It’s been a while since I shared a training update. It just seems so trivial to give updates on my *monumental* runs <read with sarcasm>. There is only so much one can say about running 5 min run/1 min walking intervals x 6. And believe me, it’s NOT interesting!
The runs, while small and insignificant, have been going well. And one thing to note: yesterday was my first run on the road since my marathon on 12/14! I have been running a 1-mile loop at the park where I ran back when I first started. It’s hard for me to get excited about running in a circle…whether its 1/4 mile or 1 mile! I felt awesome to finally be back in my element on the wide open road! (OK….maybe it isn’t WIDE open, but you get the point.) The run was difficult, but I think it was just adjusting to the difference in terrain. The route was flat, but not as flat as the concrete trail at the park. Even though I felt I was fighting for much of the short 3.4 mile run, I smiled the entire time – especially when I realized that I was “attacking” the “hills”. (OK – they weren’t “hills” by MY definition. They were inclines, BUT I’ve been running little to no inclines on those virtually flat trails!) The best part of that is that I didn’t even realize I was attacking the inclines at first. That tells me that Jen still has the fire! (Yes, I have been questioning if Jen still had the fire…)
One thing that has made it hard to get overly excited about training is the lack of a training schedule. I get up early every day to get in my stretch, foam roll and strength, but getting my runs in has been more of a challenge. Between Alli’s volleyball, Logan’s games, and my work and reffing, finding time to run has been difficult. Plus when I first started back, I needed more recovery time in between so I was forced to play each run by ear. Even though I might have been ready to run, if it was on a volleyball day, chances are I just didn’t have time.
When the time changes this weekend, my entire training schedule is going to open up like a blooming flower. (I admit that I may be a bit delusional in this aspect, but I really do believe it will make a difference in finding a more regular running schedule.) The time change almost feels like a paradigm shift, of sorts. I feel like I am finally transitioning from recovering runner to recovered runner; interval runs are about to end and instead I’ll be building my base. The mental shift is hard to manage. It’s becoming more and more difficult to “stick to the plan” and “run smart”, but since I have managed to keep Crazy Jen locked away this long, I might as well throw away the key.
So in honor of “sticking to the plan”, I am sharing a list of things I NEVER thought I would say as a runner:
- Strength training is fun. (OK it is NOT as fun as running, but getting stronger really IS fun!)
- Turns out that cross training is NOT the Devil. (Riding the bike trainer is riveting)
- Foam rolling is the BEST way to spend your lunch break.
- Getting up at 4:45 to foam roll, stretch and strength train is a FANTASTIC way to start your day!
- Intervals aren’t that bad, after all.
- I can’t think of anything I would rather spend my money on than myofascial release.
- Not having a regular training schedule during the Winter months has been so freeing.
- I REALLY wanted to gain those 5 pounds–I was TOO thin!