Down to the Nitty Gritty

09 Jun

Last night Brian and I watched “True Grit” and while we liked the movie, we couldn’t help but joke around about whether or not the other has “grit.” My grit is to be determined in the next two months, depending how well I do with this training and mini marathon.

Brian was so kind as to write up a training schedule for me yesterday. This is one perk of being married to a XC/Track coach…(I have yet to find another). After he showed it to me he asked “So, what do you think?” My response was “I think I may have to cry.” Then I buried my face in his chest and laughed to keep from crying.

I thought I was doing pretty well running about 20 miles per week, but Brian wants me to get up to 35-40. Gulp! The long runs don’t intimidate me so much, it’s the workout days that have me scared. I’m not a very fast runner, so running an entire mile “hard” sounds…. hard. We also decided that I should run a couple of races leading up to the mini, so we scheduled a 5k and a 10k. The other thing that has me freaked is my legs have really been bothering me. Yesterday I only ran 2 miles because my right shin felt like it was going to snap. Seriously, it felt like my bone was made of eggshell. I’m not doing that much better today, so I took it easy again with another 2 miles.

The big hurdle is actually going to be the next two weeks because on top of training Brian and I will be working the Creative Writing Camp at Butler from 9-5 M-F. So I’m going to have to wake up earrrrrlllyyy to run only to turn around and spend the rest of the day with 30 3rd-5th graders. I’ll be missing my noontime nap, that’s for sure!

The good news is that if I follow Brian’s schedule I’ll certainly hit my 100 mile goal for June. I’d better lose some weight(!), and maybe, just maybe, I’ll end up a better runner. It’s going to be a long two months.

PS. If you’re wondering, the * on the training schedule means days I’m allowed to bring the dogs with me on the run. THEIR mileage is going to be less than of late… lucky dogs!


Posted by on June 9, 2011 in Running


Tags: ,

3 responses to “Down to the Nitty Gritty

  1. Anna

    June 9, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Looks like a great schedule!

    You know, it’s funny– I always thought that I’d surely lose a little weight when I trained for my halves, but I never did. I think all that running amped up my hunger so much that I was over-compensating for the calories burned!!

    • mgutowsk

      June 9, 2011 at 6:19 PM

      Anna- Ah, something I am all too familiar with! I suspect that’s why I haven’t lost more weight already. It’s so frustrating to go from sitting on your ass to running nearly every day and seeing little to no results!

  2. Ginger Pingitore

    June 9, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Awesome Mindy!!! I wish I was as motivated to run as you…. or had the time!! Maybe once Joey is big enough for the jogging stroller…. I am just too worried that he might fall out while I am running. Of course I wont be going nearly as long as you. The schedule is a good thing. Make sure you post it in your house somewhere you will see it everyday. That way if you miss a day, you KNOW you missed it. Good Luck!!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: