I talked with my running coach for the first time yesterday and let me say right away, I feel very relieved! I have been worrying a bit about my 2013 marathon training and how daunting it all seems. I also had not been feeling very sure of how to truly approach it. Sure I can try a Hal Higdon plan, or a great Another Mother Runner plan, yet I just wasn’t quite sure how to personalize it more for me. I want to run strong and well. I want to keep injury at bay.
Meet my new running coach!
Meet my Coach Erin! Who I’m sure many of you know! I am very excited to work with Erin during 2013 to tackle the two marathons I’m hoping to accomplish. She is training for full marathons as well as trying to make it to the next Olympic Trials all while being a mother of 12. I just knew she would know how to guide me smartly through my goals! She’s put together a plan for me to start with and we will adjust as necessary. Something new for me is the schedule and I’m actually happy to mix things up a bit. I will be running with this schedule:
runs on Mon-Tues-Wed, long run Friday, flex day Saturday, rest days Sunday and Thursdays
We decided to move long run day to Friday instead of Saturday so I would get some quieter weekends and since kiddo is in school, I have a little break when I get home from the long run to recover and rest.
Let it snow
We’ve received another round of snowfall, this time the gorgeous kind you wish for on Christmas Day. Our city is always on top of plowing the roads, but unfortunately none of my regular running paths are clear. I foresee more treadmill runs for a while until some of this clears up. I have a pair of Yak Trax, yet running in them is not really in my game plan. As Coach Erin and I discussed a bit yesterday, they could possibly alter form and let’s face it, I don’t want to risk slipping in ice right now. I ran once or twice last winter in them and knowing how that experience went, I rather be on the treadmill if the conditions are this sketchy to need them. I ran all last winter in the bitter cold, but we didn’t have much snow and ice so I was always able to get out. I don’t think we’re going to have that mild of a winter this year, however. The Yak Trax are great to get some winter walks in and I will say, they are very good at doing what they are designed to do – keep you from slipping around and getting a good grip in the ice and snow. My mission is full marathon training, not trail running, so I am aiming to keep at the task at hand.
Do you like to run in the snow?