Monday, November 23, 2009

Maintenance Miles

I'm still not training for anything (other than this Thursday's 5 mile Turkey Trot, and "training" was a loose word) but I need be more consistent. With the time change and it being dark before 4:30 (with another month of shortening days yet) I've had a tough time working out more than 4 days a week. Two days (Tuesday and Saturday) are classes at the gym, so they're easy not to miss. Once a week I'm pretty good at working out during lunch, and usually I can manage once right after school. Sometimes a walk = a workout.

I keep toying with the idea of walking up early to work out after school, and even set my alarm this morning, but now, without a training plan or goal, I am kidding myself if I think it's going to happen. (It didn't, this morning.) So I'm going to try to get back to 5 days a week. I need to get in more running days (3-4) and make then short...hence the Maintenance Miles. I went today at lunch and told myself "Just 30 minutes." Easy, quick way to get in 3.5 miles or so. No excuses not to do that twice a week at school, one longer day outside, and...gulp...the Sunday long runs need to happen once I commit to a half in the spring.

I think January will see me getting out on Sundays again. Before then...not so sure. This weekend I found out a couple friends want to do a half too...and theoretically say they will get together Sundays, or even every other Sunday, to do long runs together. One I believe, the others, I am not so sure. One is my speed, the others a bit slower, but I DON'T CARE. If they will show up, I will run with them. Because I don't have the drive to do it myself. Especially not in winter!


Mama Simmons said...

You totally need a Nalani. ;)
I don't envy you guys having to train through the winter. Brrr.

N.D. said...

that will be great if you get the group to do it. I need that too! Getting on the tm during lunch is tough w/ all the planning i used to do during my 30 min lunch break!!

RunnerGirl said...

Running with a group is always so much better - hope they show up for you!

jessica said...

Oh, I hear ya on having a hard time staying motivated without specific training goals. Wish I could figure out the trick to working out just for the sake of working out, but if I don't have a plan, there's NO WAY I'm getting up early ;)

Debbie Martin-Consani said...

Just looking at the Tickerfactory widget...can you believe it's nearly time for the big first birthday!?! Time really does fly.

Start the training in January. You've got loads of time for a spring half.