Race #1–January Virtual Run

Virtual Race: Virtual 5k, 10k, Half Marathon

 

This is a virtual race put on by Moms RUN This Town, and it’s a great way to get me started! First, I’m not limited by Michigan weather. Second, I’m not constrained by basketball games, travel, playdates, etc. I will run when I can!

This race will also give me a good baseline for the year. Post-race, I will analyze speed, walk breaks, and splits.  I can expect to see improvement in one or more area each race.

13 5Ks in 2013

2013 is my year: It’s the last year 0f my 30s, it’s my last year with a kid at home full-time (kindergarten here we come!), and it’s the last year I will not be gainfully, intentionally employed. So, to celebrate those endings and get ready for all that’s to come, I’ve decided to train for and run 13 5k races.

I’ve been running and walking on and off this year, successfully completing my #gothedist goal of 600 miles for 2012. I also drastically reduced my inactive times between workouts from previous years. But I did not seen the body or speed changes I would have liked to. So, it’s time to do something different.

I don’t run as many races as I would like because well, I’m slow. I’ve had a hangup about my speed for a long time, and keep telling myself that I will work and train and THEN begin running races when I’m faster. Well, that time hasn’t come yet, and I don’t think it ever will. If I want to run races, then I need to run races. Faster or not.

I’m not just committing myself to this challenge de facto; I am committing myself in pleno. Meaning: I will be blogging, commenting, participating in the facebook group, and sharing this experience with family and friends.

Ease into 5K–week 7 review

I did something this week I’ve never done before: run 3 miles without a walk break. This was week 7 of Ease into 5K, and I was able to run past the allotted time. I know I should have probably bumped up my speed and run within the time frame of the app, but I was so excited to see the mileage increasing! Part of the issue is that I still start out really really slow and slowly slowly pick up the pace. This is because I don’t want to risk tiring myself out before the interval is complete. As I come to know my body better, I will be able to adjust my speed and pacing accordingly.

I have two weeks of training before the NYE 5K I’m running with R. I feel comfortable with where I am, and will use the next two weeks to GENTLY push myself a little. The biggest challenge of the race will be that it’s not  on a treadmill. Due to child care and schedules, I am pretty exclusively a treadmill runner. I will begin playing around with the incline a little, as well as increasing my speed.

Having started and stopped the program at least twice before, sometimes going weeks between workouts, I can see a HUGE difference how consistency has drastically improved my running.

Run Test #1

This afternoon I completed my first 30 minute run test. I ran 2.38 miles on the treadmill. The goal is to complete one run test each month. Hopefully, each month my distance will increase a little bit.

By the numbers:

–walk speed 3.0 mph

–run speeds from 5.0-5.5 mph (mainly running at 5.0-5.2)

–walk breaks 1 minute