Training Day–5 Things I’m Doing to Become a Better Runner

Last year I made a lofty goal of running 6 Half Marathons, 5 10ks and 4 5ks for 2012. Well it’s now 2012 and my racing schedule offically began last week when I ran in the 2012 Hearts and Sole 5k. I did okay..no let me not lie, I did horrible! I finished in 40 minutes after previously PR ing on Thanksgiving Day in 36 minutes! I’m not blaming anyone but myself because I had not ran AT ALL that week leading up to the race. The whole month of January I would run maybe twice a week.. totally shaming my ability to be a faster runner. I really don’t have anyone to blame but myself–> I need to do better.

So with that terrible finish behind me, I am getting back to the training routine I did when I trained for my first half marathon on 10.2.2011. For the rest of the month of February I do not have any more races lined up but in March I have 2 races with most notably my 2nd half marathon, The Publix Marathon, on March 18, 2012 and a trail race on March 3, 2012 in Conyers, Georgia.  With that being said I am in training mode for basically the rest of the year!  Look below for my 5 ways I am becoming a better runner so that I can officially tackle a full marathon with a couple of buddies of mine at the St. Jude Marathon in December 2012.

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Written by BossyGirl1980

Here I am 32 and accidentally a mother of three, naturalista, wife, business woman, budding socialite and self proclaimed “runnergirl”. Follow me on my journey of living the fab life while trying to maintain my sanity. In 2010 I lost over 30 pounds by embracing exercise and running as a pastime. This is your place for everything it takes to be a BossyGirl .

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About BossyGirl1980

Here I am 32 and accidentally a mother of three, naturalista, wife, business woman, budding socialite and self proclaimed "runnergirl". Follow me on my journey of living the fab life while trying to maintain my sanity. In 2010 I lost over 30 pounds by embracing exercise and running as a pastime. This is your place for everything it takes to be a BossyGirl .
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9 Responses to Training Day–5 Things I’m Doing to Become a Better Runner

  1. Patty White says:

    BGirl,
    We are our worse critic. Congratulations on 5k & now you can cross this race off your goal list.

  2. Nikki Edney says:

    Great job!!! Never try to break a PR on your first race back from a break… you want to ease back into race mode and use those first few races as tempo runs instead of focusing on breaking a certain time. On the trail race, take it easy and DO NOT compare your trail race time to a road race time…those are two completely types of races. Do you have a trail shoe for that race?

    Keep up the good work!

  3. Nikki Edney says:

    I do not run on the treadmill… I only did that when I was recovering from a broken foot. I have 3 marathons planned for the year and a crap load of other races. My goals for the year include 1) running a sub 6 mile (my PR from last year is 6:09), 2) running a sub 20 5K (last year's pr was a 20:09). I haven't really set goals for the other race distances yet…

    Also, just a note… when I am training, I like to break my training down into 3 phases instead trying to look at my training for the entire year (that can be overwhelming). I do my training from end of Feb- End of Nov…. those months in between are most just base miles. If your goal is to break 36 minutes in the 5K then break it down this way

    Phase 1: this is the maintenance phase (basically just trying to maintain fitness). Focus on 5K times around 38-40 minutes. this will be last for about 2 months (End this phase around April)

    Phase 2 (May-July): Workouts will become a little more intense, but still not too bad. Start including some speed workouts and hill training. Focus on 5K times round 37-38

    Phase 3 (August-October): You should be doing speed work, tempo runs, and hill workouts. This is when you want to hit your PR in the 5K

    Since you are also planning on running half marathons and marathons, do a few 10Ks to work on endurance, but don't focus on trying to "race them". Use them as tempo runs instead.

    What type of speed work do you currently do?

  4. I think you had a good time. I mean you finished! The tips that you mentioned are very helpful. I went running in below freezing temps a few weeks ago and I can cosign that the right gear is a necessity. I thought I was going to get frostbite on my ears!

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