After a break, and LOTS of changes in our lives I feel somewhat ‘normal’ again. ;)
So the past few months we have moved to our new house (I’m SO in love), I worked as a personal trainer at the YMCA…and then I decided to quit because of our move & started doing personal training on my own, I got a new vehicle, my Crohn’s disease flared up twice, I decided to get a running coach & run competitively, and we just got back from a family vacation to Wildwood, New Jersey.
Needless to say, we’ve been busy! Mostly good stuff- and we are so thankful for the opportunities that we have had.
It’s been nice having a running coach, as he knows me well & knows that I will do WAY too much. Once we got to talking & I told him I was running at least 10 miles a day, he looked at me like I had two heads. He said that’s too much- and that I needed to focus more on repeats- mile, 2 mile & eventually 3 mile. So far all of my workouts I have LOVED- they are tough & push me even harder than I was pushing myself.
I needed someone to tell me ‘Holly, it’s OK if you don’t ALWAYS do 10 miles.’ Now he still lets me do my 10+ miles 3-4 days a week, which makes me happy, BUT the other 3/4 days are HARD. I mean really hard, like 9/10 effort on a scale of 10. And my ‘easy’ run days are truly EASY, unlike what I was doing. Like running 7:45/ 8 minute pace for my long runs. (which is weird for me- I’m used to do 7/ 7:30 pace for my ‘easy’ days)
Quickly he learned my ‘style’ of running- I want to push myself EVERY.SINGLE.TIME I run, and that’s just not possible IF I want to run the times that I do. He said I remind him of a ‘caged animal who just has to get everything out every time I run.’ It made me laugh because it is SO TRUE.
After speaking with him, he has encouraged me to put all of my focus on half marathons. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to train for full marathons or halfs. But after talking for a while, he knew my true love in racing is the half, so that’s when he said I should go all out on that race. That was important to me, I wanted to be able to know what MY race was- and I know that yes, I can run full marathons, but I don’t LOVE them like I love half marathons.
Currently I am trying to run under 1:27 for my nice half marathon, which will be October 4th. Eventually I would like to get closer to 1:20, but like everything in life it takes time AND patience….and patience is something that I struggle with.
For now I’m putting my faith in my coach, and I know he is going to take me far!
Yesterday I did my favorite run- 10 miles- on the treadmill- Incline 1% (ALWAYS important to run at least 1% incline when running on a treadmill to stimulate the same as outside running, otherwise you are pretty much running at a decline) – 8 miles at 7:28 pace & the last 2 at 7:24 pace. I did a mile cool down of just light jogging and walking. As with everyday, I did 10 minutes of ab exercise & 3 x 10 sets of pushups.
Lovely expression, right?! ;) She really is my motivation for running my very hardest. I want her to be proud to tell people that I’m her Momma, the crazy runner lady. :D
I’ve missed blogging, but honestly life has been so crazy lately that I haven’t had time to think about it. We are all looking forward to a more relaxing fall filled with football, baking pumpkin things & of course lots of family time!