I ran my half marathon in January, then ran over 100 miles in February and then... petered out. Vacations, visiting boyfriend, laziness, etc., all played a part. Not to mention that when you lose fitness, getting back into it is beyond frustrating because you're not where you once were.
But, I've been running 4 days a week most of June, and just trying to temper myself - the fine line between encouraging myself and letting myself build up again slowly.
Thanks, Jason! That half-marathon looks too hot for me...and people in mine were complaining about ~65 degrees with high humidity. Always helps to have a running buddy, I'm trying to convince my friend to sign up for the Monumental Marathon in November, then I'll have running company for those long runs. I'd like for my tentative goal for that one to be 7:30/mile pace...we'll see how that progresses though. Lately I've just been doing 4-5mi runs in the morning with no gym work.
Megan, I feel your pain about getting back into shape. Stopping training for over a month this year was annoying, no doubt. Oh, and also not exercising seriously for 7 years after high school...also a bad idea. Still catching up from that!
7:30? What a beast. My running buddy wants to eventually be able to qualify for Boston which means we're going to have to hit around 7:00/mile. It hurts bad enough just doing some of our speed work at that pace.
Another friend of mine who's an avid runner and in his mid 30's actually does 6 minute mile marathons. I can barely sprint that fast. haha.
Haha, I forgot to mention, 7:30 pace for a half...not the whole marathon. Big difference.
Yeah, I was doing a lot of cycling work this Spring, but have been super busy with work, looking for work, and family stuff this Summer, so no speed work. Hoping to pick that up, and some weightlifting, this Fall.
I can't imagine 6:00/mi marathons...that sounds pretty elite. I don't know if I even have a max goal in mind...I just know I am capable of a faster time, just how fast I'm not so sure. Not to mention I'm not so sure if I ever wanna run 26.2 miles. Heh.
I started running in October to supplement my bike riding. In the process, I somehow talked myself into running the Chicago Marathon in 2012. Longest I had ever previously run was 5 miles, I just did my first 9 mile run last Saturday. I'm kicking around doing a half marathon this summer as part of my prep, going to play it by ear though.
I'm super excited to run the marathon though. *Shameless plug* I'm also doing it for charity. I decided if I was going to run a marathon, I wanted to do it for a good cause, so I'm running on behalf of Chicago Fire Foundation. Anyone who wants to check it out or donate can hit up the link here:
Sweet! Way to go, dudes (Andy & Jeff). If you do run a half-marathon, hopefully you'll get good weather for your first one, and not the humid & hot business we had down this way (Indianapolis) for our big race this past weekend.
I had a REALLY lazy winter, at some points only running a few miles once a week. I kicked it up a little tiny bit and ran the Portland Shamrock run (8k). After that I had a hard time getting back into it.
I was reading some info about HIIT (high intensity interval training), and found a really vague plan focused on effort levels (instead of paces... it can be used for any cardio), so I've been doing that for a couple weeks and I LOVE it. I love sprinting, recovering, sprinting, recovering without thinking about pace times (my watch doesn't work well for those fast transitions). I'm feeling a lot stronger these days. The plan is really used to focus on fat burning, which is why I started it, but I love how strong it makes me feel as a runner, even though my high efforts are not that fast.
So I'm going to finish that plan out - it's just a three-a-week, and then go into my own made up plan of running intense intervals on some days and longer distances on others.
I'm thinking about running a half next January (and possibly in the fall, if I'm feeling up for it), and maybe Eugene next May (which could be half or full). A full really scares me, but I've done a half and I know that's feasible.
I started my 5th week on the Couch 2 5k yesterday. Three 5 minute intervals with 3 minute walks between. Doesn't sound that hard, but for a fattie its tough. Tomorrow is two 8 minute intervals with a 5 minute walk in between. Monday is my first REAL test. 2 mile run, no walking.
Doesn't sound like you're giving yourself lots of time on those increments, if you started one yesterday and are moving on to a new one tomorrow. You're supposed to do at least three of those increments' runs before switching.
Yeah, once you get a few weeks under your belt with the C25K program, it advances you fairly fast. My wife's used it as well, probably the same program.
Has anyone ever done brick training? If so, what's your experience been with it? I just did my first brick training session yesterday with a 12 mile bike followed by 3 mile run. It was mainly morbid curiosity to see if I could do it. I figured the worst that would happen would be that I hit the wall and ended up walking, but I actually felt pretty good.
Yea Jason and his running buddy trained for at least six months before the race, and swimming is his weakest point too. It was really cool though to watch him do the whole thing. He finished in three hours three minutes.......and I got some great shots of him.