My Weekly Training Log {August 4-10, 2013}

Well, I have been running pain free for a while now and I have tested the waters with two 5ks, so I have decided to run the Arkansas 20k in September.  I dusted off my nifty Runner’s World SmartCoach app and finalized a training plan.  I have ran 30 miles for the last two weeks, but I set the plan to begin at 15.  I’m scared, lol.  It feels good to be running with a goal in mind.  I found it hard to stay motivated when I was just randomly running.  I was always afraid I was going to run too many miles per week or too fast or do something dumb to get re-injured.

I made this decision on Sunday night, so I would have normally not done this during race training, but on Sunday I walked 4 miles in the heat.
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Monday, I was to run 2 miles at a 10:47 pace.  I did ok, but I should have started earlier.  I haven’t had the entire summer to get used to the humidity and I suffered.

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Wednesday was a tempo run.  I was supposed to run 5 miles total with a mile warm up and cool down and 3 9:11 miles in between.  Well, that really didn’t go as planned.  I ended up just running the same pace for the entire time.  Whoops.  I did complete this run in Benton around my old high school.  It was nice to relive memories while I was cruising along.

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On Thursday, I was prescribed a easy 2 mile run at a pace of 10:47.  Well, I waited until Aaron got home from work and it was almost dark, so I ran faster to get home before I got stuck in the woods with all the critters making scary noises.  I know I am a grown up, but I am still afraid of the dark.  There is no traumatic reason for this fear, but I cannot get over it… 20130810-141049.jpg

Yippee, long run Saturday!!  Today was 7 miles at a 10:47 pace.  I was a little slow, but I got the miles completed with almost no effort.  I should have ran harder, but I was just enjoying plodding along in my own little world.  I get distracted a lot when I run and I like that.  Running is my time to just space out and that is why I like to run far, rather than fast. 20130810-141054.jpg

So, week one of my 20k training is in the books.  It was nice and easy.  Hopefully I will finish this race with ease to boost my distance confidence a little.  The bad taste of my 50k DNF is still haunting me and I don’t think I will be rid of this feeling until I start completing longer races…

What do you think?