Monday, February 9, 2009

Winter Training

Hi, a brief check in just to say how things are going this winter, training wise. I have been engaged in a training program for a half marathon in April.
I have never run a race longer than a 10K, so I'm a bit intimidated. And, I have never done the mileage in training that I am doing right now to get in shape for such a race. In fact, yesterday I ran 14 miles. And, I did that on a tread mill! I must be insane!! Plus, I haven't run 14 miles since 1985!
In fact, almost all of my training has been on the tread mill this winter. As much as it sucks not to be outside, I have gained a lot by working out this way: 1) I have never been good at keeping a steady pace, which this training has taught me to do. 2) It keeps me honest. When you set a goal, you set the speed, and you do the run. 3) Negative splits and tempo work are easy to orchestrate on a tread mill.
On the other hand, this winter's training hasn't been all that easy. Last week, I felt a little burnt out, and didn't come close to the training I wanted to do, but this week I feel pretty good; and so I'm off to a good start.
I still weigh more than I should at 157, but I'm optimistic that I can get down to where I need to be.
A couple of weeks ago, I got down to 153, and thought I was on my way to 150, but alas, the mind and it's insecurities took over and I went back to 157.
I am going to try to incorporate more yoga in the up-coming months. I used to go to yoga class every day, but it has been difficult work-wise to find the time with the training. Still, I think it would benefit me tremendously emotionally and spiritually to find my practice again.
I think it would be amazing to incorporate the raw vegan diet, yoga, and race training all together. The thought of it gives me chills.
Thanks to you who care enough to read this, and many blessings.

2 comments:

earthmother said...

Whoa, 14 miles on a tread mill! That's amazing, really. I'd get so bored not seeing the scenery change. Despite the arctic temps this winter, I've been getting out every day – I'm a walker though, not a runner (maybe this summer).

I loved seeing that you're the bakery manager at what I'm assuming is Kripalu. I used to live down the road in Beckett about a dozen years ago now. And, I used to be the food service manager at the world's largest holistic learning center, just over the border in NY.

michael menard said...

Hi earthmother,
Thank you so much for the comments. Yeah, I've been working at Kripalu for almost three years now. It's fantastic.
Becket, is beautiful, I assume where you live now is equally as
beautiful.
Are you still in food service?
The treadmill has a tv hooked up to it, so at least I'm not staring at a wall. Could be good Zen training, though.