Training Time and Training Mindset

We are in the middle of training season, the weather is perfect in AZ and all I want to do is run!

BUT I’ve been out of my training cycle since the Women’s Half was cancelled and we went on vacation.  I exercised while we were away, but the volume and mileage just weren’t there.  I’m working on getting back into a routine and I’m getting back into the swing of things.  I’m trying to decide between some training plans on the Pear app or doing the Run Less Run Faster method (I used RLRF for the Phoenix Half last March).


Last week in our Dawn Patrol workout (at the gym), we ran a timed mile on the treadmill.  I ran my mile in 9:08!  What?!?!  I don’t feel like I am getting faster, but now there’s proof.

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Magic Mile Pace calculated from

Sunday’s long run ended up being a 7 miler to catch up on miles, but there was a lot of walking involved.

I sat down this afternoon to plan out the rest of my training schedule and I am feeling a little bit overwhelmed.  Next week, I’m running a 5k and the following week is an inaugural 10k, the Hot Chocolate 15k is 5 weeks away, and I just realized that the first half marathon (Fiesta Bowl) of the season is 6 weeks away!  Aaack!

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Fall Training Calendar — first pass.

rUnladylike’s recent article on injury prevention was really timely.  Even though I’ve completed 6 half marathons, I still need to take a look at the big picture and make sure that I’m not increasing my mileage too fast and that I’m taking better care of myself during race season!

I was also contemplating run/walk intervals for the Fiesta Bowl and after taking a look the Jeff Galloway Magic Mile calculator (  I also need to adjust my pace for my long runs.

The training schedule needs to be something that is manageable and fun.  I must be prepared for this season, but also remember that Race Day is a celebration of training!

My pace… my peace.

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