Week 10: Finding the Confidence

STEFANIE V.

March 9, 2017

February has passed, and my training continues to intensify. I’m not comfortable talking about it because I’m nervous that I’ll jinx it, but at the same time, I’m surprised at how far I’ve been able to push myself the past 10 weeks. All of a sudden, it just seems more routine than a chore.

I’ve only been running for about three years with no high school athletics experience. In fact, the last organized sport I played was in sixth grade (15+ years ago). So, I consider it somewhat of a small miracle that I’m able to run at all. Here are my mileage totals to date:

January Mileage Total: 124.36
February Mileage Total: 131.81
Total as of 3/8: 54.37

Currently, I have one rest day per week, which I am still getting used to. I personally prefer two, but I haven’t been sore or hurting. So, I’ll stick to my training plan as closely as I can unless my body tells me otherwise.

“I really regret that run.”

NO ONE EVER

My goal race is the Run for Chardon Half Marathon (Chardon, Ohio) on May 7, 2017. I’m on week 10 of my training program with a target time of 1:45.

As the days go by, the more nervous I get. I know I’ll be anxious when May 7 arrives.

I relate it to my school experience. I never did stellar on the majority of tests in classes that challenged me, such as accounting, and I never felt prepared enough no matter how much I studied. This annoyed me because I always KNEW I spent enough time on the material, but nerves always got me. I ended up second guessing myself a lot because accounting wasn’t my strongest subject.

Hopefully I can overcome this personality quirk come race day. I mean, it’s just running, right? Still, I’m worried about being overconfident. I’m worried about making a wrong decision. I ‘m worried about not meeting my goal after I’ve put so much work into it.

However, I need to keep reminding myself that I can do it. So far, I’ve been hitting my pace targets, and I haven’t felt like it’s been a struggle to unless it was a super hot indoor run.

Easy Pace 8:20 – 9:30
Long Runs 8:30 – 9:50
400 1:35 – 1:40
800 3:20 – 3:30
1000 4:20 – 4:30
1600 7:10 – 7:25
Tempo 7:30 – 7:50
Recovery 9:30 – 10:15
5K 7:15 – 7:20
10K 7:30 – 7:35
HM 7:45 – 8:00
200 0:42 – 0:47
Marathon 8:15 – 8:25

 

I guess my biggest obstacle is my mental game, which is why I chose to write about my training. I’ve been working on this by participating in more group runs the last couple weeks and also reminding myself that this is supposed to be FUN.

In the end, if I can get through these mind games, I think I can hit my goal.

Note: Special thanks to Achilles Running Shop, Feetures! Running, Great Lakes Race Timing and Honey Stinger for the support! Also, thanks to my husband for putting up with my running talk 24/7 whether it’s in person or through text.

I also am grateful for all of my running clubs, groups and friends that keep me going including those in Northeast Running Club and OUTRUN.

Finally, super special shout out to JT Wittman of Great Lakes Race Timing for the training plan. I promise I won’t go over my mileage this week.

 

 

 

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