I am WAY behind on announcing my workout of the week so let me start with that and my progress.
- Mon – Run with Back On My Feet
- Tues – Strength Training
- Wed – Rest
- Thurs – Unscheduled rest, oops!
- Fri – Run with Back On My Feet
- Sat – Strength Training
- Sun – Run 6m
I have to say, I’m pretty excited about strength training again. I know I stopped to give myself more time for half-marathon training, but it’s really not necessary to stop, you should really do both. I need to remind myself of that next time I’m training for something! I am way too sore from these level 1 Jillian Michael’s workouts and these levels used to be a breeze for me.
I’m a little nervous that I’m just going week by week for my training plans and don’t have a specific race or goal that I’m training for. I tried this approach last winter after the Bay State Half-Marathon and let’s just say the results were less than satisfactory. But I also am not really feeling like signing up for winter races although I could possibly be swayed on that. Part of me thinks this half or this one could be tempting, although February in New England? Ouch.
Originally I was thinking of signing up for a spring marathon like the one in Providence in early May, but after talking with my friend Heidi I was reminded of how NOT FUN it would be to have to do the majority of training in the winter. I can handle the cold temperatures, but I’m not really one of those hard-core runners that can keep going when snow is involved. I’m just too big a klutz and I’d like to avoid breaking my leg if I can. Then there’s always the treadmill, but seriously, I really can’t imagine running more than 5 miles on a treadmill. Honestly, my maximum is four miles on the “dreadmill” and that is only if I am thoroughly entertained by TV or switching up inclines and speeds constantly.
The one “pro” of having a marathon in the Spring is that you really can’t stop running during the winter, meaning that would keep me driven to run all winter long. I’d like to avoid reliving the return to running after stopping all winter. It is so much harder to start again! Anyway, I do think I have my mind made up.
I really want to run a marathon in 2012, but I’m thinking it’s going to be the fall. I am pretty scared though, I mean I know a lot of other people do it, but twenty-six miles, that is A LOT OF MILES. But I would really like to get one done. I don’t care how long it takes me. Sorry Ben, this spectator time will be just a smidge longer than the half 🙂
It was pretty cool reading about everyone’s recent recaps of the NYC Marathon and it started to get me excited to run one and think about which one I would do. Part of me wants to be comfy and stay close to home and stick with what I know, maybe run the Bay State one or Maine Marathon since I’m familiar with half the course? I’m the world’s worst traveler so this might be the better way for me to go. OR should I got all out and do a huge one like NYC or the Marine Corps Marathon? Any thoughts fellow readers? Anyone out there have a suggestion? I know it’s a little early, but knowing I’ll be signing up for one a year from now does help keep me motivated to run.
I should take advantage of this non-training time and do something different. Here are some commitments I want to make at least through the end of 2011.In my usual organized, type A fashion, it’s list time:
- Run AT LEAST 3 times per week
- Two of those times will be running with Back On My Feet
- One of those times needs to be at least 5 miles or more
- Continue with the Pile on the Miles Challenge
- Cardio activity done 4 times per week
- Some type of strength training (or yoga) 3 times per week
- Continue to exercise 6 days per week
- Run the Somerville Jingle Bell 5k
Now here are some ideas to keep a little variety. My gym membership doesn’t include any classes or anything other than basic equipment so based on that…
- Running hills or stairs workouts (yuck).
- Attend yoga or hot yoga classes (I’ve been going through a not a fan of yoga stage, but maybe I should try it again)
- Speed or track workouts
- Check out The Training Room (Spinning, 50/50, Bells & Wheels, all look great!)
- Try out Insanity workouts (anyone out there tried these? P90x wasn’t really my thing, is it like that?)
If anyone has other ideas please pass them along! I’m holding off on signing up for a different gym at this point, but if I find that I’m really wanting some classes on a regular basis I might have to rethink my strategy.
All right, time to get moving!