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Where the Wind Blows Me

August 17, 2011

Workout recap for the week so far:

Monday: Jillian Michaels Power Yoga

Tuesday: AM: 1200 yard swim PM: 60 min spin, 3 mi run

Wednesday: 6 X 800m repeats, with 1/2 mi warm up and cool down= 4 mi

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Tonight I went and  visited my old pal the track.

I found this site called Running for Fitness where you can plug in a desired race time and it will tell you what your equivalent paces should be for other distances. I plugged mine in for what it would be  for me to qualify for the Boston Marathon and here’s what it came up with:

equivalent race paces

It also gives you sample workouts you can do based off the paces in the chart. I know calculated “equivalent” race paces aren’t always 100% accurate, but it gives you a great basis off what you should be striving for, where you’re at, and where you may need to be, pace wise. For tonight I chose this workout except I did 6 repeats instead of 8.

speedworkout

These were pretty tough at this pace for me right now. I haven’t done track work since the beginning of the summer. I nearly convinced myself to quit after 800m number 2, but I stuck it out and finished all 6-800m at the targeted pace.

I find track workouts to be so useful and helpful to keep my speediness (if that’s what you want to call it!) up. I’ve been focusing on building up my endurance lately and let my focus on speed dwindle. It’s difficult to do both equally at the same time.

There were so many people at the track tonight and it seems like it’s starting to cool down a bit in the evenings (fingers crossed!). I used my Garmin to time my 800m repeats and I’m sure all the beeping for the intervals was annoyingly loud.

Someone asked me tonight what I was training for and it got me thinking, “What am I training for?” Seemed like such a simple question, but in reality I’m kind-of training for everything. I’ve got a 10k next weekend, a marathon in November, a marathon in January, and I just signed up for this race for next month.

My first Olympic Distance Triathlon!

I started thinking about it and I guess with training I’m just going wherever the wind blows me right now. I’ve got a few events coming up and I’m kind-of simultaneously training for them all. I’ve been trying to do some speed, building my endurance, adding in some swimming and biking, doing yoga, and strength training.

Instead of following a rigid training plan, what’s working for me right now is just doing what feels right that day and I can’t argue with that.  I’ve really enjoyed my workouts the past few weeks and have been feeling motivated, hence signing up for a new race last week. Smile

 

 

So, I wanna know do you sign up for races when you’re feeling motivated? Do you follow a strict training plan no matter what or do you just go where the wind blows you? –When I’m feeling motivated is when I usually sign up for an event and it keeps me motivated to keep training. Sometimes I like a structured training plan and sometimes I just like to do what I feel like doing or just plans workouts on a weekly basis.

 

brittsig

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 18, 2011 6:14 AM

    Unfortunately for me, I have a tendency to go where the wind blows me, BUT it doesn’t work out as well for me because I’m EXTREMELY undisciplined. I’m working on that, though.

    Oh and yes…I totally sign up for races when I’m feeling motivated.

    Wow – looking at that pace schedule causes me anxiety – Boston is sooo fast, BUT if anyone can do it, I know you can. You are determined, disciplined, and all around amazing!

  2. August 18, 2011 6:53 AM

    I normally don’t follow a plan but for this marathon in October, I’m following a pretty detailed plan. I hope it works

  3. August 18, 2011 7:03 AM

    I NEED a training plan. I’d love to be able to just do whatever whenever, but having a plan gets me out the door and keeps me honest. I use the plan more as a guide than a rule, but without it, I’m not sure I’d ever do speedwork…

    As for races- I sign up for those to stay motivated. Having a goal helps me keep on track…(or on the track?)

  4. August 18, 2011 8:21 AM

    I’m running the 10k lake houston run next weekend as well =D!! Maybe I’ll see you there haha! I’m so so exciiteeed. I’ve been trying to follow a strict training plan like all summer for myself since this will be my first 10k and I want to break the 1hr mark for myself.

  5. August 18, 2011 8:29 AM

    I definitely sign up for races to keep myself in check, since I’m one of those go-wherever-the-wind-blows-me girls! I have a newfound love for spinning and I’m trying to be really good about doing yoga, so it’s not every day that I hit the pavement with sneakers (though I really should). Great resource for planning workouts, though — thank you!

  6. August 18, 2011 10:27 AM

    I do a little of both like you. Sometimes I go where the wind blows me and sometimes I follow my plan. It really depends on the week for me. I feel fine about it as long as I’m out there doing something.
    I love reading about your triathlon’s! I CAN’T wait to get a bike and participate in a duathlon. I check craigslist every day for bikes. I’m sorta dying to get out there with Scott and ride.

  7. August 18, 2011 3:50 PM

    Thanks for sharing the Running for Fitness website. I checked it out and it provided some really useful information. I am pretty good at following a training plan but do fall off the wagon once in a while if something comes up. I usually try to make it up somehow though. When I am feeling motivated I do have the tendency to sign up for races. It keeps me motivated and as long as I have races planned I know that I will continue to stick to my regular runs. I have signed up for at least one race from September through April of next year. Good luck on all of your races and your triathlon too!

  8. August 18, 2011 4:07 PM

    I used to try to follow a training plan, but it never seemed to work for me. It was too easy to skip a session if it wasn’t the one I felt like doing. For the past few months I’ve been taking the “where the wind takes me” principle, and so far it’s worked wonders. I’ve been super consistent with my training, and I can feel myself getting stronger and faster. I keep a general idea of what I want to accomplish in mind (i.e. my long weekend run), but other than that it’s so nice to wake up and just do whatever feels right that day!

    Good luck with the Olympic distance. Is that the one that’s September 25? I was so hoping to do the Oly there, but I’ll be out of town. 😦 I’m dying to do a longer distance tri!

  9. August 19, 2011 4:20 PM

    I’m a big planner, so I create running “schedules” and then usually try to stick to them! However, I’m always willing to revise when I feel like I’m overtraining or undertraining AND if I need a rest day, I’m finally learn to take it without feeling like I’m failing!

  10. shiningfromwithin permalink
    August 21, 2011 9:23 AM

    I created a plan for my half marathon but by the end I just went wherever the wind blew me and how my body felt! I love having a schedule though, so I can base my workouts off the schedule and how I feel.

  11. August 22, 2011 6:55 AM

    I have a love/hate relationship with the track. They’re nice because you don’t have to stop for stoplights, they have a softer surface, the distance is all laid out for you. But the countless circles drive me crazy.
    That’s so cool you’re training for your first olypmic! I like your “where the wind blows you” attitude. It’s a good way to do it.

  12. August 22, 2011 2:14 PM

    Hey Britt! Are you and your Dad still running the Lake Houston 10K this weekend? If so, we should meet up!

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