Last night I was lamenting to Ben (yes, I lament – what, you don’t?) that I, after taking a few days off for my knee’s sake, want to get faster and fitter and thinner. I told him I found a half marathon in MD that is in nine weeks…
Me: “I want to lose nine pounds and nine minutes in nine weeks!”
Ben: “Okay babe.”
Me:”Why not? I can do it! I’m sick of being realistic; I’m going to do it! I’m going to cut my half time by nine minutes and lose nine pounds in nine weeks!!!”
Ben: (watching Seinfeld re-runs) “Yeah, do it.”
The morals of this story:
- I feel like DREAMING BIG right now and even if I don’t shave a full nine pounds off the scale or my PR – I’m going to make major improvements in the next nine weeks.
- I need a new challenge
- Ben doesn’t care
So, my next race is the Dorchester Crab Run Half Marathon on April 10! I am considering using the FIRST half marathon training program. It is very difficult – especially because I only started speed work this week for the first time. But, I do think speed work is a necessary evil if I want to get faster and I think a three day a week running schedule might be a good idea right now considering my knee.
For my eats I’m sticking with my Lose the Dough goals because I think they are balanced, healthy and do-able.
For dinner we went to a local Mexican place – shocker, I know. I ordered a pescado wet burrito with beans and veggies. It was dee-lish! I ate about half and I’m sure my leftovers will be missing from the fridge before I get to them.
I love my mom, and not just because she has a freezer stocked with Skinny Cow Ice Cream sandwiches 😉Now, I need to go to sleep because I’m fading fast. I love restaurants that give you candy or a treat when you pay the bill. Classy, I know.I know you’d all like to chime in with questions, comments and complaints about my new crazy 9 and 9 in 9 plan. Just think of me as Lucy and this being another one of my crazy schemes!!! Anyone up for being my Ethel?
Maybe the warm CA air has gotten to my brain, but I am all over this new training and healthy eating program 🙂
I am happy. It’s been a while folks, be nice.
Ask Me Anything…
Today’s post brings me to a recent ask me anything question:
Question: How do you increase your speed when running? I’m currently running between 11-12 minute miles. I just started less than a year ago and finished my first half in October running 12:55 avg. Is speed work the only way?
Monica: First off, great job on your first half marathon!!! That is something to be very proud of 🙂
The best way to increase speed is through speed work, but you can also better your half marathon time through building a stronger training base. After my first marathon I asked many veteran runners how I could do better next time and of course speed work was suggested, but many people also asked about my base – how many miles a week I was running, what were my longs runs, etc.
I think making sure your body is fully able to tackle and conquer a certain distance also helps with your time. Working on both base and speed with almost surely guarantee a PR 🙂
I’m going to start incorporating speed work in my training next week and I’ll be posting more details as I go along, so that might help give you an idea of what speed work is like. Good luck!