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