Sunday, June 1, 2008

Will Run for Thermopsis Chinensis

What a great day! It was beautiful out. I got some gardening done and then Jim suggested we get ourselves in gear and go for our run. We both completed two 15-minute run segments and didn't have any problems. We even ran some hills -- on purpose!

This next week is supposed to be 4 days of 20run/5walk/20run/5walk....and the next week is 25run/5walk. We're toying with going straight to the 25/5 and doing it two weeks in a row. The reasoning? It seems harder to start up after a 5-minute walk break than just continuing to run. I feel like we could have gone farther today on that first 15 minute run.....but getting moving again was a bit of a struggle.

I think I might do a 5K fun run next weekend in Brighton. A friend from mentioned the Shamrock Festival Fun Run and I think it might be a good thing to try. I've never done any type of race before and going to an event like this might help me feel more like a REAL runner. Okay, who am I kidding?.....maybe I just want to go to the Brighton farmer's market afterwards and indulge myself buying perennials. Hey, now THERE'S an idea. If I run the whole time, I can treat myself to some exotic plant! If I don't, I'll just have to turn around and go home. Sounds fair.


SueBob said...

Wow, it sounds like you are really making some progress! Just be careful not to overdo it.

I would definately recommend running a race or two before your marathon, so you can be prepared for what happens on race day. I would look for some races that match up to your training plan.

Alissa said...

If your body feels like it can continue running, I'd say do it! Just keep the pace conservative and listen to your body. You are making great progress! Congratulations! You should definitely do the race, it will only make you more excited about your marathon. And farmers market shopping will be the icing on the cake!

Amy said...

I have a 5k on June 28th just to have a short term goal to look forward to.

I think if you are ready to do the 25 minutes, then go ahead and do that for 2 weeks. I know what you mean about it being hard to get going after that break. Whenever I start back up after my first break my shins hurt, my legs feel heavy, and its just a little be less fun.

One more thing, I just checked to see the Detroit marathon is, and its the same day as my Grand Rapids race. And I just bought the book you are training from. So we are going to be doing the same runs on the same weeks working up to the same day. Go us!!!

chris said...

Sounds fair to me! There is just something about a race. I say sign up an have fun. Also, it seems to me that if you are ready to go to 25/5, I say go for it. If you find it is too much, you can always throttle back.

Terri said...

Congratulations on the 2 miles milestone! I think you'll have a lot of fun at the race. Just be sure to start at your own pace, and not that of the group (trust me, people will start out like nuts, going way too fast, but then, you'll be passing them later on in the race.) My suggestion - start at the side - maybe toward the middle or back of the pack - that's what I always do, rather than being in the middle of the stream, where people will be running around you, literally, right and left. I can't wait to see what you write afterward!