Figuring things out

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 under Exercise, Health, Running | No Comment

Tomorrow morning I’ll be doing my longest run since March. Twelve miles. The good news is I’m looking forward to the run, and afterward I’ll have my seond-highest monthly mileage this year. That’s all pretty cool.

The bad news is I’m slow. Sloooooooow. A lot of factors played in here. I haven’t done any speedwork, I run a good bit of hills and I like to take it easy. I’ve been injured before and there’s some wariness there on my part too. Also, I’m not at my best weight.

I realized all this during my morning run today and I’m going to make some changes.

  1. I’m going to eat better. I’ve always taken a eat what I want in moderation outlook, but it’s clear now that’s not enough. It won’t be a huge change, and there will be some bad days, but my goal is to limit the bad days and just be more conscious of what’s going in my stomach.
  2. Less soda. I drink a couple of cans a day, with more when we go out to eat. One a day, max now with one day a week with zero soda.
  3. Weight training and boxing twice a week minimum. I enjoy it, but I need to make more time for it.
  4. Speed training once a week. This will be one of two ways – either dedicated speed work or just pushing the pace on a run.
  5. Push the pace at the end of my long runs. I’ve also prided myself on feeling good at the end of my runs. But it’s time to leave everything on the blacktop.
  6. Run. 30 Miles a week is my goal. Every week.

I haven’t posted my goals in a while, so I’ll do that tomorrow. Time to plan the route for tomorrow’s run!

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