Happy birthday to my crazy little Halloween baby!!!
On an unrelated front:
I haven’t run in two days and I’m starting to get the shakes. ;o) OK, not really, but I can definitely tell I need the endorphin boost. I spent from 8-5 on Friday and Saturday learning the very basics of coaching. It was a fabulous class and I learned a ton. A huge amount of information was thrown at us (the instructor likened it to trying to take a sip from a fire hose), so it’s going to take me a while to absorb and re-read everything I learned. The hardest part, though, was that the class took up all of my “discretionary” time for those two days and then some. The kids were on me like white on rice when I got home and then once I got them to bed, I had paid work and volunteer work to complete. So, such necessary things as running, laundry, and sleeping were relegated to fairly low status.
One of the things I finally understand, now that I’ve taken this class, is the running slow to go fast concept. She actually explained the physiology behind it and why it’s more important (from an injury avoidance standpoint) to run more miles, but run them slower. I had a whole lot of “AHA” moments over the last two days.
The biggest “AHA” moment? I am not in a good place to run another marathon. I don’t have the time in my life right now to put in enough mileage and still juggle the 5,000 balls I have in the air and still sleep. Oh, I could finish another marathon. I’ve already proved I can finish one on lesser mileage and my long run hitting near 50% of my running. But I saw an overall degredation in speed and was likely tiptoeing just *this* side of getting injured. So, what does that mean to my training for the forseeable future? Half marathons, baby!
I noticed in my recent 10 miler that the 25-30 miles per week that I’ve been touching upon allowed me to run that 10 miler almost a minute and a half faster than most of my recent runs. This, despite only doing speedwork three times since the marathon. Makes me wonder what I could do at that distance with a base of 30-35 miles per week. I’ll be taking the plan we created for “Joe”, tweaking it a bit (although I really like the plan we came up with) and being my own guinea pig. Let’s see what kind of half marathon PR I manage in the spring.
10 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Shoo and Withdrawal symptoms”
It'll be fun to try out your training plan and shoot for a half marathon PR! I'm glad that you enjoyed the class. Happy Birthday to Shoo!
Hoping Shoo has a goulishly wonderful birthday! Have fun with it. Sounds like you picked up a lot of good information in the coaching class. I am looking forward to getting to share in your wealth of info. 😉
Happy Birthday to Shoo! The class sounds very interesting. I can't wait to see how you put the info to use! (I'll also be patiently waiting for more tips and ideas 😉
Happy Birthday to Shoo!Yay, you can become a half marathon junkie like me:) I am still waiting for my super fast HM PR! Ha ha! It was May when I PRd in the half. Still waiting and still working on it:) Good luck to you and your training!Happy Halloween!
Smart to stay away from being injured. Personally I LOVE half marathons for many reasons! Shoo gets everyone in a holiday mood on his bday!
Bring on the halfs! Can't wait to see which ones you are going to tackle next year.
YAY! I love halfs. 🙂
Happy Birthday Shoo! The class sounds very interesting – glad you had some AHA moments 🙂 good luck with the 1/2 training!!!
Happy birthday Shoo! 1/2's are my favorite distance I think.
Sounds like a great goal!