training begins next Monday!
I am both excited and terrified to get
started with the 16-week training plan I mapped out for myself.
My first and only marathon was in October 2012. I had all
summer and early fall to train. Houston
will be different. I’m a couple years
older and training will be during the fall, the start of winter and through the
holidays. Generally a low mileage
runner, I was a bit aggressive with my last marathon in terms of my mileage
during training (I was running 5 days a week, my highest mileage week was 50
miles) yet I slowed myself down in both training and on race day to be
confident I would finish. January 2016,
I have a time goal in mind. I set myself
up with a 4x per week plan with an option of a 5th day but I am going to
increase my long run speed and focus on some mid-week workouts and strides to
work on turnover.
Challenges I will face along the way…
Let’s face it: I’m a wimp in the cold. December will be my toughest and most
important month of training so fingers crossed for decent weather.
Daylight Savings November 1, 2015
Last year I did not run during the winter months because I’d
rush home from work to fight daylight and walk Georgie before it got dark
out. I will have to get into a routine
and plan to fit in my running AND walk the dog after work. Although not a fan of the dark, I’d feel much
safer walking the dog in the dark than running alone in the dark. This may also mean more morning walks and
lunch break activities or some nighttime treadmill sessions… GROSS!
“Dog Miles” with Georgie
If you’ve been following along with my weekly roundups, I
have been training Georgie to run with me.
She has gradually increased her mileage and although very inconsistent,
I can usually get her to run 1-2 miles with me.
She trots along at a 9-10 minute pace per mile, stops a lot and often
refuses to go any further but we’re working on that. I’m really hoping I can count on her to join
me on some of my easy 3-4 mile runs—or at least for the first or second half of
Running Routes & Training Partners
Since buying a house and moving, I haven't fallen in love with running in my new town. I also won't have the luxury of having my mom and dad readily available to accompany me on the bike during all my long runs. I love my old running routes and hoping to still going back to their house and run a lot of my weekend long runs. (One good thing about fall and winter running, I won't have to get up at the crack of dawn to run!) I also have new running friends with great routes (thanks Wendy & Amanda!) and weekly Run Club runs to look forward to.
Since my last marathon, I became a Certified Spinning
Instructor and currently teaching 3 classes per week—which falls on my usual
days off from running. When I’m
teaching, it’s not for my own workout but I am working pretty hard. I may have to scale back on my work in class
so that I can keep up with the demands of training. Don’t worry my spinners, this shouldn’t
affect your workout! I’m pretty good at
faking it! :)
My Work Schedule
My work schedule is consistent, yet not. Training for Chicago, I worked Monday through
Friday from 8am-5pm. Keeping a training schedule
was easy. My days off from running were
always Tuesdays and Fridays. Now my
schedule is all over the place—couple days early, one day late shift, one day
long day. I am typically off on Fridays
and Saturdays (long run Saturdays!) but I am occasionally training clients
outside of my work hours and switching up days/times depending on staff
Am I up for the challenge?
Absolutely. Bring it on.