Finally! My running coach sent me my Chicago training schedule this afternoon! I’m actually starting next Monday but will be running some good miles this week to get back in my morning running groove. Plus, I haven’t really ran that much the last 2 weeks since the marathon so I need to be better about that.
After looking over the first month of training I couldn’t help but get excited to get rolling. Since I have a good base right now, the schedule has me jumping right into it! I plan on sharing my training on a week to week basis so I’m not going to go into too much more detail right now. I do want to talk about one thing though: trusting the process.
I’m not going to lie, while checking out what my coach sent me, I started to question him. Understanding I want to run a 4:30… that means I have to run a consistent 10:18 pace for the duration of the race. I’m pretty comfortable running at a 9:20 pace for a medium distance (6-11 miles).However, my coach has me running at paces between 10:20-11:45 with the exception of tempo runs/hill sprints. What really threw me off was on Wednesdays; he has me running a medium distance but at pace that I usually save for the end of my long runs. I know that you are supposed to run a bit slower during training runs but I usually don’t run that slow for that distance, so it’s going to be a challenge the first few times. In my head I was thinking “well if I want to run a 4:30, I don’t understand how practicing at this slow of a pace is going to help me.” However, after thinking about it more, I decided that I just need to just go with it & trust the process. He’s not a USATF certified endurance running coach for no reason AND this is only the first 4 weeks of training… he knows what he’s doing & I’m the one that doesn’t! I’ve come to the conclusion that I may have been training wrong all along but hey, at least I’m figuring this out now. I’m really looking forward to getting started!
My boyfriend and I made the 6 hour trip home to New Jersey this weekend. I’m originally from there, but moved to Vermont at the beginning of 2014. I love going home but there’s always too many people I want to see and not enough time, and it makes me sad. We did get to see my family in Staten Island which made for a nice Saturday morning. My little munchkin cousins are the absolute cutest and I love spending time with them. Later that night we went to my neighbor’s (the sister I never had) graduation party. Shout out to Nicolette -> love you forever & I’m so proud of you! It was in Point Pleasant on the beach but unfortunately there was hurricane conditions so we had to stay under a tent all night. No worries though, everyone still had a great time and I got to see a lot of wonderful people that I haven’t seen in a while. This morning I was able to get bagels with my best friend Sandy. Even if it was only for a hour, it’s always good to see her and we pick up right where we left off. Oh, and I’ll see her again in 2 weeks for TAYLOR SWIFT!
My favorite part about going home, aside from getting to see my parents -> hi Mom & Dad!, is getting to hang out with my puppy, Cooper. He’s not really a puppy as he is turning 11 in October but I love him more than life itself and miss him more than words can describe. I wish I could take him back to VT with me but he’s a momma’s boy and wouldn’t survive without my mom. I’m hoping to get my own very soon 🙂
BBG PROGRESS: I completed week 1 and already feel stronger! My arms weren’t too bad after Wednesday’s workout which I found surprising. Friday called for a full body workout and I definitely felt the burn after that one. I’m finally feeling back to normal today just in time for leg day to kick my @$$ again tomorrow. No complaining though, just another example of trusting the process.