I told myself for this next half marathon on April 15th, I would train like I used to in 2013 when I started running marathons. That my 8-week schedule would be seemlessly followed, and I wouldn’t deter.
I feel there are a lot of factors that attributed to this series of events to my lackluster performance on the training side. The first is this weather. As I even sit here writing this, I’m looking out to a three-day forecast of 30-degree days of rain and sleet (bringing back bad memories of Boston Marathon 2015 where my fingers almost froze off). Ok, I know what you’re thinking – suck it up. EVERYONE is out there running in this weather training for their next event. But my take, shouldn’t I be making sure this level of work and dedication leads to something I’m
ACTUALLY going to enjoy? Sure race day is a blast, but shouldn’t the whole experience be somewhat less than miserable? This is exactly where I found myself last time – my training becoming a burden and something I no longer enjoyed, so I showed up at the start of the Chicago Marathon having run a max of 3.1 miles. If I’m going to throw myself out onto the streets of Boston full of icy patches and needle-like rain piercing my face, my enjoyment level will most certainly be ZERO. I’ve turn to Treadmill Tuesdays – and it’s been working for me.
For anyone who knows me, my average work week from October to April/May is around 60-65 hours per week. Most hours are spent on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Which left me with Tuesday and Thursday. Thursday, my mind is already half in the bag toward the weekend. So, Tuesday it is.
And so, the struggle and asking for constant accountability has begun. One of the things I love most about this blog is the sense (maybe false) accountability I obtain from it. I feel like if I don’t train for a race or run when I’m supposed to, I’m ultimately letting the readers down – you come because I give reviews as a passionate makeup lover and runner, correct? So, if I’m just sitting around making excuses, then I’m not really reaching any goals – not with the blog and not with getting to the next race. So, pends the question, why do I even do this? I sound like I just hate it. But, in reality, I don’t. My love for running came when I was living in two much warmer places, so it’s just been a harder than normal adjustment to be fair.
So, here it is. This week in all it’s glory. Hold me accountable, you guys.
|3-Apr||3 miles||8 miles||E60||3 miles||E60||4 @ racepace||E60|
*Race Pace is my goal I’d like to run each mile at during my next, upcoming race.
*E60 is doing a cross training exercise for 60 minutes – during the week it’s usually SoulCycle, Sunday’s usually yoga.