Bet you are all wondering how I did in that 5k, huh?
Yeah…so about that 5k. I did not participate.
Why? Three reasons: $25 is a lot of money to pay considering I was just going to plod along, I haven’t ran in three weeks and wanted to ease my way back into the game and the course was a loop that (when I am in training) I run one to two times a week. It just didn’t make much financial sense this close to Christmas and I didn’t want to risk injury by pushing it either.
Am I rationalizing? Honestly, I don’t think so.
What do you think? What do you consider when it comes to small races? How much do you think is too much for a race?
So happy to have an active Week In Review to report!
I still went out on Saturday for a run, despite not doing the 5k. I went for an easy 2 mile (11:33 pace) jog Saturday afternoon and I have to say, it felt great! After my jog, I did a killer abs workout and some push-ups. And boy did I feel it this morning! In fact, I am still feeling it! Holy cow- this is like starting over!
Today I went for a swim as planned. I know I have mentioned this before, but I really love being in the water. A lot! I had a lot to get done today so I only swam for about 30 minutes, but it was a good workout. I did some drills and a bunch of laps. The only downer was that I forgot my cap, so my hair was all in my face the entire time. Not recommended!
The best part about training this time of year is that I don’t have to take the swimming and biking to seriously. I can get into the pool and just swim laps. I can spin a few times a week or hop on the trainer and just have fun with it. And I can really concentrate on my running for the time being.
My 1/2 marathon training begins this week. I am really going to concentrate on building my endurance and gaining speed. And I want to train right. And by right, I mean, on a schedule. I have been down this road- it always starts out with the best intentions and then along the way I lose sight of the schedule and end up just doing what I want, when I want. This time, I hope it is different. If the schedule says speed-work, then speed-work it is. Hills are hills and an easy run means easy! I am hoping that this will help me stick better to my summer tri training schedule. With bigger tri races on the agenda, I cannot afford to putz around with the training.
The schedule starts out light…and picks up about a mile or so a week (the good ol’ 10% rule) leading up to the Donna 1/2 Marathon on Feb 21. Because I am basically starting over with my training, I feel like that is the smartest plan. The longest run is 11 miles; for the most part the “long runs” range from 5-8 miles with two shorter runs in the week. I am looking forward to progressing and hopefully getting a PR in Orlando in about 10 weeks from now!
Sometimes when I read how many miles my fellow bloggers are running each week, I feel lame, like I should be doing more…but I have to remember that I am running for myself. All of this started as a journey to better me. A better swimmer, biker and runner. It is tough to read about what everyone else is doing and not compare myself. It is tough to remember that each person is on a different journey. This past week Felice wrote an awesome post that reflected this same insecurity. So many people commented having the same feelings; more proof that the blog world is a wonderful community. I know, that for me, reading those comments made me feel so much better. I love having this blog and I appreciate every reader and all your support. I love reading about your successes and sharing mine 🙂 The self-judgments are my own- and they must be stopped!
Do you ever find yourself comparing your efforts to other people’s? How do you deal with that inner negative voice?