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Way overdue, headspace, and beginning running…

10 Mar

This post is way overdue. I’ve been wanting to write something new for quite a few weeks now, all the while racking my brain for the reason I haven’t written anything.  I say I’m “a wife, a momma, a teacher, a runner, trying to keep it all in balance”.  And the funny thing is, I’ve struggled with this balance in the last month.

Historically, February is a tough month for me.  Having lived 3 years in Alaska, and now almost 2 years in Northwest Washington, the weather seems to take a great toll on my mood, my thoughts, my focus, my energy.  I anxiously await more sunshine and lament the rain.  February, heading into March, is the long waiting period between Christmas Break and Spring Break.  I know that if I can just make it to Spring Break, then the end of the school year is right around the corner. Sunshine and warmer weather is sure to follow as well, lifting my mood and improving my overall physical, mental and emotional well-being.

So…this is not an excuse, simply a brief insight into my headspace- my lack of focus should be very apparent in the ramblings of this post.  I never want to come across as someone trying to be an expert, when I’m NOT.  I want to be transparent and honest about the place I’m coming from.

With that said, my running has not suffered, it’s actually really blossomed.  I’m just now finishing up Week 6 of 18.  Last Sunday, I ran 10 miles and felt great.  Tomorrow, my long run dips down to 7 miles and then jumps back up to 12 miles for Week 7.  I do want to include an excerpt from an email I received on My Fitness Pal (soon to be reviewed in my next post).  It was a question from a beginning runner, and I was a beginner just 1 year ago.

“I wanted to check , how often should we run, how long, any pointers to web resources?…I was reading about Bridge to 10K , sounds good to me.”

“In terms of how often you should run, I think it depends the individual.  I know people who run every single day and swear by it.  I think you should do as much as your body allows.  What’s great about the online training schedules, such as the Bridge to 10K, Couch to 10K, Hal Higdon’s plans, etc. are that they incorporate days of rest.

Personally, as much as I love running, it’s good for my body and my mind to rest a couple days each week.  Running is very hard on your knees and joints, and when I was about 20 pounds heavier, I felt it alot more, so from the beginning I got used to running about 5 days per week.  It would also be helpful to incorporate some strength and resisitance training into your program.  Building your muscle strength will help you improve in your runs.  If you have the time, you could do your runs and some body resistanc/ light strength training on the same day, or throw in a couple days per week to mix it up.  Again, you should really go with how your body feels.  You don’t want to push yourself to the point of injury.

I used the Couch to 10K program for my first 10K and I loved it.  I just Googled 10K training programs and looked at different ones until I found one I liked and thought would work best with my busy schedule.  Check it out and see what you think: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_4/138.shtml

I’m also a huge Hal Higdon fan http://www.halhigdon.com  I used his half marathon plan and am using his full marathon plan for my race in June.  He’s got some really great resources and information on running.  I also subscribe to Runner’s World; it’s got great articles and I love the inspiration I find throughout the magazine.  They also have info on races nationwide.  I ran for about a month and then started training for my first race.  It was really helpful for me to have a goal that I was working toward, it helped hold me accountable.”

Well, I’m gonna wrap this up.  This lengthy post is a direct consequence of not posting for a month.  Next time, which will be much sooner than later, my ramblings won’t be quite so…you get the idea.  🙂

Until next time (soon)…