Dopey Training Update 2

 

I don’t pretend to be a perfect runner, and I want to document my process during my Dopey training as honestly as possible. The truth of the matter is that I fell out of my running groove for a couple of weeks. I went on vacation for two weeks and even though I did intend on running (I packed all of my workout clothes and shoes), I only ran once while I was away.

I have a lot of respect for people who can get out there and do this without any hesitation, but In my case, bad habits die hard. I am not a natural runner by any means, and this doesn’t come easy for me, because of that, I find myself quite literally dragging my feet sometimes.

All of that aside, I finally got back out there yesterday and my run wasn’t a complete fail. I expected to end up walking most of it but surprisingly, I maintained my overall avg pace of 14 m/m. The only thing concerning me at the moment is that I am concentrating more on speed training than distance training.

I’ve been obsessing on getting faster and honestly I think its doing more harm than good. I’m getting extremely fatigued after my runs and they’re feeling more like HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) runs that endurance runs. Personally, I don’t do these races to break any records, I just want to make sure I finish them and enjoy them along the way. So I’m going to be tweaking the plan a little…

New training objective: 

I’m going to continue following the Jeff Galloway program so that I can base my training runs on the distances they recommended, but I’m no longer focusing on pace. As long as I finish my runs at a 16 m/m pace (the accepted pace for runDisney) I’ll be happy.

I’m not sure how well this will turn out, but running isn’t a “one size fits all” sport. You have to experiment and see what works for you, and that’s what I plan to do.

I’m always open to any advice from fellow runners so PLEASE feel free to share what works for you, or what you think I should try.

Dopey Training: 1st Month recap

First month? Easy enough. When I first saw the Dopey training program, I almost talked myself out of doing this race. I’ve done quite a few half marathons already, but I have never stuck to a training program for more than a month or two. It’s not to say that I don’t train for my races, I just end up doing what feels right instead of following a plan.

This time I hope to follow the plan completely through. Dopey is an intimidating challenge and I want to be assured that I am as prepared as possible. I plan to share a monthly recap as I go along, not only to keep me accountable but to highlight and progress on my part.

I am following the Jeff Galloway Dopey Program and so far, the first month has been, dare I say… easy. I’m sure that won’t last though. My body is definitely hurting; it’s been over a year since I ran consistently and it’s going to take time to for my body to adjust.


Monthly Averages

TOTAL RUNS

TOTAL MILES

AVG PACE

14

36.48

14’27


Notes: The last 5.5-mile long run was by far the hardest. I struggled to maintain my 1:30/30 interval and had to switch to 1/1 interval by mile 3. I’m happy with my finishing time but I’m also extremely anxious about all my future long runs seeing as how challenging this one turned out to be.