Training Plan

Making Myself a Training Plan.

by Sara on September 12, 2016

Last weekend I sat down and did something I haven’t done in over a year.  I made myself a training plan.  For a race.

Um, Sara didn’t you just post about how running was not working out for you right now?

Well yes..

Um, Sara haven’t you been preaching all summer, about how fitness has finally been fun and you’re enjoying doing spin and weight lifting and boxing and having more flexibility in your workout schedule?


What gives then?

Well here’s the thing.  It all started with Shack Track & Field about a month ago.  I can’t believe I have lived in Baltimore for a year now and hadn’t made it out to a single run with Charm City Run.  For the first mile and a half I wanted to die.  I had a side stitch.  It was hot.  It hurt.  How did I love this for so long?  And then after 2 miles went by something clicked inside me and I felt amazing.  Oh yea this is why I loved running.

The free drink at Shake Shack afterwards might have clouded my judgement on this one a little bit.


A few weeks later I went out to one of the Charm City Run Thursday night group runs.  The same feels happened all over again.  Mile 1 – I hate this.  Mile 2 – Why are we even doing this.  Mile 3 – Oh wait I actually like this it’s not that bad.

Not too long after that, Ralph ran the Charles Street 12 and because I like taking advantage of this city life we live I thought, why not just run to meet him at the finish.  The weather was pretty perfect, nice and cool and I was out so early there was no one else really around.  That and everyone who was a runner was probably in the race already.  That moment pretty much sealed the deal, I wanted to race again.

Long run, just part of the training plan

Haha nope just kidding about that last part.  I was already signed up for a race when I went on that adventurous Saturday morning run.  But it certainly reminded me that I loved running.  Ralph and I decided to sign up for the Baltimore Running Festival 5k {which is in about a month – yikes!} and I realized I better get my butt in gear if I didn’t want to totally embarrass myself and/or end up hurt like the last time I raced.

However, this time I was determined to do it differently.  Instead of ditching the spin, weights, and boxing, I wanted to find a way to incorporate all of those things into my schedule.  The first thing I needed to do was figure out just how much I had been running, or exercising in general, for the previous four weeks or so.  Turns out not that much, although I have been consistently been doing an upper body weights day usually with some core added in on Sundays.

Then I wrote down the things that were pre scheduled and out of my control like spin or group runs.  I quickly realized I was going to have to chose between boxing and Thursday group runs.  That was a bit of a bummer but in order or priority that one was kind of at the bottom.  Spin was important because for me, it would mimic speed work since the intensity is so high but easier on my body than running.  Lifting is super important because it’s what’s allowed me to become a more well rounded athlete and honestly I think over time will make me a much better running.  And that last thing highlighted in yellow…. oh yea Ralph and I are getting an open water SCUBA certification starting last week and that’s going to take up some time as well.  All of this and oh yea, I still have a full time job.

But that’s just life amiright?

Sara's training plan

So here we go.

This training plan is a work in progress.  It is not meant to be 100% set in stone, in fact I’ve already changed it about 4 times in the past week as I realize partly it was too ambitious and partly to get the most variety

Here’s to chasing big dreams friends.  Hopefully I come out the other end of this training plan alive.

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