It's been a bit of a manic depressive time here at R&L. I have been feeling the loss of marathon training and my purpose filled runs with the Sue(s), and at the same time I have been really enjoying my newfound free time. I coped with feeling down by running hard - my comfortable pace is scary fast (for me) now. After my 10 miler on Saturday I was v upset with myself for running so fast so soon, but also so happy with my pace! My plan is to take is easy until June, ans I really need to stick with that.
On Monday I started my 1/2 ironman training. I am not convinced triathlons are for me, and signing up for a 1/2 ironman was not the smartest way to figure that out. But this is coming from someone who decided to run Boston as her first marathon, so it should be no surprise! My triathlon training entails 13-15 hours/week (biking takes sooo long) so I am not sure I am going to be able to swing it with everything else that is going on. Will see. This may be the only time in my life where I do something not fully prepared, or don't do it at all. A new life experience, no matter what!
June 1st symbolizes the beginning of my second marathon training cycle - Baystate 2009, in October. I will use FIRST again, but may increase the mileage a bit, I am not sure yet. I am posting my training in a new training blog I created, so you can check it out if interested (under my profile). I am thinking about doing the training for a 3:30 or a 3:35, to be determined based on how I feel during the first training weeks.
I am going to do things differently in terms of training for both the 1/2 ironman and the marathon. I am going to keep to the schedule, but also sign up for races along the way. I miss running trails, doing 5ks and 10ks (well, not the puking which is a frequent occurrence with me in the 5Ks). While sticking to a training schedule has helped me run well at Boston (and stay injury free- last year around this time I was out with a stress fracture), I feel that I missed out by not racing more. I will try to get a bit more creative during this training cycle. Although finishing a 1/2 ironman and running a faster marathon are important goals, I am more focused on having fun this summer!
Building a clock
7 months ago