On to Week 2 of training for the Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon coming up on July 4th. I haven’t solidified my training plan for this race yet, so this week was really about listening to my body, trying to be mindful about my activity, and continuing to log the miles.
Here’s the break-down:
Monday: Planned to go to Spin but didn’t make it there in time. Opted for a rest-day and early bedtime.
Tuesday: Logged 2 miles on the treadmill before work. I felt stiff and sore trying to get my legs moving… but stuck with it, and was proud to have finished before my work-day started.
Wednesday: Jay and I stayed at home and did a weights/agility/strength/stretching workout. We did squats, lunges, weight-lifting, and stretching. It was a good 35 minutes of staying loose, and I was INCREDIBLY sore the next day – especially my abs!
Thursday: I got up to log some miles before work and remembered that Janae (Hungry Runner Girl) had talked about this AMAZING show she watches while she runs inside – Make It or Break it. I found it on Netflix and the length of 1 espisode (43:00) was perfect for warm up/3 miles/cool-down, and I ran at a 12:01/mile pace. LOVED it!
Friday: I wasn’t planning on running, but I was SO EXCITED about watching another episode of Make It or Break It, that I got up early and logged another 2 miles at an 11:58/mile pace. I spent the last 10 minutes of the show stretching, and my Friday morning started off on the ABSOLUTE right foot!
Saturday: I got up early, not knowing how many miles I would be able to run on my knee. I was nervous about the pain I was having, but headed out to do atleast 4 miles. It was a beautiful day, and I put on Coldplay’s “Paradise” while I warmed up. I immediately started to cry (I know, right?) because I was just so moved by the song, and by my desire to be successful.
I want to be a runner. I want to run a marathon. I’m going to be a marathoner.
The overall feelings of desire were so powerful, and they dictated my entire run. I ran up the river parkway, up Ford Parkway (and a killer hill) and back down towards my house. I tried to keep negative splits during the run, and even reached a “runner’s high” during Mile 3. My knee was a little stiff, but the pain subsided and the run was relatively easy. I sang out-loud to Kelly Clarkson and danced to LMFAO. It was an INCREDIBLE run, and I teared up again when I finished 4.16.
I can’t put into words how much I want this…. I WANT TO RUN A MARATHON!! Knowing that every step, every mile, every run takes me closer to reaching my goal is amazing.
After my run, I met a friend for a nice walk – 3.6 miles down to the River Parkway and back up Summit Ave. It was a beautiful morning, and great company… unfortunately, my knee was KILLING ME by the time we finished. The pressure and pain was pretty uncomfortable, and I tried to take it easy the rest of the weekend.
I’m excited looking forward to the next weeks of training. Coming up this week, I’m hoping to solidify my training plan (I promise to post some details about it), and Thursday night is the Medtronic TC 1-Mile Race. I cannot wait to run with my friends and watch the elite runners compete!!
What’s your next race coming up? Are you running the Medtronic TC 1-Mile Race?
Note: if you are running the Medtronic TC 1-Mile race on Thursday, please note that packet pick-up will begin at NOON tomorrow (Tuesday, May 15th). Please contact Twin Cities In Motion for additional information.