Regarding: LONG post, SLOW run
It occurred to me recently that I don’t really talk all that much on here about my running. Which seems odd, considering what a big part of my life it is. If I am not actually running, I am thinking about running. Or thinking about what will affect my running. Or how to fuel for a run (it is a given that I am also thinking about food all the time). Or how to recover from a run. So it seems like a good time to start talking more about it.
I started running in 2006 when my best friend and I trained and ran the Race for the Cure 5k. And we had a GREAT time at the race. But I didn’t get bit by the running bug then. It just didn’t seem to stick.
So fast forward almost 2 years to the early months of 2008. I have NO idea why, but I decided that running a half marathon would be fun. I was doing a lot of walking with some running intervals thrown in. But nothing hard core. ONE 5k under my belt to that point (not including charity type walks) So I discovered John the Penguin’s running programs and off I went to train for a fall race.
THAT is when it stuck. I have now completed 8 half marathons and various other 5k’s and 10k’s. Some of those you have already heard about.
My running personality is that of a TURTLE. I take the SLOW part of Long Slow Run seriously. I did experience a stress fracture at the end of 2008, most likely from trying to increase my pace too fast So SLOW I GO. I also tend to train really well. I love a schedule, routine, crossing things off a plan. I say I train well, that doesn’t mean I race well. But I enjoy the training process so I continue to train for events and always have something on the horizon.
I am currently about 2/3’s of the way through training for a Half on 11/13. Training is going VERY well. I took a Jeff Galloway plan (here) and modified it a bit to fit what I needed (added an extra long run, switched up the days a bit). I am also a BIG fan of McMillan Running (here) and follow his pace guidelines for different kinds of runs. I run as many as 5 days a week, one day with my trainer and one complete rest day. My weekly mileage is anywhere from 12-24 miles a week and my daily runs are no less than 3 miles up to my longest run of 14 miles.
I run in Nike’s (it works for me), with a Garmin 305 and a Nathan Water Bottle. G2 is my drink of choice (TMI, but I am a salty sweater). And I don’t usually use Gu’s or gels but if I did, I am a fan of the Sport Beans. You can see my RAVE review of my sock choice here.