Monday, May 12, 2008

Team Training

Today was the first day of my running with MIM. I haven't officially joined yet (trial evaluation period) but I liked what I saw today. Actually, I am thrilled after my first workout. The first thing I noticed was I wasn't alone...there were other 'newbie's' like myself, second-I had seen many of the faces I saw today. Only difference was they weren't passing me at the race...I was running along side them. I actually held a conversation with some of them, it's funny how I noticed them yet, they don't remember ever seeing me. haha

We started with some sculpting exercises, did a few short runs, did some running drills and then did a few longer runs. Mark 'the coach/trainer' came up along side and provided some pointers and support for my running technique - I can't say that I had ever thought of it that way, but I am willing to try something new to my random method.

For the most part I had been running distance, pushing myself to run when I was tired or out of breath...I just thought that if I kept going eventually it would get easier. Mark disagrees and has a different plan so why not. I had done quite a bit of research on marathon training schedules, user advice, etc. I don't however have the first clue about actual training technique...I've always just gone out and run, no real form or technique, just all out running and eventually it gets easier and I go farther. It was never about speed so I guess it didn't matter, but it's about speed baby!

Can you tell I'm excited?! Yes, there isn't much that could deter my mood except for my bad motherness. In my excitement to be running with MIM today I totally spaced on the schools awards ceremony. It wasn't until I was almost home and I saw people at the center that I thought it might have been tonight. Yes, it was and now I feel horrible. It was the only thing not put on the calendar, she didn't even realize about the awards ceremony otherwise she wouldn't have let me forget. Yes, I'm a bad mom-I feel selfish for going but happy that I did. I guess something had to give and this was it.

You live and you learn...


Jojo said...

Hey Kel, what is MIM? and what did the trainer say about that is wrong to push if ure tired or out of breath? I'd really like to know too!

Kel said...

JoJo -
MIM is memphis in motion (the group) and what he said about running/pushing yourself when you are out of breath is that I would be conditioning ANaerobically as opposed to aerobically. Basically I am teaching myself to struggle while I run and never really letting myself learn to 'enjoy' the process. I should be running at about 70% of my heart rate (able to talk without too much of a struggle), if I train like this (more of a run/walk style) then I will be better conditioned and able to run with a lower heart rate therefore I'm able to expend less energy. There is a bit more to it, but that is the basics of what he said. I'm really intrigued by this since this isn't what I thought at all, but I'll keep you posted as to if it makes a difference.

Semi-Charmed Wife said...

That's so awesome! I've considered doing a marathon training program, but my work schedule is so erratic that it's hard for me to show up consistently to pretty much anything. Definitely keep us posted! When is your marathon & which one are you doing? (I'm doing the Marine Corps Marathon in DC on October 26...)