Monday, March 19, 2012

6 Weeks To Go!

Hello you,

Well, it’s 6 weeks until my half marathon, and I’m actually starting to get a bit nervous… This is the first time in all of my training (11 weeks so far!) that I’ve felt nervous about the actual distance of this race. I think I definitely under estimated it…. I ran 15.06km on Saturday morning, and I decided to try to run:walk this week, so I ran for 10 minutes, and walked for 1, and did that through the entire run. It definitely had an impact on my time, but I didn’t feel totally exhausted and sore like I have previously. I did the 15km in 1h43m, which puts me on track to finish the 21.1km race in 2h24m (give or take). My goal is to finish in less than 2h30m, but I’d REALLY like to be finished in 2h15m… is this doable? I honestly have no idea.
This coming weekend I’m supposed to be running 17km, so I might try and run it a little faster than this past weekend, but with the tightness in my ankle, I’m not sure I want to push it too hard. This whole, “training for an insane distance” thing is really taking its toll on my body. My ankle has become a bit messed up. I know it’s nothing permanent, but it’s because I have such tight muscles in my calves and it seems to be pulling on my ankles the wrong way. Obviously it becomes a bit worse once I’ve finished a run and have cooled down, and my muscles stay clenched up. After my training, I really need to focus on stretching everything out and getting my flexibility back. I’m going to start doing Hot Yoga 1x/week, normal yoga 1-2x/week and hopefully that will help my recovery.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about if I want to keep running after I finish this race. I don’t want to let all of this training go to waste, but I don’t want to be training as hard as I am now, and be held accountable for running 4x/week, and running hills, and speed work, and long ass runs, you know? I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m going to run 5-7km 2-3x/week, and do a 10km run over the weekend at some point. That’s not too bad, and I do enjoy the shorter runs in and around the city. I’ve also committed to playing outdoor beach volleyball for the spring and the summer, so that will be a couple of nights/week as well.
This is the first week in a few weeks that I’m actually back to my normal schedule. Runs on Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday, weight training on Tuesday/Friday, Pole Dancing on Thursday and Monday/Saturday are my complete, totally lazy off days. I’m excited to be back to this schedule, because I know that I’m not going to be crippled by a workout that a personal trainer put me through (I did a kettlebell workout last week Tuesday, and was still sore on Friday). That being said, I’m also interested in having a PT 2x/week. I think that might be pushing it while I’m training for the race, but I do enjoy being put through such an intense workout, and I’m really sure I’d enjoy the results of how my body will look by the end of the summer. C suggested I try TRX classes… it’s definitely a possibility, and it would be much easier on the wallet. I will have to look into it, or try it out once first and see if it’s something I’d be interested in.
As part of my new year’s resolutions, I had decided to completely pay off my credit card before the summer. I’m definitely on track to do so. This past week was a bit rough because I had put a lot of money onto my credit card, and did a bit of shopping (whoops…) so I ended up actually having to use my credit card to do a few things, but it’s not a huge deal – I’m still heading in the right direction. I’m on track to have it completely paid off by mid-May. Yay!!! It will be so nice to not have to put so much of my money towards it anymore! Once it’s all paid off, I’m actually going to call and lower my limit by 66% of what it currently is. No more owing TONS of money!! I’m so over it! My summer will be so much more enjoyable when I’m not worried about money!
Well, that’s it for me today friends. Happy Monday!!!

Stay sweet.

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