Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Letting Go

Hey! 
I worked out last week but I didn’t get done all I planned, but at this point I am okay with it. I have formulated a plan to help me increase my fitness so I can hopefully enjoy my half marathon in April, but I have no plans to officially train.  Little by little I am letting go of even trying to run a certain time at the half marathon distance.  I am trying to adapt to having zero expectations and just run.

My plan to increase my fitness includes varying workouts, like hill repeats, steady runs, and intervals, but no paces. It is all about mixing things up, but I have no target paces at all when I got out for a run, I am going completely off feel.

Last week I never got to my hill work out and I actually used 4 x 1 intervals for both my evening runs on Tuesday and Thursday. Hills have been the hardest thing for me about a year now and the one workout I will scratch off the list in a heartbeat! I have good hills in neighborhood to run and I am becoming a pro at avoiding them. LOL It is hard to describe how weak I feel going uphill, but I am going to try in very small chucks and see if I can make any progress.

Last year the heat and humidity came in early April and never left until November… so time is of the essence. I have a few months to work on things, once the heat starts I run in one slow survival gear only. 💫

Last year I only used intervals if I was going over double digits, but I decided to use them more often for now. Intervals end up being a fartlek type workout for me. I flip intensity based on how I am feeling and that has made for some happy endorphin filled runs. 

The breakdown last week: 
Mon - Evening Walk - 3.16 mi 0:53:33
Tues - Moonlight Seven - 7.20 mi 1:15:49
            Randomness core and weights - 1:05:11
Wednes - Training #13 - 1:13:02
Thurs - Moonlight Eight - 8.60 mi 1:34:03
Fri - wake up run - 1.55 mi 0:15:37
Sat - Training #14 - 1:19:53
Sun - TM (treadmill) 5K - 3.12 mi 0:33:41
         TM walk - 0.72 mi 0:32:19

I love my evening runs now, and sometimes my tummy still protests more than mornings but having options is so nice!



















That moooon! I was all bundled up last Tuesday night...brrrrrrr! 













Two evenings later it was 55 degrees and still a gorgeous moon. I wore a long sleeve shirt and I was so overdressed lol but it was a good test for my pjuractive anti - chafe gel...and yes it worked perfectly!
My pictures don't do the evenings justice, but that did not stop me from snapping away LOL
Do you ever do that hoping you'll get that one great shot??!
I am in there, can you see me?









I got 20 miles done last week which was about 4 miles of short of what I planned for, but at this point in my journey I am just running for general fitness anyway.  













I am linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly wrap! Join in the fun! Click here for more info

Do you love hill workouts? 
The one type of workout you avoid if possible? 
Have you adjusted your workout times this winter? 
Did you see that mooon!? 




Till next time! 
Karen 


30 comments:

  1. Awesome job this week! You got in a lot of nigh time runs! I’m with you - I hate hill workouts! Hah!

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    1. Hills really do suck LOL I am loving that I can run in the evening, once the humidity comes back I won't be able to handle it lol

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  2. Yay for endorphin filled runs! That sounds like you're having fun out there :) I hate hills too but I can't figure out a direction to go near my house to avoid them!

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    1. Yes! Loving my happy runs :)
      Hills are good for you if you can't escape them lol

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  3. pjuractive contacted me and is sending me some of their magic anti=chafing potion! Thanks for telling us about it!!!

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    1. Yay!! I think you will really like it :) I feel summer and those humid runs will not be so hard on me now with raw spots! I hope you love it

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  4. I pretty much avoid hills too! Because they make me feel weak, but also they aren't friends with my hamstrings. I know what you mean about not setting expectations for time goals. I'm the same way right now - I'm happy to see some speedy runs, but I'm more happy to go out on a good feeling run, so I don't really care what my pace is. Or at least I try not to care about it. Sometimes it's so hard to do!

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    1. Yes! In the past my hamstrings have been finicky and uphill really pulls the hammies, it is probably better you do avoid them for now :)
      Yes to happy runs at any pace. I love this time of year when the humidity isn't eating me up.

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  5. I spy Karen in those moonlit pictures!! Lol

    You know, I really kind of like hill repeats ...because I get to walk back down the hill!! I'm am absolutely not a fan of progression runs...too much pressure to perform. Lol

    I am finding that as I age, I really have to adjust my expectation for my speed ...or lack thereof. It's hard but I'm coming to terms with it. I had to swallow some serious pride when I decided to train for this marathon with run/walk intervals even though I knew it was the only way I'd ever be able to accomplish that distance. Now that it's behind me, I know without a doubt that those run/walk intervals not only allowed me to complete the mission but they allowed me to ENJOY the mission ...and that's what is most important!!

    I think your new strategy is wise and you will find contentment through it!! xoxo

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    1. Ahhh! Walking down the hill is a plus lol
      I am loving run /walk when I use it because I recover so much better! and yes, I so agree as long as I feel good and enjoy the journey I am content :)
      SO proud of you marathoner xo

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  6. I am literally sitting in my PJs dreading getting dressed to go to do my hill repeats - so I guess that answers your question on if I like hill workouts LOL

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  7. The intervals sound like a great idea and I hope they let you get the workouts you want in each week!!!! It's smart to always be adapting.

    I do actually really enjoy running hills. Real ones. Not the fake treadmill ones. Ha.

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    1. Yes to that! I haven't tried too many hills workouts on the TM.

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  8. You know I feel you and I can so relate. I can't remember the last time I shot for a pace. Or a finish time. I just do. And go. And finish. Finishing is winning. Hills give me anxiety. I don't even have any here to train on. I've got a lame incline that'll have to do.

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    1. I keep repeating that to myself... finishing is winning :)
      Hills give me anxiety and I have plenty lol it is hard because we all get use to our terrain and yours is flat!

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  9. We had the same workouts last week! I ran under the super moon and on another day I did hill repeats! Sometimes it is just fun to run a race for FUN. Maybe you will surprise yourself??

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    1. I hope I can surprise myself sometimes this Spring before it gets hot! We'll see...
      Super moon was awesome!

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  10. It's great you are enjoying your evening runs and your strength training too! I just feel so spent, physically and mentally, after work. Running steep hills is so tough! I like the baby ones. I also like your letting go plan. It sounds less stressful. We are all way too hard on ourselves! Thanks for linking.

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    1. I love this time of year when I finally get use to evening runs and I can enjoy a little more sleep. I do unwind time after work though lol sometimes I feel frazzled.
      I still haven't tackled a hill yet this week, even a baby one lol

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  11. I never run for pace. And it enjoy running more. I do all my runs in the evening. It’s a great stress reliever from the day.


    I avoid hills with a passion.

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  12. I don't mind hill repeats, but I really detest most speed work in general. It's SO hard! My awkward body was not designed to run fast, so I always feel even more clumsy...

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  13. Great job on your workouts for the week. I do not like running outside in the evening when it's dark. I have been running alot of the treadmill so when I get a chance to run Outside I make it a point to run two hill during my route. Not bc I like them, it's just good training.

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    1. Hills are great training, I need to stop avoiding them LOL I bypassed them again last night.

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  14. Tempo runs. Hate em, but do em. Not super fond of hills, either, but I think I'd rather tackle them than tempos!

    I think mixing things up like that will help. I also think there's no shame in intervals. The whole point of them, really, is so you don't tire out so much. Is it better to feel like a "real" runner or to finish your runs feeling good?

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    1. I have been working on more "tempo runs" but i am keeping them very short....so I am not sure they count. Maybe I will get to a place where i can really nail one with miles involved but not right now. It is all good for us though right :)
      I am always happy when i feel good at the end of a run...intervals really are a great workout! No shame at all :)

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  15. Such a great outlook, Karen! I switched to running by feel a few years ago and it was a game changer. Being a slave to paces can too often ruin an otherwise great run! It can be hard to let go, though, so best of luck. I'm excited for you to experience more endorphin-filled runs. :D

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    1. Thank you :) Yes for sure I am not where I was and I have to just take it one run at a time, I have loved my runs the past few weeks, now if the darn weather would cooperate so I could out more it would nice!

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