I can’t stop thinking about running today. I think it’s because I’m back home, and back to some sort of routine.
Then I researched marathon training plans. This was more difficult than the writing. I can’t decide. I’ve got a half in about 11 weeks and a marathon in about 23 weeks. Can I combine the training? I don’t want to train for the full marathon for 23 weeks because I think I will get burnt out. I’m thinking 18 weeks would be good. I like this one by Mr. Higdon.
The other training issue I was having this morning was deciding how to alter the long-run Sunday programs to fit my mom/work/life schedule. I was still stuck when I texted Heather (Almost Running) to see if she wanted to run tomorrow. But she has a conflict on Sundays now. “How about next Saturday?” she texted back.
If I move my long runs to Saturdays, I can use Sunday as a rest day, a family day! Then I can run on Mondays, either before everyone wakes up or with T Junior in the BOB. On Tuesday, I can do cross training on my lunch hour at the Secret Gym and on Wednesday, I can do strength at lunch. Thursday is a rest day. I’m always wiped out on Thursdays anyway. Friday, I will run early or later with T Junior. Saturday…long run! Yay! Thanks to Heather for inadvertently figuring that out for me. Now if I could just decide when to start training and how far to run.
Today, I decided on three miles. I was a little sore from my 5-miler yesterday even though I stretched. It was raining this morning, but it cleared up just in time for my afternoon run. Yippee! I wore capris, my Jingle Bell 5K shirt and my new cool weather hat. I used my phone carrier that my sister gave me and clipped on my iFitness belt so I could listen to my Zune. Oh, and my Garmin, of course.
(actually, I think she wanted to go with me.)
I was excited to wear my new Under Armour beanie that Mr. T got me for Christmas. It has a slit in the back for a ponytail, which to be honest, I thought was cool, but probably not necessary. Boy, was I wrong! I was really surprised what a difference that made in the comfort of the hat. It was nice not to have all my hair shoved in there. The hat kept me warm, but not too warm and my head didn’t get overly sweaty. Love this hat!
The phone carrier that my sister got me is great, but I’m not sure where she got it. I know they have something very similar at the Nike Outlet in North Bend, and it’s fairly inexpensive, between $10-$15.
All this new stuff is great, but as soon as I started running I remembered there’s something ELSE I need to buy.
First, I have a confession.
I only have two sports bras: a gray one and a blue one.
What’s worse is that I’ve had them since my JUNIOR YEAR in HIGH SCHOOL. Not college, which was over 10 years ago. High school. These sports bras are about 16 years old. Yikes.
The blue one is actually in pretty good shape. It’s my good sports bra. The gray one lost its elasticity last month and does pretty much nothing. In fact, I can’t really call it a bra anymore. But I had to wear it today since I wore the blue one yesterday. It sucks. I need a new one ASAP. Luckily (or unluckily), I don’t have much that…um…that needs control in that area.
Despite the gray sports bra, today’s run went well. I felt better than yesterday, but I can tell I didn’t run very much over the past couple of weeks. Usually, I have no breathing issues, but both today and yesterday, I felt out of breath. Tired.
I love having the Garmin. I just ran wherever. No route. I intended to turn right off of our street, but I turned left instead. I don’t know why. Just ’cause. I also did something a little different as far as my pace.
I started out faster than I normally do. Usually, I start really slow and then increase my speed. Today, I wanted to start out a little faster and see what would happen. Here are the results:
3.15 Miles: 32:24
Average pace/mile: 10:17
Mile 1: 9:53
Mile 2: 10:06
Mile 3: 10:30
.15 Mile: 12:51 (this was a cool down; I should’ve stopped the Garmin at 3 miles, but oh well)
Even though I slowed down at the end, I think I may try starting out a bit faster on future runs. I surprised myself, that’s for sure!