So back to blogging I go… Yeah, I know, it’s been quite a while since I last did a post here. Why? Because of a zillion reasons (at least that’s what I tell myself).. The fact is, plain and simple.. Life just keeps getting in the way. However, one of my goals for 2013 is to stop letting that happen and get in the way.
In fact, a lot of wonderful things have happened since my last post. I increased my monthly mileage last December up to 109 miles (from 78 miles the month before). I also placed 2nd in my age group at a local Half Marathon (on a snow/ice-covered trail in January), and most importantly, will be continuing as a Brooks I.D. member for 2013!!! So, so happy!
One of my spring races was going to be the inaugural Runners Marathon of Reston (end of March). However, the first week in February, (right after the Cloud Snapple Half Marathon), I came down with a terrible cold/bronchitis. I had to scratch my scheduled long run, and then missed the following weekend’s long run..Well, of course, at this point, I should have done at least one 20 mile long run, so there went that idea.. After rethinking my spring race calendar, I decided… Why not focus on shorter races for now, and plan on doing a marathon (or two) for the fall. A huge sigh of relief came over me. 🙂
Since I’m going to be focusing on shorter distances (5K’s/10K’s) for the spring and early summer, I REALLY need to stay on top of structured training (i.e. speed work/intervals as well as strength). Endurance comes fairly easy for me. For whatever reason, I can pretty much go out and run a descent half marathon time at any given point (even when my mileage is low), but, ask me to run a 5K with hopes of coming close or achieving a PR… That requires intensive training and preparation on my part.
Obviously, I will be doing intervals and tempo work during my weekly runs, but, I am adding something new for this training cycle. At my gym, a part of the personal training program is T.E.A.M. Boot Camp. It’s a group of no more than 10 or so people (men and women) who with the instructor, do an hour straight of intense cardio/strength training 3 days a week for at least a 12 week commitment. Day 1 was yesterday…The soreness has started to set in, but, my 5.5 mile run today felt awesome, AND it’s forcing me to drink more water (as I should), and stay on top of my nutrition. I know that if I don’t eat/hydrate correctly, I’m pretty much screwed, and could get really hurt. Tomorrow is day 2. Will keep you posted on my progress!
Next race is less than 2 weeks away.. Going to do a local 10 miler. At this point, I’m not targeting a particular pace/time goal. My current PR is 1:13:11 (2010). Going to see how training goes this week and next.. Probably will be one of those races I’ll just have to “see what happens.” I’ve never run this course before.
So there you have it…That’s what I’ve been up to since last November.. How about you?
What are your 2013 running goals? Races? Ever done a Boot Camp style fitness program as a runner?