I thought I’d check in and talk about how my training is going for the Crawlin Crab Half. I’ve had to be careful to slowly get back into running since I haven’t been running at all. Its hard to follow the 10% increase rule when you are starting at zero.
So to combat that, I’ve been doing run/walk intervals. And when I’ve been doing that and my body cries uncle, I walk. I have been doing run/walk intervals of 2:2. This morning I ended up walking more than running because my shins weren’t having it.
Its really mentally tough when you know you can run more than you are doing, but you have to slowly build your mileage and the endurance in your legs. My cardiovascular endurance is still there, thanks to my trainer, I just have to get my body to get re-used to the taxing effort of running. C’mon legs, you remember how to run, I know you do.
One really positive thing is that I’ve been able to get up early in the morning and run. I am NOT a morning person, and getting up early is really difficult. I’ve felt good about it though. If I get the sleep that I need by going to bed early, its actually made me feel more energized, and I’m loving that.
The countdown on my phone is a constant reminder that we are about 2 months out and I’m not as prepared as I’d like to be at this point – and not much longer to get there. I’m glad I have planned to walk/run the Crawlin Crab Half. That takes a load off my stress.
Anyway, nothing earth shattering, just wanted to write out what I was thinking about.
Is it hard for you to slowly build mileage after coming back from a running break? How is your training going?