It’s almost June! Where did the spring go? If you were on the east coast, we had cold with snow, cold with rain, and then – as of four days ago, summer! No spring. Bah. There were literally no “70 degrees and sunny” days for our entire spring! How is that possible?
Well, since summer is here, I guess it’s time to get training again! I have BIG goals for this fall’s marathon cycle (like “30 minute PR” sized goals) and I’m running both Marine Corps Marathon and the Richmond Marathon (not exactly well planned…) so I decided to hire a coach!
My last attempt at coaching was a triathlon coach and that didn’t go well. She was long distance and, well, it was not a good fit. At all.
My new running coach is totally different from the first one. She is local and I have seen her work with other athletes. I have seen enough of her “in action” to think that I like her style. Also, huge bonus, I get to work with someone who can actually meet me for in-person coaching sessions! I’m super excited about that!
To kind of ease us into the relationship, and to get my legs back under me after the (kinda) break I took after Roanoke, we decided to start my plan with June 1, even though the meat-and-potatoes training doesn’t start until the end of June. I received my plan over the weekend and was a bit… uh…
Once I calmed down, I decided it was for the best. Granted, starting my true training week at 34 miles is a bit unexpected but, I need to trust the process and see what happens. I need to trust that she is writing a plan to help me meet my goals (which she didn’t laugh at, BTW) just as she trusts me to do the work and give feedback about any problems.
I can already tell it’s going to be an interesting summer! Thank goodness Little Runner is old enough for me to safely nap by the pool while he swims. I think I’m going to need the rest 🙂