I had my first race since I started training with Coach Christina Enger. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Work has been a bit busy for me and I had to travel for work a few weeks ago which really got me pretty exhausted. Because I’ve been so tired, I have been taking a lot of unplanned rest days. I was bummed about them but also wasn’t too torn up about it because I knew it was taper time for the Foxboro Old Fashioned 10 miler….
I started training with a running coach this November. It has been something I’ve always been interested in but never took the leap to do. I think one of the reasons I didn’t get a coach was that I wanted to try to learn how to create training plans myself. I went through Road Runners of America Coaching certification (many years ago!) and read often about strength training for runners and nutrition. It was just fun for me to geek out about running and how to improve or train smarter. Also–there is the cost of having a coach which was a deterrent for me.
My coworker, Jay, decided to find a coach through TrainingPeaks and started to see some great results. He gave me some idea of what his workouts were like and mentioned how he enjoyed the “quality” workouts over “quantity” of workouts or miles.
As I started to see how much I was putting on my plate, I was realizing that it might be nice to have someone else design my workouts. Who says I couldn’t still learn from that experience? I decided it was time to bite the bullet and hire a coach. I wanted to do it at some point in my life and now seems like the perfect time. I want to TRY to get back to my old marathon PR before I decide to start a family and not know what types of changes my body will go through. And I was just curious to see what it would be like to train with a coach. I don’t have to worry about designing the perfect workout because someone else would do it for me. If I had questions about the design, I could ask Coach.
Here’s what I’ve seen so far with my experience with a coach……
I’ve run Boston’s Run to Remember 3 years now. The half marathon twice and the 5 miler once. I like the race because it is convenient and pretty well run. The course is familiar and I get to see so many people I know cheering.
Last year, I co-hosted The Balanced Runners group with Cara from the Balanced Bod. We all ran either the 5 miler or the half marathon. It was a Facebook group where we could chat about training, nutrition and balancing it all. We also hosted a few group runs.
Well–I wanted to do something similar this year! I’m running Boston’s Run to Remember on Sunday, May 27th and I want YOU to join me!! This year I have a few different opportunities related to the race I wanted to share.
I haven’t blogged in forever, but when my running coach suggested writing a race report so that I could keep track of how the race went to learn from–I decided it was time to bring it back.
For some background–NYC marathon wasn’t originally a goal race for me. I had signed up for Portland, Oregon Marathon in October and that was going to be my goal race. One day, I noticed that you could get a NYC marathon bib for free if you had enough New Balance points. Well…I had enough New Balance points because I am a regular shopper there and workouts verified by GPS + Strava counted towards points! I didn’t know if this option would be available in the future, so I decided to give it a go. I figured that I could run it as a slow, long run if Portland marathon went really well.
Portland Marathon went well (3:41:50 = 8:28 avg pace), but it didn’t go as well as I wanted it to. Short story–I felt like I wanted to quit the entire race and was sick leading up to the race. Regardless–I still wanted to treat NYC as a long run and would really try to listen to how my body felt. It ended up that I felt really good and did even better than I had at Portland! I finished NYC marathon in 3:35:48 (8:14 avg pace)! Before I get into the race itself, I want to talk about leading up to the race and some of the things that Coach suggested that I take note of…