Back when I started my Instagram account 2.5 years ago I made a promise to myself, and later to the IG world at large, that I would remain transparent. I’d take you through the highs of training, as well as the lows. With that being said, it felt imperative that I share on here the struggle I’ve had with running these past 2 months.
Today I want to discuss what I consider to be one of the cornerstones of any training plan: the tempo run. I’m sure you’ve heard that term being tossed around, even if you have no clue what it means. And there’s also a good handful of runners out there doing tempo runs, but they’re doing them incorrectly.
Happy hump day, all! Last week on my Instagram stories I asked for input on what you’d like me to write about next. I had a few respond to the question via the stories and a few others reach out via DM with some ideas. And one of the trends I noticed was women wondering how I managed to run consistently while also working full time and raising 3 kiddos, while also managing the inevitable mom guilt.
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Official Time: 20:14 I was pretty nervous going into this race. It had been a hot second since I’d raced a 5k – my last one was in December. I’m not even sure what caused the nerves. It was a really small local race with next to no competition. Looking back, I think it’s because I had been vocal about wanting to drop my 5k time down, and I was afraid of falling short of my expectations for myself
Now that you have your weekly mileage roughly outlined, it’s time to move onto the next steps. Determine your daily mileage and your long run mileage. Once you have your weekly mileage mapped out it becomes much easier to plan for daily mileage. First, determine how many days per week it makes sense for you to run. For new 5k runners, you can easily get by on 3-4 days a week. For a half marathon, plan for 4-6. Unless you’re very experienced, you’ll likely benefit more from one full rest day than you will from pushing through 7 days a week. For marathon runners, I’d recommend 5-7.
For anyone fairly new to running, or if you’ve been running for awhile but with no real direction in your training, this post is for you. Let’s see if any of the following resonates. You’ve run multiple races of the same distance, but haven’t seen an improvement. You run basically all of your runs at the same pace. Every run is done at an easy pace. Every run is done at a fast clip that leaves you breathless within minutes. You’re frequently injured. You start running really consistently, it feels hard on every run, so after a week or so you give up and don’t run for a few months.
One of the earliest memories running gave me was when I was probably 7 or 8 years old. My parents put me in CYO (Christian Youth Organization) Cross Country starting in Kindergarten. And in those early years I distinctly remember having my dad drive me to meets and we blared Smash Mouth’s All Star on the radio every time.
You know what can make or break the trajectory of your success? Confidence. The confidence to know that you’ll nail a workout. The confidence to set a big, scary goal and just *know* that you’ll get there. The confidence to own who you are and the choices you make. The confidence to ask for what you need.
Hey, all! So glad you chose to stop in and check out my new blog. So why’d I decide to start this thing, anyways? I’ve always really enjoyed writing, but I don’t get the opportunity to do much of it anymore. Not long after I started my Instagram account I was reminded that I actually really love to put pen to paper (or in this case, words to screen) every once in awhile. But Instagram can be limiting, and not everyone wants to read extremely long captions. So, here I am.