Let’s Get Physical
HA! Okay, seriously. Until tonight I hadn’t done anything more physical than walk the dog (oh there was that tap class and recital) since the Mini Heart 15K a week and a half ago. I’ve been trying to brainstorm what to do with running and other ways of physical activities. See, I want to run another half marathon, but the timing doesn’t work out until the fall. That gives me about 5-6 months to “train”. I have been corresponding with my friend (and sorority big sister), Marnie, who’s a professional runner! Well not really, but she runs marathons and is pregnant with her third kid, so she must have some clue about where to go. She sent me a novel about running bunch of suggestions, especially talking about speedwork to get faster!
( Insert incriminating picture of Marnie from college. Maybe it’s good that digital cameras weren’t so prevalent when we lived together in 2001. Let’s just say Marnie couldn’t sit on chairs without arms!)
Finally today I sat down with the internet and came across the Smart Coach on Runners World. I put in my current half marathon pace (2:40) and how many miles I wanted to run and the intensity, and it spit out a training schedule for 24 weeks. The schedule is full of tempo runs, speed runs, easy runs, and long runs. Here’s my week 1:
Tonight I was supposed to do a 5 mile run with 3 miles @ 11:57 min/mile tempo. Well, apparently a big bowl of pasta with Cincinnati chili and beans (aka a version of a “three-way”) is not the right thing to eat. I did do the 3 miles @ tempo, but I didn’t do the warm up and cool down.
Has anyone ever used Smart Coach? I find it very strange that it asks us to run at such a slow pace. I mean, 13:36 min/mile is 4.4 mph?? What if I run faster than that? It felt strange putting the treadmill on 5.0 mph. I felt like a turtle. It was not “easy”, but I wasn’t pushing myself. In looking at the weeks, many, many weeks to come, these times do decrease, but it feels strange at first.
Advice on Smart Coach?
In other news . . . I’m also adding a fun “strength training / cardio” workout! Inspired by my wedding planner who just did Jillian’s 30 Day Shred, I downloaded it to my Tivo ($5 on Amazon for a direct download!) I downloaded it about a week ago, but I didn’t have any hand weights. Finally made it to Target tonight! So starting tomorrow and continuing for 30 days (perhaps with two days off when I go to Vegas) I’ll be spending quality 20 minutes with Jillian Michaels!
So there are my plans for staying physical! Are you embarking on any new exercise plans? Completed anything that you loved?