My worst nightmare as a spin instructor happened this morning. The microphone would not work. Let’s be honest, it was pre 6 a.m. and my brain really can’t be expected to function that early and figure out technology so it probably wasn’t broken but my brain was broken.
My voice is gone but at least I made them sweat and hopefully their quads will be sore for the next few days.
This morning I was reading Runner’s World (heaven forbid I read about something other than running or the ingredients list for recipes I find on Pinterest). I came across an article that I knew I needed to talk about for my own selfish reasons because it is something I do not do but SHOULD do.
For some strange reason I really love the marathon distance. I love the training, the pace, pushing myself for hours and most of all wearing headbands with 26.2 on them that make it look that I have no hair.
After I have my baby I will be coming back to racing stronger and faster than ever right….okay, it is going to take a lot of work but I can’t wait to take that challenge on. I am expecting PRs while pushing a baby stroller.
After a few months of recovery the first thing I will be doing is training for and racing shorter distances. I am going to hold myself back from signing up for every marathon imaginable and really work at getting a speedy 5k, 10k and eventually half-marathon.
“Training for short races speeds up your cadence and increases the power of your push-off, making you more efficient and ultimately faster when you move back to longer distances.” (Source: Runner’s World, April 2012).
The mental benefits of doing short distances also make those 20 minutes of wanting to die completely worth it, “If you’re too ingrained in longer distances you get scared and think that is as fast as you can go.”
All the pros take time each year to run and race under-distances!
From Runner’s World:
1. DOUBLE DOWN—> Target a distance two or three stops below your usual race length.
2. MAKE IT CENTRAL—> You won’t get the physiological jolt you’re seeking by jumping into a 5k in the middle of your marathon buildup while continuing your regular 26.2 training. Set aside at least a month to focus specifically on the shorter distance, running at least one workout a week geared toward the faster pace. That will allow enough time for neuromuscular adaptations to make the quicker, more powerful stride automatic.
3. REPEAT OFTEN—> You don’t need more than a week between mile or 5k races, so try 2 or 3 times to notch a personal best while continuing your speed workouts between races.
4. EVALUATE YOUR STRENGTHS—–> you don’t have to resume regular training if your newfound speed indicates untapped potential. Who knows…maybe I will love the shorter distances and do well with them?!?!
Even though shorter distances scare me to death because for those few miles you are going ALL OUT and getting to the point of puking, I know that it will make me the marathoner that I want to be in the future.
Just for fun and because I have to include one picture of delicious food in every post:
Sunday morning waffles with cinnamon and vanilla extract mixed in. Plus, the mandatory mountain of cottage cheese. Syrup added after eating the mountain, syrup and cottage cheese must never combine.
Fellow Utahns, let’s get faster together by racing in 5ks!!! There is an awesome 5k going on May 26th, 2012 @ 9 a.m. The race will be at the Community Action Services Food Bank (815 S. Freedom Blvd. Provo, Ut 84601). You can read all about the Pepsi Refresh Community Action 5k HERE. Billy and I will be running this!
2 Race Entries and 2 $10 gift cards to the University Mall. 2 winners each get the race entry and the gift card!
To ENTER: (You must be a Utah resident)
1. Leave me a comment telling me that you want to run this 5K
For Extra Entries (optional):
2. Like University Mall on Facebook HERE. (separate comment)
3. Like Community Action Provo on Facebook HERE (separate comment).
You can still comment if you aren’t entering the giveaway:)
Do shorter distances scare you?!?! What running distance scares you the most?
How often do you get on Pinterest? What category do you mainly look at while on Pinterest?
Do you teach group exercise classes? Have you ever? Do you ever want to in the future?