I’m beyond ecstatic….I have 3 races I’m officially registered for and another in the works. I’ll register for that one later this month, but the price is ridiculously low, and there wasn’t a deadline of January 31 to sign up for a discount.
Without further ado, I’ll reveal the races I’m training for this spring.
May 3 – Cincinnati half marathon. (Part of the Flying Pig, but it’s the half marathon.) Carol and I are running it together, and hopefully we can convince Melissa to run it as well.
June 6 – Downhill at Dawn. I love, love, love this race. And I was debating this and the Asheville Half Marathon, and my friends convinced me to stick with my tried and true D@D.
March 15 – Shamrock 5k. I signed up because Suzanne is running it and it’s been a while since we’ve run a race together! I’m anxious to see where I am 5k-wise in March.
April – Fiddlin’ 5k. I’m not signed up for this race (yet) but will be soon. This is one that is held on my campus and the surrounding area, and it was a good time last spring. My husband and son will hopefully be joining me for this race. I’ll be tapering for the half marathon, but it should be a good time!
A look at this past week’s training:
Tuesday – I ran slowly on the treadmill for about 2.5 miles. I had done a strength workout the day before and I couldn’t will my legs to move, but I knew I needed to work out some of the soreness. I also started really using my Mogi. This thing is awesomeeeee!
Wednesday – Strength. I begged Faith to have mercy on my legs. I couldn’t do a squat, much less leg press or anything leg-related. She listened and worked my arms.
Thursday – scheduled rest day.
Friday – Unintentional rest day. I had my clothes to run, but I forgot my shoes.
Saturday – 4 miles running outside. I have been running between an 11-minute and 11:30-minute per mile pace, and this past Saturday I ran my 4 miles in 10:30-minute per mile pace. I didn’t feel like I was killing myself and I even stopped to take photos. It was surreal, and I truly feel like strength workouts are helping me tremendously.
Oh and Saturday was the first day my legs didn’t hurt from the Monday workout.
Sunday – 30-minute cardio workout (Jillian Michaels video.)
Monday – Strength circuits. I do a 10-minute warm-up on the treadmill and a 15-minute cool down on the treadmill. My circuits are 3 exercises (20 reps each x 3 sets.) And I do 3 sets of exercises. I basically did 9 exercises at 20 reps and 3 sets, if that makes sense.
My legs are jelly. My arms are a little weak. I’m learning to really stretch and I’m also committing to a rest day.
Tell me…do you have races you’re training for or want to run this spring? Have you done much strength training in the past? I have a love-hate relationship with it. I love some of the exercises and having the workout behind me. I love having someone to push me. I still would rather run.