I only ran 32 miles in January. Less than my 39 from last November, when I was injured.
I’m feeling fine now, though. But my schedule has changed. I’m not “mostly running” at the moment.
I started swimming with a masters swim group twice a week in the beginning of the year. It’s a tough time — 8-9:15 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Nights that I usually run.
I was pretty casual about my running in January. As I got used to this new swim schedule, I’d often skip weekday runs, or do just a short run once a week before a swim class. Running on the weekends has been short, usually just six miles or maybe eight, and at least once I bailed on my weekend running completely due to bad weather.
But I was OK with being a winter wimp a few times. Being a lazy runner. Because I’m getting ready for something bigger.
The first month and a half of this year have been a bit of a reset for me.
And this week starts a 16-week journey as I train for my first half Ironman.
Yup, back in August I signed up for Ironman 70.3 Raleigh … and now it’s time to make it happen!
I put my plan into a spreadsheet this weekend, knowing it was go time. It’s a bit scary looking at everything I’ve got lined up for myself. I based it off of this plan, rearranging things to make the swim days line up where I need them, and expecting I’ll flip many of the scheduled Saturday/Sunday workouts, since my run group usually meets Saturday.
I know I won’t follow it exactly, but it’s a start.
I do know I won’t be overbooking my race schedule before race day (June 1) . I’ll have a few, but so far it doesn’t look like I’ll be too far off my training schedule. I hope to add a few organized bike rides to help with those long-mileage training rides, and I’m doing at least one short triathlon in May.
Scary and exciting!
So what are your big plans for 2014?
If all goes according to plan … this won’t be my only big event 🙂