My Running Goal For This Year
Yesterday I ran two miles! Well, I used run/walk intervals like my doctor wants, but still two miles is the longest I’ve been able to run since surgery. My incisions (and calves in general) were really sore afterwards, but that’s not a bad thing.
Both my doctor and physical therapist told me that once I started building my running endurance to expect soreness and swelling. Because of the bouncing nature of running the incisions are being rubbed on the inside which is why they act up.
Despite the soreness I was really happy with the run!
My plan at the moment is to move from running 1 time per week up to 2 times per week. I want to do a “long” run on the weekend, and then a speed work session during the week. The speed work will be very light — just a short fartlek and some strides for now.
To ramp up my ability to run long I’m just going to take the approach I did when I was training for my first half marathon. I’m going to increase my long run each week by one mile, and take a down week every 3 – 4 weeks. That means next weekend I will try for 3 miles and the following week I’ll try for 4 miles. Then I’ll take a down week the following weekend before trying for 5 miles.
I really want to get back to having a base of 8 miles before the end of the year. That’s my comfort spot when I’m not training for any distance races. I consider myself content when I know I could run an 8-miler on any given day if I had to.
I won’t be mad at myself if I’m not able to get back to 8 miles before the end of the year, but it’s a goal that I’d like to try and achieve.
I’m really hoping that the weather cools down soon to help make the speedwork easier. Yesterday it was “feels like 93 degrees” when I went out for my two miler!
The weather in the mornings and at night in Atlanta was so nice (in the upper 40s to mid 50s). I wish we had weather like that here right now. I’m really not complaining though. Running in hot and humid weather is preferable to not running at all!
Speaking of Atlanta, if you haven’t watched my vlog from Atlanta check it out here:
Subscribe to my YouTube channel (it’s free) and I have a couple of vlogs that are going to go up this week. One will probably go up Wednesday and another one on Friday (because Adam’s BIRTHDAY is on Thursday)!
I hope you have a great Monday and a great week. Leave me a comment letting me know how your weekend went!
How was your long run this weekend?
Have you ever been to Atlanta before?