Okay, okay – I need very little – NO – excuse to post this video. Man, I love it! We European Gleeks have been deprived of Glee Season 2 until January which means that we will be watching the Christmas episode around Easter. Baaaaaaad timing! But something tells me I will still enjoy this delectable number JUST as much then. Anyway. Let’s move on.
Friday we finally got off the farm again – to the supermarket (where the shelves had been swept clean of tinned foods and milk) and Sunday I finally dug out my car and gingerly drove to the gym. I had cabin fever, I was fed up and I had my first assignment from my coach – to run a 2M time trial. I don’t think running on the treadmill was ideal for this but given the circumstances it was the best I could do. And I impressed myself – on a less than stellar night’s sleep, and a bit too much champagne the night before, I managed 2 consecutive miles at 7 minute miles. Yes!
And that was enough for my coach to send me, almost by return, my first week’s running schedule. I don’t normally detail each workout, but as this something so new I’m trying out here, bear with me while I recall my runs:
- w-up easily 2M, then 2×1600 @ 7:33, 3min RI, then 2×400 @6:58, 1.30 min RI, then 2M cooldown. Nailed it. I was delighted when the intervals were done with – they were certainly hard enough – but I got them in.
- 5M easy @ 9:30 min/mile. Unsurprisingly, I could nail this one too, along with my high(er) rep weight workouts after 1M.
- w-up easy for 2M then run steady for 4M at 7:57 pace, cooldown easy with 2M. Again – got it, but it was work and I was pleased to get the tempo done with.
- cross-train – 1 hour’s swimming lesson
- 6M easy @ 9:30 min/mile. Got this in, along with my high(er) rep weight workouts after 1M.
- 12M long run easy – 9:45 min/mile pace. This proved the trickiest workout of them all because I wanted to do it outside and the first road I went to proved too icy to run on so I had to drive around until I could find some gritted roads which weren’t too busy. And even so it was a slippery, slidey mess. And I averaged a 9:23 min/mile not the 9:45 coach asked for. I will work harder at slowing down coach!
So what are my thoughts, 1 week into running with a coach?
- I can’t believe what a relief I am finding it to hand over some control to someone else. I realise I spend SO much time thinking about training plans and paces, second-guessing myself when my runs are too hard or too easy, googling solutions to various problems and getting hopelessly sidetracked (ya think I should LeechBlock most of the internet? Probably). Now I’m only getting a weekly schedule (can’t lie in bed worrying about 2o milers with 10M RP sections weeks in advance, just have to man up and do it when it arrives) and my paces are defined. And she thinks I can do them. And she knows much more than I do. So I can do them. And, for one week at least, I have done them.
- Questions. She’s there for questions on all the topics I need answering. This week I have emailed her about switching runs around (yes I can but I can’t follow hard workouts with another hard workout. Bad girl – I have definitely done that in the past so her advice was needed) and going on a diet while training (not hugely advised, eating healthily was her wholly sensible advice. But I’m feeling a post coming up on running and weight so I will deal with all that in the future).
- Goal setting. I am scared of setting myself goals, running-wise. Goal-setting is for fasties, I feel. I’m afraid of setting goals, because what if I don’t meet them? But my coach has set me a goal, and while I’m not brave enough to put it out there yet, I am working on getting my head round to believing I can do it.
But it’s that overall feeling of having someone “in charge of me” that I am enjoying. I have never really had a coach who had any interest in me (I was just so cr*p at sports as a kid that any sports coach who did have to have me on a team would sigh when they saw me bounding onto a pitch or a court or a playing field..). And now I have someone who is going to help me – yes me! – train. I don’t have to weigh Higdon against Pfitzinger against Runnersworld and so on when I’m debating high mileage vs quality, whether to race or not – I ask her. And while I’m sure she would not want me to think she has all the answers, she has more than I have and I am just enormously relieved to be handing all that over to her.
Finally – can I end on a little rant? For over a year I have been more or less assidious about keeping track of my activities on DailyMile. I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s key to be able to look back through your training to see what you’ve done, what worked and what didn’t, etc. I kind of stopped bothering when I abandoned marathon training this summer, and only half-heartedly started up again recently. But I’ve decided to ditch DailyMile despite its enormously attractive interface and increasingly high-profile internet presence because it’s just turning into another social networking site. I know that I sound like the Grinch but people – enough already! I just want to keep track of my runs! I don’t want you all to comment on each workout cause then I feel like I have to comment on yours and man – there are NOT enough hours! I LOVE reading your blogs because you put it all out there but man oh man I can’t do DailyMile socialising as well. After feeling bad that I was basically turning into a DailyMile miser, I have just decided to stop recording my workouts there and start afresh on BuckeyeOutdoors. Yes – less glamorous. But it does the job (and synchs with my Garmin) and I feel I can just logon, enter my workout, and log off again. Job done. So please don’t feel personally slighted when I don’t say anything on DailyMile – I will see you on your blog and will show you much more love there.