Saturday, December 11, 2010

Firsts and Training

“Make measurable progress in reasonable time.”
Jim Rohn

FIRSTS: As I mentioned a few posts back, I have decided to work "cautiously" on my speed (relatively speaking of course). Basically, I decided that when I went out and did my short tempo runs during the week, I would try and push myself a little harder. Seems I was ready, because on one of those tempo runs, I ran my FIRST 5K in under 30 minutes (29m14s)...the pride I felt was amazing. I also ran my FIRST hill repeats of the season on snowy/icy sidewalks this week...but, I felt great and had a smile on my face throughout. I'm feeling strong and motivated...Yay!

TRAINING: PT is going well...I'm really glad I didn't wait and that we are dealing with the piriformis issue before it's actually an ISSUE :) I've been feeling really good on my runs lately and am feeling very motivated. Here's what my schedule looks like for the next few months:
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Short tempo run
Wednesday: 10 minute warm-up on bike and 40 minute workout (includes plyometrics and abs)
Thursday: Hill repeats
Friday: 30-45minutes on bike and Yoga/Pilates class
Saturday: 10 minute warm-up on bike and 40 minute workout (same as above)
Sunday: Long run

I've learned that I have to be careful not to just run, but to cross-train effectively. So I've added some biking and workout days, that don't include any running. This is my third week into this program and I'm feeling great. I've learned so much over the last year, it's incredible... Hopefully, I will stay injury-free, and to help with that, I plan on seeing Joseph (my PT) quite regularly, from now until my marathon in May :)

Good luck to everyone racing this weekend!


Lisa said...

Sounds like everything is going well. Keep up the good work!

Teamarcia said...

Yay for speed and hills with a smile! you've come a long way!

Char said...

I'm a Biggest Loser fan too for the same reasons. I also love it that they arrive without self-belief and leave knowing that they can do almost anything if they push themselves.

Giorgio said...

hill repeats on a path covered with snow! Great training Anne!
Have a nice weekend!

Kate said...

I need to cross-train, too. I've been sooo bad about that. Somehow I need to make it a priority to fit that in. Glad PT is going well and you're feeling so motivated. Yea, you! :)

Alma said...

Nice work getting HILLS in during the winter - very inspiring :)
Also, I LOVE your tip about the plastic bags on your feet! I'm doing a 5k next weekend and we've been having monsoon rains. I think I will definitely be implementing your tip that day if this weather continues!
We share the same goal for 2011 only I think your big day is coming much sooner. I'm targeting a marathon in Oct but yours is not too far away. I look forward to following your journey.

Caroline said...

Bonjour Anne!!!! En direct de la Calirnie...une Quebecoise perdue dans le sud...:) Merci d'etre venue visiter mon blog!!! Mon marathon de reve moi c'est le marathon des 2 rives a viens de la ville de Quebec..! un jour je courir ce marathon la j'espere!!

Marlene said...

That is a great looking schedule you have going!

And CONGRATS on the new 5K PB!!! What you're doing is clearly working!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

hi there;)
fun to see your 2011 goal to run a marathon! you go girl.

and keep up with your's only going to help your running;-)

ThE MidLiFe CrUiSeR said...

Oh wow! You picked me to tag?!?! Sniffle, sniffle...I'd like to thank my parents and my elementary school teachers, and of course the academy :)

Now I'm off to work on those questions! Coming soon....very soon!

(36 year old fulltime RVer living la vida loca with a cute-butt husband and a stink-butt dog!)

Kerrie T. said...

#6: ME TOO!

Jennifer said...

Yay for cross training... now if I could actually take my own advice and di it! You are doing so well, I am happy for you!

Johann said...

Yay for that 5k! And hill are very dedicated! I like your answers. That marathon will be your dream race for sure.

Julie said...

Hi Anne,
I love posts like this:) Oh boy, hill repeats are the best! I used to hate doing the hills but have learned to appreciate them. Nice job:)

I love what you wrote on are such a wise and smart woman:)

Anabela (Bela) Neves said...

Congrats on the 5K! I also love Biggest Loser ;)

Ah Ah Alaska said...

I love it! Leonard Cohen while you run. That is so great. I listen to him when I write. He's my guilty pleasure, that deep voice. Oh dear!
Congrats on the speed and hill work.

I also wear lightish shoes, mostly medium-level trail shoes without much cushioning. I was looking at shoes online the other day and most of them have elevated heels and it's like: What the heck? My foot doesn't naturally elevate at the heel, why should my running shoes?

I wear Adidas trail shoes that you can buy in Fred Meyer and J.C.Penney but I love them and have had NO injuries in the past year, even though I've totaled over 1,100 miles.

Sometimes when I train with other runners I feel a bit embarrassed to have on cheap shoes when they all have on mega-cushioned, mega-serious running shoes. But hey, it works for me.

Glad that you've found a shoe that works for you. The plastic bag idea is a hoot.

Black Knight said...

The cross training is always a very good solution. Congrats on your 5km (5.50/km is fast).
I saw a Leonard Cohen's concert in Rome 2 years ago; it was very beautiful.
...last but not least good luck on your first marathon (4 hours???)

racing dawn said...

Love all your answers! Thanks for playing!!! Especially loved your answer to balance. I try to remember the same thing...if I take good care of myself I can better take care of those around me.
So excited for your first marathon in this coming year - so great.
And I'm definitely going to try the plastic bag - a much needed solution to all the snow around here! :)
Great job with your smart training!
I think you're amazing!

Matty B. said...

Very cool. I get to answer your questions. Well, this shall be done on Friday! Huzzah!

Sweet tip on wrapping plastic bags around your feet. I have heard of it for hiking but not for snow/rain running and it's super-smart.

Hope all is well up North for you. It's beautiful in Texas, but we had to fight like hel1 through summer to get here.

Have a great start to your week (I know it's Tuesday, but it's just like we're starting out).

Nitmos said...

I like B.L. too but I think it's starting to get played out.

Emz said...

YAY for first marathon!!

Love BL too! Loved the show last night!

And your answer to "balance" is one of the best I have ever read.


LMC said...

I'm glad to hear that your training is going well! You have come a long way and you're so motivated that I'm sure it'll only get better for you. Here's to no injuries!!

Iron Mike said...

Anne, you're doing great!
Congrats on your 5K time, sub-30 is a nice milestone. Keep it up.
You wrote alot of cool stuff, but I'll stick with #2.
I continue to be intrigued with HRM, one day I'll work up the courage to try one.
And funny to me that your solution for dry feet is my solution for not owning real snow boots for the past decade.

Sherri said...

Your amazing...I love reading these posts! =)