Building a Base

As I gear up to begin training for the Buffalo Marathon in less than two months, I’ve been working on building a solid base of running. As I’ve never done used this strategy, I’m completing shooting from the hip. My running, in general, is irregular as my gym schedule is heavily based on the time I leave work and the time in which I should be there the next day. Yes, I said gym schedule. I can give those thanks to living near the great lakes. It’s snowing tonight and isn’t supposed to stop much, if at all, so my already cold Thanksgiving “turkey trot” (long run) will also be very snowy.

I have worked on initiating tempo runs into the mix approximately two days a week. This allows some speed work to be done while also lowering the level of dullness that a treadmill brings. This winter appears as if it’ll be a rough one, so the majority of my workouts will potentially be done on the treadmill, except for long runs. My long runs have ranged from four miles to nine miles, depending on time available on the weekend. My Thanksgiving Day goal is for a twelve mile run and it may or may not happen depending on the importance of sleeping in or arriving at dinner on time.

My biggest issue, as always, is my nutrition. While I attempt to make smart choices when I eat, I’m also prone to the worst eating habits of any runner out there. I can’t even make excuses for myself anymore. So if anyone has any tips and tricks, I’d be happy to try them out.

One thing that I would like to point out is that I’m terrified about training for this race, especially with the winter northwestern Pennsylvania will potentially have this year. I continually doubt myself because it be the longest race thus far and a part of me is worried about my IT band and becoming injured. I’ve looked over my training schedule several times and have questioned myself and mostly because I’m beyond terrible at following a training plan. I will almost have to ask someone to help keep me accountable for the miles I need to run. I know how I am after a long day at work when hopping on a treadmill is the last thing on my mind. I can do this though, right? I can do it. I have to keep believing that which is the hardest part.

Random fact of the day: My final chicken has finally bit the dust at the hands of my friend’s dog. It’s time to begin the persuasion of chickens in the spring =)

Titling a blog post is the worst.

My favorite holiday has officially come and gone. Why I absolutely rocked my Rosie the Riveter costume at the Dead Milkmen show in Cleveland, it is now time to deal with obnoxious holiday music in every store and gear up for massive amounts of cookies and food.
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Part 1: I learned how to make a turkey for the first time today. Which means that I’m slightly more domesticated than I was previously was and will, one day, potentially be able to do it on my own without calling my mother (I’ll probably call her anyways).

Part 2: I registered for the 2014 Buffalo Marathon! It’s on May 25th this year and marathon training begins on January 20th, right in time for the end of holiday deliciousness. I’m going to attempt with keeping my fitness up and working on a general schedule in order to successfully kick training off. I’m going to use the Intermediate Plan from Runner’s World Complete Book of Running which equals to approximately 30 miles a week. I’m excited to train properly though, as I’ve learned how to cheat on my training for half marathons. I’ll be checking in with my progress.

Part 3: Remember my chickens? There’s one lady left and she’s laying eggs like a champ. She has also made the most interesting relationship with the two horses in the barn, and it’s interesting to watch their interactions with each other. It’s a friendship not normally seen, at least not to me, but the chicken has found a sort of protection from the horses.

As far as the title? I fully believe it. I’m not creative enough to title my posts, they are the weakest part of this blog . . . well, other than my non-consistent posts.