Monday, August 23, 2010


So, obviously I took another little bloggy break.  I finished up with classes last week (and it was a doozey) and finally have a little bit of breathing room.  I am realizing that going to college as a fresh, bright eyed eighteen year old is quite a bit different than going as a slightly more cynical, bogged down with a full time job, thirty something year old.  This is not a complaint - just a straight out fact.  Those people that can hold down a full time job while raising a family and going to school full time have my respect because it is not easy (and I just have a boyfriend and dog to worry about - not even kids)!

With that out of the way I can now get on to the reason I started this blog- running.  I am still building up my base (again).  I have a training plan that I like and am sticking with it pretty closely- last week was a little dicey since I had finals and some papers I had to concentrate on- but otherwise it is going pretty well.  I am looking forward to this week because we are supposed to have some nice weather (it has been raining every day for about the last month- kinda depressing) and I would really like to get as many outdoor runs in as possible before the cold weather drives me indoors.  Although, I have to say that my attitude regarding treadmills has greatly improved over the last few months :).

So, I am thinking about getting an online trainer to help me get past the base hurtle - that time after building up to 30 minutes of continuous running and moving on to.....whatever is next.  I would really like to take running to the next level and am unsure how to create a good training plan that doesn't revolve around some type of distance race.  I really don't know how to do speedwork, or pick ups, or fartleks, or really any other type of running workout other than tie up the shoes, head outside and just run until I'm tired.  Has anyone had a trainer/coach before?  I am thinking about trying to get one online- any suggestions, thoughts? 

Here's to a good week and to those who still read my sporadic posts- Thanks :)!!


Genesis said...

ive never tried the online coaching thing, but runner's world does have some great plans available for purchase, but im not sure how interactive the coaches are.

im trying to build up some mileage too...being out for a month is not good.

funderson said...

no coaches...I just run and its fine, but I realize most folks need more. I hope you find it!

RunToTheFinish said...

I have heard really good things about a lot of online coaches.

P90x is really a lot of weight lifting and personally it was very hard for me, but I did like it and it finally made me enjoy weights for the first time ever. Insanity is more like jumping, squatting, burpees, sprints, and those kinds of really crazy things

Tara said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting/commenting on my blog the other day. I look forward to following your running journey!
Going to college is tough. Period, no matter what age or situation you are in, so kudos to you!

Not sure about online coaching, but I've heard that Runners World has a good online program.

Molly said...

I havent' used a coach, but I know others have had luck with them, so I don't think it would be a bad thing!

Sherri said...

I have thought about an online coach too! I will be anxious to hear how it goes!

Average Woman Runner said...

wow - you have a lot on your plate! good luck with your new training & classes :)
I've never tried an online coach but Tonia B. has an online business that you might want to check out?
tmb@racing with babes - I think it's or you can find a link to her on my "inspiration" list on my blog. I think she must have a link on her blog to her coaching website? She is RRCA certified but otherwise is a bit newer to the coaching scene I think.

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Julie said...

Welcome back! Bears scare me too! They are animals that I admire from a distance:)

The online coaching thing sounds very cool. I would try something like that...let us know what you think.