Never Miss a Monday?
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Yea, so, I have to admit I've missed many a Monday recently. Life gets crazy sometimes. Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches and do the best you can with the hand you've been dealt. And sometimes that means saving your strength to tackle life's challenges outside of your fitness journey. Coming to accept this fact has been a huge challenge for me.
But yesterday...I didn't miss a Monday.
My week is planned out like this currently:
Monday - 30 minutes Cross/Strength Training
Tuesday - 2 miles easy run
Wednesday - 30 minutes Cross/Strength Training
Thursday - 2 miles easy run
Friday - Rest Day
Saturday - 3 miles long run
Sunday - 2 mile brisk walk
10k Countdown: about 39 days!
So I signed up for the United States Air Force Marathon 10k in Dayton, OH. Last year I signed up with my mom to walk/run the race. I intended to walk. I was kinda out of shape. I hadn't really gotten back into running. My hips were giving me some of the worst trouble ever. I was popping pain pills just to survive the pain of carrying a sandbag of skin around my waist. And then I got there that morning, and I felt the surge of energy from the crowd, and I looked over at my mom and said, "I'm going to run." Her response? "I wish you wouldn't." LOL She knew I was struggling physically, but she also knows that I have a hard time holding back come race time. I popped a pain pill, put my headphones on, and ran the parts I could and walked as fast as I could the rest of the way. I do remember there being one incredible hill in that course. I think there are a couple hills, but the one near the beginning (but not immediately WHEELING YOU HEAR ME?! GOSH!) is a beast! But I did the best I could and ended that 10k on actual BRICKS. (I fully understood that runner's saying of running on bricks...I was...my legs were cement blocks and I think I was only able to move them centimeters off the ground during my "sprint" to the finish.)
Last Year's Results:
148/217 in division
989/1636 out of female runners
1:35:19 Gun time
Chip Time: 1:31:12
In order to set my new goals for races (it's so amazing to me that I'm setting real pace goals now instead of just having a finishing goal), I look at my history on that course and see if I can improve on that. And I set myself up two goals. A reasonable one. And then a dream goal. Because sometimes it's nice to push a little harder and try to surprise yourself.
So, my reasonable goal is to finish around 75 minutes or 1:15. That's a 12 minute mile pace. But my dream goal? Well, it's to finish as close to one hour as possible. I'm not running 9-10 minute miles yet, so I don't think I'll be able to dip under an hour. But maybe 1h10m? Or even 1h5m? It will depend upon the day, my legs, my lungs, and the atmosphere. I have to say that the atmosphere at this race really is amazing. The hype from everyone is incredible! Plus, last year I worked all morning in the med tent before my race, ran, and then came back and worked some more....I won't have to worry about that this year...I do have to worry about someone getting me to the course. Parking can be a nightmare, so I've got to work that out with my mom to get me as close as possible.
But for now, my focus is on ONE WEEK. This week. What can I do RIGHT NOW to make my goals a reality? Let's not look too far ahead and let's accomplish what we can today.
1. Eat on task as much as humanly possible.
2. Avoid traditional sweets and limit any sweets to just one a day of something SMALL.
3. Drink more water.
4. Log everything every day.
5. Take my vitamins! I missed last night - I crashed so hard when I got home that I didn't even take off my makeup until I woke up at 3am and realized what had happened.
6. Get to the gym. Get that strength training in!
7. Get in ALL THREE RUNS. Even if they aren't perfect. RUN THREE TIMES THIS WEEK.
8. Don't forget that active rest walk day! It's important!!
I did buy myself a little gift for this race - some cool nail wraps for race day. And I'm about to purchase some shoe tags to celebrate my 5k this weekend. No, it wasn't my best. But I could have not gone like the last one (though that wasn't my fault - life struggles and overscheduling). I didn't. I showed up. It was hard. I finished. I will celebrate me! And I think the tag I'm getting will be a reminder of my eventual goal so I can be reminded every single time I lace up for a run. I'll snap some pics if/when I get them.