Is it just me or is this week going by slow?
That line actually has nothing to do with my post…I’m just putting it out there.
Another Thursday and another week of thinking out loud. I have come to enjoy writing these posts. My life has been rather lackluster lately and I can reflect on it by typing a random bunch of thoughts together. I’m just a boring adult, getting back into running and living my life. I wish I could write college rager recaps but college was a few years ago. I wake up, run, work, eat, sleep…with some blogging and media using in there somewhere. I like it that way though. I don’t need anymore crazy events in my life and sometimes boring is good.
I have gotten a few questions to go into more detail about getting back into running. I answered those and then asked twitter if anyone had anymore..Here are some questions I received:
Are you running with people or alone?
I’m currently running about half my runs with Tim. It has worked out that our schedules have matched up and we can. He has also been a really good sport to run at my pace. I would love to run with other people but my schedule has been rather hectic with work. I ran once with my brother as well. I’m at a point right now that I am not ready to push myself to run at a faster pace (to run with people). I’m sorry but I can’t think of one person to run with that is worth another 8 week stress fracture. (Maybe Ryan Hall…maybe…just kidding). I guess the short answer is, I’ve run half my runs with people. I’m not picky and avoiding people but no one wants to come to my house early am.
Are you running for time, pace or distance?
I am running for me! Just kidding, the majority of my runs are time orientated, I’ve found myself falling into a pretty consistent cycle. I run 4-5 mile runs Mon, Tues, Friday and Saturday. Longer runs Wednesday and Sunday and rest on Thursday. Easier to explain:
|Wednesday:||Long (Right now 7 last weeks LR)|
|Sunday:||Long (goal 85 minutes)|
My main goal for getting back into shape is consistency. I am going to consistently train versus running when and how I feel like it. It won’t be exact or precise by any means but I will make an effort to stay consistent.
As far as pacing goes, I’m just running for what my body says. I’m listening to my body (the imaginary talking it gives me). Basically I’m just running with how my body feels. It’s not complicated and I’m thankful to be running.
Do you have any winter or spring races in mind?
I don’t want to make any concrete long race plans (long being anything more than a 10k) until I feel comfortable at shorter distances. In NJ or Philadelphia, I can find a 5k any weekend so when I feel comfortable to race I will. I want to do something in the next month.
Are you listening to any music and if so what are some of your songs?
I listen to music on my runs that I’m running solo. This has always been the case and I enjoy music while running. (I hold my otterbox iphone with the stock headphones). I’m a top 40s type of girl. I currently listen to the Pandora station titled “top hits” as well as Taylor Swift. I love listening to music (even if that makes me a fake runner).
Do you think you’ll run a marathon in 2015?
I hope so. I have plans and have scouted out a few I like. I know I won’t be running any marathons between March-May (sorry Shamrock full) due to my wedding in April.
What is one thing you will change during this training cycle? What is one thing you will keep the same?
I don’t consider myself training yet. I haven’t had the moment where I think “wow, I’m completely injury free and ready to train”. That being said, I plan to keep my long easy miles (base building running) the same. I like running high mileage but easy mileage. While chatting with a potential coach, I’ve found that long easy mileage has been working for me (with speed work being races). Speaking of coaching, I have actively been looking.
Something I plan to change is that I want to be more consistent. I want to have a direct plan. This go around I’m going to pick a goal race and have a rough plan to get there. Will I be upset about running 1.23 miles versus 1.25 miles? No. Instead of taking a rest day when “I feel like it”, I’m going to schedule my rest days every week. Right now it’s Thursdays. I feel good today (good enough to run after yesterdays long run) but I’m taking a rest day to keep with consistency.
If you have anymore questions, always feel free to ask.
Questions for you:
What are your goals for 2015?
When do you make a goal post injury?