This year I am aiming to complete 13 races in 2013. Key among these races will be my first half-marathons. I will be running the Iron Girl Columbia in April and the Frederick Half Marathons a week apart which will make me a Titanium Girl. Yeah, this Hysterrunner goes BIG! LOL!
Ever since I started running again in November, I have been going one step at a time. I am not an elite runner by any stretch of the imagination. My first run back was barely over a mile long. Even before my surgery, my long runs were 4 miles. So choosing to go BIG requires a plan. I couldn’t go from 1-2 miles a week to 13.1 overnight. So here is what I have been doing.
I spent November 2012 getting myself back to being comfortable with running again. It was a slow and frustrating process to get back to 3 mile long runs. There was a lot of internal struggling and crying. But, I kept at it. At the end of November, I joined the Road Runners for additional training in addition to my regular runs with Black Girls Run and the Resolution Run training I had started to work back up to 3 miles. The Road Runners of Baltimore are doing a middle distance training program to get members ready to run a 10-miler in February. I felt that working with these awesome runners was just what I needed to get my base up in a supportive environment. It’s because of RRCA Baltimore that I learned how to properly do speedwork. Books and online training plans are great but sometimes you need to learn from other humans.
Over the past few months, with training from RRCA and support from Black Girls Run and my other running buddies, I have built my weekly base up to 16 miles and gotten down to a 14 minute mile. I am well on my way to a less than 12 minute mile by the time of the Cherry Blossom 10-miler in April which is my aim. My long run is up to 6.5 miles! This lines up perfectly with the Train Like A Mother Half-Marathon Finish It Plan. After I finish at the RRCA 10-miler in February, I will be able to pick up the TLAM plan and keep going right to the finish line! WOOHOO!!!
Unfortunately, life is about to get in the way. In my non-hysterrunner life, I am a prevention research scientist who teaches at a University. My class for this term is on Thursday evenings which conflicts with speedwork evenings with the RRCA. I’m not giving up on speedwork, however. I hate gyms BUT the gym on campus has an indoor track complete with a track only membership. I have paid for that and will be doing my speedwork on the track as well as using the track for occasional indoor runs when the weather is really yucky this Winter. In order to not take too much time away from my family, indoor track runs will be done at lunchtime.
Next week will mark my first 7 mile long run, I am hoping to do it in about 90 minutes! Wish me luck!