As you may have noticed, I haven’t really had that spark for running since my marathon.
I have been kind of humming and hawing over what my next big move in the running world is going to be.
I blamed part of this on the weather, as I have not found the inspiration to bundle up and brave the cold.
But friends, I think I’ve figured out how to get my running spark back!
My brother and his girlfriend have joined a running group that will help prepare them to run the Robie Creek Half-Marathon (I’ve mentioned this one before, it’s one of the hardest halfs in the Northwest!).
And I finally bit the bullet and paid the money to join the group. 🙂
I have realized a few things about myself over the last year.
- I am more motivated when I am training for a particular race or have a race on the calendar to look forward to
- I am more motivated to run with people
Since I figured out why I have felt so un-motivated lately in the running department, I hoped that by joining this group I would feel that excitement again. And I think I have.
The group doesn’t start until January 8th, but I’ve filled my time looking over the group training plan and trying to come up with the perfect training and workout schedule combined.
You can view the Half-Marathon training plan here – schedule-2011-Winter (Group B: To read it, the number on Saturday is the “long run” in miles, the other days of the week are how many minutes to run.)
Another side note about this training: It seems a bit conservative compared to what I’m used to in training. Maybe it’s just my mindset of going into with already having run a marathon. But I’m actually looking forward to just taking it s-l-o-w and starting back at square one.
Our first group run is 2 miles!
Which brings me to a very special post for tomorrow…inspired by Heidi (who is currently on the fence about whether or not to run a marathon).
I want to recap a few things that worked and didn’t work when training for my marathon. I am hoping this helps to keep me on track to being injury free by the end of training, as well as do things a little differently in training for this half-marathon as opposed to my marathon.
You should see A LOT more running going on over here in the next few weeks!
Does your training plan ever call for you to run in minute increments instead of miles (if so, how does it change your mindset)?
They did minute running on weekday runs in my marathon training and I liked the mental switch of running in minutes vs miles. The “running for minutes” mentality made the weekday runs seem easier to me. Whatever works right?