This morning while making Sasha’s breakfast and my much-needed mug of caffeine, it dawned on me that today is the NYC Marathon. I’m usually in the “know” when it comes to this sport. I LOVE watching these athletes run through NYC! How incredible for Shalane Flannigan, who became the first U.S. female runner to win the world’s largest marathon since Miki Gorman in 1977. With her first victory in just her second appearance at the New York City Marathon, she became the sixth U.S. women’s champion in the event and recorded the second-fastest time by a U.S. woman after Kara Goucher. Both Kara Goucher and Shalane Flannigan have been long time inspirations for me going back to when I first started running in 2008.
Would I ever do a full marathon? No. Would I want to? No. Do I think these athletes have superpowers? Absolutely! I think I was more starstruck meeting Kara Goucher in person that I would be if I ever met some Hollywood Actor or Actress. No lie. There is something so calming and peaceful about running even though it’s so challenging and exhausting. When I was pregnant with Sasha, I was exhausted. If I saw someone running while I was driving, a piece of me was so envious because I was carrying this munchkin too exhausted to get off the couch let alone run!
Now four years later from being pregnant and nine years later since I started running, I want to tell you that I still have a deep love and connection for running. It’s not going anywhere.
As promised last week, here is the run schedule for the first week
In addition to the runs, you will notice upper body and legs next to the run or the day of the week. In this phase, you’ll get your body ready for the weeks ahead. This is considered low paced running. Try not to get the itch to speed up like me! The harder phases are coming up soon enough! I started this new program on October 30th. I will list my times and the times the runs SHOULD have been run in. I am running too fast. Thanks to David Siik!
October 30- Monday. 2-mile run- Goal is 15:03 minute per mile. I ran a 9:59-minute mile.
November 1- Wednesday:2-mile run Goal is 15:03 per mile. I ran a 10:16-minute mile
November 3- Friday: 2-mile run-Goal is 15:03 per mile. I ran a 10:07-minute mile.
November 5– Sunday: 2-mile run goal is 15:03 per mile. I ran a 10:39-minute mile