I thought that maybe I’d bundle up every now and then and continue running through the winter.
Yeah, right. I should have known better.
It was hard enough to muster the motivation to bundle up to just walk to the coffee shop to work.
But March is here, which means spring is just around the corner, and with it warmer weather.
I ran once while we were in Sri Lanka, it felt amazing. And I ran when we were in Phoenix, equally exhilarating.
I’m obviously far from in marathon shape where I last was in November. But I know I at least want to do a half this summer, and possible a full marathon in October.
So, here I am, out of running shape, but I feel like I’m still further ahead then where I started last July when I started training. And it’s because now I know what I’m capable of when it comes to running. But that doesn’t change the fact that I couldn’t go and knock out a 10 mile run right now.
Where do I start?
Here’s my plan.
I know I’m going to run a half in June, and hopefully that full in October so I have dates to work towards. I’m going to start creating my training plan for those, but in the mean time I’ve started easing myself back into all this.
There were a number of really gorgeous days recently and I went on a few long walks because duh, why wouldn’t I get out and enjoy the weather.
That’s step one, to just get out there and start warming up the creaky joints again.
After that I’m going to ease in with some walk/jog sessions. I’ll choose a distance or total time, and start with something like five minutes running, two minutes walking, on and off until I finish that distance/time.
And I’ll just grow from there into things like 10 minutes on, 1 minute off, until I can run three miles straight.
Something I am going to do more of this year is strength training for my knees, hips, etc. so I can hopefully avoid the knee problems I had last year.
And while I plan on a half and hopefully another full, I plan to run other races in-between.
Another thing I learned from last year is that you can burn yourself out mentally during training. By the end of it last year I was over running. I hardly ran my last month of training (not the smartest thing, but I still did my marathon).
I haven’t really looked at what I want my training plan to be but I think I’m going to create one to work on for the half in June, then keep that base and have a “separate” plan for the marathon. Who knows yet!
What are your race/fitness goals for this year? What are the steps you’re taking to get there?