For as long as I can remember, I told people "I can't run." But in March of 2009, I decided that this was no longer an option. From my first 5K to my second half marathon, I've endured my highest highs and lowest lows as an official Runner. This year I want to embrace running for something beyond times and distances.

Running is so much more than merely getting out there. I want to get out there and love it.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Less than a month!!

I've got less than a month until my 8K race. In the last two weeks, I've adopted the following regiment:

Beginning week: 2-2.5 mile "intervals" in which I run three 45 second burst every five minutes. It's much more difficult than it seems! Undoubtedly because I'm not used to it. Despite the 20 minutes I'm running which is ridiculously short, this is the hardest run of my week.

Midweek: 4-4.5 miles. I try to pick this one up so I get at the 9:30 min mile range.

Weekend: Hour run. Last week I only did 52 minutes because it was so hot, and apparently I was running 9:30 min miles which doesn't seem right to me, but I guess math doesn't lie! Yesterday I ran from my house to my boyfriend's house, which is actually "only" 4.5 miles, so I had to tack on an extension which bumped it up to 6.6 miles!! I did it in 1:07 though which was actually incredibly disappointing. I seriously thought I was haulin' out there, especially because a large chunk of the run is a. downhill and b. in a slightly sketchy neighborhood so you HAVE to run a little quicker!! I don't know where I went wrong. But this actually gives me some fuel to repeat it this weekend and try to beat that time. Maybe Sunday night again, but perhaps NOT after dark?? I was honestly a bit frightened at certain points haha!

In any case, the main reason I was disappointed was because I am extremely determined to beat 50 minutes in that 8K. Obviously doing the 8K in the first place is a goal unto itself, but now that I know I can clearly run five miles plus, I want to get a good time. So since I'm starting a new running week, I just really have to step it up a notch and push even though it hurts. NPNG and all that fun stuff ;)

Anyway, I'm still loving to run!! My knees aren't loving anything right now, but they're just gonna have to deal with it.

PS I just realized that with my 6.6 miles I ran yesterday, I ran over 10K!!! So there's my next goal all set to go: 10K race! :)


  1. You have a good plan for your training. Some speedwork, an up-tempo run and a nice slow run for stamina. That being said I think the best plan to ensure that you achieve the finishing time you want is to implement my plan, which would be RUN THE DAMN RACE WITH YOUR STEPDAD!!!!:) Not only would you achieve your time goal but I would get play a small role in helping, all the while getting to do something I love with someone I love and keeping my dodgy groin muscle intact. It's a win/win on so many levels!

  2. Hahaha! Awesome!!! Well mom was just telling me Monday night that you were on the fence about running it...BUT if you reeeeally think it's a good idea, then I'm all about it! SIGN 'ER UP DAVIE!!!! WIN WIN! WIN WIN!

  3. You both will be fabulous! Is this your first 8K? Sounds like you have all the base training sorted out so you'll be good to go. On race day you'll be able to let your adrenaline kick in and just have run. Excited to hear your race report.

  4. Thanks Joanna!! I just read a bunch of your blogposts and talk about inspiring!! Especially the Danskin extravaganza! You're amazing!!

    This will indeed by my first of Tuesday I started running (first time) six months ago and I've really taken to the sport. I find that it's such a good way to push myself to do things I never thought I could do. The great thing about running is that you can ALWAYS set new goals: better times, additional miles, weight loss, muscle gain. All great ways to stay motivated.

    Anyway, I always love finding new running blogs to follow, and yours is definitely now on my list!!