March 21, 2010 By lisa
With Team in Training, our group is given a “coach” to guide us through the training aspect of preparing for our half marathon. Ours is Coach Joe and he is a super-fast runner and he knows what he is talking about. At the beginning of our season, he gave each of our training plan. The training plan tells you exactly what you need to be doing on what days of the week.
I love this- I don’t have to think about what I should be doing or why I should be doing something or when I should be doing it. I just look at the chart he gave us (it’s four pages long) and I execute the training plan. I like not having to make decisions like this, especially since I have ZERO experience with 1/2 marathon training and very little to no training on running.
So yeah, I just do what he tells us to do and when he tells us to do it and trust that his plan will work, without really questioning why.
I am here to say that his plan (and I would even venture to say a lot of training plans) WORKS.
Coach Joe told me that A+B+C = D and by golly he was right.
This past weekend, I ran 6 miles and I ran it faster than I did last weekend. I have a new PR (personal record) and I am so freakin’ proud of myself that I can’t stand it. I wrote about all the gory details over here, at the family blog. A lot of ya’ll already commented over there so please, don’t feel like you have to tell me how great I am over here too : ). Of course, if you are so inclined, then yeah, my ego would love some more strokin’- HA!!!!!
6.03 miles in 1 hr 3 min 3 sec with an average pace of 10:27/mile, my fastest time EVER.
One more thing, right around Mile 4, all I could think about was all the support and love I receive from you guys, my sisters, mis amigas. I hit an endorphin high at that moment and I think that is what spurned me to continue my quick pace.