Look at that, two blog posts in one month?! That is unheard of around here! Not that anyone is probably checking this little space right now, but whatevs.
I’m currently in week 9 of 12 in training for the Dam to Dam Half Marathon here in Des Moines and wanted to do a a little recap of how things are going. There really isn’t too much to say, but I felt like blogging!
For probably the first time EVER since I started running in 2007, I created a training plan and I’m actually sticking to it. I know, I’m shocked too! In 9 weeks I’ve only missed 6 planned runs – 3 because I was SUPER sick, 2 because it was too much with my teaching for the week, and one because I was massively hungover (#truth). Not too shabby!!
My plan has consisted of running 3 times per week - two weekday runs and a weekend long run. I was scheduled to teach 3-4 classes each of BodyPump and BodyAttack per week (plus helping with launch classes every weekend in April), so scheduling has been tricky, but cross-training is taken care of! I’ve had to do quite a few double workout days, but I also make sure I always get a full day of rest each week, which is crucial for me. (Except last week, but I did a whole lot of nothing all afternoon Saturday & Sunday to make up for it!)
Since my schedule has been so packed, I haven’t been training with any specific goal other than “get the miles in and don’t over do it”. So far, so good! The past week I’ve started to mix in a little speed work, mainly because I’ve had to do a few treadmill runs and I’m SO BORED!! Speed work helps time go faster… or helps ME go faster which means I spend less time running… something like that.
The race is still 4 weeks out from this Saturday, but I’m already planning to run my one and only 12 miler this weekend. I’m awesome at making plans to screw up other plans – like having a race and a trip out of town 3 and 2 weeks out from the race. You know, the weeks you normally hit your peak mileage. OH WELL. I’ve done well building up to this point, and I have a game plan for the next couple weeks to stay on track… then it will be race day before we know it!!
So really, there’s been no point to this post so far besides me rambling… are you even still reading?!
I would like to say I’ve felt very strong during these weeks of training. Even if it isn’t the fastest or furthest I’ve ever run, I overall feel strong and that feels GOOD. I don’t really have a goal in mind for race day yet, but I’m hoping I feel this strong then, too.
Dam to Dam has been my favorite local distance race since I started running. Up until last year, it was a 20K – the biggest (and only?) one around! It starts at the Saylorville Dam just north of the city and runner trek their way down through the streets of Des Moines to the dam along the river downtown (hence, Dam to Dam!). The course starts in a pretty rural area, lots of trees, open space (but still lots of people out to cheer!) and then winds through the neighborhoods of the north side of town, which are always packed with spectators and fun. Oh, there’s also lots of free beer at the finish line, that doesn’t suck.
Last year, for many reasons I can’t even remember, they decided to change the race to a half marathon distance. Sure, it’s less than a mile added on, but it made SUCH a big difference mentally!! Being at a spot on the course that you remember being mile 8 (or 9 or 10) and then realizing you’re only at mile 7 – it was discouraging! Confusing! I didn’t like it! I also hadn’t trained well, so that could be to blame too. Hopefully this year between actually training and knowing what to expect for the 13.1 course, I’ll enjoy it a little more.
And, with that I’m done rambling! I’ll be sure to blog again at some point about how the rest of training and the race go.
(OMG HOW IS IT MAY?!)