Friday, June 18, 2010

Getting back into the swing of it

Hello Bloggy World!

Yes, I have been absent for a while. Honestly, I have been swamped at work and have not wanted to turn on my computer once I get home. Too many evenings of doing school work have left me hating my laptop. And honestly, this blog is about the making of a runner. One who has not really been running with any sort of regularity.

It was a good time for me to reflect on my running though. Thanks to everyone who offered wonderful words of wisdom and encouragement to my pondering of tackling a marathon. After reading some lovely race recaps of the San Diego Marathon (Katye, The Dawn, Laura) I got really pumped up by the idea.

But first, I need to refocus. Honestly, since running the Broad Street Run, my training has been extremely lax. As in to non existent aside from a race or two. That will not help me with the Rock n Roll Half in Philly (which I think I talked Kristen in to---yay!!), the Baltimore Half or the Army Ten Miler.

My goal: Get Faster. I will never win a race, my age group, or anything like that, but I want to be better. Be Faster. I mean, as slow as I run, getting faster should not be too difficult a task, right? I mean, the few times I was able to run, my interval training on the treadmill (which I used to dread) was not bad at all. Twenty minutes of intervals, one fast (ish) mile and I felt great. It’s a sign of progress, so I am starting a training program well ahead of some other people’s starting points.

I was traveling for work this week and had some errands to run, so tonight, I am committing fully to developing and sticking with a training program. I should probably consult with a running coach (hello, any offers out there??) or online and develop a plan and go for it. I am a runner, regardless of my pace, but I want to be a faster runner!

Probably the largest obstacle I will have to overcome is my brain. Seriously, running is totally mental. I know what my body is capable of doing—my head just needs to be able to make it through as well.

So here is to recommitting myself to something I LOVE.  Keeping checking back for regular updates. If you are on the daily mile, add me (Erin G), and keep me in check on there.

Hope you all have a great weekend! I will start posting with some regularity from now on!


jamie @ sweatyhugs said...

Hey! I'm on daily mile! I will def. add you. I love that your focus is now gearing towards getting faster. You can do it. I'm wishing I had signed up for the Army 10-miler...*sigh*

Hunnybee said...

Welcome back! I'm completely with you on the mental aspect of running.

OrangeBlossom said...

All my focus is on beating myself and my last time.

Couldn't find you on daily mile ...
Here's me:

the dawn said...

My friend Steve (who I met while waiting to hear Ryan Hall speak) suggested that most people make speedwork too complicated. He said that the best way is to just pick points ahead of you (like a tree or stop sign) and just go all out til you get there. Then recover (walk or jog) til you feel ready to do it again. Some good advice from an old-timer.

Anonymous said...

i have some pretty decent plans =)

Charm City Kim said...

I'm on the daily mile but never log in! :-) Apparently I need people to keep ME in check!

I will say that I actually got SLOWER when I trained for longer distances. But after I accomplished the longest distance, I just stopped running so perhaps I would have gotten faster had I kept at it.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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