Training Tuesday: Running Confessions

Welp, the week is finally here – it’s time to start my Cleveland Half Marathon Training!

As you may recall, I’m a Cleveland Marathon Ambassador – meaning I’ll be sharing fun news about the race, doing a giveaway AND sharing my training reports.

So, for my first report, I’ll share with you what I’ve been doing to get ready to train – the good and the bad. These are my confessions …

The good:

  • I finally got back into shape after our Asia trip. As I shared, I didn’t run for a few weeks in Dec/Jan and really got out of shape fast. I can tell you that I more than made up for it by running every day since we returned (see: the bad).
  • I bought new shoes! My purple sauconys have about 450+ miles on them, and I’m starting with a new pair for training.
Can't wait to try out these new sneakers!

Can’t wait to try out these new sneakers!

  • I have a training plan! Thanks to B (and Hal Higdon), I have a plan in place for my half-marathon training.
B made me a schedule :)

B made me a schedule 🙂

 

The bad:

  • I have not been running outside. I’m a baby when it comes to cold and ice; thus, I have run outside maybe 3 times since the New Year. I need to get back out there – treadmill runs just aren’t the same for me!
With weather like this, it's hard to get myself outside.

With weather like this, it’s hard to get myself outside.

  • I haven’t signed up for ANY other races. Typically by this time, I’ve signed up for a few local races or even run some (last year’s Chili Bowl) – but this ear I just can’t seem to get myself motivated! Maybe it’s because B stopped running with me?
  • I may not have given my body enough rest. See #1 above – I ran every day from January 16 through February 16. Some days it was only 1-2 miles, other days it was 7. I decided to try to take last week easy and do the elliptical most days, but I got tired and missed the treadmill and caved and ran 3 times. I did take my first complete rest day on Sunday, only going for a walk with B.
Weekly mileage from the week we got back thru last week

Weekly mileage from the week we got back thru last week before I decided to take a few days off from running … Yeah, that’s high (for me)

So those are my confessions. Some questions for you:

  • What do you do to keep yourself in check? Have you signed up for any races?
  • Clevelanders – or others with this frigid weather – have you been running outside? Please tell me how you do it.
  • What’s your favorite pair of running shoes?
  • How do you stay motivated on the treadmill?
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7 thoughts on “Training Tuesday: Running Confessions

  1. I live in Northwest Ohio so we are about in the same weather band. With the temps the way they’ve been and will be it’s crucial to have the proper clothing to prevent medical issues. I can’t run on a treadmill, it’s just too mind numbing to me. I really haven’t missed a training run yet this year due to the weather but today will be a challenge!

  2. So I basically have run around 10 miles since my marathon last year and have really been spending time trying to get stronger, so I’m interested to see how this training cycle is going to go. Here’s to the next 12 weeks being fun!
    So glad to be a fellow ambassador with you!

  3. I love Saucony, too. I wear the Guide series. I found a deal on Woot–35 bucks for Guide 7s, so I snatched them up for when I burn out my current pair.

    I feel your pain about not running outside. This weather sucks.

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