As part of the Under Armour What's Beautiful campaign, I made the goal that I would PR at the Iron Girl Triathlon in September. I can swim like a fish, and cycle like the wind, but the run, oh the run! I am not a fast runner to begin with, and then throw me on the course after the bike, and I feel like I'm running with 100lb sandbags tied to my ankles. If you'd like to experience an Iron Girl event I have a discount code for you! Use the code IGCJHB13 for $10.00 off ANY Iron Girl in the United States. It doesn't have to be the Clermont Triathlon. It can be a 1/2 marathon in your city.
My box, CrossFit En Fuego offers a lot of opportunities for athletes to become better, stronger, faster. They offer a Premier CrossFit class which is like working out with your very own personal trainer for 1/4 of the cost of a normal personal training session!
Monthly, they offer an Olympic lifting class so you can improve your technique. June's class is already in the bag, but I'll be sure to let you know when July's class is coming! The class is FREE for En Fuego members, and non-members can attend and pay $75 for the series of classes.
But what I'm here to really talk to you about today is the En Fuego RUNNING CLINIC!! They offer the clinic on Saturday mornings at 8am FREE to members, but Saturday is hard for me to get up and get motivated to be somewhere by 8am. 9am I can handle, but 8am is just, I don't know...HARD!
They also had it on Tuesday afternoons at 4:30pm, but summer in Florida means that it's generally either raining or about to rain at 4:30pm, so they have had to move the class.
It was planned for Thursday morning at 7:30am. This time worked PERFECTLY for my schedule. I'm up, my kids are up, I can ride my bike to the track, and still make it back in time for my 9am WOD, all those good things. It was all lined up in my favor. And I had NO excuse. And I made it today. I'm proud to say I did it!!
We spent the first 30 minutes stretching and practicing form and technique. And then we did sprint drills. They pretty much sucked. No sugar coating it. But it's supposed to suck. If it doesn't suck you aren't doing it right.
We did 3X400m sprints with a recovery time between each one.
1.) 0.25 miles
2.) 0.25 miles
3.) 0.25 miles
If I can maintain that pace, I will be able to run a 9:03 minute mile. That would be freaking awesome. Like seriously. Running a 5K under 30 minutes is a HUGE goal of mine!
I loved the running clinic. Seriously. Having Coach Sarah to push me, motivate me, inspire me (she ran with us, and man she is like a CHEETAH!) gave me the confidence that I can do this! I can break through this running plateau.
But...now here's the kicker for me. Apparently 7:30am is not good for most people, so the class is being moved to 6pm on Tuesday nights starting June 18th. This is a super hard time for me. Kids, husband, dinner, etc, etc, etc...there are going to be a lot of excuses why I CAN'T do it rather than why I CAN. I really hope that I can make it work!
Tell me how you became a better, faster runner? Did you use a running coach? Join a team? Run with a faster more experienced friend?