Talk about a runner's high. As soon as I committed (here and on Facebook) to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon I began to experience a real renewal to my fitness program. After my hiking trip I was kind of going through the motions but not really pumped or excited to go to classes. I've learned that I do my best work when I am preparing for a specific event rather than just exercising to lose weight. I think this is why I have made my biggest gains before the Springtime Tallahassee and before my hiking trip up LeConte. This race is months away but I am already excited to begin training and to take my running more seriously, to do speedwork, to log in the long miles, to do the strength training.
So here are my newer goals and schedule:
Sunday: rest or with an optional hot yoga class
Monday: jog 30-40 minutes, focusing on fartleks, Zumba
Wednesday: Hot Yoga
Thursday: 40-40 minute jog or speedwork and an optional Pilates class
Saturday: longer runs that focus on logging in the miles, developing a base, as well as the physical and mental endurance to spend long times running.
The great thing about committing to a race is that it really sparks a new, deeper level of commitment to your fitness. It requires you to plan, to look for ways to make yourself stronger, to readily challenge yourself because you know that you will have to display that fitness soon in a very public way.
I am really looking forward to the upcoming weeks of training and really seeing what my body is capable of; I'm excited to bring any readers along with me.