Wednesday, October 6, 2010

McSpeedy

I’ve got to channel my inner Pi family speed because I have my first speedwork session of marathon training tonight.  It’s no secret on this blog that I’m not speedy and I don’t do a lot of speedwork.  I’m actually nervous about my run tonight.  Why is it that speedwork makes us nervous?  Regular running doesn’t.  I’m starting off relatively easy with 4x800 with 400 jogs.  I know I can do this. (right?)  I’ve got some new tunes downloaded and a flexy goal of 4:00 – 5:00 for the 800s, which I know I can totally do.  Guess I needed to write down my own pep talk. 

I’ve really been loving my new schedule.  I know it’s only week 2 of training but I’ve been jazzed about running.  I think part of it is taking time off after Barb’s race and, to be totally honest, marathon training, even Goofy training, doesn’t seem nearly as complicated as Barb’s training.  That’s not to say it’s not hard---it is---but mentally, having a schedule of 4 running days and some cross training doesn’t seem nearly as difficult as 3 x swim, bike, run per week.  I know I don’t run the mileage some of you do but I’m slowly building it up.  In fact, my peak weeks are 40 and 41 miles.  I’ve never run that far in a week before! (Previous weekly PR was 35 or 36 I think.) I’m trying not to look too far down the plan.  I think that’s something I learned with training over the summer.  When I’d look at my peak weeks for Barb’s race training, I would get really overwhelmed.  I had better and higher quality training weeks when I was focused on getting through that week.  I’m taking that same mentality into Goofy training.

Alright, pep talk over.  I’ll definitely report on my speedwork.  Look out for tomorrow’s test lab Thursday---it’s all about recipes—yum!  And speaking of, test labs, my GIVEAWAY is going to be open for another week, it’ll close next Wednesday 10/13—don’t forget to enter HERE.