starting fresh

I feel like I’m starting from scratch.  The sickness that I dealt with in the weeks leading up to my half marathon resurfaced this week.  And Mr. Dawn got hit pretty hard.  In fact we spent Father’s Day celebrating in style.

Poor guy spent the day in bed.  And my sore throat kept threatening to steal my voice.

So, instead of running last week, I spent my time planning out my next few months.  I think I found a training plan to use for my half in October!  It is geared specifically for breaking 1:45 in the half marathon.  The plan is 10 weeks long, peaks at 44 miles, and varies between 5-6 days of running.  The prescribed paces are challenging, but exciting.

I calculated back 10 weeks from October 26 and it means that I’ll need to start my training on August 17.  I officially have 9 weeks until then.  I want to use the next two months to get myself on track to nail my training.  I have a lot of work to do…to get myself better and lay a good fitness foundation.

So, what am I going to do?  Here are my goals for the next 9 weeks….

  1. 30 days sugar free.  I’ve been thinking about this for a long time.  My biggest downfall is sweets.  I usually compensate by just running a little bit more, however I feel like my health has been suffering and those fudge covered oreos don’t help at all.  I need to step away from the cookies, candy, and other forms of processed sugar.  I need a reset, and out of all my dietary habits, I think sugar will have the biggest impact.
  2. Get my steps in. I’ve had my fitbit for almost six months.  I used to be really diligent about getting my goal of 15,000 steps a day, but once I started training I was more focused on my running than on my steps.  I actually keep forgetting to wear it!  I think there’s been more days where it has sat on my dresser than I’ve actually remembered to clip it on.  This must change!
  3. Double digits.  I want to have at least one double digit run a week.  I don’t want to completely fall off the long run bandwagon and have to rebuild my endurance from scratch.
  4. 30 miles per week.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to do any speed work or not…the weather is getting unbearably hot, and I’m not sure if there will be much quality work during these summer months.  I do want to get and keep my mileage up so that I’m not intimidated when it starts to push 40+ miles.
  5. Yoga. I’m not sure how I’ll fit it all in, but I’d really like to do one day of yoga a week.  I’ll probably stick to my Hatha Alignment class to keep loose and strong.

I know that I do best when I set specific goals and then tell everyone about it so that I will actually follow through :).

What are you doing this summer to keep your motivation high?

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t on an official training plan?

11 thoughts on “starting fresh

  1. I was just chatting w/ a running buddy about this yesterday…I don’t have a plan or a goal right now which I think is hurting my running. Love your goal of a double-digit run a week…I need to think about this…

  2. LOVE the picture of you and little G at the end :)

    Such a bummer to hear you and the Mr. are dealing with the cold again. Speedy recovery!!!!

    Great idea to keep your base in the double digits leading into your next training cycle. I did that between my last half in Feb and the start of marathon training and definitely feel ahead of the game right now. I bet if you do that you’ll PR big time!
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  3. So sorry to hear you and Mr were sick. Being sick just stinks but is even worse on a holiday. Glad you found a training plan and sounds like you have a great plan setup for the summer.

    I plan to run in the heat this summer. Really trying to use it as endurance training. My favorite thing to do on plan or not is trail runs. Can’t get enough of them right now.
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  4. I’m sorry you guys are sick again, that’s the worst! Hope you are feeling better soon!

    I actually have a training plan that I’m mostly following even though I don’t have a race coming up. There are a couple around the second week of October that I’m looking at, but I haven’t picked one yet. It really helps me to have a plan or I definitely start to slack off after a while.
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  5. Hope you guys are done being sick!

    I started doing yoga about 6 months ago and it has helped me so much, I can’t tell that I am dramatically more flexible but I feel so much better. I notice it most in my hips and hamstrings. okay and my lower back. I try to get in at least 20 minutes a couple of time a week.
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    1. I hope I get better too!!! This is literally the longest illness I’ve had as an adult and I can’t figure out how to get past it.

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