A Lesson Learned

I’m usually pretty good about following a training schedule when I’m preparing for a race.  I run the number of days I should run, I cross train, and rest.  That is, I rest as much as a mother of four is allowed to rest.  So far, I haven’t had trouble with injuries and I’ve had a steady improvement in my times over the last year and a half.

Last week I think I pushed the limits, and by Saturday evening I had a headache, tired feet, sore muscles, and a poor attitude.  My Saturday morning long run felt sluggish and poor.  That’s not how I wanted to go into the week before a race. 

I think I figured out my problem. 

It was spring break which resulted in extra activity.  I added strength training to my routine back in January, so not only did I do all my usual running and strength training, but I also added gardening, swimming, and a day at Six Flags.  I thought I was being smart cutting my easy run on the Six Flags day, but it wasn’t enough.  So much for tapering. 

This week I’ve cut my running more, backed off my strength training, and of course (my favorite part) I’ve increased my carbohydrates.  Normally I wouldn’t sweat the details of the last week, but the half marathon I’m running tomorrow is considered to be one of the toughest halfs in Texas.  

What was I thinking when I registered for that one?

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Something New

This is a follow up to my last post on finding a race.  If you missed it, you can find it here.  I hope you were able to find a date and race that interests you.  Post a comment and let me know what race you’re doing and when. 

In my search for a 5 or 10K that would work with my schedule, I ran across something different that interested me.  The date of the race I decided upon is May 12th, two weeks after the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.  I’m hoping my legs will be back in working order by then.  It was the distance that lured me in (and the fact that I’ve done other races put on by the same group).  This run is called the Five and Dime Run, which consists of a five mile or ten mile race.  These are new distances for me, which would mean instant PR, but I had trouble deciding which one to do.  As I was running my long run last Saturday morning (when I do my best thinking) I decided upon the five mile race.  It will be a good kick off of a few months of shorter races before I launch myself back into marathon training for the fall.

If you’re a more experienced runner looking for the challenge of running farther than a 5K come join me.  I’d love some company.  If you haven’t found a race yet, keep searching.  You’ll find one that interests you.

Time to nail down the date!

Today is the day to finally make a decision to nail down your goal.  Thinking time is done.  You can wear yourself out just thinking about running, so we’re not going to do that anymore.  Let’s find a race.  How about a 5K?  It’s 3.1 miles, and that seems to be the most popular distance to start with.  If that distance scares you, then search for a 5K that has a fun run.  These runs are considerably shorter in distance.

I’m going to make it a little easier on you by telling you to look for one that’s at least 8 weeks away, but don’t go out too much more.  If you live in Texas, the heat will scare you.  Start your search, download the active.com app on your iphone, or google 5K races in your area.  Do what you can to find a race to register for. 

I will too.  After posting a page where I listed my best times, I realized I need to run a 5K or a 10K pretty soon.  It’s been awhile.  Tonight, I’m going to find a race to register for in April or May, so look for my update in the next few days.