Monday, February 06, 2006

Um......only 13 weeks

Until the Indianapolis 1/2 marathon.

exqueeze me?

That means that next week I have to be totally serious about the workouts and even start adding in speed/pace/blah blah blah workouts. I mean I have been running 4-5 times a week no problem, just doesn't seem like the first weekend in May is only 12 weeks away. I guess that's good news cause that means that spring/summer is only 12 weeks away as well!!

Doing speed workouts or even timing the runs is going to be very different for Jason and I. I don't think that I have taken a watch with me when I have gone running for probably 6 months or more. I tend to be very concerned about the pace and don't think so much about the running. But I suppose this is a skill tht I will have to aquire anyways. Especially since I would like to start getting faster anyways.

Here is a link to the training program that Jason and I will be following. I have posted this before, but it's VERY exciting so I thought I would post it again.

A quick word about our 5.3 mile run yesterday. I felt "ok". I don't know how to describe it. Nothing hurt, my breathing was fine....but I was just feeling ughhy. After we stopped I immediatly knew what the problem had been. My upper back/shoulder muscles....the trapezius muscles I believe, immediatly clentched up and I could barely stand up straight. I must have been running *VERY* stiff and perhaps this was the reason that I was so weird feeling during the run.

Today no running, but some volleyball and then the YMCA for me (FOR REAL THIS TIME!!!!!) Tomorrow I'll go my favorite city loop as I will be working from home tomorrow and Jason will try and run here at the lab to get a break from the computer (this will be another bad week for him :-( ). I will also start timing my runs this week, just to start to gauge where I'm at speed wise.


Bob said...

Leah, I like Hal's programs! I have to admit though that I am a bit suprised with the lack of hill work in that program. Are there some specific strength exercises in the strength portion to help with leg strength?

Sounds like it's time to get down to business.

LeahC said...

Hi Bob-

Yes I think that the advanced program does have hill workouts. This is just the intermediate plan as it seemed to be more at a level where we are starting right now.

One of the problems with wanting to do hill workouts is the lack of hills here in Chicagoland area :-0. There are a couple of good, steep short hills (think sledding) somewhat close to us, but it would be very hard for us to get to said hills before work, or even after as we do a lot of commuting.

That being said, we will be going to the gym 2-3 times a week and getting in basic leg presses and whatnot to try and build leg strength.

Bob said...

Flatlander ;)