Tuesday, May 7, 2013

One Month Later

It's amazing the difference just one month can make.

At the beginning of April, I was struggling to get back into training. I still had some leftover hamstring pain and was barely running 20 miles per week. All miles were slow and came with the constant worry that I might not make it through the run without having to stop due to pain.

I hardly felt like myself. I'm the girl who likes to run high mileage. I'm the girl who enjoys the pain that comes with a hard speed workout. But all I could do was cling to the hope that my body would eventually heal itself and I could eventually get back to my normal fitness level.

I'm not there yet, but I'll get there soon. Last week, I ran 44 miles and this week I'll hit 46 miles. The plan is to get back into the 50-60 mpw range by end of June and then build to 60-70 by end of August.

As for this week . . .

Monday: 6 miles @easy pace Forgot to set my alarm :(
Tuesday: 8 miles speedwork; core work
Wednesday: 4 mile recovery run (AM); 6 miles @easy pace; strength training
Thursday: 8 miles @easy pace w/4-6 hill repeats; core work
Friday: 4 miles @easy pace
Saturday: 16 mile long run
Sunday: Rest day

Another bit of running-related news: I recently bought a Believe I Am Training Journal and started logging my workouts last week. Believe I Am was created by pro runners Lauren Fleshman and Ro McGettigan and is designed to help users build and foster positive thoughts and beliefs that help them achieve their goals. 

A look inside

This is my first training journal and I'm excited to see how tracking my miles and workouts along with building positive beliefs will help me improve as a runner.

My questions for you: 
  • Has one month ever made a difference for you when it comes to sport or life in general? 
  • Do you use a training journal?
  • Finish this sentence - I believe I am . . . 

I believe I am . . . Capable of running a BQ time!

- ST


  1. I LOVE the Believe I Am journal!! I was a big journal-er when I was younger (before the days of blogs and stuff), so this is right up my alley. Having a hard copy of your training (rather than just having it on DailyMile or something like that) is really beneficial, I think. I like that it's more than just a workout log, but not something that requires a ton of upkeep. I started mine in February, and can't wait to have a few more months in there to be able to really look back at my progress!

    1. I agree - I log my miles on Daily Mile but think having a hard copy will be super useful and helpful to look back on at the end and start of each new training segment.

  2. That training journal is so cute! I keep a log (which workouts I did and when), but nothing so personal as a journal. I should really start one; thanks for the link, Sun!

    1. You're welcome! Definitely check it out - I like that it's more than just logging workouts and really more of a tool to help achieve goals!

  3. You are doing a fantastic job! I would jot down training notes in my regular planner, but I stopped that. I really should pick it up again.

    1. Thanks Alysha! Maybe I'll see you at a race this summer :)

  4. Sun - I've been logging my workouts since the beginning of the year in my BIA journal (I received it as a Christmas gift from my hubby who is also a runner). I love it! I've always tracked my miles, but in BIA, I tend to reflect more on how I felt, factors that affect my runs, etc. I love it!

    I'm also a fellow MKE runner, and I've probably seen you running along the lake without even realizing it!

    1. Thanks for reading Chrissy and awesome to hear from someone else who uses the BIA journal! I'm sure our paths have probably crossed at some point since I run by the lake all the time! Lakeshore Park, Veteran's Park and the Marina are my second home :)

  5. Love your running journal! And good for you making such an awesome comeback! A month really can make a huge difference, so I know you will be killing it by June and July!

    1. Thanks Laurie! I hope your running is going well these days, too!