Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Running Check-In

by Meghann on July 19, 2016

I’m officially 24 weeks out from the Walt Disney World Marathon.


Here are my current stats:

  • Weekly miles: 0-6 miles
  • Runs per week: 0-3
  • Average pace: ?? (12:00 min/mi???)

As you can see, I’m basically starting from scratch here.

My goal is to start training in September, giving myself roughly 18 weeks to train. After a couple of months of “what the heck was I thinking?!” – and serious consideration of switching to the half marathon – I’ve recently had an odd rush of excitement and a severe desire to get my act together. Last week I dusted off my copy of the Hansons Marathon Method and have been reading it before bed.

Hansons Marathon Method

There’s nothing like a super technical book on the ins and outs of running to re-inspire someone to start training again.

Admittedly, I’ve been geeking out over the various pace charts, tempo talk, and track workouts. I didn’t realize how much I missed this stuff until I spent a whole hour trying to calculate my training goals based off of one of the charts. Right now I think a safe bet would be aiming for a sub-4:30 finish. That gives me a goal race pace of 10:18ish min/mi. Not a crazy pace based of previous races, but super ambitious considering my current level of fitness.

Hansons Marathon Method

There’s a beginner training plan in the book that I plan to modify to fit my needs. I’d like to run no more than 4 days a week, with a MAX weekly mileage of 40 miles. To achieve that I’ll concentrate on shorter, speedier runs during the week with a long run over the weekend. I’ve had successes with a similar approach in the past and am optimistic my body will adapt accordingly. However, I know there will be a LOT of trial & error, as my body is not what it once was.

I’m also ready to move back to early morning runs. I’m a morning runner, I always have been. Though I’ve appreciated my evening runs with Maddie, I yearn to start my days with a run instead of ending with one. I miss that early morning rush and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with starting your day with a workout. *knock on wood* Now that Annalynn’s sleeping habits are becoming somewhat more predictable at night and in the morning *knock on wood* the early morning alarm doesn’t sound quite as painful as it once did. Now I just need to re-establish my early morning habits and get my butt out the door before the rest of the house wakes.

I’m going to gradually ease myself back into morning runs, setting my alarm for 5:00am (gulp!) three mornings a week with a goal of building my running base back up. I’d like to get back up to comfortably running 10-15 miles a week with minimal walking. I’ll start with 2-3 mile runs and plan to dig my Garmin out of storage for the first time in over a year to eventually bring my pace back where it needs to be.

I’m not looking to set any PRs here. I miss running and having a goal really excites me. I can do this, I know I can – one step at a time.

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