In the late summer of 2017, I set out with a goal to train for a 15K with a different perspective than my norm. I decided to document the process of my training, hoping that it will help to keep me accountable to my goals if I revisit them on the regular. This is week one.
Monday September 11 – Sunday September 17
Total Miles Planned: 7.5
Total Miles Ran: 7.5, plus 12 walked.
Favorite Run: Sunday’s “long” run felt the best this week. I woke up and got ready to head out the door right away in the morning, knowing that humidity and sunshine were in the forecast. I decided to tack on a 10 minute warm-up and cool-down walk, and made the three mile route mindless – returning to my favorite local 5K road race location. Because I know the route by heart, I didn’t look at my accumulated distance until I was less than 1/10 of a mile away from completing my prescribed mileage.
Least Favorite Run: My first run of the week was definitely the hardest; my legs felt heavy and it took me a bit to feel like I was “myself” while jogging. It seemed like I couldn’t find a comfortable pace or steady footing for until the third interval set.
Other Workouts: I checked off the other two runs on the plan without much struggle this week, plus did a good bit of walking every day (2-3 miles.) I also did a bunch of at-home yoga over the weekend; practicing to greet the day, stretch our sore muscles, and the standard “yoga for runners: post run stretch” videos after each workout. Operation: take good care of my body while I’m upping my mileage is now in session.
Listening Notes: I keep thinking about playing music while I run, but I’ve yet to turn off my podcast playlist during my workouts. Recent episodes enjoyed:
- 2 Dope Queens: #37 Sitting Too Close to Queen Latifah – this one, as almost all 2 Dope Queen episodes do, had me laughing out loud, gasping for air as I jogged along. The moment Jada realizes her son is in the building is hilarious.
- Part Time Genius: BONUS: 9 Supermarket Facts Hiding in Your Supermarket – episodes containing a list are always a great listening option during workouts because the change in subjects help feel like the time is passing more quickly.
- Several episodes from Strong Opinions, Loosely Held that I would recommend
#StokadeathonTraining Reflections: My quest to fully complete a simple, happy training plan is going A-Okay thus far. I’ve hit my mileage as prescribed and haven’t cut any of my workouts short, yet. Even when my legs feel “off” at the start of my run, I have found that adjusting my stride and pace has helped to make me feel comfortable and find my “groove.”
I also decided to create a sticker chart, yes! a sticker chart!, for my 15K training planning, because I’m 34 going on 4, apparently. I am thrilled to report the visual reminder of my goal is helping to keep my motivation up; the stickers are a bonus tiny dose of happiness.