Recap of the Week: I realized in my post a week ago I was so focused on total weekly mileage, long run miles, and base-building that I failed to mention anything about at what pace I was going to do each run. I clarified that in my blog this week.
I was scheduled to do 27.1 miles this week through a planned half marathon on Sunday as my long run and 4 other runs during the week of 3-5 miles each. I ended up 0.9 miles under the intended total but with some motivators for workouts sprinkled in…
Online Communities Provide Motivation
While there are many great websites and applications for logging workouts and connecting with other runners, I do this through Dailymile. About a week ago, a March Madness Challenge started on their website. Through multiple rounds of both high mileage and speed challenges, they whittle away competitors to one male and one female winner. Here’s my progress on the challenge.
While I wasn’t the most conservative on my running in the last week as a result, this challenge ended up being a great motivator for getting in workouts. It was easier to get myself on the treadmill for 4.8 miles Tuesday while accruing miles in Round 1 of the challenge. Walking out the door Friday night for 4.2 miles was well-motivated knowing I need to race a 5K to record for Round 2.
I know I won’t end up winning this challenge. There are too many great fast, high-mileage runners that I’m competing against. But I found a challenge that was a good fit for pushing me to complete the distance.
Using Races as Training Runs
This Sunday was also the Dallas Half Marathon, and here’s my race report.