Some time ago, I signed up for the Jugo Juice 10k as part of the Calgary marathon along with many other Alberta bloggers participating in the race. I figured it would be a good way to motivate myself to get back to running regularly again since I can never bring myself to run outside in the winter. Before long I remembered that winter lasts basically until race day and I was quickly running out of time to get my butt in gear. Then was then heckled a bit by some colleagues who are also runners for not signing up for our local race, the Woody’s Marathon, two weeks earlier. The 10k ended up selling out before I was able to register, which took the pressure off running back to back 10k’s. I figured Calgary would be my season kick off, I’d go in with no goals and treat it as an opportunity to support and socialize with the other girls running.
Then I stumbled upon a free entry into Woody’s at any distance and jumped on it. Suddenly I was four weeks away from the first race and six weeks out from the second, with only a handful of runs under my belt for the year. Keep in mind, I’ve only ran my first 10k as of last fall. Yikes.
I quickly hit the ‘net and started putting together a very basic plan for the next six weeks. My goal for Woody’s is simply to cross the finish line and gauge what level I’m at right now. Based on that, I will decide on a goal for Calgary. Maybe it’s just to have fun with the rest of my blog friends, maybe it’s just to beat my Woody’s time by a smidgen, or maybe I can go for a 10K PR. Who knows. Although at this point, I’m just aiming to cross both finish lines without hurting myself or dying and continuing to run regularly throughout the summer to PR in Lethbridge again.
I thought I would share with you my very basic training plan to get me to these finish lines. I’m planning to run Tuesday and Thursday’s at lunch time and Sunday morning’s. I know I may not hit every run because let’s face it, my life is crazy. I work shortened days with half hour lunch breaks to fit with my day home hours, which means a lot of working through lunches. It doesn’t always work out to make those lunch runs. Sunday runs depends if I have Liam or not, and if I do, if anyone can watch him while I run. Fingers crossed the universe will stay on my side for the next few weeks so I don’t end up missing too many runs.
Wish me luck!