The first official training run is done!
Most training plans are 12-16 weeks. My official training plan is only 12 weeks long so I guess I’m in a sort of pre-training period? I’m just working on building up to 4 miles of consistent running (a few walk breaks are always allowed though). I’m not using any programs (like Coach to 5K) but just listening to my body as I go. I’ve been running long enough to know the difference between real pain/tiredness verses laziness. Yesterday’s run was a trail run and I just jogged slowly or walked if I needed to. I even stopped a few times to stretch.
I’m really happy with this run! The loop was only 1.55 miles but we chose to keep going to 2 miles and ended up overshooting. My knee wasn’t too excited last night but it is feeling fine today. I just have to be careful not to overdo it and end up with an overtraining injury.
I’ll be working on a few things in my Pre-Training period:
- Getting used to running again
- Getting used to 6 days/week of exercise
- Strengthening abs and legs for all this running
- Building mileage
My goal for training is to reach 3 runs per week of at least 3 miles plus cross training and strength workouts. I need to reach a long run of at least 4 miles before training begins. I already showed you guys my plan for official training but I have an alternate schedule until then:
I tried to make a schedule that incorporated all of my goals for pre-training. I’ll use the cross training days as easy cardio days if needed or extra strength workouts. I have plenty of planning for all this running, now I just have to do it!
Well, I don’t want to bore you all with a workout recap for every single run so look for weekly posts on the weekends. I’m going to be really busy for the next month so I’ll blog when I can. I start working up at school this afternoon so it is back to those 2 hour train commutes (only 1:15 on the train but there’s some driving and walking too). I train for the next 2 weeks and then start working whenever they schedule me. I will have a lot of really late nights so the morning priorities will be workouts, food prep, and studying. Studying because I have my first board exam on August 4th. Eek! Anyway, I have to get everything ready for today. I feel like I have so much to do and no time!