Thursday, November 18, 2010

1, 2, 3...

(as in Britney...)  Last night at work, I repeatedly told myself that no matter how late I got out, I would go to the gym and run.  I even called my gym to see what time they close to make sure that I could get there AND had dinner so I couldn't complain of being hungry and therefore not going.  Luckily, I got out relatively early (at least for this week - 7:30), raced out home, changed, and excitedly headed out.  I was so unbelievably excited for a chance to run that I almost forgot to feel fear that because I hadn't run in an entire WEEK, it wouldn't go so well.   I hopped on my favorite treadmill and I swear, the first 1.5 miles felt like I was floating.  It felt so good, so easy, so normal.  Of course, after that, I felt a side stitch flaring up and decided that I cannot eat for at least a good 2 hours before running or it will hurt me.  Nonetheless, I completed the 3 miles with flying colors and felt like a new woman.  Note to self: When in doubt, run.

I also set up my Garmin last night so that it will be ready to go for my weekend long run in Central Park.  Central Park (supposedly) has an entire road system conducive to training (markers, lots of water fountains, etc.).  I snagged this map off the NYRR website and plan to follow their 4-mile route.
My friend David is having his birthday party on Saturday night, and since I want to enjoy myself, I think I'm going to do my run on Saturday instead of Sunday.  The hardest part of training (at least what I think will be the hardest part) will be saying "no" to social outings, ESPECIALLY on the weekend.  When I trained for a Half in college, I often skipped my long run in lieu of something fun, and that was a very, very bad idea.  I'm not saying I have to follow this training to the letter, but I want to follow it as closely as possible.  Here's my training guide btw (which begins the Monday after Thanksgiving!):
I plan to blog a LOT about my training once it officially stops, so I apologize to those of you who don't care.  I'm doing it partially for my readers who are interested and partially for me to stay motivated.  Now it's time to refill my coffee cup and head to work!  LOVEYOUMISSYOUMEANITBYE!!

4 comments:

Brittany said...

Good luck! I'm excited to follow along. I can't handle running outside in nyc during the winter!

Kirsten said...

Can't wait!! My training for my full starts on the Monday after Thanksgiving too! I'm following that plan that I emailed you a loooong time ago. Can't wait to follow along.

Can I make a suggestion? Cold weather running tips? It's COLD here too and this Southern California girl is new to temperatures in the 30s and SNOW.

Love you!

Globetrotting Cacti said...

Really looking forward to hearing about your training (and do tell us more about the Garmin - I love a gadget!).

So envious that you can run through Central Park. If/when you run by Shakespeare Garden, think of me. It's where I got married....

Happy running... x

Rachael said...

We're twins! I'm starting Hal's half plan the week of xmas for a half in March! Until then I'm working on my base with his 10k program. I'm slowly falling back in lurve with running. I can't wait to follow you're journey as well right along with me!