Hello all! February flew by, which means it’s time to reveal my March plan!
The last three days in March will be apart of my April schedule. (aka why this schedule ends on the 28th)
It’s getting close to my half and my bike-a-thon!
I’ve haven’t blogged for a while have I?
No worries, I was just enjoying my summer!(Full of summer classes and work…yuck!)
So now I’m here to update you on some exciting events!
But first I have a confession…
I didn’t train for any races this summer. Honestly, I barely ran. Oops.
But now, it’s time to get back on track to train for my fifth half-marathon!
Could anything in this world be better?
My best friend (who’ve I’ve known my whole life) is training for her first half-marathon with me! I’m so excited to see how we progress in the next 11 weeks!
Yesterday, we wrapped up our first week of training with a beautiful 5 mile morning run! We even passed Kenyans on the way! (I’m not kidding!) (I may have “fan-girled” a little bit)
So here’s to the beginning of another round of training.
(And junior year of college)
The best kinds of runs are unplanned and unplugged.
It does not matter how far you go, or how fast you run.
All that matters is the enjoyment of the road that lies ahead.
Sometimes, we get too wrapped up in training.
Sometimes, we worry a little too much about pace.
But mostly we forget that…It’s okay to just run.
Leave the headphones and Garmin at home.
Listen, as the earth moves around you.
Feel the sun as it sets and breeze as it blows.
Smell the salt of the ocean in the air.
And let the stars guide you to a place of running bliss.
Don’t stop, until you fall in love all over again.
Tonight, I went on a late-night run when I came back home to my parents house for the weekend. It was my first real run since my fourth half-marathon. I took all of May off to allow my shin to heal. I have to admit going one month without running was tough. Getting back to the running grind was even tougher. I found myself obsessing over how much endurance I would lose, since I took a month off. I also found myself worrying about my pace. I was actually afraid to begin again. Until tonight.
Tonight I had no plans on running when I returned home. But when I found myself sitting on my couch, I had the motivation to lace up. So, without my Garmin or any plan of where I was going, I just ran. I had headphones in for a short time, but ended up ripping them out and listening to my surroundings. I ran under a beautiful star-lit sky and listened to the sounds of crickets hiding in the country fields. I wasn’t worried about time. I wasn’t constantly looking down at a watch. All I did was enjoy this wonderful “hobby” of mine. And for the first time in a long time, it didn’t feel like a chore to me. I fell in love all over again, which is what inspired me to write this whole post tonight.
I’ve decided I’m going to begin running randomly more. The past few months, I’ve lost a good portion of my motivation to run. Most of it was due to the wicked winter and injury recovery. I think “random runs’ will help bring back the motivation. I’ve gotten too caught up in bringing my pace down and running longer distances. Now, it’s time to just focus on myself and motivation to run. (:
Have a great weekend everyone!
If you haven’t noticed, I don’t have a running schedule up for May.
The reason is because I’m taking a month off of running. I’m still unable to run due to my shin, and I’m hoping to have a fast recovery in the weeks to come.
Currently I’m still working out, but doing little work that involves my shins. Mainly I’m focusing on my upper body and stomach area. I just started lifting, and oh do my arms burn. But aside from upper body work outs, today I went back to one of my favorite workouts.
What is that you ask?
This beautiful machine…
Yes, the erg. AKA a rowing machine.
Oh, how I missed this torture device. For many of you that may not know, I use to row in high school. It’s something I truly love to do, and I hope one day I can put myself back in a boat. I love it just as much as I love running(and slightly a little more (maybe)).
Let’s just say erging felt like home.
Anyway, today I rowed a dirty dozen. What’s a “dirty dozen?” It’s 250 meters intervals 12 times. And guess what? It kicked my freaking butt.
Although, I can’t say I’m too rusty with my splits. I didn’t do so bad for jumping back on after neglecting the erg for over a year. Below are my splits, and I’m pretty happy with them. They’re not exactly where I was in high school, but they’re close! Yay for endurance!
Also, if you want to know how to use a machine like this, PLEASE watch a video on it. I cannot stress enough how important it is to know how to PROPERLY use this machine. It’s extremely painful to watch people using it incorrectly. You can do serious damage to your back if you don’t use it the right way.
Here is a fantastic website on how to use this machine properly: http://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/training/technique-videos
Have you ever had to take a month off of running? How did you deal with it?
Shin splints. BAD shin splints. Basically the worst I’ve ever had. Since last night, I’ve had extreme pain in my right leg. So this morning I decided to go to the doctor’s. Two crutches later, I have physical therapy for me lined up and another doctors visit next week -_-
As of now, it’s a Netflix marathon on my couch with ice.
Have you ever been injured after a race? How did you heal?
Hey remember when I said I didn’t have shin/leg pain? Erase that from your memory.
My leg pain in my right shin, just started setting in an hour after I wrote my last post -_-
It is absolutely painful to put pressure on my right leg.
Wellllll, I am two days away from running my fourth half-marathon! (It’s so weird to think I’ve already ran three!)
Anywho, like I’ve said in previous posts, this training seasons has been rough.
Come Sunday, I know I won’t PR. It was my goal this year, to make it under 2:10, but I’ve made peace with myself that my body is not trained well enough.
All that matters is I cross the finish line on Sunday. It just might be my worse half-marathon time ever, but I’ll have other races to make up for it(:
So here’s to finishing another 13.1 (hopefully without the pain of shin splints)
OH! And here’s to nice weather. Last year, I ran the same race in the pouring rain….yuck.
Hey remember my last post about running inside on the treadmill? Yeah, this is how I feel in song lyrics.
(Ignore the weird background)
That’s all!!! (:
This post is going to be kind of long tonight, considering I haven’t posted any content since January.
First things first: I’ve been busy. Extremely busy. With that being said I put my blog on the back burner for a few months. I needed to focus more on school, work, training, and all other life related events.
Second: Let’s talk about my training for my fourth half-marathon.
I’m going to start this out by saying the word…difficult. This is the first time I’ve had an extreme amount of trouble training for a half-marathon. Not only because my schedule has been busy, but because of my own health and Ohio’s INSANE winter. A good chunk of January, and a little into February I was sick with multiple different viruses. [Bronchitis, cold, flu you name it…I had it.] Unfortunately, this put a hold on a good chunk of my training January-February. Although when I was well enough to run, it was on the treadmill.
Which leads me to my third topic: The DREADmill.[Image found on Pinterest]
This winter, I got to know the treadmill a little too well. But for most of January-March the treadmill was the only option. Winter has been brutal this year…for everyone. (I know I’m not the only runner who feels this way and I hope we can all vent back and forth about ice and snow.) Anyway since I’ve gotten to know the treadmill waaaayyy to well this winter, there’s one thing I’d like to tell it: See you in late late late December.
I can’t say I completely hate the treadmill, but I can’t say I love it either. Using the treadmill for so long, has truly caused so much pain in my shins! Today I had to get off at .3 miles because my left shin was in so much pain. Not only was I frustrated, I was embarrassed. My 3 miles I planned to run, turned into a half hour ride on the stationary bike. Therefore I decided after today’s catastrophe…I quit. I’m giving up on the Treadmill until there’s extreme ice and snow on the ground again. Luckily, it looks like Ohio is finally warming up. FINALLY! No more below freezing temperatures or icy conditions that will keep me inside this spring! I’m so done with being in a gym! Unless it’s below 20 degrees, you’re about to see my butt out on the road training.
Therefore, that last sentence brings me to my final topic: Half-Marathon Emotions.
There is exactly one month until the race. And how do I feel? Scared. I’ve barely gotten any good long runs in and I wanted to PR this half. So far, (as you can tell) my training hasn’t gone smoothly. Because of this, it’s been hard for me to stay motivated and inspired. So I’ll fully admit I’m a bit scared to run in it. I’m not afraid I won’t finish, but I am afraid that I won’t finish strong. Although, I’m aware that I still have one full month of training left. I still have a little bit of a chance of turning my training around. So here’s to one more month of training!
[Also, I’m asking for some motivation! I’m going to need it! Comment below, Thank you!!]
Now I’ll end this post with my April Training Schedule. Here’s to run-able weather!