I love Track and Field.
Seriously, I really, really love Track and Field.
I am sitting here with goosebumps despite the 80 degree weather. I've been watching the Olympic Trials events I missed this weekend and I am getting SUPER excited for the Olympics! The end all be all of Track and Field is just 40 days away!
I'll be wrapping up a trip to Lake Michigan the day the running events start (Aug 3), so while everyone is out on the water, I'll probably be a stones throw of the tv.
All this T&F made me think about how little I have been running. And when I say little, I mean- not at all!
I have two races on the books- a 5K on July 4th and the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon on Oct. 21st. I'm not too worried about the 5k. While I have not been running much, I have been spinning, so hopefully that helps. I plan to run with the Royal Oak Area Runners on Tuesday and that's a pretty fast run for me. I'll finally try out my new Garmin!
Now, I am starting to worry about the half marathon. I ran it last year- or I should say I completed it last year, as I did do some walking, for sure. My time completely sucked and I was sore for days! This is probably because I didn't train much. I started training, it was going great, I increased mileage and that plus a improperly fitted shoe (yes- I did get fitted at a running store and they gave me a shoe a full size too small), I ended up with a stress fracture in my foot.
I had to take 16 weeks off. I did, and never really got myself back on track. Before the race, my longest training run had been 5 miles.
This year I not only want to destroy my time, I want it to be, well..kind of easy. I don't want to suffer and struggle for 13.1 miles. Yes, I expect to be uncomfortable, but I don't want to be miserable. I also don't want another injury.
I am injury prone, I always have been. When I ran years ago, it seemed that the only way to get better at distance, was to run, run and then go run some more. That always led to injury.
I have felt that there has to be a way to train less, yet get faster and stronger. I stumbled upon Run Less Run Faster . In a nutshell, you run 3 times a week plus cross train two other days. I saw that and was intrigued.
I looked to see what other bloggers had written about the book, read reviews and finally decided to buy it. It was less than $10.00 on Kindle, so I gave it a shot. I just started it, but I think it's going to work out perfectly! There is a 16 week half marathon schedule, so I officially start training Sunday July 16!
Anyone want to join me?
On to my fitness plans for this week:
Monday: Spin- "GoChubChub"
Tuesday: Go Barbell AND ROAR 3 miles
Wednesday: Go 60
Friday: GoBarbell and GoCycle Abs
Sunday: Peanutbutter Finger's 1000 Rep Workout
If you are wondering what these new "Go" workouts are, there are classes at GoCycle. I bought a summer unlimited pass, so I'm working out there a lot! I plan to describe these classes more on Tuesday.
Speaking of the upcoming week, the blog plan is:
Monday: New Egg Cups and Muesli recipes
Tuesday: Planning my vacation workouts and talking about the new classes I'm taking
Wednesday: Craft Room Reveal and some talk about getting our house ready to sell
Thursday: How to pack for vacation and house hunting
Friday: Swimsuit shopping. What a difference a year makes.
Saturday: Book Review: End of an Affair; Race Music; New books (new to me): Fit to Fat to Fit and Skinny Rules
Have a great week and see you tomorrow!