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Goal: Strength and Speed

Friday, November 13, 2015

Whenever I think of goals it seems that I question the goals.

Is this too lofty?
Is this achievable?
Are you sure we can do this?

Recently, I ran a half marathon and I was just sooooooooo slooow. Frankly, I am tired of being slow. People walk faster than I RUN. I know it is important that I am moving but geez I hate telling people my pace. I shouldn't be embarrassed of my pace.

A few days before the half marathon, I got a heavy lifting program from my trainer that I have been itching to just get to. In the last couple weeks, I haven't had a chance because I was super sore (mostly physically but some emotionally) from my half marathon at the beginning of the month. Than, I got a cold that I have been battling all week.

So, this week I will be able to finally get to get to my lifting program. I am going to officially start it Monday. I got it into a cute notebook with the weights I need to lift on what days and tonight I went through to add speed workouts.

Lifting heavy and speed workouts is a different approach. It scares me. I am going to do three 7-weeks of focused training until April 1st. I am scared that I won't get faster. I am signed up to run the Bjorkland Half Marathon and looking to sign up for the Hot Dash in March than the Hot Chocolate in April. That is not too far away. All three races require me to run at less than a 14 min pace. My half a couple weeks ago was 18 minute pace. I know I did more walking than I typically would due to hip issues. That is where strength training comes in. I hope it will fix my hip issues. From watching the therapists at work, I realize therapy is basically strengthen the weak and loosening the tight areas.

There is a lot weighing in on the 7 week program of strength and speed. Typically when I train for half marathons it has to do with long miles which I will need to start to incorporate in January or earlier. But, if I do not get my hips stronger and my legs faster, it won't matter. I will NOT be picked up by the swag wagon.

So, yes, I am questioning if I will be able to get faster but trying to trust in my knowledge and just know I just gotta TRY. If I do not TRY, I already lost.
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    So you're not fast. Big deal. You can keep going for 13.1 miles, which puts you ahead of most of the American population. You can keep going for close to 4 hours, if not longer; I don't know whether I can do that, and I'm sure that there are more people who can't do that than who can.

    1567 days ago
    Since you are still just considering the Hot Chocolate race, I'd encourage you to skip it. I did a HC and it was a disaster. Terribly organized. And to end a race gorging on chocolate - in retrospect, I should have known better.

    By the way, I wouldn't be embarrassed by pace. Consider telling people that you did it as a walk/run and just report your running pace rather than your overall. (I've done trail races where my running pace was 10-11 but my overall pace was 16!)
    1567 days ago
    It can only help.
    1567 days ago
    You are at least getting out there! That's 1/2 the battle. HUGS and just keep working on it.

    HOpe you're doing well.

    1568 days ago
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