My love/hate relationship with interval training

I am no running expert. I just started with the Rock & Roll Half Marathon last year. I trained for several months with Team Challenge and raised money for CCFA and ran most of the half marathon in Las Vegas. I did a respectable job.

There were some problems. First, I did not have enough time to train. Maybe the amount of time was sufficient for others, but I needed more.

Second, I had an issue with enteropathic arthritis (it is crohn’s related and osteo in nature). I had a very difficult time recovering from the race because of the arthritis.

Third, I am a lone runner. I do not do well with groups. I feel lonely at the end of the race, but I don’t know how to run socially. I guess it is not my thing.

I have been able to work my way up to 3-4 miles and have completed several 5k events this year. I tried obstacles, and that annoyed me. I tried a mud run, and I found that very unpleasant. I ran the 5k in the Baltimore running festival event, and I did well with that but again, I was lonely at the end of the race.

Another issue is that the 5k events are just like another training day for me. I am not challenged enough. I have decided to go against medical advice (are we surprised) and increase my mileage to a full marathon.

I do not have an event in mind; I will be working toward a 10k, and then a half, then the full. I am thinking over the next two years. As you have seen in some of the earlier posts, I have started with interval training. I failed at this type of training with the first half I tried. I am stubborn. (Sorry mules) I would know it was time to slow my pace and recover, but I would remain at the same pace for as long as possible. Well, I am not doing that this time. I am running and then walking and then running again. I find this hard to do. I have completed 10 interval workouts in my plan, and it is getting easier, and my pace is picking up but this is still hard.

I will keep up this and oh; I have also signed up for another Team Challenge event. It is the Team Challenge Lite 5K next month. If you would like to support me here is the link!

Thanks from me and all of the 1.4 million people who live with Crohn’s and Colitis!

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