Hmm. My friend left medicine . . . and I decided to go part time several months later.
Chelsea and Coco have had amazing training cycles . . . and I want to jump right in there with them and really train for a marathon.
(There are plenty of things people do that I have ZERO desire to emulate, but admittedly when someone does something that strikes a chord of desire within me, I tend to notice!)
So, I want to run faster again.
Honestly, I am not thrilled by my 5K training cycle. However, I just did some analysis and . . . I’m being very impatient. First of all, I really just started training a couple of months ago. Second, I didn’t run that much!!! August was my highest mileage month, and it topped out at 84 miles. Prior to that, most months were ~50ish miles (some were 30!) which is . . . not a lot of miles.
There was a time when I ran 50 miles a week. It should not be surprising that I was a lot faster in those days.
I do not want to spend alllllll my time running, but I feel that I do have more time/energy to spare than I am currently giving especially now that we have figured out bedtime (YAY!), we no longer have *babies*, and since I will be a bit more flexible at least 2 weekdays mornings/week very soon.
So, I am going to work on it!
GRAND MASTER PLAN:
Now through February 19, 2023: Train for A1A half marathon, first by building some more legit base mileage and then transitioning to half-specific training. There are 5 months between now and then which should be plenty to make some progress.
February through Fall 2023: Base maintenance and train for 5K or 10K (so incorporating more speed). I think at this point I will start working with a real human coach (likely someone from the company Chelsea worked with!). I am not starting this yet because . . . well, it’s pricey and I feel like I can do a bit more using Runners Connect training plans first.
Fall/winter 2023 to Spring 2024: Marathon specific training leading up to Big Sur. Somehow I will have to figure out how to get hill training in for this race, and I live in the flattest place ever. But I do have a treadmill and I’m sure people have figured this out before.
Obviously there will be cutback weeks and recovery periods along the way, and I plan on continuing to do strength work minimum 3x/week.
WHY DO I CARE?
I don’t know. But why does anyone do anything, then? Hmmm. Deep questions for a Tuesday morning . . .
MY HOBONICHI ORDER ARRIVED!!!! BUT, I still have another cover coming (because I had a little incident on ordering night where what I truly wanted appeared to sell out and then reappeared) so . . . pictures will have to wait until I can photograph the entire stack. Admittedly though I’m already excited for 2023 planning to begin!!!!