So, I’m not sure if the torture is for the torture I inflicted on myself, or the torture of uploading an unflattering, sweaty photo, but here goes:
I trained for the Capital City Half Marathon for about ten weeks, so March to May had a really strong schedule of running Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, elliptical Friday and Sunday, and usually yoga or strength on Tuesdays. Looking through my training plan, I did pretty well, and ultimately, I was happy with the result. My goal was to finish at 2:30:00, but when I went back and looked at my time for the F^3 Half Marathon and realized I finished in 2:39:22, I realized that taking off almost 10 minutes in 4 months without hardcore training was just not realistic. So I am incredibly happy with the 2:34:00 finish. (Especially finishing on the nose like that! :))
Getting back to the grindstone, and in to a routine has been hard. If I had the money and the time, I think I would schedule 1/2 marathons ever 13 weeks so I could train, run, take a week off, then start training all over again, because I obviously do well with schedules. But financially that is just not possible. I also want to shake things up a bit for myself, and maybe try a new class at the gym this summer. I really need to work on my upper body strength, I have noodle arms!
Getting in to the gym yesterday and busting out 30 minutes on the arc trainer felt really really good. Right now, I’m running because I like it, it helps clear my mind, and it’s good “exercise.” But I don’t push myself too hard anymore. I think that since I have been going for distance, I find myself in a leisurely pace, and just stick there… So I need a good kick in the bum every right now to bust out of this plateau!