Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Running

I mentioned that I am planning on running the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon on October 1st. I'm really excited about it, because it's a night half marathon and my birthday is October 2nd. I'll finish my first half marathon on my 26th birthday! How fun is that? (Channeling Ina Garten...)

Before I get too excited about the race, though, I have to start thinking about a training program to follow. I'm supposed to start at the beginning of July, and I truly had no idea how different it would be to transition into summer running. I really felt the difference this morning...

See, I took a little bit of a break at the end of school (right around the same time I took the blogging break), and I finally got back into running last week. I ran 4 miles a couple of times, 5 miles once, and a 3 mile recovery. I was running at night, though. This morning, I decided to go for a morning run and see if it was more pleasant, and Oh. My. Gosh. did I learn my lesson. Running at 9:00 AM in Florida is like running on the fact of the sun. It was miserable, and between a grumpy morning and a too tight shirt, I experienced the first of what I'm sure will be several FAILS. 

But, I'm not going to let it discourage me. I'm going to keep at it and run at night. I'm going to make sure to stay plenty hydrated during the day and eat food that will give me energy to sustain a solid effort. I'll slow my pace down a little bit to make up for the heat, and I will persevere!

I will keep running at the same rate as last week until July when I kick it into gear. I'm thinking I'll follow the Runner's World or Jeff Galloway Half Marathon Plan, and with some good music, blogger motivation, and excitement I can't wait to get this thing really started!

And for the days like today that come, I'll just keep this in mind...
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10 comments:

April Westerhold said...

I LOVE the saying at the end. Do you mind if I re-post it on my FB and maybe blog?

Melissa said...

Running in the heat definitely makes a huge difference! I've done five half marathons and have always followed the Hal Higdon training plans (just google). They are really easy to adjust based on your own needs and performance level. Good luck! :)

Meghan said...

That half sounds incredible! I wish I could make it - I seriously want to run a Disney race someday!

I agree with the previous comment - I have used the Hal Higdon training programs with great success!

I am so excited for you!

Julie said...

You are awesome! And are making me want to work out....I haven't decided whether that's a good thing or not... :)

Sarah said...

The Disney 1/2 sounds so neat! Go YOU!

Cait said...

best. quote. ever. on that last part of your blog haha :) GET THAT DISNEY 1/2 GIRL! YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR! xo

Kristin W said...

I'm obsessing over those Pinterest motivators! Perfect. I'm having the same issues with summer running. I've found even getting up and running at 7 (around 70-75 degrees) doesn't help when the sun is beating down on you. I made the mistake of running at noon the other day. Awful.

I'm trying to alternate outside runs with treadmill runs because I just don't have the energy do all early AM runs.

Keep it up girl! I'd love to hear more about which training plan you decide on!

Amber said...

I'm SO proud of you, and I wish I had your motivation. :-/ Love the new look by the way. Miss you friend!

Heidi Lyn said...

Congrats! I love your goal and the Florida heat is brutal, brutal, brutal. I tried running at 10:30am the other day and it ended up in a major FAIL. Having a goal is a perfect way to move forward . . .You're awesome.

Melissa said...

I am new to your blog and I love it! I love finding new motivation and people out there that are still running in this crazy heat. I am from Oklahoma, so it makes me feel better knowing there are people out there that are still running in the summertime and I'm not the only crazy one! :)