Well, the little bloggy blog was down all last night and this morning so instead of writing this post I spent time with my new bosses. I got to clean up some serious, um, shall we call them “messes” inside the house. You don’t even want to know. And yeah, Harvey will not have a good report for Santa tonight. Ugh.
Hmm… let’s see…
Tuesday- Ran 5.5 colorful miles on the treadmill with an AT set thrown in there. (That wasn’t too fun. I explain more later.)
Taught a BOSU class.
Wednesday- Taught spin class.
Ran 7 easy miles (much less colorful) on the treadmill while catching the tail end of Kelly and Michael and the beginning of The View.
(By the way, is it me, or is Barbara Walters really looking good these days?)
So finally I’m going to tell you about my coach and what he’s got me doing. Not that you’ve all been sitting on the edge of your seats waiting, but I’m really excited about it,think he is one amazing cool coach and author and want to share.
I thought about not having any random food pictures on here at all today, but I just can’t do it.
The other morning I went for the ultimate pear breakfast salad again, but subbed in a persimmon for the pear. It came out pretty well and of course I have to have my new healthy apple microwave muffin on the side (I subbed in pumpkin for the applesauce though).
My lunch was the same two days in a row.
Don’t mind me. Just eating on the floor in the TV room after a long morning.
Oh yeah, I added some two ingredient dark chocolate frosting to that one too. And that peanut butter is Trader Joe’s brand that I think was recalled. I probably shouldn’t be eating it. Hmmmm…..
I forgot how good they are. Messy, yes, but still good.
This morning has been all about Love Grown Foods Cocoa Goodness granola.
Oops. I told myself I was going to save it for a special occasion and not have any packaged snacks until after Christmas. Guess that didn’t go over so well. Stress does that too me. Eeekkk….
Okay, moving on.
Let’s meet my coach.
So I met Jason back in the beginning of July at the IDEA World Fitness Convention. I attended one of his sessions on running.
I thought it was a lecture. It was not.
Um… someone did not tell me this was going to be a workout people. I thought I was going to be taking notes.
It was more of a 800 interval repeat workout complete with proper warm ups (which I always forget to do- don’t tell).
Of course I tried to be “that girl” who asked a bunch of questions at the end and become best friends with the Dr. Really, I did have a lot of running questions (and still do). Seriously, I don’t know that much about running other than I love it, I love racing and I know I’m supposed to be doing it. I’m learning little by little, even though I’m finding my passion later in life.
Of course I decided that my goal was to get him to be my coach someday.
I was so impressed with his knowledge and inspired by what he said and taught us in that short session that I bought his book Running For Women.
I even had him sign it.
He’s a pretty funny guy and his book is pretty darn informative for women.
I attended another one of his sessions a couple of months ago at another training event for fitness professionals.
This one was a lecture about training for endurance events.
We learned a lot about the science of endurance. Some of the simple tips I walked away with were these:
- The number of miles (or time) run each week is the most important part of endurance training.
- You need high carbohydrates and high protein to recover quickly after hard workouts.
- On long runs you want to deplete carbs so your body is threatened. Your body will adapt and make more and next time you’ll be able to go longer.
- Men run faster. They have bigger hearts and can send more blood to working muscles. (We better show them up, yes?)
This session lit a fire in me. As I sat there I had this feeling that I wanted to push myself and find out what I was capable of. I knew I needed Run Coach Jason to help.
I already have the perfect Mizuno shoes, I already log the long slow miles, I already have the competiveness in racing and I already have a pretty full calendar of upcoming races in 2013.
I just needed a plan and someone to really make me work. If I want to do better, my leisurely jogs while watching TV on the treadmill aren’t going to cut it.
After countless emails, my new coach finally agreed to take me under his wing for a short time.
Well friends, I’m not kidding you, this guy knows his stuff. His approach is very systematic and thorough.
I started my training plan last week. The first four weeks the main emphasis is aerobic capacity by increasing the weekly mileage and acidosis (lactate) threshold.
I’m running about 45 miles per week, with 1-2 AT workouts in the mix. On my AT workout days I have a few miles I need to run at a faster pace that he calculated for me from my questionnaire. Um….. AT intervals- not easy. Yesterday I maintained a 6:44 pace for 1.5 miles and then 6:40 pace for 1.5 and yes, I felt like I was going to barf. But……… you’ve got to work hard if it’s something you really want, right?
I am one lucky gal and I keep telling myself I better bring it. My first big workout was last Friday after Thanksgiving so I had all kinds of excuses for Jason why I didn’t run faster than I did. He told me I better bring my A game to the AT workouts. He’s so right.
Especially since I have some silly goal that one day I’ll run a sub 3:00 marathon and maybe, just maybe win a half marathon race. I want to cross that darn finish line as the first woman runner. (I really can’t believe I’m putting that in writing.)
I’m scared of hard work.
I’m scared of success.
Why is that? Why are we always scared to really let ourselves see how much we can achieve? It just doesn’t make sense and I don’t think it’s just me, right? I still don’t get it and wish I knew how to overcome it. Maybe someday I’ll figure it out.
Oh man, enough rambling.
I did head down to Road Runner Sports in San Diego last night to meet up with Coach Jason.
He was there for a book signing and for the release of his brand new book Running a Marathon for Dummies.
If you’re thinking about running a marathon and are just not sure where to start or want some really great, easy to follow tips on training, this book is a good one. It really gives you everything you need to know.
When looking it over really quick last night this jumped out at me.
I totally get the post-marathon blues ever single race. I actually think I still have them a bit after the big Runner’s World Half Marathon race.
Hopefully working with my new coach will help me snap out of it.
Oh and heck yeah, I bought his new book.
This guy does it all.
Oh man, this ended up being a lot longer than I planned. Oops.
I better get going. I have a couple classes to teach tonight at the gym. See you soon! I have another special Mezamashii Run Project invite to give away coming up.
Feel free to “like” my new coach on his Facebook page here:
Have you ever worked with a coach or followed a training plan?