“You’re just not being serious. When you get serious about running again, you’ll get faster. I’ve seen you turn it on, girl!” Like a tough coach, Jackie busted my chops along with my ass and legs after Iron Girl.
I thought I was being serious. It’s been a struggle to juggle it all, squeezing in my runs while trying to squeeze back into my old clothes. But Coach Jackie blew the whistle and called me out on my slacker running style. She served me a reality check.
Haven’t I turned it on yet? I felt on, but maybe I hadn’t really plugged into my training. Allrighty then, it’s time to get serious and really push myself!
So after a week of recovery from Iron Girl, I decided to show my serious side with a fresh start on Saturday morning and 6 miles. My goal was to finish at about an hour (10:00 minute miles). At the beginning of my run, it was a cool spring Florida morning. PERFECT running weather! But then, it turned hot really quickly and my about hour goal was gone with the cool weather. Oh well. I’ll get serious tomorrow Monday.
Ave Pace 11:27
Max Pace 8:00
On Monday, I hit the snooze button and slept in. I’ll get serious on Tuesday.
3 miles, 38:00
Start time 5:32 a.m.
End Time 5:40
Ave Pace 12:40
As much as I hate to admit it, Jackie is right. I really do need to get serious about my training again. I would love to reach my old pace of 9:00 minute miles. In the next couple of months, I face a few shorter distance races, so improving my time for those races is totally doable. It really would be great to finish a 5K under 30 minutes again.
With regards to my training, I’ve got a few other things going on next month to help me get serious about my running again. Thanks to @runningmom2boys, I’ve been roped into an abs/push-ups challenge cleverly called the #aMAYzingabs challenge. I’m excited about this challenge because core training is so critical to improve your running. So this timing of this challenge couldn’t be better!
Basically, all participants have to do 100 push-ups and 100 crunches every day and tweet it. That’s it. It sounds like punishment, but it’s really not that bad because you have all day to do it. I started my challenge yesterday and my body didn’t complain one bit.
Then, if you noticed my nifty little Joggermom button in my sidebar, I’ve also joined Joggermom’s May Marathon. The goal is to run 26.2 miles before May 31. Again, that’s totally doable. Piece of cake, right? Well, between both of these challenges and improving my pace, I will have certainly earned a whole piece of birthday cake.
*Proudly submitted to Stacy Uncorked, because when I blog about my training, it’s usually pretty random.*