So 13.1 still looms large. I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to pull this off. There’s just part of me that doesn’t feel like I’m capable but I see how the training schedule plays and I feel like I’m still on target. What’s killing me is this weather and being on the treadmill.
Oh the treadmill…it is the bane of my existence. Can someone answer me a question? Why does the setting, and maybe it’s just the old one I’m using, for a 10 minute mile feel like my heart is going to explode through my chest? It feels like a completely impossible pace to keep up with so I’ve come to a solution. It’s going to either completely bite me in the backside or work. I’m running for minutes right now.
To me, I can run a comfortable 10 or better pace without much issue. Even when I’ve not run in a long time, I can go out there and put in a couple miles in less than 20 minutes. What I’m banking on is that when the weather improves enough to get outside that as I improve my endurance and ability to run for 30-40 minutes that the little speed that I do have if I do run 30-40 minutes that I’d actually be covering a bit of a longer distance. It could be a completely flawed approach but I’m going to give it a shot.
I’ve not previously been a high mileage runner in the past. Time, relative to work, kids activities, trying to spend some time with my lovely with, and just a little downtime here or there, hasn’t allowed me to stack the miles up like a lot of good runners I know put in regularly. So many of them have a goal to run 1000 miles.
I do feel guilty on this because I definitely feel inferior to some runners I know because they bust their tail and run constantly and I don’t or haven’t traditionally but I’ve led 4 different groups towards a Ragnar Relay and have never run more than 175 miles in a year. I feel like I run as much as I’ve been able but the mileage doesn’t stack up. Part of that is easily that I love a 2 mile run. I could run 2 miles any day of the week and be happy. It’s long enough to get the heart rate up but short enough to not really have to plan around it too much. It’s also short enough that I can push it pretty hard to make the time commitment even shorter.
That all said, I have committed to this and I’ve spent more time on the treadmill this year and put more miles on in January and thus far in February than I ever have at this point in the year. In fact, I’ve run more in the last 5 weeks than I ran in January, February, March, and April of 2018 combined. The one cool part about it is that I truly feel like I’ve not accomplished anything. That probably sounds weird but I feel good about ramping up and running more than I ever have.
For me it is about consistency and I’ve rarely been consistent with how often I run. Last year was the first time that I felt like I was getting more into a groove and stronger than I’d ever been and then the IT or hip issue popped up and it killed whatever momentum I’d built up leading into Ragnar Michigan. The last 3-4 weeks of my training sucked and despite that, I was still able to run my personal high for total mileage at a Ragnar, 19.6.
Despite my anxiety and doubts that 13.1 is possible for me, everything tells me that if I stick to it, I might just be able to pull this off. That might be the biggest accomplishment of it all: sticking to it. That part’s been trying to say the least especially with running the team and now with running a blog, it’s not easier but as long as I make time, the plan says it could work so please stick with me, encourage me, and help see me through. I’ll take all the help I can get!