Training to run, not race

Good morning!

This week is shaping up to be a busy one! Since I have been waking up every morning feeling like I’m coming out of a coma, I decided to make a concentrated effort to get to bed earlier last night. Apparently getting extra sleep = feeling more alert in the morning. Although I had a hard time falling asleep, I was actually able to peel myself out of bed before snoozing my alarm for an hour. Excellent.

I hit the gym to attempt Day One of the new non-race training plan I’m now using to shape my workouts, like I mentioned yesterday.

*Training guide courtesy of Runner’s World, as seen here.

Well… technically Day Two – the first day was a rest day.

On today’s docket? 4 miles. Since I ran a little over 5 miles (!!) on my knee over the weekend, I figured 4 would be pretty simple, especially since I took Monday completely off to rest my leggies.

The point of doing this little half marathon training plan is two fold for me. First of all, I think it’ll be kind of fun to do this with Penpal as the weeks tick off, me in D.C. and him over in Afghanistan. By the time we’re done, he’ll be that much closer to coming home. This training plan also piqued my interest because I’ve been looking to get back into the shape I was in during the summer when I was still running frequently, and – as I’ve mentioned before – I  sort of thrive on structure to be productive, which also goes for within my workouts.

I’m a hot mess the majority of the time, so whatever assistance I can get in an aspect or two of my life is highly appreciated. Plus, my brain thinks that if I have some sort of training plan that’s not attached to an actual race as the end goal, I’ll actually be able to squeeze out 13 miles without getting another injury.  It’s very scientific.

I’m definitely going to tweak this plan to meet my personal needs (i.e. I have found my body can’t handle more than about 3 days of running per week) and am not sticking to it exactly as written, although Penpal will be, I think. I still want to incorporate other fun activities into my workout routine as usual (like yoga, Pilates, etc.) to keep injury-free, and the first sign my knee starts to get angry at me again, I’ll be backing off the running…. which I can totally do since this is a non-racing training plan!

It’s more like training for.. life. Or something. This will just give me a bit of a framework for my running routine.I’ll post my modified plan asap in case anyone wants to join (wink, wink)!

Anyways, after a surprisingly speedy 4 miler (little over 4) to some new tunes I downloaded over the weekend (I love Girl Talk!), I showered and am now inhaling some overnight oats I actually prepped last night. 

That never happens.

I’ve got to hit the post office to drop off a little somethin’ somethin’ before heading to the office in time for a conference call.

I hate being late, but yet somehow I’m always running behind schedule when it comes to appointments and end up rushing. I think it’s my charm that keeps people hanging out with me.

Time to jet!

Something to read: Interesting article on NPR about the real reason why your mom always told you not to eat raw cookie dough. According to this, I should have already had E.Coli and Salmonella by now.



Are you a runner? Do you stick to a training plan even when you’re not racing, or do you just wing it in workouts?

4 Comments on Training to run, not race

  1. Stephen A.
    December 13, 2011 at 9:59 AM (6 years ago)

    That raw cookie dough article just blew my mind.

    • joelle
      December 13, 2011 at 10:03 AM (6 years ago)

      Stephen: I know, right?!

  2. Marie
    December 13, 2011 at 10:57 AM (6 years ago)

    Okay raw cookie dough? Flour seriously? I also should have gotten sick by now.

    In response to the question – not really a runner any more. Bad knees here too. Would like to start up again though. The body needs some exercise and running is seriously the cheapest form these days! My goal would be a 5k though not 13.1 miles. 🙂

    • joelle
      December 14, 2011 at 7:36 AM (6 years ago)

      Marie: Haha I know, your brother convinced me I could do it, but 5K seems like a lot more of a good time;) Being injury prone is no fun, but trust me, if I can keep running a few days a week, you can too! Running (and walking!) is WAY cheaper than a gym membership and just as good in my book.


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