However, after that one run without a training plan, I felt lost. After just ONE run. Over the past 5 months, I've followed 2 separate training plans and now it's like I'm paralyzed without one! I ran for 3 1/2 yrs before ever having any type of plan. Just ran when I felt like it. Ran hard when I wanted to. Scaled it back when I needed to. Was just happy to know I was burning calories. Well, apparently that part of me is gone. Now, I have to know that I'm building speed or mileage or my VO2 max (not that I really know what VO2 max is.) I just need to feel like I'm working towards something. Running for no reason makes me feel like I forgot something. You know that feeling when you leave the house some mornings- "I just feel like I'm forgetting something. I can't think what it is but it's going to drive me crazy until I figure it out." But still you leave and can't believe you are leaving without "it" even though you don't know what "it" is. That's how I feel running with no plan. Just not quite right. So, in order to calm my crazy side, I have signed up for my next race- Red Rock Canyon Half Marathon- and I have a new training plan. Yay for training plans!
A couple things about the race and training plan:
- Red Rock Canyon Marathon and Half-Marathon is put on by Calico Racing which is the same racing company that organized my first marathon. I can't tell you how much I loved the organization of that race. It was small but obviously put together by someone with a pure love of the sport. I will go back for Calico's races again and again. In fact, we already have plans to run in the Angel marathon again next year.
- My training plan is from the Furman Institute of Running & Scientific Training (FIRST) and it's seems great. It's based on having just 3 runs a week- speed intervals, tempo and a long run. This is perfect for me as I love my rest days and I've been wanting to get in more weight-training on my off days. Can't wait to see how it goes!
Have a happy week!!