Well kids, as I not only embark on returning to work full time after almost a year out of the workforce, I also embark on another training plan. It’s time, my friends, for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler. My first big race of 2014.
I created an easy training plan, mostly because it’ll feed into my Zooma Training plan for the Zooma Half Marathon. A race that I’m super excited to train for, and be a part of as an ambassador. The perks are superb, not gonna lie, and I can’t wait to blog about the amazing gear I’ve been getting as I begin to incorporate it into my training. But that’s all for a separate post. This is about the Cherry Blossom 10 miler.
So, how am I starting training? Wellp, this week is week 1. Last week was a totally crapshoot with my sinus infection/almost ear infection/conjunctivitis. Great week to start work right? Right.
I’m keep my expectations light because well, I’m going back to work. We’re moving in two weeks (!!!) – just across town thank goodness. And oh yeah, I have an almost 1 year old. How is he like…five and a half weeks from turning a year old already?! Time flies?
I digress. I’m incorporating a bit of cross training – because I like spinning and I like pure barre and I want to make sure I keep doing them even when I’m training. I have one maintenance run, a speed workout, and a long run each week. This is what I find works best for me, I don’t like to run 5 days a week. I know this burns me out and my entire training just goes to the toilet.
It’s a 7 week plan but since the ten miler will really be easing me into my half marathon training I’m taking it easy. I’m not racing for a PR – I’m simply hoping to do better than the Army 10 miler last October which was not a fast race for me. I find that keeping training plans 8-12 weeks works best for me, again, I burn out easily. I want to avoid that. This is why I enjoy 10 mile, and half marathon distances – they don’t require a HUGE amount of training like a marathon does. They’re still challenging yes, and you still need to train for them, duh, but being a bit ADD with my training works here because I don’t have to train as long for them.
Are you training for any big races this spring? Are you running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in DC?