Tuesday, September 2, 2008

In the Zone

It is finally September.

And it is TIME.

Time to get moving again after the long summer heat. It is time for FALL RUNNING in Arizona!!

(well, almost) It is still going to be 106 here this weekend, but I am trying to block it from my mind.

I love this time of year when even the slightest notion of cooler temps hits my brain, and I can start planning out the next few months of running. Fall is prime running weather here in the desert, which is good because there are a couple of big race goals on my agenda.

But today isn’t about the races themselves, it is about my TRAINING GOALS.

Pokey Training Season officially begins today, so it is time for me to get back on the running wagon. And here is how I plan to do it:

Run ~ 3x a week ( a lofty goal for me due to a hectic family schedule in the fall, but it is a must this year if I want to see race improvement)

Strength Training ~ 1x per week (in the form of a Body Pump class where I get my butt whooped by an overly hot instructor on whom I have a serious girl-crush!)

Cross Training ~ 1x per week (not sure what form this will take, but it is a necessity. This will be the hardest for me incorporate into the regimen because my mind subconsciously wants to tell me that it is unnecessary)

I am committing to planning out my training weeks in 2-week blocks, so that I can shuffle training as necessary to help mitigate family / schedule conflicts. I already have the first two weeks of this month mapped out ~ now it is just time to go and DO.

Oh yeah, and did I mention I still need to drop some pounds? Yeah, just that little issue called “weight loss.” *sigh* It is so hard. I am really kicking the diet in gear during the month of September before training runs become really long. I’ve been doing well on the eating front ~ for the most part ~ and maintaining my weight….but now I have to focus on LOSING again. I need to be 10 pounds lighter before my next half marathon.

Now how many times have you all read THOSE WORDS??

Yeah, I know.

ORN: 4.2 mile weekend run ~ slow and sweaty


Jeff said...

Great goals, Pokester. You'll do it!

(All of my Body Pump instructors are AARP eligible. What's up with that?)

Running Knitter said...

I'm praying for cooler temps too. :)

Pat said...

We'll get there together. what races are you planning on?

Nat said...

Welcome back!
Let's hope it gets cooler soon.

Which half are you doing?

Mendy said...

Gosh... as far as weight-loss - I'm right there with ya! trust me.

Sounds like you have a great plan, and I know you will accomplish it. Good luck!!!!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I think your goals looks excellent. Not sure I'd want to start all that with the heat you've been having, but I wish you the best!!!!!

Bev said...

I'm with you. There was a little chill in the air this morning with a temp of 72. I am so excited we are about to turn the corner and drop a few degrees.

Keep up the determination! You can do it!

aerorunnergirl said...

Excellent goals, Pokey! I feel your pain with hectic life getting in the way of our best laid plans... sometimes it is really tough to stick to any kind of a routine. Keep going! And good luck with your weight loss goals, specifically. I've lost 55lbs since January! It feels great, and it's made running a lot easier for me. :)