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!

http://www.active.com/donate/baltimore5kMSD/TCMD_14PNeal

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

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