Wow, I can’t believe 3 weeks has flown by since starting to work with my coach! Life has been a little crazy. Between school and being involved with a million other activities on campus, and Nate & the pups, and setting up my summer work (I can’t believe it’s been 5 months since I left my full time job!), it’s been chaotic. But I am very grateful for all of the opportunities that have been presented to me, and really grateful that all those hours of studying are paying off
ANYWAYS, because I talk about school enough, I wanted to do an update on working with my coach. I originally was nervous about getting a coach. Now, I think it is the best thing ever. I don’t even have to think about what I’m doing because he lays it all out. I know which days I’m doing what run and the style.
What immediately surprised me was how many easy runs he scheduled me. WHAT?! I’m supposed to be getting faster, so intervals, mile splits, come on! what gives?! But the first few weeks have been easy runs (generally for me in the low to mid 9′s) with 1 tempo run each week. But what was crazy is I noticed that on my 2nd tempo run I knocked 30 seconds off my pace, despite it being longer, and didn’t feel tired or anything. He has also had me doing a lot of hip strengthening exercises (something I work dilligently on since that helps keep the IT band strong, and we all know I want mine nice and strong ) and planks. Which I’ll admit, I totally had been slacking on. So I’m back on my #plankaday grind.
Also, I have been doing hill work more frequently. Let me tell you something, I thought I disliked tempos…. NO. I hate hill work. Especially 6 miles of it, like this past Thursday.
Even there… I did a 3 mile hill run my 2nd week training and this past week did 6 miles… and knocked 9 seconds per mile. To me, that’s a really telling sign to be able to not only run longer, but faster while doing hills.
I do struggle with feeling like I should just be able to run my 5k pr pace for an 8 mile run…… but I am trying to think long term here. While I would love to PR in every single distance this year, to be honest… the marathon is my major goal. I am just going to announce it here and to the world (which is terrifying despite the fact I’ve told numerous people this already): I’m trying to go sub 4.
This is a huge goal for me. I know that my half times make it look like it should be easy, but my first full marathon time was 5:12. That is saying, okay I want to knock 1 hour and 13 minutes off my marathon time…. no big deal, right?! I know I was injured, but even without being injured, a sub 4 is a lofty goal. This is one of the reasons I wanted to start training earlier (vs just doing a 20 week plan), so that I can get comfortable running longer distances as the pace I need to for a full before I even start actually training.
So, back to the update here….. because I struggle with wanting to be faster and faster at a more immediate rate, it can be hard for me to think about the long term. This is ironic because it’s completely opposite with how I am in normal life ( I like to plan ahead most of the time…. run dates, career goals, what I’ll be making for dinner… etc). but it’s hard for me to think big picture with running. I just want results yesterday.
So, this is also teaching me about patience But I am very fortunate to have found a coach who understands my desire to see immediate results WHILE training for my long term goal. So these runs have shown me progress in just a few short weeks, while giving me the confidence to know I’m properly preparing for the future.
Next week I transition into a new block routine (2 days back to back running, rest then 3 days back to back running) in addition to him giving me actual times to hit (these past couple weeks I’ve just ran based on feel, which makes me feel good to see the improvement without any speed requirements), so I’m excited for what’s to come. ALSO my husband ordered me the treadmill I’ve been eying so bye bye gym membership fees