Hi there! How was everyones weekend, mine was too short of course and it was depressing knowing it was time to go back to work :(
On Saturday I posted how I was accepted and and mow training for the NYC half Marathon and hired a run coach.
At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to apply for this, if I was chosen that would mean an added expense this year of flying up, possibly getting a hotel room (I love love love staying with my family but this time I would be with a friend), the endless shopping and eating in New York. It also meant training again for a half marathon.
Ever since February I really haven’t enjoyed running. It began to be a task, the weather was getting warm, and I was burnt out. Instead I joined orange theory fitness because I liked the way it made me feel, it pushed me outside my comfort zone and I wanted to tone up for the wedding and the cruise. I lived for going to classes, seeing if I can get my heart rate into the orange zone, how high can I get my calories?.
I decided to give it a go and once my friend Diana and I were notified we had gotten into the race she contacted our old team in training coach for a plan, she sent that to me and we were ready to go because she is also training for New Orleans half marathon (GO DIANA!) I know myself and I know I am not accountable. If someone isn’t checking up on me, if I don’t have specific workouts, and paces to hit; it isn’t going to get done and I slack of. I need specifics, its just me and it's how I work.
I have been reading Abby’s blog for a long time now and followed her running journey, her ups and her downs and it resonated with me. Abby is very relatable, at least from reading her blog. I knew she was getting certified to be a run coach and knew she would be the perfect fit for me.
I was also too scared to ask Coach Steve to make me a plan and coach me again, I feel like I have let him down by not following a plan he made for me when I was supposed to run a race in October. I didn’t have to heart to run it, I wasn’t prepared, and I knew it wouldn’t make me happy. I also need some coddling right now. And, I didn’t want to disappoint him. I also didn’t want to feel obligated to run with a specific group for long runs or speed work.
Abby and I spoke, I sent her my info and the next day she had a plan for me! I am super excited to start and in my opinion, I rocked the first week! I love how quickly everything went.
|This is me "stretching" at Disney|
Side note, this is why I can't play those games on your phone that need another partner, I can't wait!
I can’t remember the last time I trained for a stand alone half marathon so running less than 20 miles a week is so weird! I don’t plan to PR this half marathon because I am not in PR shape, but if I do, hey!!! I definitely plan to use this race to see where I am physically. I want to do Dopey in 2017 (It has been a goal since it was announced) and after Dopey I hope I can PR having all those extra miles on my legs. - I guess I should start saving.
Here’s to 2016!!!
|One Joey picture for good measure!|
I will certainly keep you all updated with my training, I am the worst at remembering to take pictures so they may be sparse and hopefully I won’t be too boring!