For over a year I have read healthy living and running blogs almost daily. I decided to start my own because I believe I have developed as a runner and in doing so I have developed as a person who enjoys living a healthy lifestyle (and the free beer after the races of course).
Besides running, I wanted to blog about the random fitness adventures I like to sign up for (i.e. 2011 Tri State Tough Mudder), my semi-new vegetarian lifestyle, and of course my love for my family, friends and puppies.
Currently: I am tapering for the NJ Marathon on May 6. I used the Run Less, Run Faster training plan from Runner’s World. If you haven’t heard of it, they key feature is the “3 plus 2” program. Each week consists of 3 runs (track intervals, a tempo run and a long run) and 2 cross training workouts. The paces for the runs are based off of your 5k time, which definitely yields some tough workouts. This is done to improve endurance and lactate threshold pace. For my cross training, I mostly did spin classes and the elliptical.
To give a little background on my first (and only other) marathon experience, I made every rookie mistake possible. I was late to the race and had to run (sprint) about a mile and a quarter to the start line just to start right in front of 12,000 half marathoners. I began the race hysterically crying and by mile 9 the shirt I never wore before chafed my arms so bad I had to take it off (I swore I would never do it). I ran the first half way too fast (it ended up being almost 30 min faster than the second half). I ended up bonking at mile 21 (TYPICAL) and walked/cried from 21-23 until my second wind from 23-finish. My finish time was 4:24:24.
I used the 3:50 training plan for the marathon on May 6. Although I am not overly positive I can run that fast, I am more confident in my running abilities and I know it will be a more pleasant experience in general. I look forward to letting you know how it goes (and to see if the training paid off)!