Although I want to keep up a decent amount of weekly mileage (both to meet my annual goal of 1,000 miles, and just to keep a good base for future race training), I'm going to switch gears somewhat to focus on speed instead of distance.
Specifically I want to:
1. Run a mile in under 8:56 (my life-time mile record, set in 8th grade PE class). My current adult record is
2. Run a 5k in under 30 minutes (9:39 pace). My current official race PR is 34:11 (11:00 pace), but more recently I did a training run 5k in 31:33 (10:10 pace).
3. Set a new 10k PR - I've only done one, and it was an off day so it was a ridiculously slow pace even by my standards.
November 16: Cause and Event 10k
Thanksgiving: Our holiday plans are still up in the air, but I'll hopefully be able to do a Turkey Trot
December 15: Holiday Half 5k
January 1: First Run 5k
March 1: Champoeg 30k - maybe? I'm sensing a pattern of being overly optimistic when it comes to races, but given a two week taper, this would have peak training February 15, which isn't so far into tax season, I think that might be doable. Or maybe save this race for 2015, as a precursor to the next round of marathon training?
April 19: Hip Hop Half 5k
May 4: Bloomsday 12k
May tbd: Hippie Chick half marathon
Yep, I want to get into triathlons. Do at least one, anyways. My goal race is Aluminum Man next fall - ideally the olympic distance, but there's also a sprint option.
In the past ten years or so, I've swam once, and attempted to ride a bike a couple times (it's scary! The whole "it's just like a riding a bike" is kind of true, but not completely, in my opinion). I swam and rode a bike tons as a kid, though, so I'm not starting completely from scratch, but I do need to re-learn a lot of the nuances.
When I started running, all I needed was a pair of shoes and a watch. For this, I'll need a bit more stuff. (Though there is a stationary bike in my apartment complex's fitness center, so I can get started with that.) On my to-do list before I even start pre-training:
- Buy a swimsuit. I just received a suit that I ordered on clearance from Athleta, but need to return it to try different sizes.
- Buy swimming accessories - goggles and swim cap. I assume swim caps are pretty generic across the board? No idea what to look for in goggles. Eventually, I'd like to get prescription goggles. I can see well enough to follow a lane in a pool, but for an open water swim I'd rather have corrective lenses.
- Find a place to swim. I think there are a couple gyms near by with indoor pools, but they cost more than I'd rather pay each month, especially since I wouldn't necessarily be taking advantage of other amenities like classes. Maybe put this off until after tax season so I know I'll use a gym or pool membership enough to make it worth the cost?
- Buy a bike. I'd like to buy a used one, but through a bike shop so I make sure I get the right size and get fitted.
- Do I need any bike accessories? What kind of distance/time on a bike is feasible before you need padded shorts? I'm not aiming to do a century or anything yet, so would I probably be ok wearing running shorts? I'm not planning on getting clip-in pedals until I'm more comfortable riding a bike in general, so I won't need biking shoes yet.
Yoga: Been going once a week, and planning to continue that. I'd like to go to class twice a week, but I don't think that's feasible schedule-wise, especially with everything else I want to do. Perhaps adding in a yoga video once a week in addition to a class is doable.
Kemme Fitness: This is a functional fitness workout system, designed to be as accessible as possible (there are even instructions to make the equipment needed). You can just select individual workouts, or follow a 12-week program. I attempted the K-Fit program a while ago, and it was pretty tough. Especially since so many of the exercises are body-weight movements, it's harder to scale them down, the way you could by merely reducing the weight on a machine exercise. I think I'll give K-Basic a try.