Monday, October 17, 2016

Running Goals

Yeah, getting back to Weight Watchers didn't happen. I was fooling myself if I thought I would have the time when life is still so crazy (but the crazy should be dying down). Eating has been so-so - I really do think the 2nd have of my cycle is much worse, which is where I am right now.

But the good news is I ran 6.66 miles yesterday, without stopping.  Granted, it took 90 minutes. I did it because I am supposed to do the 6.66 mile race I have 2 DNS for, so I wanted to make sure I could actually do it. For the next 2 weeks I plan on trying to eat well, drink tons of water, and get lots of sleep. We went out for Thai food Saturday night, which isn't as bad as having Chinese food, but I still didn't feel great.

I am sore as crazy today, but feel good. The 90 minute run and since then have given me lots to think about in terms of my running goals. I need to have goals. But I also need to step back and not be running 6-7 miles when I ran 4 miles 3 weeks ago and hadn't run a 10K or more since June 4th. Not smart!

I plan on running 7 miles this coming weekend, then the 6.66 race and then after that cutting back to 5 miles a weekend. 2017 I really need to concentrate on the # of runs, not the number of miles. And that doesn't mean I all of a sudden am going to start running 2x a week during the week again. I'd like to do 3-4 1x during the week and then 5 miles on the weekend. I plan on continuing the 5 miles through the end of May.

The races I want to do in 2017 until then are:

New Years - 5K
3 part series: 3 mile, 4 mile, 5 mile (February/March)
2 5Ks in April
5 miler in May

Then once Memorial Day hits, start ramping back up to 6-7 miles because that is my happy spot. And then I can assess my goals from there.

But running less mileage and less runs, I can concentrate on losing weight and on re-gaining some of the speed I have lost. And still be able to walk around. Today I feel like I did when I used to run 9+ miles.

I also need to start doing strength training, hills, and hiking so I can be in shape of our very exciting vacation in August.

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