More news! I go so excited with the registering for races, I also signed up for the Atlantic City 10K in October! I have done this race series before and really enjoyed it. Now that it has been moved back to Bally’s, I am really excited. I heard bad things about when it was moved to Revel Casino but it was always so fun at Bally’s.
I now have to resist the urge to sign up for another race that I was always interested in doing. (Of course registration opened on July 1 and I got all the emails!) I thought it was a 10 miler but it turns out that it is a 10K also and totally fits into my training plan. Am I going crazy?
So now that my race calendar has 2 official races on there, I guess I should start some training, right? The first place I went was to Hal Higdon’s awesome website which contains lots of free training plans. I am never satisfied with the plan given to me though so I have been working on tweaking it to my liking. I think I’ve finally come up with a good baseline that I will work from, depending on my semester schedule ones school starts.
As of right now, I will probably have a very long day on campus on Wednesdays which is why I chose it as my rest day. I’ll have to see how this schedule works once I pick all my classes though!
I also plan on using my T25 DVDs for my strength training and cross training. This way, I don’t even have to think about what I’m going to do. And the lower body DVD is pretty killer and will really help strengthen my legs. I could try and make a lifting plan but using the DVDs just seems easier. Besides, there are also 2 ab workouts and an awesome stretch DVD. It is like it was made for this!
As for the particulars of my training, I will update week by week here as to what I did. I’m not sure if I will share my whole training plan upfront, as I like to change things. I am using Hal’s Novice 1 and Novice 2 as guidelines along with my schedule above. I’ll increase my mileage week by week, with some lower weeks for rest, and eventually peak at 12 miles. Like I said, I can’t just pick a generic training plan. I have a friend who is an experienced marathon runner and personal trainer who has been so kind as to agree to check my plan for me before I start on this journey (Thank you Tiffany!!!). This is especially helpful since I’m rearranging everything to my liking! Ha!
I also have some plans for nutrition for when I get home. I have been misbehaving a lot in the food department (you’ll see in my next blog). I have been disregarding my known food intolerances which isn’t a good idea. I’ve been doing this though because I’ve been feeling great! Months (years?) of tummy issues and they have been almost unnoticeable lately! I think whatever I had been doing the last year or so has finally helped heal my gut and helped my system work better again. I don’t know what exactly made it happen but I’m happy! Now, let’s not screw it up again by eating a bunch of bad foods, right?!
Enough for today. I have a long post prepared for tomorrow about Florida and more science stuff (with more details this time!). Until then!