Monday, July 18, 2011

I Have a Plan... No, Really

Lately, with the anemia and life getting in the way, I feel like I've fallen backward with my training. Like two gigantic, Godzilla-sized steps backward. GRRRRR! It's frustrating to say the least. I feel as if I should be able to run longer and slightly faster than I have been but as soon as I start running, my body gives up. You heard me, my body literally gives up before it even starts. Damn traitor. It's killing me. I feel like I'm literally trapped in an overwhelming pit of negativity every time I start to run. How does one get past a hurdle like this? My last two 5ks were good, in the sense that I finished them, but I was disappointed with my times (and that did nothing to help my continuous spiral into a pit of self-loathing). The Red Dress Run was 46 minutes and the GE Road Race was 47 minutes. UGH!!!

I know I shouldn't be so hard on myself, but I don't care. I'm disappointed and I have every right to feel so, don't I? *pout* Fine. I will be positive. Positive begets positive, right? So, positivity it shall be. Instead of moping around that my initial training plans have been drawn and quartered like ancient day criminals, I have decided to regroup and reformat a brand new and improved (though how it can be both new and improved at the same time, I will never know) training plan.

This week's plan goes like this:

Monday- Rest day (fancy that)
Tuesday- 3 mile run (easy pace)
Wednesday- Cross Training and Abs
Thursday-1 mile tempo run (shooting for a 13:30 pace to start with)
Friday- Rest day (because I'm still not 100%, otherwise this would be another cross train day)
Saturday- 3 mile run (easy pace)
Sunday- 7.5 mile run

Once this week is done, I will regroup again and see how I am feeling. Then, I will either tweak my new schedule or continue as I have it now.

On another note-  

And now, a positive quote (so we can leave on a positive note- I swear, it's not all sarcasm)

"I often hear people say 'I'm not a real runner'. 
We are all runners, some just run faster than others...
I have never met a fake runner"
-Bart Yasso


Tiffanyblue_girl said...

I have only begun to read your blog and I have to say you could so be one of my friends!

I have only been running since January of this year. It all came about that my resolution was to run one race a month for the year, with the underlying goal of losing 65 lbs. I figured if I hid the weight loss resolution under the whole running thing I just had to accomplish it. I am now 10 races into my year (I had a couple of months with more than one race hehe... a little obsessed).

Anyway, I hit a set back starting about the end of May that carried on until about a week or so ago. The over all affect of this set back was the fact that I am not within 5-10 lbs of my weight goal as I had planned to be, in fact I gained back 15 lbs. (boo, hiss) The other big red flag was that I went from running an 11:30-12:00 min mile to running a 13:30-14:30 minute mile. That is worse than what I ran in my very first race in January!

So what I am getting as it I feel your pain about feeling like you are going backwards. It's frustrating, but like you I came up with a new plan and now two weeks into what I like to call phase 2 or part 2 of my resolution I am 5 lbs down AND this last Saturday I ran a 2-mile race. I shaved 4 minutes off my overall time compared to the last time I ran a 2-mile race on the same route back in March.

Just stay focused on your plan you have and remember you have done so much this far you can do so much more in the coming months!

Good Luck!

Stephanie Anne said...

Chin up!!! Its been freaking HOT around here lately which obviously will impact those 5K times. You killed it in the heat!!

Try not to get too down on yourself, instead turn the aggravation into motivation to fuel your body right, workout hard, and get where you want. Easier said than done, but once you find that motivation, you're golden.

LOVE the quote. I am putting it up on my facebook :)

Amanda said...

I have been running since late 2010 but really training since Jan of 2011...I have the same struggles that you have, but I love the run. Keep your chin up.
Things will get better. And maybe easier.

orshadow said...

Good for you for coming up with a new plan! I'm struggling a bit, too, and am trying to figure out how I can improve my pace (right around a 12 minute mile right now :( ). Keep up the great work, you are inspiring!

BTW, how do you do your tempo runs, just run one mile as fast as you can? I'm trying to incorporate some speed work in...

Lucy said...

Good for you for revising the program, sometimes we all have to revise the plan. You're going to have a fabulous week, I just know it!

BTW, I love that quote.

CupCake@ Bigger Girls Can Run Too said...

Thanks ladies for all of the support and motivation! I appreciate it :)

@orshadow- for speedwork I do different things. Depending upon how much time I have will depend on what I do. If I'm crunched for time, I will do a 0.2mile walk to warm up and then run a specific distance at a tempo speed (30 sec to 1 min faster than normal). If I have more time, I try to work on speed by doing sections. 1st section is a walk warm up, then 2nd is a sprint, 3rd section jog recovery, 4th section sprint... so on and so forth. There's a couple of different things you can do- I suggest checking out Jeff Galloway's Book on Half marathon training, or Kara Goucher's Book of Running for Women. runnersworld and also have a ton of speed work drills for you to peruse too.

orshadow said...

Thanks for the book recommendations! I was looking at both of those and wasn't sure about them, but I'll check them out! :)

KT80 (Running Like a Girl) said...

I try to remember that a lot of times if I feel that I am going backwards, it is actually that I need a break. I look over the workouts I have done and see that these are not indicative of what I am capable of, and then try to figure out what I need. Most often, I just need more sleep, water and stretching. I find a plan helps me so much, and your plan looks great just remember to give yourself a break and not build up too quickly.