I’m trying to think more than a month ahead with my post-Brooklyn Half plans.
Last summer I gave up running cold turkey, in favor of half-hearted attempts at weight lifting and riding my no-gears bicycle around my impossibly hilly neighborhood. I guess I did a few bouts of treadmill intervals, but at most once every other week. I think one nice day in July I ran about 3 miles outside because it wasn’t 100 degrees so I wanted to celebrate.
I have 3 short-ish races coming up in June. First the mini 10k (which, after the BK half, I have a tentative interest in PRing). A few days later, I have the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, which is the totally normal race distance of 5.6k. But work is paying for it and giving me a tshirt, so cool. Then at the end of the month is the LGBT 5-miler in Central Park. So obviously I can’t stop running altogether.
June goal: 3-mile run twice a week, Sunday 5-6 miler.
July/August goal: treadmill intervals 3x/week, one 3-4 mile outdoor run once a week. If there’s a nice 70-ish day, take an easy run outside if I’m free.
My summer goals are based around the fact that I know I hate running outside in the heat. But I also love running in the fall, so I want to put in more effort to keep my miniscule “base.”
I also intend to focus more on strength training- I think I’m going to jump back into New Rules of Lifting for Women, but skip the sloooow phase 1. I do well with a plan, but I fell out of this routine around phase 5 or 6. I’ll hop back onboard and really try to dedicate effort to making my workouts shorter and more intense. Also, I’d like to ride my bike more.
In general, I feel a sense of balance in my life (aside from the nights I drink too much or weeks I eat too much junk) and I don’t want to focus on “weight loss” per se, but I do know that I hold most of my weight in my thighs so if I want my shorts to fit comfortably I should put a little effort into burning some far and gaining some muscle.