What to run for…..

After much thought about my workout plan….I’ve got nothing. I’ve been going back and forth between signing up for this 5K on Memorial Day but its like way out in the boonies and start time is at 6:30 AM!!! Since its one of my rare mornings off I’ve vetoed signing up for the race. I live in the desert and summer is not exactly prime road race time like other parts of the country so the next race is not until the 4th of July.

That puts me in a predicament. I know I can run a 5K. I’ve done it a handful of times with my last time being around 30:53. Not the fastest but I did not stop to walk. So signing up for a 5K isn’t going to feel like I need to kick it up into training mode. I’ve toyed with the idea of running a half marathon but that’s not until January so it’s too early to start training for that…. or is it?

I know very very little about training for races. What I do know is that I want a good base mileage to start out with. I was thinking working my way up to 5 miles and then start working on my speed.

I love running. I want to continue running but I’m a person that is motivated by continuous improvement. I always want to run farther or faster than last time but I don’t want to get burnt out either. I feel like I’ve made some good progress in the past 2 months and I don’t want to see it plateau. Comments? Thoughts? Suggestions?

21/26.2

Almost there! I had a fabulous workout yesterday. It was my only day off work from both jobs AND my boyfriend had work off as well which never ever happens so I was tempted to skip out on the gym. I made myself go while the baby (aka boyfriend, seriously I don’t have kids) took a nap.

I started off with a 1 mile warm up. Then I, wait for the gasp, did an arm workout! I hopped around on a few machines (bicep curls, some fly thing, chest press, and the pull down bar thingy) and finished off with 1000 meters on the rowing machine. And man my arms are sore, but a good sore. After that I did a speedy mile, ok it was only a mile in 9:13 but its speedy compared to my 10:00 pace. Then it was a nice little walking cool down.

I rewarded myself with a trip to Whole Foods and a glass of wine. I think its funny how I refuse to pay more than $20 for a pair of shoes but my $12.99 bag of pistachios is a must have! Boyfriend may have made fun of me a bit but I need my fancy foods!

Today is a rest day and off to have lunch with my old roomie 🙂

18.4/26.2

I’ve been slacking on posting my run 26.2 for Boston mileage. I did have a sick day but Thursday I did 2.4 and Saturday I busted out 3.6 with 3 miles unbroken! Woot woot!!

Now it’s time to enjoy my Sunday!

My downfall

ImageAhhh!!! Chocolate covered pretzels!!! They are my demise. One of my lovely students made chocolate covered pretzels (covered in sprinkles no doubt) for a potluck and had lots left over. She graciously decided to leave them in our kitchen for me to make my way over to anytime I want.

Now, normally I’m pretty good with sweet stuff but this is the ultimate combination of sweet and salty and just prettiness (they’re rainbow colored sprinkles if you must know). I’m not on a diet or trying to lose weight but I do try to limit the deserts. Considering I had some ice cream last night I probably shouldn’t have had the 4 pretzels I just ate. Oh well, off to the gym I go!

 

12.4/26.2

Had a nice little 3.6 mile jog/incline walk yesterday. I ran 2.5 miles of that unbroken which I was super proud of! Then I walked for about 10 minutes at a high incline. It was nice to stretch out my calves after a weekend of wearing 4 inch heels.

But today I feel poopy 😦 Maybe its all the booze this weekend or maybe its the fact I’ve been working 55 hours a week for the past month! Or it might be the heat, its been like over 90 here the past week. I don’t know how I’m gonna handle 114 degrees this summer!

Anyways, I really need to get on this strength training thing. While I was running yesterday I noticed that my arms were more tired from swinging back and forth than my legs were for carrying me that far! *Sigh*

8.8/26.2

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. I was lucky enough to be out on vacation with my favorite girls this weekend. Lots of food, drinking, and dancing but I did manage to get a tiny run in between the drunken debauchery 🙂

I’m taking today off as a hangover recovery day and tomorrow its back to the gym! I desperately need to start lifting weights. I feel like my legs are nice and strong but my abs and my arms are just like marshmallows! Anyone care to share some of their favorite moves that a beginner can start out on?