Good Afternoon Fellow New Runners! After a full week off from running, my first since I started running consistently in June of 2013, I am excited to say I am back! Got up this morning and went for a glorious 3 miler. I wish I could say it was easy and there were no aches and pains, but that is not the case. The aches and pains came and went luckily, and the ease…well I am still new and darn it, some days 3 miles are not as easy as I wish they were.
I have decided that because I have reached a plateau in both speed and distance, I am going to do a training plan for a half marathon. I think this will help me not only go farther than the 10 miles I have been hitting on my long runs, but the speed workout will also help me be more diligent, and my pace will improve. I have no idea if this will work or not, but at the very least I will see how these training plans work. Hoping to find a half I can complete virtually in June. Any thoughts?
After reading almost the whole book, I decided on the Train Like a Mother Finish It half marathon plan. It is very do-able and even incorporates fun workouts into the mix, yay! If all goes well I hope to do their half marathon Own It plan for my very first half in November. I love the book, it is funny, informative and an easy and fun read. I dare say, even the men out there would enjoy it!
Additionally, I have some learning from my week off:
1. It was needed! The rest for my legs was awesome and I didn’t have the “heavy legs” this morning that were so prevalent before my break.
2. Taking a break allowed me to discover new workouts, most notably, yogalates. Can’t wait for my next class (although I STILL ache from Thursday night!)
3. During my break, got to purchase a reflective vest from Nathan. Yes, it is reflective and lights up! I feel so much safer running while wearing it. At first I thought the bouncing would bother me, but after just a minute or so, I didn’t even notice it anymore. Pretty sure it can tighten so it won’t bounce at all, I will have to play with it to find out. Also, the mesh adds literally no weight. Plus (yes, there is more!) the batteries for the lights are simple watch batteries, which are easy to find.
All in all, my first run back was great. I was happy to be back at running, I was smiling during most of my run. My knee is aching again (one of the issues that caused me to take a break in the first place) but hoping more stretching and perhaps strengthening exercises will help.
Enjoy the Run!
Question: Have you ever participated in a virtual race?