Back to Basics

Well, it’s a new month, so it’s back to running and working out. While I enjoyed coming home to relax on the couch and catch up on the DVR, I’m ready to get back out there and pound the pavement. I have to admit, I’m a little nervous to come back. After taking such a long time off, I know I’m way out of shape and worry what the first couple weeks will be like. Luckily, I can usually bounce back quickly, but it isn’t pretty.

If I haven’t hinted at it enough, my spring goal race is the Medina Half Marathon. Being part of MCRR, this is our baby and I’m excited for what’s in store for the inaugural race. I knew I wasn’t quite ready to get back into marathon training, and without a doubt, having a half marathon in my backyard was by far the perfect thing. But with race day not until May 31st, I have quite a bit of time to really get back into shape and prepare myself to go sub 2:00.

Yes, Medina will be my mission of breaking that beautiful time. And for the next 3 1/2 months (official training starts February 10th), I plan on prepping myself for the best training cycle to date. It’s time to get down to business and go for something I’ve been waiting for since I started my half marathon journey.

So what will this in between training session look like? It’s going to look pretty similar to a regular training cycle, but more relaxed. There is no set distance and if I have to miss a run, it’s ok. Tentatively¬† this is what a normal week will look like.

Monday: Run (Indoor Track) & Lift

Tuesday: Run (Indoor Track) & Bike (Stationary Bike)

Wednesday: Run (Indoor Track) & Lift

Thursday: Yoga

Friday: Off

Saturday: Run (Outside!)

Sunday: Off/At home yoga or lifting

As you can tell, I’ll be inside for most of my workouts, but I want to make sure I mix it up a bit. Running on the indoor track can get tiring, so varying the speed and distance will help. I’ll also be getting back into yoga once a week. Most importantly, I want to get back into lifting and cycling. I enjoyed these last winter, and want to make sure I keep up with them. Due to lack of daylight, I’ll only be able to get outside once a week, which will most likely be a longer run if possible.

I’m looking forward to these next couple months as I get back into running and will keep you updated on how things go. I’m also open to suggestions on things to try or workout challenges you’ve seen that have worked for you. Hopefully I’ll be ready to take on the next training cycle with everything I have and finally go sub 2:00.


What’s your plan for winter training? How do you your handle off season time?