Happy Friday and Happy 4th weekend!
It’s been a little while since I’ve checked in and thought it was about time to do just that. Seeing that we are now in the second half of 2015, let’s talk about goals, shall we? I have admittedly been all over the place over the past year or so when it comes to fitness/running/triathlon/general healthy living, and it’s about time I start focusing little bit more on something I’m passionate about.
At the beginning of this year I was all about the triathlon. Getting more experience in the sport and ending the season with an olympic tri in September was my main goal–until about a week ago, when I found myself really missing running. Like, a lot. After taking some time to really ask myself why, it dawned on me: I have some unfinished running goals. I mean, the past year or so has been so plagued my injuries-first IT band hell followed by a stress reaction in my right tibia, that I never really allowed myself to revisit my 2014 goal of speedy distance aka a half marathon PR. Now that I’m healthy again, I’m itching to run–fast.
Looking at my training plans (yes, plans–the OBX olympic and the Smuttynose Half–our wedding race!!), I knew this was a pretty hefty task and the risk of injury was too high. I have a habit of overbooking myself, espeically with races and work, and decided that it was time to stop. It was right then and there I decided to focus more on running for the foreseeable future.
So, what about triathlon? Triathlon isn’t going anywhere. I am cutting my tri racing schedule back to only the Pink Power Triathlon in August, which I feel is totally doable. I do a lot of my swimming in the pool, so I chose the tri I can actually feel confident with (it’s a 400 yd pool swim). The rest of my weekends this summer will be spent running with some cycling sprinkled in. I had these grandiose plans of doing a half ironman next year, which I have changed my mind about. I do want to keep doing sprint distances in (it’s a great way to ensure crosstraining) while strengthening my run. My day in longer distance triathlons will come, now is not the time.
Now, about this unfinished business. My last half was in 2013, at the peak of my IT band injury. I ran the Mount Desert Island half and decided it was time to hang up my running shoes until my IT band got better. I did PT, crosstrained, stopped running and got better. Then it returned after the Seattle Hot Chocolate 15K earlier this year. I didn’t go back to PT but I did the exercises, crosstrained and stopped running. So far, so good. I can run three miles, on consecutive days (with hills!) back to back. I’m registered for the Smuttynose Half in New Hampshire in October and the Richmond Half here in Virginia in November. I’m following a beginner’s half marathon training plan so I can safely increase my distance, along with an IT band rehab program I do every other day. In addition, I strength train 2-3x/week, do yoga at home 1-2x/week and swim/bike for cross training. I’m doing this smarter this time. When I was doing half marathons before, I exclusively ran–maybe some stretching once a week but otherwise I barely did anything else (my how I’ve finally wised up). I’m also cleaning up my diet, but more on that another time. So, my Smuttynose goal is to finish-strong and injury free. Not looking for a PR, not even looking to go sub-2 hours. This race will be a confidence building race.
My plan for the Richmond Half is to run it faster than Smuttynose–again, though, injury free. I do plan to incorporate some speedwork in, likely between the two half marathons. Again, no plans to PR….but it would be pretty sweet 😉 More on Richmond after Smuttynose.
So, my weekly OBX tri training recaps will now turn into Smuttynose Half recaps! I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am about this. Running: It’s a big part of who I am, it’s what I love.