Sunday, March 30, 2008

What did I get myself into?

Back in January, I agreed to be a team member of a group in my ward and run the Wasatch Back Relay. Sigh. Okay, now, I do run. I don't run far and I don't run fast - but I do run and I thought this would be a great opportunity to really step it up and do something worthwhile, challenging, but most of all motivate me to work out every single day. Our team captain, Miss Marianne, being the excellent team captain she is (not to mention sponsored marathon runner - you see all the red flags already, don't you? I'm a fool) sent us out a training regime to follow so we could be prepared come June 20-21st. The first couple weeks are a breeze and I didn't really take it seriously. "Oh I run that anyway" I thought, "I have time before I actually have to start training." Well the days came and went. My life changed a bit the last two months with the addition of "the boy" - so I lost focus (as one naturally does) of my previous goals - life and otherwise. I still ran each week - but I didn't strive to improve my distance nor my time. "I've got plenty of time...and look at the cute boy I found," was my constant excuse.

Well friends, "the boy" and I are no longer (no no no, it's okay :) I still really like the boy but it was the right thing to do. Never fear. I'm completely fine...ish) and yesterday I went out and ran 5 miles. True. Which seems really good but it was 5 miles on a flat consistent track and in perfect weather. The Wasatch Back Relay stretches from LOGAN to Park City and is 176.6 miles, overnight, on weaving, hilly, high elevation asphalt! You just got that sick feeling in your stomach for me didn't you? That "oh yeah, you're screwed" feeling. Yeeeeah. Here was the training plan I was SUPPOSED to be following the last two months. I have highlighted where I should be by now.

INTERMEDIATE TRAINING PLAN:

Date

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

Feb 4 3M 4M 3M 4M 3M 5M Rest
Feb 11 3M 4M 3M 4M 3M 6M Rest
Feb 18 4M 5M 4M 5M 4M 6M Rest
Feb 25 4M 5M 4M 5M 4M 7M Rest
Mar 3 5M 6M 5M 5M 5M 8M Rest
Mar 10 5M 6M 5M 6M 5M 10M Rest
Mar 17 5M 7M 5M 6M 5M 8M Rest
Mar 24 5M 7M 5M 7M 5M 12M Rest
Mar 31 5M 8M 5M 7M 5M 10M Rest
Apr 7 5M 8M 5M 8M 5M 13M Rest
Apr 14 5M 6M-H 5M 8M 5M 12M Rest
Apr 21 5M 7M-H 5M 3M/3M 5M 14M Rest
Apr 28 5M 8M-H 5M 9M 5M 5M/5M/3M Rest
May 5 5M 8M-H 5M 4M/4M 5M 16M Rest
May 12 5M 8M-H 5M 9M 5M 6M/4M/4M Rest
May 19 5M 8M-H 5M 5M-5M 5M 18M Rest
May 26 5M 8M-H 5M 9M 5M 5M/5M/5M Rest
Jun 2 5M 8M-H 5M 3M/3M 5M 14M Rest
Jun 9 5M 6M-H 4M 8M 4M 7M Rest
Jun 16 5M 4M 3M 2M Race Race Sleep!

Schedule Key
H = Hills - start and finish hill workouts with 10 min of easy running
/ = Multiple Runs - two to three runs within 24 hours
M = Miles

Here is a pic of the Relay I will be running in 3 months. Okay okay okay. Deep breaths. Of COURSE I'm not running the whole damn thing. Ha ha. That would be RIDICULOUS. I will be running only 3 legs of said damn thing. 12 people on our team, 36 legs, and most of them(the legs) considered moderate or easy. The very hard and hard ones I am leaving up to other team members. My team IS made up of marathon runners. They are obligated to take the 7.6M, "very hard", death hills and elevation disaster, runs. Seriously. I've ever only run a 5k and that was so crowded I didn't even get to RUN the first "K." I know I can run 5m on a track and feel fine. So I'm not THAT far behind in the program. Plus, now would be a GREAT time to find something else, anything else, to focus on for a couple months (assuming that's as long as it will take to not feel a little sad inside from time to time). So here's the plan - start training. What did you expect? That's really as far as I've gotten. Just start. I'm going to try and just pick up right where I SHOULD'VE already been and see how it goes. Now, if you recall I've been struggling with a "foot" issue - as in possible stress fracture in my foot from running on old old old, old old, running shoes. I bought new shoes to counteract this issue - and unfortunately it worked. My foot feels awesome. Well, dammit. There's no backing out of this - and besides, backing out or giving up is completely against my character - ask anyone...

Oh dear, what have I gotten myself into?

3 comments:

Laura said...

You can do it! I have faith in you!

Crazy Walker said...

Cheers cheers and more cheers for Andrea! I like cheering people from the sidelines, but I am definitely not a marathon running girl, which is why I have major props for awesome girls like you who do run them.

heidikins said...

I may or may not have signed up for a similar relay...in Oregon...sponsored by my company. 197 miles from the top of Mount Hood to the Coast...clearly I am also insane.

Good luck girly!!
xox