Sunday, September 4, 2011

I'm Eintstein's Definition of Insanity

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

I’ve been mulling over the 5k from a couple weeks ago, and thinking about my goals for upcoming races.....

I know how to put a proper training plan together. I know what type of workouts I should be doing. Yet I do the same stuff over and over. I throw together workouts on the fly depending on how I feel that day. I slack in areas like speedwork on the track because I hate doing it. My "long runs" have never really been long enough for the distances I race (por ejemplo).

However, I've gotten stuck in cycles of pushing too hard on a daily basis before. Then feel like crap at races because I’ve beaten myself up.

I’m not getting any younger though. I’ve been running for over 15 years. Can I really expect to see large gains at this point anyway?

Bringing you the 21 minute 5k since 1994

This week’s workouts:

Monday: 4 miles (outside, flat-course) in 31:14
Tuesday: off (travel day back from NJ)
Wednesday: 6.4 mi (outside, hilly course) w/ jogging stroller in 54:03
Thursday: PT (Trigger Point Needling and TENS treatment)
Friday: 6.0 mi run (outside, hilly course) in 47:49, core
Saturday: 1 mi TM (@7.0, 1% incline), 60 min spin class, 1 mi TM (@7.3, 1% incline), core
Sunday: 1 mi jog w. stroller, stretching

Tomorrow the family will be joining me for the Big Peach Sizzler 10K. This was a really fun race last year. Not sure if I’ll push Emily again or try to race it on my own. Since I’ve been consistently running for the past year, if I have a good day that should equate to like, a whole 5 second PR :/

Maybe I should hire a coach just for the accountability? I feel like I run hard, but don’t see improvements. Should I be happy I'm even maintaining at this point? I don't know what goals are reasonable to set for myself.

On a positive note, welcome September! What are your plans for the long weekend?


  1. I say hire the coach. If you want to hit new accomplishments a coach can give the insight and of course the much needed accountability!

  2. Tina @ Faith Fitness FunSeptember 4, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    It's getting hard for me to have much motivation for specific training workouts like speed runs at the track. I'm with you that I love doing my own thing...which works fine for me right now since I don't have any PRs I'm aiming to beat or anything, but I see where you're coming from. Sorry I'm no help! LOL

  3. I can see how it would be frustrating, but you still run really, really fast! I know that's not a particularly helpful comment!

    Good luck at the race today. I did that race last year.

  4. well, I think I would evaluate -what are your goals? and if you had a coach giving you a workout, would you follow it? I kind of like making up my own workouts but having a coach via my running club has enabled me to have some focus and know that I should do different workouts in the pool and bike then just 1 hour straight. In terms of running, I don't even feel like I'm running enough with the coach and that the coach provides me enough feedback. If you go for a coach, I would spend a lot of money to get a good one. I love that picture from the race last year!

  5. I am considering a coach too... it appears that I'm stuck at 23 and I think my stride is jacked up.

    Hope you had a great race this morning!

  6. Kristy @ KristyRuns.comSeptember 6, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    It was great seeing you yesterday! Can't wait 'til the North Face Endurance Challenge! :)

  7. Okay, I have A LOT to say on this....i tend to ramble so lets see if i can break this down in point form to stay on track:
    - YES you CAN see improvements. HUGE improvements still if you really want to.
    -you DO need to slow down and take most of your runs EASY PEASY (low heart rate 140-155) if you want to see results and save your energy for race days
    -a coach is a GREAT idea! that's why I hired one...b/c I NEED accountability in order to stay on track and get my butt out of bed some mornings.
    -have you increased your mileage at all over the past year? or do you do the same amount of miles every week..if so how many?

    I highly recommend Joel Gordon. he coaches from a distance and EVERY single one of my friends who has hired him has seen MaSSIVE results. I went from a 1:46 half (which I Could not break) to a 1:32 half in 7mos. email me privately if you have more questions or want to talk.
    I believe from the bottom of my heart that you can do this! you are probably just stuck in a plateau. Once you change things up, get some proper will SORE!! xxxx

  8. oh..i never finihsed my first thought. I meant to say take your easy runs EASY but then bust your butt on your track workouts and any long progression runs or tempo runs you do:)

  9. Your absolutely right Nicole, I know better yet I do the same distance ever week and every run at the same pace. I can't get myself to slow down for fear of "wasting" those miles. Conversely I don't push hard enough when I should be running "fast".

    It's not like I'm ever going to be world class, but it's nice to see improvements you know?

    You've got tons of natural talent, but it's still encouraging to hear what an impact a coach had on your times.

    Joel's rates are very reasonable. Thanks for the suggestion. I just have to decide if a virtual coach would be enough or if I need someone in my face.