We are going to talk about something that I don’t feel like I talk about as much as I used to. Running!
Guess what! I’ve actually been doing it. Nothing big or anything, but I’m getting out there and banging out 30-40 minutes here and there. I’m fat and slow. The weather is ridiculously hot and for the most part, I hate every single step that I take and constantly want to turn around.
Huh…that last sentence is kind of sad.
Here’s the thing that I noticed while slogging through some miles the other day in a bajillion degrees. It takes me a really, really long time to get in shape. I fight for every bit of fitness that comes my way. It seems that other runners take time off and get back to it with no problem. I have to start at the very beginning. The past few weeks I ran 20 minutes. . .and had to walk half way through in most cases.
Running actual mileage is still out of the question right now. It’s just too frustrating to say I’m going to do 5 miles and then huff and puff for the entire run. It’s easier for me to say, I’m going to run 50 minutes. . .ok. I’m a mental case.
Anyway, my point is that fitness does not come easy for me. Once it’s lost, I take a long time to get it back. On the other hand, once I’m fit I see HUGE gains in speed and distance quickly. I build muscle and lean out very, very easily.
This is all my long way of saying, I think I have a small plan for the winter season. (We don’t do fall.)
11/4 or 11/11 – Either the Sun Capital Half Marathon up in Boca Raton ($45) or the Allstate 13.1 in Fort Lauderdale. This is the race that I’m not sure I can commit to yet. I’m not sure if I will be ready and I don’t want to push myself right now. This is not a goal race and would be just to get me into the swing of things. Give me a nice reason to build my mileage. I’d definitely rather run the Sun Capital Half since it is only $45 and is in a different city. 13.1 Fort Lauderdale is run along the route that I run every. day. of my life. And they want $90 or some shit. THe only plus is that I MIGHT be able to run it for free.
Run for Tomorrow – Weston, FL ($35) 12/11 - This one is definitely on the calendar. It’s a smaller race, super cheap and has a HUGE showing for our running store. (Which means I can likely race for free!) I’ve got 14 weeks until this race so I can actually put in some decent miles and properly prepare. I still would not be “racing” this one. Because I have a bigger goal. One race that has always escaped me…
ING Miami (Half) – 1/27 – This is my goal race. The 2 previous races can basically go to hell. Every year I want to run this race. Every year I’m either injured, sick, fighting tumors, or some other tragedy. This year I will go under 2:00 in Miami. Period. End of story. I think I can knock 10 minutes off my half.
After ING Miami, I still might squeeze in another half marathon, but who cares. It will only be used as back up if I don’t get my A time in Miami.
There will be some smaller 5k’s and stuff run in between all these possible half marathons. I’d like to race a local 5k a month. Just for speed and to keep me interested.
I don’t want to train specifically for the half until 8-10 weeks before ING Miami. For now, I just want to build mileage and attempt to enjoy what I’m doing.
With that said, I do have a rough idea of how my weeks should go. A few easy runs, a longish run, and some sort of speed. I’ll play it by ear from day-to-day. (This is new for me, but I think I need it for now. I think this is what others call “base”.)
Thoughts? Comments? Concerns?