Monday, January 17, 2011
Post-Binge Weigh In; Seeking Training Advice
I'm still feeling the after effects of my food hangover, BUT I did manage to go on a GREAT run yesterday with Heather. There were 4 blissful miles of feeling strong and back in control. My easy pace is just so much faster than it used to be, and during the second mile I literally felt like I was flying. We did the second mile in 10 minutes!! This was a really easy, chatty run and we stopped and walked a few times and even so managed to maintain a 12 minute average pace. That used to be the pace at which I would do speed training! And now its nothing for me to run a mile in 11 minutes.
I've been feeling it coming on for a while now, and I'm definitely ready to start training for something again. The only problem is, there is nothing within 100 miles to train for in the next few months. We are having a 10k here at the end of April which I plan on doing, and I've looked at some 10k training plans. The problem is, they are only 8 weeks long, which gives me about a month before I can start one. This is the only race there is to train for. I have searched Active very thoroughly because I really wanted a half marathon, but this is it. So, my question is -- what do I do in the meantime? Can I stretch this thing out over 12 weeks? Should I just start it early and...but then what would I do for the last month? I mean, honestly, I don't even need a training plan for a 10k just to be able to complete it. I'm confident that I could go run one right now. But I'm not doing so well right now with getting out the door, and I am just craving the structure of a training plan, any training plan! But I don't want to train for a nonexistent race, I want a goal. I'm feeling pretty frustrated right now with my lack of race options. I'm ready to DO SOMETHING!! So...any advice? Does anyone else ever have this problem with lack of races? Or do I just live in the most remote spot on Earth?