Remember that time I started a blog about running called In it for 4 the Long Run? Oh yeah– that one! Don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely thrilled with how, what started as my running log, evolved into a thriving community. I love how the name, which started as a mediocre running pun, but transformed into my philosophy on health (learn more about how this whole party got started.) But it hasn’t exactly been a coincidence that running posts have taken a back seat. See for almost 7 months, I pretty much stopped running. It felt inauthentic and strange to write about running if I wasn’t well, you know, actually running. I had burnt out physically and mentally. It became a chore not a joy. So I tried out other types of fitness, like HIIT, strength training, group classes and yoga. It felt good to mix it up for a while.
But then a couple things happened. First, I moved to Boston and damn this city likes to run. It’s pretty contagious when even during the worst of the snow storms, you still saw people chugging along the Charles. Secondly, I hit a point with strength training where I knew if I wanted to improve and progress I’d need to set clearer goals and ideally work with a trainer, but it wasn’t in my budget. However, I still really wanted to be working towards a goal, because that’s how I’m able to stay motivated. Finally, it just felt right to start running again.
The past two months, I’ve been running on the treadmill before work usually 3 or 4 miles. At first it was rough. I didn’t realize quite how out of cardiovascular shape I was. To be honest, it was a little bit of an ego blow, actually it was a big ego blow. I hadn’t run this slow since I really began running seriously 4 years ago. Not only that, but the combo of bigger muscles and winter “fluff” made my running shorts a little less comfortable than I had remembered. There was a lot of walking breaks and slow miles. Slowly but surely each mile has gotten easier and faster and my competitive side is starting to come out from hiding.
I feel ready. Ready to start training again. My goal? Run a sub-2 hour half marathon. My PR for 13.1 miles is 2:02. I think I can do it. Scratch that. I know I can do it. I put together a 12 week training plan with 3-4 runs per week, built in strength training and a good mix of sprints, hills, tempo runs, long runs and easy runs. My weakness is definitely hills. I hate them. But then again I once thought I hated running. So maybe they’ll grow on me.
My 12 Week Half Marathon Training Plan
I’m hoping to find a good New England race in early September. I also really want to run the October Half Marathon on Nantucket. 2 Half Marathons in 2 months? Why not.
Another aspect of training I want to focus on is making sure to fuel properly after long intense workouts. I often lose my appetite if I’ve worked out more than an hour, so I especially want to focus on nutrition after those long runs. The fine folks at Vega (love them) kindly sent me some of their performance protein and recovery accelerator which I’m looking forward to using during my training. The protein is designed for post-workout and contains BCAAs (branched chain amino acids), 25g of plant-based protein and Glutamine which is important for muscle repair. They do a great job at explaining all the benefits on their site if you’re curious. Anywho, hoping to crush some miles and PRs.
I put together a really short reader survey to hear about what you love (and don’t love) so I can make the best blog for YOU.
It’s only 6 questions and it would mean so much to me if you answered: READER SURVEY
- Runners: have you ever taken a break from running?
- Looking to beef up my playlist – any song recommendations?
(for reference I love listening to artists like Ellie Goulding on my runs)