Feel free to skip to the end of the post for the playlist. This first part is pretty self-indulgent ;)
It’s been a while since I’ve talked solely about running, but lately (knock on wood) running has been great. Other than the normal soreness and occasional blah runs, I feel like I’ve been in a steady groove. Granted, I’m not running high mileage (around 4-6 miles at a time, 20ish per week) and all of my paces are steady (more on that below), but I’m just happy to be enjoying summer running instead of dying from the Florida heat.
In mid-July I’m running the Narragansett Bay Half Marathon and then a week after I’ll start marathon training round three. The half in July will be a fun-run with my cousin as we both haven’t trained…at least that’s what she told me ;) Sarah is running it too so if you’re in the area, sign up! The course looks beautiful.
As for the marathon in November, I *think* I found a training plan that I like. I used the FREE Runner’s World Smart Coach and have a 15 week plan that’s four days a week, peaks at 40ish miles (which I know is low for most, but it works for me), and incorporates speed work, cross-training and at least 2 rest days. I’ll share the plan if anyone is interested, but I like to think of it as a rough guide not a “live and die by schedule.”
I’m excited/nervous to incorporate actual workouts into my training. I have always trained for races just to finish (steady-state) but I know that varying my pace is beneficial for many reasons, a faster time being one of them. Not sure how those speed workouts will go but I’ll take them as they come. Actually, I have a lot of (probably) irrational fears and thoughts about “training” for a race (versus just finishing) that probably warrant a blog post. Stay tuned…
Other running news…
–Warming-up has been going mostly well. I haven’t done it religiously before every run (I honestly forget) but I would say 3/5 times I stick to it.
-Hills. I’ve determined that they are unavoidable. Whether I run in Central Park, on the sidewalks, on bridges, or near the river, hills are everywhere. I know that’s good and I do feel like they’ve gotten a little easier, but still….they’re hard. Maybe one day I’ll do sprints up them. Maybe.
-The weather has been VERY runner-friendly this summer. Some people up here may think it’s too hot, but I honestly think it’s perfect, if not chilly. I’m kind of dreading having to get re-acclimated to running in the heat in Florida so I’m taking advantage of the weather now.
Now for the playlist...a little mix of everything I’ve been listening to lately. I’m always in need of new music (workout or not) so please share your current favorites!