Monday, March 03, 2008

My Special Purpose

"My dear family, guess what. Today I found out what my special purpose is for. Gosh what a great time I had. I wish my whole family could have been here with me. Maybe some other time as I intend to do this a lot. Every chance I get."

--Navin R. Johnson (aka Steve Martin in The Jerk)

In these past few weeks of running, I feel like I have re-discovered My Special Purpose. The trisko* training is underway, and I have a direction and a focus that my running hasn't had in months. It feels like I'm going somewhere, even if I am just running on the damned treadmill.

Here's my new routine:
Monday: Weight training at the gym, yoga in the evening.
Tuesday: Short recovery run (3-5 miles)
Wednesday: Speed workouts! I will alternate quarters (aka 400 meter repeats) and tempo runs.
Thursday: Weight training and a 3 mile run
Firday: Rest
Saturday: Short runs of 3-5 miles, some at race pace, some slow.
Sunday: Long run

All of this will lead to my very first trisko on Mother's Day. And shortly after that? Time to ramp up training for my second marathon, at which I intend to PR. I intend to do this a lot. Maybe every chance I get.

*Half marathon to those of you not in the know.


Nibbles said...

I get a total rush out of following a training program, and it sounds like you are too. Hooray for progress! Hooray for Betsy! :-)

newsjunkie said...

Good for you!! I'm already starting to dread the end of my Saturday training runs. Those people are a part of my life now and it's kinda sad to think I won't see some of them again when the race is done.

Courtney said...

Bets ...

what sort of weight training do you do? Major muscle group stuff? And how long are your long runs?

after casually running for the last year, I'm just sort of thinking about training.


Non-Runner Nancy said...

Go Trisko Girl! I totally love a schedule.

Ovens2Betsy said...

That's fabulous! I look forward to reading about your progress.