Wednesday, August 11, 2010

08/11/10 (2 mi, 9:34 pace)

I knew the minute I walked out the front door, down the front steps and across the driveway, that my body felt like running today. I wasn't forcing it to go, it just went.

And, because it was my short Wednesday run, I decided to push the pace a little and see how my shins handled it.

They didn't complain once, not one little bit!


I'm still getting used to being able to run without pain. It's the first time in my life I can say that, so I have (mumble mumble) years of catching up to do. :-)

Oh man...I just mumble mumbled my age. I AM getting old!!! (giggle)

I did today, however, take one small (half block) walk break after the last hill. I'm irritated that I did....I didn't really NEED to. I just felt like it.

OK, I wussed out, and it wasn't even that big a hill. :-)

Scared another deer that was in the street right in front of me (a doe this time)....and one neighborhood had garbage cans knocked down and garbage strewn everywhere. Raccoons or something.

My training sheet for the month of August is pretty simple...I'll need to find some new routes, or I'm going to get bored.

Tues and Thurs - 4 mi, Wed - 2 mi, and long weekend runs of 6.

In September, everything jumps up. from 4 to 4.5 and 5...from 2 to 3....and from 6 to 7, 8 and 9.

I've said it a million times, but I'll say it again....I'm pretty new to this running stuff.....sooooo......

........why is it that a half marathon training program never has you run a 13.1 mile run? And marathon training programs have 20 miles as their long run? If playing a sport, don't you practice THAT sport at least once in the season??

I'm guessing there's a method to the madness here that I'm not catching?

I suppose that once you run those 10 (or those 20).....adding another 3 (or 6) on race day is relative??

If I make it 10 miles, you'll have to drag me kicking and screaming off the course before I finish. That's for sure! :-)

I'm guessing that, because I'm a novice to this sport (in ever sense of the word), the training programs I'm running are geared that way. I do see plans out there that take you to 11 and 12. I suppose, after I run my first one, I'll use a different plan for my next one.

Yep, you heard me, my next one. I haven't even gotten one under my belt, and I'm wondering which one I'll do in the spring!!! :-)


Brook said...

WOW!!!! That's great! WooHoo!!!!!!

Nej said...


Heidi said...

Awesome. Seems lots of people had great runs yesterday (including me - super grin).

I think for some plans the idea is that the race is your moment, your sense of accomplishment in completing the distance. That's why they don't go the full distance beforehand. I think this is especially true for beginners who have never run that distance. And yes, once you get to a certain mileage (like 10) a few more isn't really that big of a deal. For me once I got over about 8 or 9, it was fairly easy to get in the groove and go further. It's mostly a mental challenge at that time.

Personally I don't quite get that concept and I prefer to do the full distance (or preferably a bit more) before a race so I have an idea of how long it will take me. But I'm more about the numbers and challenging myself based upon how long it's taken me before and how long it will take next time. Plus I just like having the confidence to know for certain that I can do that full distance.

Nej said...

@ Heidi - I signed up for this half marathon figuring I'd end up walking most of it. I'm surprising myself more and more though. Having never run one, times aren't as important this go around...I just want to finish. But, after that, I'm sure I'll be all about improving my times.

I keep thinking though...if you train for a marathon, but only run a half.....wouldn't your times be crazy awesome!??!?!?! :-)

Miz said...

and you are officially ADDICTED!



Nej said...

@ Miz - (looking around) addicted? who? me? :-) :-) :-)