Monday, June 30, 2008

A New Plan

I did something new today: I ran two days in a row! After yesterday's lackluster outing, I got up early this morning and tried again. Honestly, I surprised myself by doing this -- I had gone to bed a little later than I like to and only got about six hours of sleep. Still, when the alarm went off at 6am I just couldn't resist trying to run again and see if I couldn't do a little better. (Talk about pod people! Where has the real me gotten off to?)

I wasn't the speediest ever, but I took a different route than normal and it turned out to be quite a lot hillier than what I am used to, so that didn't help my pace. No matter. I managed two and a quarter miles in 43 minutes, and it felt great. It was a really nice run; at times I felt like I did pick up my pace a bit so I was actually surprised it was as slow as it turned out to be. Maybe I should get a Garmin after all, so I know these things for sure? All Mapmyrun.com does is give you the average...

Anyway. It was a good way to start the day (Monday, ugh) and the week (a short holiday one, yay!) and, after being inspired by Wee I decided to research Hal Higdon's various running programs to give myself some structure and definite goals, post C25K. Behold! I have chosen the Spring Training for Novices, a twelve week program that starts at a level that's good for me now, and will put me at 10K capabilities before winter sets in. Then, after that, I could continue on with his marathon training if I am so inclined. Exciting! I like having a plan to follow; I admit I've been feeling a little forlorn since finishing up C25K. Unfortunately, he prescribes Mondays as rest days and I ran this morning, but I will just bite the bullet and run yet again tomorrow (it's just 1.5 miles anyway, easy peasy!) and get right into it.

Last week after I wrote my race report I sent my mom the link to it. Turned out she liked it so much that she printed it out and gave copies to her co-worker and her two sisters (and who knows who else)! I'm blushing. Anyway, if any of you are out there reading this because of my mom, welcome! And thanks, Mom, for the kudos! I love making you proud.

All is quiet on the weight front. We had a crappy eating weekend, pretty much, but I tried to keep it to just meals, and balanced it out as much as I could with activity. The result was: NO GAIN! In fact, I am back down to 307 again. Both C. and I are ready to get back into our healthy eating routine full-on again, so this week just might be the week I see some new numbers on the scale! I think that combined with Hal's plan will equal success. I can't wait!

5 comments:

Michelle said...

Sounds like a great plan! I need to check out the spring training. I need a plan too. Glad the eating is getting back on track!

weelittleme said...

whoo hooo I'm so glad we are both doing the HH spring training (even though it isn't spring LOL).

I'm starting today too and I'm just hoping that the frost that is a all over the roads lifts by the time I need to run so that I don't fall to my doom.

Cammy said...

You don't rest for a minute, do you? LOL Congrats on setting the bar higher and going for it!

Lynn said...

You go, girlfriend!!

The Better Idiot said...

You sound really motivated, I look forward to hearing how your new training goes!