Monday, January 20, 2014

Weekly Training Update: 1/13 - 1/19

I've been very non-committal about racing this year and even more so, if possible, about racing in 2014.

Don't get me wrong - I'm going to go out there and run. I'm going to sign up for some events. I'm even hoping to do my first triathlon. However, when it comes to saying that I want to PR in a certain distance or tackle a particular race, I haven't been feeling it.

I think part of it is fear - not being able to do it, being disappointed, getting hurt. I think part of it is being "burned out" after a full year of training in 2013. And, the other part, is how much time I want to give up. I did more longer races than I anticipated in 2013, and it added up to quite a few hours away from my family - not including the training, traveling and post-long run naps. 

With a half marathon in Athens, Ohio, 13 weeks away (with Twitter BFF Alyse), I need to decide what I want to do. I have been logging long runs with the group, and I could continue that and fill in the week. This approach would be known as "winging it," and I'm pretty happy that I'm in a place where I could "wing" 13.1 miles. But ... I could fly. I could follow a plan. I could put in some effort. I could see what I have.

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Or, I could sit at Starbucks and drink another Awake tea latte while I think about running.

The week, in training:

Monday: 30 minutes on elliptical + 2.25-mile run
Tuesday: 3-mile run + 30 minutes on indoor bike trainer
Wednesday: 5-mile run + Bodypump
Thursday: Ripped
Friday: 4.68-mile run
Saturday: Bodypump + 13.1 miles on indoor trainer
Sunday: 7-mile run (SNOWY)

Shameless plug: I entered the ZOOMA contest to win a trip for me + a blog reader (!!!) to run the women's race series event in Napa. I very much need running and wine right now so I'd appreciate your vote! Go HERE.


  1. I need to run soon. I have the TLAM book and have used some do the bike workouts from their injury chapter. It's good cross training. You can definitely wing 13.1 but depending on your goals you may want something structured.

    1. I can't decide on whether I want a goal. I'm either free spirited or feeling LAZY.

      BTW, I was thinking of you (not creepily, I swear) on the trainer. Hope your heel is feeling better!

  2. Alright, going to vote. I had a dream the other night that I was training with Dimity. Not sure where that came from.

    1. That's an awesome dream! I have random dreams about random bloggers sometimes. It's odd.

  3. I Like your idea of not setting goals. You will be great at a triathlon. The only goal I have is to finish 14 races of any kind this year. If I do great, if not that is OK too.

  4. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having your training and race goals simply be about finishing, enjoying your miles and having fun. We don't always have to train to keep getting faster. If it's not fun and enjoyable, the goals need to change :) Good luck as you figure things out. You will rock it no matter what :)

  5. I know that feeling. Sometimes you need time away from the intensity of a training plan, and get out to enjoy the miles. No matter what, just have fun at this race with your friend!

  6. I love their training plans in that book. I tend to be awful at following any plan, so I just run hard someday, long on the weekends and figure I'll get there, ha!

  7. I think there is nothing wrong with winging it. Um, I say that though, because that is what I do 95% of the time ;) So do whatever you will be happiest with! :)