then would have to start by conditioning my body a bit. Last Sunday, I did the Diabetes-Nordstrom Beat and bridge run in Seattle – an 8k run. It was my first run that long that was outdoors, and my first outdoors run with hills. Needless to say, I was slow. Out of 2000 women, I was number 1600 or so. So in the tail end of the run! But I was feeling super thrilled, because I did it. Even though 5 miles felt quite okay to me – I’ve done 8 miles after all, and 5 miles many times on the treadmill, it still felt really great.

This run was on Sunday. I did a 2 mile run on Saturday to condition my body. I wanted to do 4, on Thursday or Friday, but it just kept not happening. I had run a 4 mile after a long break and my muscles hurt too much, that’s why I decided to just do a 2 mile to help warm up my body a bit but not get it into a hurting state. It worked, coz I wasn’t sore the next day for my big beat the bridge run. Which was really great.

I was sore on Monday and Tuesday, so perfect excuse to not run. Wed I just didn’t, though I kept planning to. Thursday too – I started my new job, but I had planned to wake up on time and not use that as an excuse. But no, I didn’t. Friday I had taken the day off – I had asked for it even before starting the job, because we are leaving in the afternoon for a little trip nearby. So I decided that no matter what happens I need to take my training to the next level. Not try to build up. Just do it. So I did 9 miles!!!!

So… guess what??? I did 9 miles!!!!

You know what, I’m going to sound really stupid or what not.. but can you imagine.. I did 9 miles!!!! I seriously rock!!!!

So now I can spend my weekend recovering and not worrying about having to run on the weekend. And when I come back, I can continue my training.

My half marathon is on June 13. I have two more weeks of training. The last week I think I shouldn’t be running a lot. So I should plan this out. Maybe next week in the middle of the week I should do 10 miles. Then weekend 11 miles. Then mid week 12 miles, the final weekend before the run, 13 miles. That’s really pushing it, but it’s my only hope if I want to be able to run this rock n roll! It’s all on the treadmill, so outdoors will be different, but it should be fine. I don’t need to do the mid week shorter training runs either. I should just do these big runs. 4 more training runs, then the big half marathon. That’s the only way I can do it.

So should I do it? Yes, I think I will. I can handle 4 more training runs. That’s all it is. I can push myself really hard for 4 more training runs. That’s all there is to it! Just 4 more! And today, I could have kept going. My back was starting to hurt a bit, although i kept pushing myself to keep it totally straight. I just need to watch my form better next time, and it should be totally do-able! Yay! End goal in sight!!! 🙂

Week 5 complete! 7 more training weeks to go!

I did take a short 2 min restroom break. I tried to hold it but couldn’t really. I know it doesn’t fully count as a continuous 7 mile run, so I’m not calling it my personal best. But I did run 7 miles! And it didn’t feel too crazy hard, although it was. My legs hurt today, which is good! Tomorrow I start the next week! I did lose one day this week. I didn’t do my 7 mile run day before yesterday. I had a busy day. But it’s all good – I’ll do this week completely! 🙂

Week 5 day 3 and 4 done

I ran 4 miles day before yesterday and 3 today. This is the first week since I started training that I’ve followed the training plan very strictly. It feels good. Tomorrow is the big one. 7 miles! Then a day off. I love the days off!

Schedule Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Week 1 off 3 miles 3 miles 3 miles off 3 miles 4 miles
Week 2 off 3 miles 4 miles 3 miles off 3 miles 4 miles
Week 3 off 3 miles 4 miles 3 miles off 3 miles 5 miles
Week 4 off 3 miles 5 miles 3 miles off 4 miles 6 miles
Week 5 off 4 miles 5 miles 4 miles off 3 miles 7 miles
Week 6 off 4 miles 4 miles 4 miles off 4 miles 8 miles
Week 7 off 4 miles 6 miles 4 miles off 4 miles 9 miles
Week 8 off 4 miles 6 miles 4 miles off 4 miles 10 miles
Week 9 off 4 miles 6 miles 4 miles off 3 miles 11 miles
Week 10 off 4 miles 5 miles 4 miles off 4 miles 12 miles
Week 11 off 4 miles 5 miles 4 miles off 3 miles 6 miles
Week 12 off 3 miles 5 miles 3 miles off 2 miles 13.1

Week 5 day 2 complete

Did my 5 miles. The good news, the first half mile was easy compared to all the runs I’ve had in the last week. The still bad news, the rest of the 4.5 miles were excruciating. Ran at 4.5 mph, increased to 4.6 after 10 mins and that tiny increase in speed felt crazy hard. All in all I managed, so I’m thrilled. I have to be completely focused for the next 2 months. Nothing else is as important as this. I don’t know why I’m giving so much meaning to this run, it feels like I’m letting myself a little off the hook for not doing what I’d hoped to do in the last 6 months of not working, and this is the one achievement I’ll have had.

Week 5 day 1 done

This is my second post of the day, I don’t normally do that, but I had delayed putting down my last 3 runs and wrote them today morning before today’s run. So I’m writing about today’s run now.

I ran very very slowly. And again, it was very hard. I wanted to give up a zillion times. My form wasn’t so good after two miles, I was slouching more, putting stress on my back, just wanting it to be over. I really, really want to do my marathon though, and I feel like I’ve used up all my lives now. I don’t have any more time to do it. I have to completely and utterly push my limits if I want to make it to the half marathon this year. And I do. This is not how I normally work. I don’t push myself. I do, but typically only when it feels good. My philosophy is a little like Calvin in the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. Laid back. I do things my heart tells me to do. If my legs and heart tell me to take a break, I take it. If it tells me to push myself, I do it. In this case, I’m telling my brain and heart what to do. I’m now trying to be in control. I’m trying to follow a very strict guideline to reach my goal. I think I have put a ton of self esteem into this half marathon. I keep trying to tell myself I don’t need to rush it to be now. I can do this any time before the end of this year. That’ll be so much easier. But I seem to really, really want to do this June half marathon.

So here I am, making this extremely difficult decision to run 5 times a week and follow this plan no matter what. I get my periods, I start working (I am starting to look for a job now), I go traveling, no matter what. I will do my training runs. I will run and finish that race on June 13th.

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Week
1
off 3 miles 3 miles 3 miles off 3 miles 4 miles
Week
2
off 3 miles 4 miles 3 miles off 3 miles 4 miles
Week
3
off 3 miles 4 miles 3 miles off 3 miles 5 miles
Week
4
off 3 miles 5 miles 3 miles off 4 miles 6 miles
Week
5
off 4 miles 5 miles 4 miles off 3 miles 7 miles
Week
6
off 4 miles 4 miles 4 miles off 4 miles 8 miles
Week
7
off 4 miles 6 miles 4 miles off 4 miles 9 miles
Week
8
off 4 miles 6 miles 4 miles off 4 miles 10 miles
Week
9
off 4 miles 6 miles 4 miles off 3 miles 11 miles
Week
10
off 4 miles 5 miles 4 miles off 4 miles 12 miles
Week
11
off 4 miles 5 miles 4 miles off 3 miles 6 miles
Week
12
off 3 miles 5 miles 3 miles off 2 miles 13.1
miles!

Finally back to running!

I took more than a 3 week break. I was going through some stuff, so couldn’t keep up. On Monday Apr 6 I ran 2 miles. On Tuesday I ran 4 miles, and at 5mph, so my legs hurt like mad the next day. Took 2 days break to recover, then again ran 6 miles on Apr 10, Friday. This time at 4.7 mph. My legs did hurt yesterday, and are hurting a bit today, but not like mad. I can do a short run.

This was week 4 day 3. It was crazy hard – I really pushed myself every min. I wanted to get back on track. I have lost a ton of time and don’t have any to waste. I have decided to switch to a 12 week training plan now. I’ll go slow with more breaks than prescribed, but I’ll still have a shot to do my half marathon on June 13. The main goal is to never give up, right? 🙂 My main motivation – even if I don’t manage to complete my run at the marathon, I’ll go there and do as much as I can. And hopefully will be able to push myself to somehow run the whole thing! I did do a 6 mile run after all! Of course it was on a flat treadmill, haven’t done any hill training, which I’m sure will be crazy hard. Still, 6 miles is something! 🙂 And I still have a month and a half at least to prepare some more! 6 more weeks of training time!

Since I have done 6 miles, I’m considering myself to have done week 4! So I need to start with Week 5 day 1 today – which is a 4 mile run. I have to run 5 times a week to keep this schedule. The intensity builds! 🙂

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Week
1
off 3 miles 3 miles 3 miles off 3 miles 4 miles
Week
2
off 3 miles 4 miles 3 miles off 3 miles 4 miles
Week
3
off 3 miles 4 miles 3 miles off 3 miles 5 miles
Week
4
off 3 miles 5 miles 3 miles off 4 miles 6 miles
Week
5
off 4 miles 5 miles 4 miles off 3 miles 7 miles
Week
6
off 4 miles 4 miles 4 miles off 4 miles 8 miles
Week
7
off 4 miles 6 miles 4 miles off 4 miles 9 miles
Week
8
off 4 miles 6 miles 4 miles off 4 miles 10 miles
Week
9
off 4 miles 6 miles 4 miles off 3 miles 11 miles
Week
10
off 4 miles 5 miles 4 miles off 4 miles 12 miles
Week
11
off 4 miles 5 miles 4 miles off 3 miles 6 miles
Week
12
off 3 miles 5 miles 3 miles off 2 miles 13.1
miles!