Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Quick Update

Christmas time is a wonderful time of the year, but it sure makes you prioritize what is important when everything is trying to get a bite of your schedule.  Last week I felt it important to spend some time with family from out of town and be with the kids and my husband in getting ready for Christmas.  It was so much fun...but...by Friday afternoon, I could so tell I didn't work out for the whole week.  My hormones were out of whack, I didn't eat breakfast or have any coffee, I was going out of control.  I had to move forward so I had a coffee and a diet coke (yes, in one sitting) and got on with the day wishing so much I had made working out a prioirty at least once or twice that week.  Anyway...that is in the past, but is dutifly being recorded so that when I review for next year, I don't repeat!!!

I am really grooving on my training plan and even though the runs are shorter than what I was doing before I started on it, I love having a plan to follow.  I picked right back up on Monday and had a great run.  I am also signing up for another half marathon.  I have already committed to the Mini in May, but yesterday an email caught my eye about a new half for Women coming up in September.  The Indianapolis Women's Half Marathon will be held in Indianapolis over Labor Day weekend and I am going to sign up for it!  Yes, I do believe I am going insane...two half marathons in one year...I am so excited about the goals though...

So, with that, what races are you training for next?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Training Plan

I am so excited to have a training plan.  Earlier this year, I signed up for the Indianapolis Mini Marathon (held in May 2011).  I walked it (ran part of each mile, but mostly walked) last year and I am determined to actually train and do it for real this year.  Last year I only had 2 days notice before I actually did the event.  Not much of a "plan".  This year, the event sent a link to a free email subscription to a training blog/event info thing and I signed up.  When I went out to the link there was a training plan that started this past Monday (Dec 6) and since it was only the 7th, I thought I would start it off and give it a go.  I have my printout downstairs by my treadmill and am working through it day by day.  I am so excited when I get to check off a run.  I can't believe how motiviating this is.  I am really looking forward to this event.  (Note:  I am also posting this on my blog so that when, in March, I am ready to quit from running so much, I will be able to look back and remember how excited I am now! - So Ashli of the future, if you are reading this, don't slack, just do it...you are awesome!)

Ok, sorry for that, sometimes the fingers just start typing.  Anyway, I wanted to share how excited I am about having a plan.  I also ordered Jeff Galloway's book Half Marathon:  You Can Do It.  He uses the Run/Walk/Run method I am so fond of so I am probably going to transition to his plan at some point. 

I am so excited to see everyone's running posts...really inspiring.  I can't believe the miles we are tracking.  I just hit over 70 (I am using my all time daily mile miles since I only log running and I have logged all the way back to Sept 13 when this challenge started and I hadn't logged anything in DM prior) miles for this challenge and I am so hoping with this training that I can blow the 500 miles out of the water...

I am obviously writing this just after a run...I am on that high that comes from a consistent exercise plan...now to work in some weight training on the off days...any suggestions?

Happy Running...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

We Did It!

Yay!  We did it!  Congratulations to all who participated in the Virtual 5k this weekend.  Some of you even went the extra mile (or 13.1 :)) and did it twice!  I am so happy to see the results and can't wait to try for another event (anyone want to think about at 10K in March?). 

When I started this 500 Mile challenge and we determined we would do a virtual 5k, I will admit I was nervous of actually running a 5k.  Why, I don't really know, I had run 2 races before.  However, I think it was the fact that it meant that I would have to keep up the running to be able to do the Virtual 5k as planned.  I am happy to say that the experience was exciting to have so many people involved, but somewhat of a non-event since I have been able to run 3.1 miles for a while now.  I am happy that it gave us a motiviating event to do together, but I am ready to go the extra mile (pun intended :)).

Also, congrats to Beth for finishing her first "half-mary"!  Your time was awesome and I was so happy to read that you had an awesome experience.  Your emotional breakdown at the end reminded me of mine at the end of running the first 5k that I had really trained for.  What an accomplishment! 

Anyone have any races coming up? 

Happy Running!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It is here - The I Will Blog 500 Miles Virtual 5k

Here are the rules...they are so simple:
1.  Run/Walk 3.1 Miles between Friday December 3rd and Monday December 6th
2.  Post a comment to this post with your time and when you ran.  Also include any thoughts on your experience and if there is any interest in doing another in a couple of months (February or March).

Have fun and good luck.  I look forward to seeing everyone's results!

Ashli