In my last post I told you about what’s next after my first not-half. This one is about what I’m going to do different.
I’m very happy and satisfied with how my training went from January till the half last Monday. I have never run so much and so consistently since I started training for the half. But there’s always room for improvement.
Since I have no intention to run a full marathon, the half will be my longest distance. This means there won’t be any records to log in longest distance. But there can be another goal: PR. From this point forward I want to try to PR on the next distances: 5K, 10K, 15K, 10 miles (16K) and half marathon. My training schedules from now on will be focused on that.
To reach PR’s I want to do things differently:
Lose weight, the less I weigh, the faster I will run.
During training I gained about 2 kg (4.4 lbs), I’m okay with that but now it’s time to work on weight again.
Add weight training, aiming for 2 times a week.
I believe strength training benefits your pace too.
Add yoga, once a week for flexibility.
Eat as healthy as possible.
The past couple of months I ate healthy most of the times but there were too many unhealthy meals too. No diet here! I’m going to try to eat healthy for 6 days and then have 1 day I can eat what I want, probably Saturday.
Drink less wine.
Same as healthy eating, there have been to many empty bottles of wine the past few months.
There have been weeks where I drank a glass of wine every night. I love a good glass of wine and I have no intention to skip it completely. I will only drink one of two glasses at the weekend and on special occasions on weekdays.
And last and very important: sleep!
I function best when I have at least 7 hours of sleep. But I also love my evenings, especially on workdays. But lately I’ve been going to bed around 11 pm and when you have to get up around 5 am for a run a few times a week, that’s not enough sleep.
I believe that if I follow the above things the best I can, it will make me a better runner and a PR is definitely possible. Sure not every day will be a good day but as long as there are more good than bad days I will be very happy with that.
What do you think? Do you have any other suggestions?
I’ve ran only once this week (3.2K/2 miles). I actually put on my running clothes this morning, went out, ran 3 minutes and went back home. My pleasure for running isn’t present this week after my fiasco on Monday. That’s okay, I’ve worked hard for 3.5 months, a week of (almost) no running is okay. I’ll pick it up next week.
Workout review April 2011
I’m not going to do a special post anymore on a workout review/goals for the month. I’m going to approach this a bit different starting in May. The only goal I’m going to set is the mileage I want to run in May. Then by the end of the month I will give a short review how it went this month.
I don’t feel like doing a review for April, the month didn’t turn out how I supposed it would and I’m kind of disappointed by that.
365 days photo challenge 2011
Day 113 – Saturday April 23
Sitting in the patio with my laptop on a sunny day.
Day 114 – Sunday April 24
First icecream of the season
Day 115 – Monday April 25
Race bib, only picture taken during the half
Day 116 – Tuesday April 26
Day 117 – Wednesday April 27
Miss Bella was with us exactly a year this day.
Day 118 – Thursday April 28
Got some magazines from K. We always exchange the magazines we have read so the other can read them too.
Day 119 – Friday April 29
Went to the theatre with my Mom to watch a musical called “Petticoat”.