Next Saturday, January 19th, I’ll be in Florida running the Zooma Women’s Half Marathon. I am SUPER excited about this trip because my friend Kristen and I will be staying and running with one of my best friends, Sarah!!
Unfortunately, I’m not super excited about the running part of the weekend. Well, I am very excited about the race – Zooma is going to put on a very fun race weekend for us gals – but I’m not excited about me actually running it.
I fell off my training schedule just about 1 month ago. Until I went to Japan, training was going GREAT! I was on track and running fast (for me). I ambitiously thought I could come back from Japan and pick up right where I left off.
But I did not pick up training where I left it. Instead, I recovered from jet lag, celebrated Christmas, enjoyed New Years and now, here we are. Many days later and many days with lackluster and almost non-existent training. I meant to get moving but I didn’t make the time and chose everything else over a workout and now I’m kicking myself. Every day I didn’t run or exercise just added to the deficit.On Saturday, I went to my gym to run a few miles on the treadmill and see how much endurance/strength I lost. Instead of running 3 straight miles, I decided to spice it up.
* denotes that I used a 10 lb weight
Isn’t it more fun to look at a chart than to read all that in a paragraph? I thought so too.
I’m no personal trainer but I do know that cardio intervals are a far more effective workout than just straight running. And, let’s be honest, running 30 minutes on a motorize, rotating rubber mat can be kind of boring. So breaking up the miles with some body weight exercises made it a bit more entertaining.
On Sunday, I ran a 5k around one of my favorite parks in Denver, Washington Park. All I can say is: ‘It went’. Didn’t feel awesome but I did it.
Seeing as how the race is in 13 days, I am going in with no expectation of doing well. I’m going to enjoy the weekend and the race with my friends and I’m not going to let myself feel bad about sucking, like I did at Denver Rock N Roll.
And after this race, I think I will be retiring from signing up for half marathons for a while. I love the distance but right now, there are too many other things I want to do besides train for a long race. And that’s okay!