Six races in six weeks:
- Rugged Maniac 5K
Greensboro, NC, April 9, 2011
- More | Fitness Women’s Half Marathon
New York City, April 3, 2011
- National Half Marathon
Washington, DC, March 26, 2011
- The Half of Quincy
Quincy, MA, March 20, 2011
- Ras na hEireann U.S.A. 5K
Somerville, MA, March 13, 2011
- Black Cat 10 Miler
Salem, MA, March 6, 2011
One week in Las Vegas:
It’s time to get serious about my training.
The next race on my schedule is the Run to Remember at the end of May, which means I have just 5 weeks to step-it-up. My only goal for this race is to PR. Anything faster than my time at the National Half Marathon will make me happy.
Even though I’ve run 20 races from 5K to marathon with all sorts of distances mixed in, I still consider myself a beginner runner. Of course, I know a thing or two about running, but I read running blogs and love to learn ‘tricks of the trade’ from more experienced runners. Just a couple of weeks ago, a few of my runner buddies told me about Smart Coach, which I am now obsessed with. It’s the BEST training program ever. I plan to use it for all of my races in the future.
Check this thing out! You can totally personalize your program to meet your running goals. Look at all of the options!
Here’s what Smart Coach turned out for me:
This training program looks pretty good to me, so I hope to stick to it in preparation for the Run to Remember. Let’s hope it helps me get faster!
How do you come up with training plans for yourself? Do you use online tools? Create them yourself?
Mid-morning, I took a break from my work to eat a quick snack: red grapes + a blueberry muffin.
A few hours later, I took another break to eat lunch on the sun porch with Murphy. On my plate: Sandwich Thin with veggie hummus, arugula salad with tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and flax oil, strawberries, and Swiss and cheddar cheese cubes.
I love tasting plates like this— I find that the flavors, colors, and textures are very satisfying, mentally and physically.
I’m off to the gym to tackle my first training workout.