Recently, I got a friend request from a local runner on Daily Mile. As soon as I saw her name, I thought it sounded familiar. Julie, Julie, Julie? Oh, that’s right, she is the super speedy girl at all of the local 5k’s, recently posting sub 20:00 times. We got to talking, and I found out that she is also about to start training for a marathon in October, her first one. We both have the same goal in mind: a 3:40:00 Boston qualifying time. So when she invited me out this morning for a ten mile training run, I jumped on the opportunity to have a running buddy. What awesome motivation!
*sigh*. Bless Julie for her patience and for being so cool. That’s all I have to say about my running this morning. What was to be a 10 miler turned into an 8 miler, and yours truly needed to start walking after only 3 miles. Here are the splits, you can be the judge of how much this morning sucked for me:
mile 1: 8:24 (fastest pace 7:07! ack! too fast Heather, you started too fast!)
mile 2: 8:27
mile 3: 9:26
mile 4: 10:29 (here comes the walking!!)
mile 5: 11:23 (even more walking!)
mile 6: 12:12 (seriously probably walked most of this one)
mile 7: 10:43 (suck suck suck)
mile 8: 12:46 (we did walk the last half mile as a cool down)
I felt like a bit of an ass for throwing myself out there for a ten (even eight) miler. Yes, I did a 7 miler last week, but at a pace about 3 minutes slower per mile than what I normally run. And I did a 6 miler a few weeks ago, but that was a few weeks ago. What the heck was I thinking? Oh, and fyi, regarding my last post, I didn’t take a darn thing for energy. No gu, nothing but some gatorade. Stupid move.
On the car ride home, after getting over feeling like an ass for slowing down Julie’s run, and then feeling like an ass for ASKING for an injury by jumping out there for ten miles with zero base, I had a cathartic moment.
I realized: I am entirely too impatient.
I want to be fast. Now.
I want to run a lot of miles. Now.
I want to run Boston. Now.
I want to be as good as this person, as fast as that person, I want to do triathlons and an Ironman and run the 50 states, now, now , NOW!
Deep breath. Step back. Now is not the time for YOU, Heather. Maybe for some other people, but right this very second: not you. Some of these people have been running for years and years. And in case you forgot, Heather, you spent almost 20 of the last 36 months pregnant, birthed and nursed two babies, and still don’t sleep through the night. Oh and there is work and school (details, details).
I realized, It’s OK to be me, on my own schedule. It’s OK to start from zero, even though I’ve been *trying* to get back into running for what feels like months now. Life happens. Plans don’t always go as you, well, plan them too.
Damn it, it’s OK to be slow with low weekly mileage, because I’m working on it. And that’s all that matters right? In the big picture, I’m a rookie in this world of running. And I’m a classic case of trying to do too much too soon.
And suddenly, I felt overwhelmingly at peace with my upcoming marathon. The one I had been dreading the start of training for.
I realized today that yes, I am setting myself up for failure with the F.I.R.S.T Boston plan at the moment, as it is written. They have been running the Boston Marathon for 113 years, I doubt they are going to stop at 114. I hope this doesn’t make me sound like a quitter, or a Debbie downer, and who knows, I’m not writing off a BQ, but my new more important goal is to run the entire flipping Baltimore Marathon in October without walking. OK, I might walk a few water stops, because honestly I’m not *quite* talented enough to drink water and down a gu all while running without injuring myrself or someone at the aid station, but besides that, no walking. I don’t care if it takes me 5 hours, I just don’t’ want to walk. Sorry Mr. Galloway, but I hate to walk when I’m supposed to be running.
So, the way to achieve this goal: SOLID base mileage. There are 16 full weeks left to train. So, while I think the speed work and tempo runs of this program are totally doable for me at the moment, the long runs need some tweaking down to my level: (I used a combo of a couple different beginner-ish marathon training plans to come up with that mileage. )
week 16 : was 13 miles @ 8:53/mile now: 5 miles @ whatever pace I feel like
week 15: was 15 miles @ 9:08/mile now: 7 miles
week 14: was 17 miles @ 9:08/mile now: 9 miles
week 13: was 20 miles @ 9:23/mile now: 11 miles
week 12: was 18 miles @ 9:08/mile now: 13 miles
week 11: was 20 miles @ 9:08/mile now: 15 miles
week 10: was 13 miles @ 8:38/mile now: 17 miles
week 9: was 18 miles @ 8:53/mile now: 20 miles
week 8: was 20 miles @ 8:53/mile now: 15 miles
week 7: was 15 miles @8:43/ mile now: 13.1 miles (VA Beach R+R 1/2!)
week 6: was 20 miles @ 8:53/mile now: 22 miles
week 5: was 15 miles @ 8:33/mile now: 16 miles
week 4: was 20 miles @ 8:23/ mile now: 24-26 miles
week 3: 13 miles @ 8:23/ mile -sounds good
week 2: 10 miles @ 8:23/mile – sounds good
week 1: MARATHON DAY – NO WALKING!!
And that’s what I have to say about that. This is what I need to prevent a disastrous relationship between running and I. I feel so much better, and am now looking FORWARD to next weeks training, and 5 miler. *phew*