Last year at this time I was training for the Yuengling Shamrock Half Marathon (and 8k). This year, I'm doing the same. I wrote up a training plan both years and wrote it in my planner. I write up how many long miles I will run each week, knowing that I will need two 30 minute runs during the week and some cross-training (bike/elliptical) and of course working with my trainer.
In 2012, I had a fabulous training for Shamrock. I rocked the run on the treadmill, took some classes at the YMCA, worked the bike/elliptical, and busted my butt with the trainer. I PRed both races in 2012.
This year I'm having a hard time getting my butt in gear to train hard. I will say I'm cutting myself some slack at the beginning of the month for when I fell and cut my knee open and could barely walk without pain. Some things you just can't control.
I looked at my calendar from 2012 to see what my mileage was last year. How long were my long miles? If you read yesterday's post, you'll see my training plan called for 9 miles. Last year, my longest run (and it was the same weekend last year) was 6 miles. Ummmm...WTH? How did I do that to myself?
I'm starting to see why this year's training schedule seems harder than last year. I didn't reach 9 miles until February 18, a full month later than I did this year. This year's training plan has me running 3 runs over 10 miles though I have decided all three runs will be 10 miles. My goal is to get 10 miles at 2:00:00 so I stand a chance of running Shamrock under 2:50:00.
Yesterday's run made me realize I need to get my weekday runs in. I have to get those 30 minute runs done. I need to find some class to take at the Y that will make me move in ways the body isn't used to. I'm getting pretty good at using the treadmill/elliptical/bike right now and I'm back with the trainer.
So, even though I'm way ahead of where I was last year that run taught me a lot. And better yet, I have seven weeks to make some changes. I have seven weeks to still reach my goal.