Run Janice run!
As I shared earlier this week, I’ve decided that I want to spend the next two years running my butt off to try to qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon. I’m starting my training by working up to running a sub 1:50 half marathon – I’m hoping to do this at my favourite half marathon in March, the Chilly Half Marathon (known around these parts by runners as simply “The Chilly”). I created a training plan from the Runner’s World Smartcoach App, then modified it to include my favourite cross-training classes and workouts: BodyPump on Wednesdays, BodySculpt/Core Strength on Fridays, and an indoor recovery ride on my indoor trainer bike on Sundays.
My training schedule looks like this:
Monday: Easy run at lunch, Lap swimming after the kids go to bed
Tuesday: Tempo or speed work
Thursday: Easy run
Friday: Bodysculpt/Core strength class
Saturday: Long run
Sunday: Recovery ride & Kettlebell workout
This week was super busy, but really, what week isn’t? My first official week of training was to begin last Saturday, but it was Miss Amber’s Birthday, so I had to reschedule the run to Sunday. On Sunday I managed to escape from the family and ran an easy 10k. According to my “training plan” I was supposed to run at a pace of 6:10/km. For some reason I had difficulty holding that and alternated between way too fast (5:50/km) and way too slow (6:50/km). My average pace ended up being 6:15/km.
On Monday I was supposed run 6k at an easy pace of 6:10/km. I blew that pace out of the water and ended up feeling great and ran an average pace of 5:47/km. I then missed my lap swimming because I was EXHAUSTED from the time change. Ooops!
Tuesday was my first tempo run since Spring 2012 (18 months ago) and I purposely dressed a little scant for the weather – shorts and a long-sleeved shirt. It’s November in Canada and the days are definitely getting cooler – perfect for running tempos! I was to do a 1.5k warm up, then 5k at a pace of 5:12/km, followed by a 1.5k cool down. The warm up went well but man! That tempo was HARD! I’m not used to pushing myself to run fast in a non-race atmosphere, but I did it and felt amazing afterwards. My overall pace (including warm up and cool down for the 8k) was 5:29/km.
Wednesday the wheels fell of the training wagon. I missed BodyPump because I had to work through my lunch to leave early to take Amber for her first dentist appointment:
Amber – rocking her first dentist appointment
After her appointment I was going to drop her off at home, then go to an evening BodyPump class. When I got home hubby announced that he was taking the girls to Boston Pizza. It’s been so long since hubby took us out for dinner that deciding to forego pump was a no brainer – I’d rather spend time with the family.
Thursday I ran 6k at a 5:53 pace around the park near work. Once again I missed the easy 6:10/km pace I was supposed to do. I suspect that if I had gone to BodyPump the day before that keeping a slower pace would have been easier. My legs were likely too fresh.
Friday we had a team lunch so I skipped my BodySculpt/Core Conditioning class.
Saturday was a typical juggle day for us: I went to Parent-n-tot gymnastics with Amber while the big girls went to hockey with hubby. After that I took Amber, her sisters and a friend to the movies to celebrate her birthday. Amber had a blast and exclaimed, “I like this mommy, it’s a BIG BIG TV!“.
Amber – opening her presents from her first official party.
Sunday I snuck out for my long run. I was supposed to run 13k at 6:10/km but again, I ran too fast – my average pace was 6:00/km. I felt REALLY grumpy before my run and had to work up a lot of motivation to go, yet afterwards I felt better and happier. Why do I always forget how much better I feel after a really good run?!?
Total kilometers towards Boston 2016 so far: 43
This week I hope to do a better job at getting my cross-training in. It’ll be a quieter week around here too – no dentist appointments, no team lunches, no birthday parties.
Have a great week everyone!