We're now a couple weeks into the Team in Training season, and I'm just three weeks away from my first half marathon of 2013.
This week was pretty good. I've been having a difficult time navigating the scheduling and consistency of my runs, resting when my body's sore, and still making sure I get all of the runs in that I need to. I can get away with it now, but I'm on the verge of it becoming an issue. Work was stressful this week, and I think that ended up being an excuse of not accomplishing everything I need to. As we go on, I need to put 100% into this.
Here's a few updates from the week:
I only ran twice this week:
-Tuesday's "speed work" run (first Tuesday TNT run, so we're easing into the speedwork) - I made it 3.2 at a little faster pace than normal, so that was great.
-Saturday's TNT long run. The rest of the team was to run about an hour, but with my race coming up, I had to run more. I did run with them, and then went off for another 20ish minutes to hit just over 8 1/4.
Running with people
I hate running with people. I very much prefer to put my headphones in and get lost- get away from the world. I am learning that TNT scares me a little bit because of this, but it's exactly what I need. During the long run, I was able to chat for a bit with two people: one coach and one participant. And the group being together a couple times a week is a blessing. Such a great and inspiring group of people.
I play volleyball every Wednesday night at my gym - it's been amazing, and I've met a whole lot of great people through it. But now I've reached a dilemma. I know the pounding it puts on my legs and how sore I am usually up until the long run on Saturday. I keep telling myself it's good cross training, but I'm not so sure it's the best idea... what to do?
My PT has been incredible. I did have to bail on my session this week because I woke up feeling like I was going to puke. But my trainer has been such an amazing addition to my life. From teaching me about the workouts I'm doing and how I need to do them right. Working on form and not quitting. Focusing on my nutrition. Convincing me to go gluten-free (yes, that happened). Being a genuine supportive voice. Helping me unleash my inner super hero. If anyone in Denver needs a trainer - I can't recommend her enough. She will change your life, like she changed mine :) Find out more here.
I'm SO CLOSE! this week I passed the 90% mark for my minimum, and I am now at the $200 to go mark. I can't wait to pass the goal. To donate, please click here. Spread the word!
I'm happy because I'm hitting the long runs I need, but I need the rest of my life to coincide with the training, while still keeping balance in my life. Any suggestions for how to navigate all this?