Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I did it!

I jumped off the deep end and hired a coach; I'm committed for 6 months now. I really want to get my BQ this year and I think this kind of accountability will help me.

The guy has a 2:23 Marathon PR and thinks he can hit 2:20.....he is obviously doing something right. I wonder why he wants to coach a mere mortal like me; a 4:00 hour marathon isn't considered that fast to the purists, but I know I can reach that goal and I am looking forward to the extra motivation and shaking up my training regime. He will be incorporating strength training into my plan as well and I know this will help me; my core is weak.

My training plan will vary from week to week, based on the previous week's results so it definitely won't be stale.

We're going to start out going longer during the week, at a slower pace - everything at an easy effort, feeling like you could do more when you're finished. I'm supposed to go for minutes as opposed to miles. I just feel like I'm getting faster (for me) and now I will need to slow down; it feels a little counter productive but I am willing to give it a try.

I got two great hills runs in this week at a pace that I am very happy with; tomorrow I start the "Official" training plan..............Day 1 = 70 minutes for Wednesday.

Go check out this amazing giveaway that Beth has going on; the fine folks at Champion have sent her some really cool gear to share with her peeps. Plus, you will roll on the floor laughing at her poop stories.

Have a great evening


  1. That's great you've hired a coach. I have a coach through the running club and love being able to email him or talk to him about my training plans.

  2. Good luck with the coach! So cool! I keep saying to myself lately "I wonder what a coach would have me do?"
    Can't wait to hear all about it!

  3. Hi Kathy,
    Awesome!! Way to hire a coach!! It will be great to have your coach for helping you prepare for your marathons! Good luck on your hills...you will do great!! I hope that you have a fantastic day Kathy:)

  4. ohh a coach, can't wait to hear what your training looks like!!

  5. Kathy,
    Cool that you've hired a coach. Great that he's willing to train a "slower" runner like you also! I like the idea of minutes, instead of miles. Sometimes we get stuck on how far we run, rather than how well or at what pace or effort. Check out the link to Meg's blog http://megrunsalot.blogspot.com/2010/02/power-vs-force.html where she talks about power vs. force. Sounds like it's along the line of how your coach is going to train you.

  6. You totally have that goal in you. Wow a 2:20 marathon, I cannot even imagine.