re-evaluating the 25k plans.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 04.12.12

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One month from today is the River Bank Run 25k.  Training started back in December, but I have, admittedly, not kept up with my training as well as I should have.  Not even close, if I’m being truly honest with myself.  Despite big goals of PRing, I have certainly not set myself up for success in that regard.

Don’t be fooled.  I’m not giving up.  Reevaluating my goals and what’s left of my training plan, but not giving up.  I might not finish in the time I had hoped, but come hell or high water, I will cross that finish line on May 12.

First and foremost, I’m putting the sprint triathlon training on hold.  Trying to train for both has been too much for me right now, and I’m doing a sub-par job working towards both.  It’s crunch time for the 25k and if I want to run that race, right now I know it’s where my focus needs to be.  I also know that I have so much work to do in regards to my swimming that, at this point, I don’t think a June tri is a realistic goal.  I know that while I love being in the water, I don’t feel comfortable while I’m doing laps, let alone feeling okay about an open water swim.  While I still plan on getting in some miles on the bike and yards in the pool, it’s not my priority for the next month.  Even if the June tri doesn’t happen, there’s more later.  Worst case scenario, I take on my first tri in 2013 instead of 2012.

Without the strain of tri training, I’m reevaluating my training plan and adding a run day.  I’ve only been running three days a week, but I don’t feel like it’s enough for me.  I don’t know how my knee will hold up running that extra day, but I’m going to try in for a couple weeks and see how it works.  I know that I haven’t been getting in the miles I need during the week to feel ready for my long runs.  Plus, having only two long-ish runs during the week is taxing on my legs.  My hope is that having three shorter runs will be more beneficial than two long-ish runs.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  Despite the best of intentions to drink a lot of water throughout the day, I just haven’t been lately.  My runs are significantly more of a struggle on the days that I don’t get enough water in my system.  On that same note, I’m cutting back on (note:  NOT cutting out) caffeine and alcohol.  I love my morning coffee, but I’m going to keep it to one mug first thing in the morning, rather than that plus a refill or two throughout the morning.

Eat cleaner.  I’m upping my whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.  I’m getting in my protein.  I’m cutting back on processed sugar and grains, along with dairy.  Again, I’m not cutting them out.  I know myself well enough to know that if I cut them out, it’s going to backfire and I’m going to binge.  I also know I feel better when I’m eating less of them.  This also means I need to get better about grocery shopping more often to keep my house stocked with fresh foods.

I am going to enjoy the ride.  I am going to enjoy each mile and be thankful that I can run.  I am not going to get discouraged.  I am going to cross that finish line.  I am going to wear that medal with pride because I earned it with each step of that 15.5 miles!

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brooke April 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm

sometimes its hard to admit when we’re not as true to the training as we ought to be, but i think you’re a good distance away from the race that revamping at this point will help out. ^5 for recognizing what needs doing and following thru!
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michaeleen rutkowski April 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Thanks for the extra motivation!

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Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb April 13, 2012 at 7:25 am

I’m with you on this. This is the first year I’ve added more cross training in my plan and I just feel like I’m not doing enough running. I feel like some days I should be doing bricks or something….even though I don’t need to. I just feel unprepared. Totally weird.
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Heidi@Crazy Fit Life April 13, 2012 at 9:12 am

Your realistic approach to re-evaluating your training is so refreshing. I also admire you determination to cross that finish line! I have no doubt that you’ll do it :)
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Meagan @ Managing Meagan April 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I’m running the River Bank Run 25k too!! I can’t believe how close it is… time just flies!

Training is HARD! I think your plan is amazing and you can totally do it!! GOOD LUCK!!!
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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. April 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Hi Meagan, thanks for commenting!! I’m so excited you’re doing the 25k – it’s such a fun day! I’m off to check out your blog! :)

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Bari April 14, 2012 at 7:16 am

I have no clue what RBR has in store for me this year. My shin & calf pain is so bad since Knoxville that it hurts to walk. I’m still hoping to finish but my first run might be that morning. I’ve certainly gone from guaranteed PR (if my leg hadn’t gone wonky) to just finish.
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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. April 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

Honestly, I’m pretty much in the same boat – finishing is my goal. What sucks is that I did it to myself with slacking on training. Dislike.

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Jen@FoodFamilyFitness April 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Good luck!!!
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