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!
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