04/06/2014 | Posted in:Kat's Conscientia
I went for my second run of the season today. After adding “Step in Time” to my playlist from “Mary Poppins”, I knocked two minutes off my 2.5 mile run. Thank you, Dick Van Dyke! Some of that is muscle repetition and I will be getting faster with every run; but I can honestly say, the song got me to “lift my knees up” while running. Now that I’ve seen this work in action, I’ll be hunting for Disney songs with a faster rhythm and beat to add to my playlist as I train for the runDisney races I am signed up for. As my distance grows, so too will my playlist. I’ve already gotten a ton of suggestions from friends and family, but I’ll be needing more and more. As each song is recommended by a loved one, I’ll have the added bonus of thinking of that loved one, while being excited to be running at Walt Disney World so soon. This isn’t the first time I’ve observed the correlation between pace and music, but I was amazed at how drastically music can alter it.
Needless to say, yesterday was a bit of a mental struggle. The training plan I’ve decided to go with is run 30 minutes Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then do distance/practice runs on Saturdays and Sundays. This will allow me enough time to build my base, while preparing me for the “Goofy Challenge” which is a half marathon on a Saturday, followed by the WDW Marathon the following day. But I started to train on a Saturday, which meant I needed to decide if I’d be running the following day as with my training plan, or taking a rest day, as a “beginner”. While this won’t be my first racing season by a long shot, it will be my first in a while, and I am determined not to let over confidence or overtraining be my downfall. Since I had slept in until 7:00 a.m., the humidity was already unbearable, and after going back and forth, I realized I’d have to run on the treadmill or wait for night fall. As it turns out, I was exhausted from taking care of my five year old come nightfall, so I just took time to stretch and altered my training plan for this week. Being flexible, both in my planning and in my stretching will help me achieve my goals, so it set a good tone for the season.
This morning was a nice run, there was a slight breeze, and the sunrise was beautiful, as usual. I felt confident and healthy during the entire run, and my knee was (knock on wood) not an issue at all. It was absolutely wonderful. I still have another 30 minute training run on Wednesday, and my long runs. I know I’ve got a long road ahead, but if I remember to “Step in Time” it should be okay. We’ll see what this weekend brings with the long runs, but I’ll be ready – at least my play list will be!
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