I promise- I still run. And bike and swim. You know, the basics…like, what this blog is all about. 🙂
The thing is, this blog is also about my life and the last few months have been a busy life (which you know, because I mention every other post. Sigh…redundancy!) and my posts have been mostly about non-running.
Well, today. It is all about tri’s/running: this weeks workouts, the upcoming Philly Half-Marathon, my off-season plan and next year’s (so-far) plans 🙂
What I did this week:
- I ran Wednesday morning; I used the gym in my development which I was excited to use but then immediately annoyed by because when I got there, one of the guys working out informed me that “we have a group rotation” and proceeding to explain what times were “open” for me to come to the PUBLIC COMMUNITY gym. What the hell?!?!? Back to my regular gym it is! I did end up getting 3 good miles in so I was happy. This weekend while I am away I will be doing a long run of an undetermined amount of miles. Yeah, I am just full of suspense! Meanwhile, I haven’t been in a pool or in a bike in forever!
- I have decided that my waitressing counts as working out! This week was a pretty easy week since I was away last weekend and I am going away this weekend; I only worked three shifts so the hours weren’t too bad, although I did close two nights in a row which meant being there pretty late both Wednesday and last night.
Let me be real with you all here. MY TRAINING SUCKS. Ok…now that I have that out of the way! Here’s the thing. Actually there are two things.
- I refuse to bag another race.
- I do not want to re-injure myself
Given I am presented with a half-marathon in 2 weeks on very little training…and I don’t want to bag it and I don’t want to injure myself, I had to make a plan. Here’s the plan: have a fun run and finish 13.1 miles 🙂 Seriously- no time goals, no pressure…just running for fun. I just want to know that I still have it in me- but because my weekly mileage has been low and my runs are only between 3-10 miles for the last month, I don’t want to go out with guns blazing and end up back on crutches. Therefore the name of the Philly marathon is FUN FUN FUN! And I fully expect Mike to be there with a medal for me at the end!
I have a plan for the offseason. And the good news is, I think it will work. It involves running, spinning (FINALLY got my trainer set up in the condo) and P90X (yeah yeah, I jumped on the wagon!) plus Pilates when I am able. I figure that since my night job will officially be on a 3-4 night/week schedule once I get back from N.C., I can start making somewhat of a plan.
For the last 6 days and for the next two weeks, I have cut out bread, pasta and wine from my meals. There are two exceptions to this rule- I will be drinking wine this Saturday and I will have bread on Thanksgiving. But other than that, I am going without. I need to jump start a weight loss- I don’t do no-carb because personally, I just don’t agree with that; I cut out the heavy carbs (I eat a ridiculous amount of bread and pasta) just to get my system back in order. When I did this two years ago, I was very happy with the results. Fingers crossed that it works again this time!
I cannot even believe I have been putting so much thought into 2011 already! How did we get here…wasn’t I just planning 2010? The things is…in order to get low prices and make sure you have entry to big races, you have no choice but to sign up early. So far, I am signed up for two triathlons and three road races. I am tentatively planning on four triathlons and six road races. I am trying not to pack in as much as I did last year and really focus on a few races to be better than next year.
As you are all reading this, I should be about two hours into my drive to North Carolina. I am heading down to the Beach to Battleship race with my friend Victoria to watch our friend Kate in her first Ironman! Woo-hoo. Oh yeah, you know there will be photos!