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Happy Pace Rewind

on June 4, 2013

I haven’t had an official half marathon race since Nike in April.  Bummer.  However on the plus side I haven’t had a training plan since April, kinda cool.  I have more or less been on a continual training plan for a year or more.

My initial thoughts after Nike were “I am going to keep my long runs between 6 – 10 each week.”  That would keep me easily ready for my next half…whenever that would be.  Nice thoughts but that’s about all they were, thoughts.  My body and my mind had other plans.  The longest run I have had in over a month has been a 10K.  After Nike I suffered from some knee pain which I believe was from my IT band.  (There have been a string of IT band issues in my chapter of MRTT and I didn’t want to be out for an extended period of time so I backed off.)  However after a week or so I just couldn’t convince myself to go farther than 3 miles and I really pushed myself for the Virtual Cupcake 10k.  But when I took a step back I realized a few things.

It’s time for a….

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  • I was pushing myself and NOT finding my happy pace
  • It was kind of nice not to be following a strict training plan
  • I enjoy HIIT workouts
  • I am really enjoying weight training
  • Why do runs always have to be long?
  • Maybe it was time to relax a bit and find my happy pace again

Does continual training work for some people?  Of course!  But for me I just needed a mental and physical “break” in my running.   Its been a nice and relaxed time for me. I have been running 1 to 3 miles 4 days a week.  My short (less than 2 miles) runs have now become my interval runs, working on some speed.  I continue to do HIIT training.  I have one more week of the current program I am on.  I have also added more weight training.

So I set a few new goals…hey a girls gotta have goals.  I joined a Sub 30 5k group hoping they will help motivate me to get under 30…nope I have never done that.  I also decided that I really, really want to put on some muscle so I have been working on that too.

I have a few runs on the agenda.  Pretty Muddy in September and last week I did sign up for The Rock n Roll Half Marathon RELAY with one of my running buddies Allie.  I decided to not force myself to train for the half this year.  The last two VB RnR’s have been pretty brutal as far as heat goes.

However I want to smash my time in the relay 🙂  Hey, like I said a girls gotta have a goal…. or two 🙂

So what about you?  Have you ever had to rewind to find your Happy Pace again?


8 Responses to “Happy Pace Rewind”

  1. Good luck in the relay. I want to do one soon. To be a part of a team I think would be fun whether it be a Half Marathon, a full or a Triathalon.
    Definetly on my “list”,

  2. YES I have! Good luck with the goals–you’ll definitely smash those time goals and have fun while doing it!

  3. Good luck to you!! I’m also doing RNR VB! I have no halfs scheduled between now and then but a couple small races. I’m glad about that. Totally enjoying weight training so I get it. Great goals you’ve got there, always good to regroup. 🙂

  4. Chris says:

    I am about burned out from running at the moment. I have two 5ks left this month and then I’m taking July and August off. I don’t like running in the heat, so I take the two hottest months off and do other stuff. This year, biking, TRX, and weight training. I also want to take the summer months to work on my diet. I have failed miserably with that the last 10 months and without worrying about running, I think I can concentrate on food rather than “how much do I have to run this week?”

    Relays are fun! I did one in Baltimore in 2010 and loved it! Would love to do another one, but it’s hard finding a partner.

  5. Kim says:

    Glad that you are doing a bit of a rewind. I’ve been in a bit of a running funk lately and am giving myself a little break – I never want to hate running and I think I was headed that way.
    Good luck on the relay!!

  6. Karen :0) says:

    Love your goals!! Have fun…glad you found a sub 30 5K group! :0)

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