Erika from MCM Mama Runs, Marcia from Marcia's Healthy Slice and Patty from No-Guilt Life.This week's topic is one word to describe your running.
I think the one word to describe my running is DRIVEN. I race a lot-this is well known and worries people like my mom. I have had my share of injuries (sciatica, piriformis, etc) but as I have put a premium on strength training, rolling and stretching, I have had much less issues. Since I got a running coach in October, read 80/20, and really put a focus on speed work,things have been going great.
My big goal was to PR the 2016 LA Marathon which I did by 16 minutes over 2015 New York City Marathon and almost 50 min over the past 2 years. I felt good with that performance. And after that strong performance, I followed it up with Glass Slipper and had to hold back in the 10k and wanted to push the pace for the Half with faster running times than last year.
While listening to my coach and trying new things such as dedicated speed work, cadence drills and acceleration drills, I have also added more strength training. I've been aiming for 3 ab sessions a week and also 3 weight sessions. 1 session is 15-20 min while the other 2 are 5-8 minutes. I'm seeing the difference and plan to keep that up.
I've been playing with my intervals, I ran my latest marathon PR doing 60 sec running/30 sec walking and having such a small recovery time. I've been working up to a solid 1:15/:30 and have been feeling good. Since the interval change I was 30 sec from a half PR (on a very hilly course) and was 3 sec away from my 5k this weekend.
I am driven to get stronger and faster and see what I can do. Even though I'm doing well, I want to get better. I want that sub-25 5k, the sub 2-hour half, the sub-4 marathon and eventually a BQ. Many of those things are years off but I want to see progress towards them.
I am looking forward to all of my runs (yes, even my training runs). It may also help I don't have a proper long run until mid-May with my race schedule and the weather hasn't been bad yet. We will see how I feel come summer haha. I think one of reasons I am so driven with my running is that it is so important to my mental health. Writing a dissertation is no joke-it is on my mind ALL THE TIME! It is basically the equal of having a really big meeting coming up in the next few days that never goes away. My runs help ensure that I have me time and also can stay healthy and sane. As the semester is wrapping up, these runs are becoming more and more important!
Now for you-how are your runs going?