Posts Tagged ‘speedwork’

Coach Becca’s kick my ass workout

October 29, 2009

So, when I started working with Coach Becca, we talked about my goals.  I have some obvious ones, like losing weight, being fit, etc.  But specific to running, I have some goals as well. 

  1. Get faster.  I’m ridiculously slow for someone who has been running for 6+ years. 
  2. Run a half marathon – well.  I’ve run 5 already, and aside from the first one, where I was just so glad I did it, I’ve never been pleased with a finish.  Lots of walking in them, tummy troubles, blah blah blah. 

So, I’m training for the Dallas Rock n Roll Half Marathon on March 14th.  That is my goal race.  As part of this, Coach Becca has me doing some running workouts that consist of something other than me running, slowly, without any real goal.  What a novel idea, huh?  So tonight, I did my first of the interval type workouts, consisting of a 10 min warm up, and then 8 repeats of 3 min at my regular pace, and 2 min at my OMG-my-lungs-may-explode pace.  Ok, not quite that bad.  But you get my drift.  I did that 8 times, then cooled down. 

And you know what?  Running out of my comfort zone is hard.  But hard is ok.  In fact, I feel friggin’ awesome right now, post shower.  I’m all “Hell yeah, I can do this!” 

So feeling this good after a run is obviously some sort of crazy state of mind.  But the good news is that it is the kind of thing that motivates me to stop sabotaging myself with junk food.  I know that a key component of getting faster will be dropping weight.  It’s like free speedwork.  So right now I am up for the challenge.  Becca has assured me that we can get this nutrition thing figured out.  But I have to get my head in the right spot.  I have to remove the things in my house that I tend to snack on all night long, when I’m not hungry. 

Speaking of crap I don’t need in the house…  Halloween is obviously right around the corner.  And since I don’t want to be a child hating neighbor, I’m going to give out candy on Saturday.  I’m going to buy stuff I don’t like.  No Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Butterfingers are coming in this house.  Bring on the nasty Almond Joys and Mounds Bars.  Sorry kiddies, hope you like coconut or whatever disgusting crap is in those.  And maybe I’ll grab a bag of those abominations, HUGS, which sully up a Hershey Kiss by making it out of white (gag) chocolate.  Good times. 

We are supposed to either have my inlaws over for Halloween, or go to a party.  That shall be another challenge.  In both places, I anticipate loads of chips, finger foods, etc.  If we go to the party, I plan to park myself outside near the bonfire, with the guys and drink a beer (one, I promise, I’m a total light weight when it comes to drinking!), versus hanging out in the kitchen with all the womenfolk.  If my inlaws come over, I will have to suck it up and ask them not to bring that kind of crap over.  I’ll make up some hearty healthy soup, and have a veggie tray. 

So, wish me luck.