I love days like today! It is almost 2pm and I am DONE DRIVING KIDS AROUND FOR THE DAY! Woo Hoo! I think I backed in and out of my driveway 50 times yesterday between 2 and 9 pm. I’m so sick of being in my car!
So I just wanted to give a little update about my running progress the last few weeks. This weekend I finish up “Week 3” of my 20-week half marathon training (I put the plan I am following here). I’m glad I have this much time to get ready because I am just slowly increasing my mileage every week.
For the first 6 weeks, the program has me running every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday – leaving Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as “rest days”. I use my rest days to do strength / weight training at Koko and, of course, finish my one mile a day “streak” mile. Which, I’m excited to say, reached 250 days yesterday! I still think that “streaking” has probably been the most important component of my success so far. Building that foundation to not skip a day of exercise has really paid off now that I am running. There are some days when I would just rather not run several miles but I have built up that “muscle” in my brain now to help me realize that not fulfilling my exercise plan for the day is NOT an option. Consequently, I am reaching my goals and my attitude is changed so much for the better.
This morning I ran 5 miles straight! My time for the last mile was actually the fastest, even though I felt closest to death on the last mile. I decided to run during my son’s football practice (which ended up being almost 3 hours long – in pads/helmet in 90 degree plus temps). I have been waking up early (like 5:30 AM early) to run during the week but I foolishly thought that it would magically be nice enough to run at 8 AM. It has cooled off a little here in hell but not that much. Furthermore, I decided to run east this morning so I had the sun in my face for a good 2+ miles. Oh the lessons this newbie is learning… Anyway, I decided to try to stay around 12:00 miles today since I was increasing the distance to 5. This past week I have been getting my 4 mile average down to as low as a 11:17/mile average which I’m pretty happy about. Dr. Ziltzer always told me that adding distance will increase speed and now I’m seeing the truth to that. I feel pretty confident that I could finally run that 10 minute mile now, and I have a few times.
When I am about 2 miles into my longer runs, sometimes I get a little panic-y thinking about how hard it is going to be to run 13 miles. Up until today, 4 miles had been my max distance and the thought of doing that 2 + more times was overwhelming. But, I have to remind myself that just not very many months ago the thought of running 1 mile without stopping, much less under 13 minutes, was hard to believe. Heck, even a month or so ago I was not even crazy about running outside….now I dread running on treadmill. I really need to just stay in the moment. Yesterday I drew a parallel of running with weight loss. I think back about after I had lost 10 pounds and I wondered how I was going to keep the Optifast shakes up for 90 MORE POUNDS. It seemed overwhelming … but I did it little by little. I had another reminder of that yesterday as I was spending my early morning moments reading through my Facebook newsfeed and came upon … myself:
So, this truly is a marathon (or half marathon) and not a sprint. There really is no finish line anyway. I’ll just enjoy the process – and, so far, I really have to say I am.