This weekend Kristen R and I found out that Claire has decided to run her first half marathon with us in November. I am so stinking excited about all of us getting together I could explode. This is exactly the type of positive motivation I need for my running. I have been going through the paces this summer but I am frustrated with my performance and in many ways I have given up. When I got sick this spring and summer, it took me 10 steps back and I lost my drive to hurdle this particular challenge. My mileage dropped, I started taking more days off, my cross training was sporadic and my effort during my runs was in a sad state. In all fairness much of this has been do to school being out and loosing those little pockets of time along with my busy and unpredictable summer schedule. I was hoping to go into the heat of the summer with a solid foundation but instead I came in sick with colds exacerbated by allergies. I have never excelled in the summer months as I am a cold weather runner. I would choose 30 degrees over 85 degrees any day (once I get down the road a quarter mile). I have run and worked out throughout the summer but not to the degree or to the intensity I would have liked.
The past few weeks I have started to pickup my workouts. The weather has been beautiful, my schedule has been very busy but I am ticking projects off and getting my workload under control. Now I have a great goal to seal my motivation, the Richmond Half Marathon with two fabulous friends. With soccer and the fall semester starting I will need to stay organized and scheduled with my training. I am looking at my time slots and I should be able to sneak in an hour each day to run or workout. I will have new resources through Mercersburg Academy. I will have access to their amazing gym, coaches and trainers. I will be in an environment of healthy, active and supportive co-workers. I may even find a runner partner to join my training.
I looked over a few half marathon training programs. I wanted to find a training program that included a lot of cross training and time for recovery and yoga. I have started having problems with my right hip, knee and hamstring again. I realize that when I am not working my core and other cross training regularly I have more problems with this area. I want to go into this run feeling strong from head to toe rather than feeling like I am enduring a torture. I picked this training program as it seemed to fit my needs. Jenny Hadley Half Marathon Training Programs are available for all different levels. I liked the intermediate level but I will need to modify the program slightly. There is a big jump between the beginning and intermediate level programs. I will need to decrease the mileage on the intermediate to start and switch my long runs to Sunday. I have an away soccer game every Saturday through the fall.
With my summer about to wrap up, I am thrilled to have new projects to work on in my artwork and new motivation for my running. I hope to end this year strong and happy with my wonderful blogmates. Hurray for November!