Monday, December 2, 2013

glass slipper training starts... today!

this is the second of my "it starts today!" posts this week - normally i'm not so redundant.

last week i wrote about burnout (and holy crap, thank you for all the wonderful thoughts, shares, comments... just amazing). this week, i'm starting my training plan for the glass slipper challenge. most training plans would have had me start training at the beginning of november or even the beginning of october, but i desperately needed the time off from the last half marathon until now to rest up and heal. 

and now, i'm prepping for the glass slipper challenge (which is a 10k followed by a half marathon the next day). given the burnout i'm coming out of, or working through, i probably should not have signed up for the challenge. but you never know what the future will bring when you sign up for a race nearly 9 months before! you live, you learn. 

my trainer helped me figure out a plan to combat and prevent further burnout during the next few months. since burnout is usually a function of both intensity and volume, we're going to focus on dialing down the intensity part of the equation. this means: no pace goals. i've never done a training plan, at least in recent years, without a pace goal on each training run so this is going to be a total change for me. but, this is 100% the training change i need. i obsess over paces. i put way too much pressure on myself to hit target paces. and when i don't hit those paces on the mark, i crumble. i mentally fall apart and beat myself up and tell myself i'm not good enough (this explains why i hate interval runs, too). no wonder i've been mentally burnt out, the mental punishment i've been putting myself through is brutal!!

these are the medals i'm going to be racing for. talk about
motivation :) 

from here on out, my only goal is to hit my mileage and thats it. what i love about this new training plan is that my trainer only perscribed the long run i need to do and the total miles needed for the week. which means i can make up the other miles outside the run in any kind of distance splits as i choose. for example, this week i need to do a 6 mile long run and a total of 12 miles. this means i have another 6 miles to get in that i can decide how i want to do them - two 3-mile runs or a 4 mile and a 2 miler... the choice is mine! AND I LOVE IT. i love this flexibility - i think this will really help to overcome the burnout factor.

i will say that i don't know how i'm going to avoid thinking about pace. that's going to be a mental challenge in itself. but i'm thinking i can either tape off the pace part of my garmin or i can attach my garmin to my ankle like a tracker... practical, i know. ;) if you have any tips on how to cover up the time on my garmin, i'd greatly appreciate them!

i have enough confidence in myself as a runner that i think i can hit my sub two hour goal without training towards specific paces. my only real goal then, aside from getting to the mile targets, is to work on the mental element of letting the pressure go and just enjoying the run and the challenge of long distances. well, another goal is to run injury free, too!

so here's a toast to a new training plan, a new challenge and starting on the road to disney!

when you're training for a race, are your training targets mile based? or do you train to hit specific paces? or both?! 

are you training for the glass slipper challenge or the disney princess half marathon? have you started training?




16 comments:

  1. Good luck with the new approach. Sounds like a great plan. As for not seeing pace, check the instructions for your Garmin. I think most models let you modify the screen options or flip to a screen that just shows time, etc.

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    1. I hope my Garmin has this feature!!! I never knew this existed but could be because my Garmin is from the dinosaur age :)

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  2. I always do a mile based goal because my pace is so variable depending on how I feel. Your training plan sounds amazing, and I give you major props for training to do two races back to back like that!

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    1. :) I hope that I am brave in my adventure, and not stupid! Haha

      And you're right - depending on how you feel can impact pace SO dramatically. It really isn't fair to determine your self worth as a runner based on pace.... something I am slowly learning!

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  3. Ugh my comment just got deleted. The abridged version is that I always train for distance and not pace, which is probably why I'm so slow haha. I'm very impressed with you running two races back to back! The new training plan sounds great!

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  4. Good luck with the new way of training! I *hate* pace runs. I just do whatever feels comfortable that day. My pace varies depending whether or not I run on the treadmill (which is about 3 times a week) and I am much slower outside. Those medals are amazing! It is my goal to run Disney!

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    1. I hate pace runs too! Just feel like such a failure if I'm not right on the pace of faster. Its ridiculous. Hope you can do a Disney race. They are amazing and worth every penny!

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  5. Good luck with the new way of training! I *hate* pace runs. I just do whatever feels comfortable that day. My pace varies depending whether or not I run on the treadmill (which is about 3 times a week) and I am much slower outside. Those medals are amazing! It is my goal to run Disney!

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  6. I love the flexibility you're getting with the non-long runs! Also, like Karly said, I don't know if all Garmins have this option, but I know mine lets you choose which parameters are shown on the screen. So for sure check your manual (I think they have them online for download if you don't have the hard copy) to see if you have that option!

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    1. I'm going to have to look into that feature. I have an older Garmin, so not sure if I will have that flexibility, but I'm hoping so!!!

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  7. Good luck to you! Those medals are amazing. It is my dream to do a Disney run someday!

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    1. I hope you're able to do one someday! They really are the best!

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  8. I can't wait to hear what you think of the Disney race as I'm thinking of doing one. They sound like such fun :)

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    1. I LOVE DISNEY RACES!!! Not only are they fun, but they are so well organized, the expos are awesome and the race swag is awesome. They are expensive, but I think they're totally worth it! I've done a handful of them now!

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  9. I am training for my first half in April and have been so frustrated I can't hit my paces in the colder weather. I've finally just given up and will just run my mileage with no pace goals. Good luck in your training!

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    1. Paces are typically slower in winter - so don't beat yourself up! If you keep doing what you're doing, I bet you'll be faster in spring as a result! Thats what always happens to me, anyway. Its always a lovely surprise! Winter running is so, so hard! Do you have lots of snow? Or just cold? I'm battling mounds of snow right now... days like these I wish I loved somewhere south!

      Good luck with your training - you'll rock your half come April!

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