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Let me be honest about the lack of posts since 28 September 2012. Last year, I decidedly did NOT love my runners. Don’t get me wrong, I ran races – had fun at most of them – but the way I wanted to train was taking all the joy out of running.
I thought that heart rate training would make me a more efficient, faster, and better runner. And it probably would have. But to buy into the theory I had to start at zero. I don’t often discuss speed and pace (mostly so I don’t fall into the comparison trap). However, I went from comfortably running a 7min/km long run to being told I needed to slow down to be in zone one. And that meant a 13min/km. Discouraging much? Considering that’s slow walking pace? Yeah.
Having seen other runners I know benefit from testing and training this way meant that I was willing to try. I rented a treadmill so I didn’t have excuses not to run. I knew that my planned marathon wasn’t going to be a goal race. I actually had a very good time just completing the course. It was kind of nice to have no expectations. Of course, I got a PW of almost 6hrs, but I was fine with it.
Colin and I ran a fun wine-tasting almost-half just after the full. Again, no expectations, but the hard part about running with a faster person is feeling like you’re holding them up.
The next race I did was Ragnar with Nuun. This is where my blogging started becoming more sporadic. I never did a race report – started it, but only got about half a day in. Although I feel bad about not doing it, as I am a Nuun ambassador, I don’t regret it. Ragnar was special and, quite frankly, I don’t really want to share. I had conflicting feelings because I loved it so much more than Hood to Coast – I knew what to expect, I felt like I connected with teammates better prior to the event, blah blah blah… It’s one of those things that I want to explain with Las Vegas’ slogan: “What happens at Ragnar, stays at Ragnar.”
After Ragnar I had a half lined up in September. I was an online ambassador for them as well and fell down a little in that respect too. Active on Twitter, but not really on my blog. Again, no race report. This time because I felt slow and pathetic. I was partially burned out and so sick of having running feel like something I had to work at. After that race I barely ran. Who wants to do something they don’t really like anymore?
Anyways, that’s what last year looked like. This year is quite a bit better already.
First off, I’ve dropped heart rate training. I’m sure it would have worked eventually. But that was the problem. I have no desire to take another year or two trying.
We registered for the BMO Vancouver Marathon when it went on sale (expensive, but was only going to get pricier). I decided that the only way I was going to be able to commit to training was to find a way to run indoors. Colin’s busy at work until March and I have no desire to push Spud in the stroller anymore, so that meant a treadmill. I pooled my Christmas money and bought one off of Craigslist just before the holidays for $300.
Due to scheduling I decided to forgo training with the clinic I’ve done in the past. I chose the Train like a mother Marathon: Finish It plan. It’s quite a bit different than I’m used to, but I am really enjoying it. I do most of my long runs on Saturdays (Colin runs Sundays), usually by myself . I ran 25km/15.5mi on Sunday; it was purposely a very hilly route and I loved it. While not fast (except when I was bombing down hills) it was well within where I need to be running for my race. I would not have said the same a year ago.
I’m looking forward to (almost) all of my training runs. I’m trying to build back the speed I’ve lost and be smart about my increases so I don’t hurt myself. I’m not sure if I’ll finally break 5hours, but the most I can do is stick to the plan and try my best.
I’ve promised too many times that a post will be the turnaround for my sporadic, at best, blogging. I won’t do that right now, but I will make an attempt to blog more often now that I really am liking running again. In the meantime, if you don’t see anything recent here you can find me on Twitter and Instagram under the handle @lovemyrunners (or just click the linked words).