After a long hiatus, I’ve slowly started running again. (‘Slowly’ describes both my buildup and my speed.) My dad and I are going to run the Ukrop’s 10k again this year, and we’re going to try to do it better than last year. That’s my only goal: to do it ‘better.’ I want to train better (last year I think I did 3 weeks of “training”) and I want to finish faster (last year we ambled across the finish line in 1:12:48).
The reason I stopped running for so long after my (first and only) half marathon in November 2011 is because I think that that race might have done some lasting damage to my left hip. The last stretch of the course was downhill, and I (stupidly) threw myself into it. (I don’t know the actual distance, but I’d guess that it was close to a quarter mile or so.) I pounded down the hill to the finish line, and my hips and knees killed me for the next several days. The pain went away in a few days, and I took a few-week break from running to recover from my months-long training, so I didn’t think much of it. But every time I’ve attempted to ease back into a running routine since then, I’ve been plagued by pretty severe pain in my left hip for a day or so after each run. I know I should probably see a doctor, but I don’t have the best history of keeping up that particular relationship. So I’m taking it slow instead.
I ran twice for a grand total of 2.25 miles in January. I’ve already run 15.75 miles in February. I’m feeling confident.
So this is my training plan. The grayed-out days are complete. Some of the runs will shift in distance and by date, but I intend to stick to something that looks like this:
I’m going to try a 5k in two and a half weeks, just to get back into the swing of racing. I’ll be running the Fix A Leak Family 5k on St. Patrick’s Day, which is billed as “a trail race on rough terrain.” All of my running thus far has been on a treadmill, because it’s far too cold to run outside. Maybe I’ll try to get one run in outside before then. Either way, I plan to take it extremely slow.
The only crappy part so far is that I wanted to return to running in order to get into better shape. The last time I was running regularly, I peaked at what was probably the best shape of my life. I lost weight (the fatty kind), built muscle, and I really liked how my body looked. This time, I’ve gained about 6 pounds, and I actually see more of what looks like fat around my midsection. Maybe one month is too fast to see real results, but so far I’m feeling a bit defeated. Luckily, it makes me want to try harder. And it feels good to be back in my spandex and V-necks! This Spring, fit is in!
What about you? Any tips for sticking with it? Any favorite training plans or workouts? Is anyone preparing for any spring races?