I loved the suggestions given to me last Thursday in an effort to get my running motivation back on track. I loved them so much that I pretty much implemented all of them this past weekend.
1. Create a plan.
I already had a plan mapped out leading up to the Colorado Marathon on May 6th- but I wasn’t super excited about it. It was a generic plan that I was not sure would get me the speed I needed to break 4 hours. I’m a really new runner and I need to be pushed and find my speedy legs.
Then a friend back east, whom I admire a ton as an athlete (BQ’ed her first marathon, and qualified for Kona in her first Ironman), willingly wrote me a track workout for Friday morning. She and I also discussed a training plan that revamped how I would execute my long runs. Talking to Kendra about the training plan made me excited to start to train and document my improvement. So excited that I got up at 530am on a Friday to do quarter mile sprint repeats like she asked me to. I plan to do a post about the plan once Kgo and I work through all of the details. Thanks for the help, Kendra- I really, really, really appreciate it!
2. Dont force yourself. Just party instead.
I liked this suggestion- you guys are smart! If I am still feeling burnout from Ironman, jumping into an intense training plan is not going to help. I interpreted this suggestion as “calm the eff down, go snowboarding, drink beer, and eat cookies”. So, um, that is what I did on Saturday.
3. Run with a friend/ Dont wear your Garmin/ Join a running group
On Sunday morning I met up with Liz, Marco, and our new Colorado blogging friend, Erin for a 10 mile run down the beautiful Cherry Creek trail. I did not wear my Garmin, so I had no idea what our pace was. I turned around when Liz said to and just enjoyed being outside and chatting with 3 friends for 10 miles. It was really fun!
I also plan to run on Wednesday evenings with Runners Roost- a Colorado running store that hosts runs (for the DC people- it is like Pacers). I am excited to meet fellow runners, including Courtney, for a mid week social run.
I plan to ease back into the training- I’m still not totally motivated- but having a training plan which I am excited about, and tons of friends to run with, makes it easier to tie my shoelaces and get out of the door. Oh, and my Garmin is fully charged for the first time in over 2 months so that’s a good start.
Running + Snowboarding + beer + cookies +friends = a successful weekend.