It’s been almost a full month since I started working with my running coach and I feel like I’ve already benefited so much!
When I first started working with my coach I was doing run/walk intervals of 2 minutes run/1 minute walk or 2 minutes run/45 seconds walk with a long run distance of 6 miles. My ultimate goal at that time was to get to 7 miles which would take me halfway through the half marathon training plan I was following at the time.
When I told my coach about the run/walk intervals she said she would like to get me to the point where I could do my runs straight through, so she bumped up my run/walk intervals to 3 minutes run/30 seconds walk.
At first the three minute running intervals felt really hard. Not at the beginning of the run, but by the time I approached two miles I was completely exhausted. This made me feel like a new runner again (in a bad way). Just a week before I had been doing 6 miles and now I could barely do 2 miles … it was kind of depressing.
Then last week something checked itself off in my brain and all of a sudden the three minute run intervals didn’t feel bad at all – in fact I felt great! During the last two runs when my Garmin started beeping to let me know it’s time for my 30 second walk break my thinking was, “I could definitely keep going.”
All of this is making me feel like a much stronger runner. Though I’m not back up to six miles yet, I am planning on four miles this weekend and I have no doubts that I’ll be able to complete it.
I hope to be back up to six miles very soon – and the great part is I’ll actually be running a lot more of those six miles because my run intervals are longer and my walk intervals are shorter.
In addition to becoming a stronger runner, my running coach has added in more cross training days to my schedule than I was previously doing on my own. These days I’m working out six days a week versus the four to five I was doing before, and I’m feeling awesome! I’m working out more but feeling better … that’s good stuff!
My first “serious” race is coming up in just over three months: a 10 miler. I still have a long way to go before I’m running 10 miles, but I feel like I’m on my way again.
I really couldn’t be more pleased with this first month and I am looking forward to many more months with my running coach!