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My current training plan [link]

I’ve had a couple of people ask what I’m doing now, so I figured it would be good to share it here. The only modification that I’ve done is bumping the Thursday runs to Friday so I can play basketball that day. I’m also playing basketball on Mondays.

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Zoo Run Recap

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Last Saturday I ran in the 6th Annual Zoo Run 5k at the Birmingham Zoo. As you may recall, this was my first run in which I had a true time goal. For all of my previous runs I’ve been primarily focused on finishing. I would set little time goals, but they were always secondary to finishing. Another aspect of this particular time goal is that I’m going to do nothing but 5ks until I reach it. At that point I’ll set a new time goal for a 10k, and so on.

So for this race I set a time goal of 25 minutes. My only reason for picking this time was that my previous PR was 27:30, so two and half minutes faster seemed respectable (and 25 is a good “checkpoint” number too). I honestly had no idea how hard or easy it would be since it’s been so long since I’d done a 5k. More…

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Accountability kinda smarts

I had something very interesting happen to me today, which reminded me why I have this blog in the first place. As I mention on my About Me page, I tend to use this blog as a means to improve aspects of my life. Sometimes that covers things like professional development, but more times than not it comes down to fitness. More…

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New fitness goal – I wanna go fast

Lately I’ve grown way too complacent with my fitness. I haven’t really been on the ball since I did my first marathon in December. I’ve done a couple of races since then, including the Mercedes Half Marathon, but I didn’t commit to training for those races the way I should have. This ends soon.

Last week I added my running PRs to the sidebar of this site. However, I’m not particularly happy with any of the times. I think they are all “okay” (except maybe the marathon time, but that was more about surviving). For my new fitness goal, I just want to improve these times.

Beginning on Monday, I’m going to commit to training for a 5k again. I’ll probably do something like a weekly update on the site for accountability sake. My first goal will be to run a 5k in less than 25 minutes. Depending on how long it takes to reach that goal, I may adjust it before I move on to the 10k.

I really just want to get back to enjoying running for the sake of running, instead of seeing how long I can will my legs to keep moving before I pass out*. I want to finish a race and think to myself, “man, I was really moving!”

Hoping for the best!

*Disclaimer: I’ve never actually passed out during a long run, but there were times where the leg cramps made me wish I would.

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All of my medals from running

All of my medals from running

I’m more fond of these than I would have expected. It’s fun to reminisce about each of the races. All 3 were special in their own way.

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