Now that I’m done with Insanity, I have to focus on building my mileage up for my September half marathons. In all honesty, I kind of wish I hadn’t signed up for them. Even though I did run some with Insanity, it was much harder than anticipated (more on that when I post the full Insanity review later this week).
Through Insanity I’ve basically been doing 1-2 trail runs a week at lunch, and one long-ish run on the weekends. I’ve gotten up to 8 miles, but then last weekend I didn’t do any running. Exploring the mountains > squeezing in a long run. Now that I’m less than 5 weeks away, it’s time to do put together some semblance of a training plan. On the other hand, I have been following a very strict and rigid training plan through Insanity for 63 days and I need some flexibility so I don’t burn out.
Plus, my goal for these races is simply to finish without injury.
Starting next week, I’ll be aiming (at the minimum) for one speed workout, one trail run, and one long run every week. I’d like to do two trail runs per week because I’m much more nervous about the trail half than the road half. If I’m not feeling confident about the trail half in a few weeks, I’ll drop down to the 10K.
My weekend long run mileage from here on out will go 10, 10, 11, 12. To make up for the missed run this weekend, I woke up early this morning to hit 8 miles before work.
It has been months since I ran before work. After spending the last two summers training for marathons in DC heat and humidity, it’s kind of nice that I skipped over all the hot months. Since I haven’t been running much, I expected this run would suck.
To my surprise, it was a really great run. It was 59 degrees when I left the house. I was reunited with my favorite route around Sloan’s Lake, with views of the mountains on one side and views of the sun coming over the Denver skyline on the other. There were ducks and geese and boats. I saw some familiar faces from the winter months. I was happy to be spending time outside and finishing my workout before 7:30 am.
Let’s hope this feeling stays for the next 5 weeks!