Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dog Days are Over

This might be a weird title for a post of a running and training blog, but I was listening to the song by Florence + the Machine, and one line in the song stuck out to me:

Run fast for your mother run fast for your father
Run for your children for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind you
Can't carry it with you if you want to survive

This line really resonated for me. I feel like I'm no longer running just for my own satisfaction, but for all of my friends and family. They're all just as invested in my progress and training as much as I am, and truly motivate me every day to keep working hard. No longer am I just running fast for myself, but for everyone in my life as well.
Running is also an extremely emotionally and physically intensive activity. To me, it's much more psychologically taxing than physically, and in order to do well I always have to leave all doubt or uncertainty behind in order to "survive" this process, and have grown so much already.

With all that said, I had a great week.
On Monday I went on a beautiful run during sunset and was able to do a long run of 7 miles. I felt incredible and just wished I had my camera with me to share the beauty that was around me.
On Wednesday I went to the gym and ran 4 miles on the treadmill and did a half hour of weight lifting.
On Friday I did some cross training of biking and elliptical.
On Saturday I played volleyball with my roommate for an hour an a half...and she really beat the crap out of me! I'm taking a volleyball class and needed some practice. Afterwards I did a speed workout on the treadmill:
1 mile warmup on a speed of 10:00/mile
1 mile at speed 8:34/mile
1/2 mile walk
1 mile at speed 8:34/mile
1/2 mile walk
1 mile cooldown at speed 10:00/mile

Thank you all so much for the support you've given me. I really do appreciate everything, and will continue to push myself to make everyone proud of me.
The marathon is just over 100 days away! Time to finish strong.
Here is my upcoming week:
Long run: 8 miles
Easy run: 3 miles
Tempo run: 5 miles

Saturday, January 14, 2012

New Year, New Mindset

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
- Beverly Sills

Happy (very belated) new year! I had an extremely hectic and crazy end of 2011/start of 2012. I took trips across the country and across the state, played in my very last football game, and had an amazing Christmas and New Year. In top of that, I was able to keep running and working out...maybe not as much as I'd like, but a substantial amount.

Now that the marathon is right around the corner (only 112 days away!!) it's really time to kick my training up. Luckily, Penn State hasn't had a typically frigid winter until very recently, so my training has been great so far this year!

I've been a bit slack on tracking my runs and have just enjoyed being outside and running for fun, but it's time to get a plan and track miles!

My friend, idol and amazingly talented runner John sent me a great tool he uses to create customized training plans. It's from Runners World and can be found here. This tool came used for every race distance from a 5k to a marathon.

According to this plan, I have 15 miles to run next week. On Monday I'll be doing a long run of 7 miles, easy run of 4 miles, and a 4 mile speed workout. Can't wait to get started!

Thank you all for reading, and I look forward to making 2012 the best year possible by becoming the best Gretchen I possibly can!