April Update!

As usual, time has been flying at a velocity which I am always unprepared for. Did you know it’s already the end of April? That means May is just around the corner. Ummm… what!?

warning – detailed running analysis ahead 😉 skip this paragraph if you don’t wanna read about boring old numbers!

If you’ve been reading my tweets and/or FB updates, you’re well aware that I have started training again. I have completed 2 long runs now, and I am trying to re-focus those to be based on Heart Rate(HR)  Training. The recommendation is that long runs should be a heart rate of 180 minus your age; that means my ideal HR is 151 beats per minute (bpm). Right now, it also means a very slow pace! But that’s ok – I learned that a true Long Slow Run should be completely time and pace agnostic… Train at the right HR to allow your cardiovascular system to have a chance to improve over time, slow enough for your body to improve instead of survive. My other runs, well, those are a different story. For hill training, I probably won’t even monitor my HR – I will just find a hill, run up it at the quickest pace I can (and maintain that pace) and repeat! For interval or speed training, I will attempt to be at 85% max HR… which I theoretically don’t know right now…but I’ll figure it all out.

less detailed running analysis now!

based on my new training focus, my 2 long runs have been fantastic – and i am looking forward to next weekend! it is amazing how much easier they are when you have a running buddy. i have managed to find running buddies for both so far – we’ll see how the next 5 weeks pan out for that!

I just signed up as an Instructor for a 5k Clinic with the Running Room! It’s crazy – I have only been running a year, but I am passionate enough to be an instructor 😉 Some of you have known me for many many years, and looking back at the shy girl i used to be, this is pretty impressive. There are approximately 18 people in the Clinic. Yikes. I guess I will get over any remaining fears of public speaking very quickly.

how about fundraising and other stuff related to my Joints in Motion Honolulu Marathon in December?

things are definitely going well on that front! i have reached about 35% of my overall goal. i still cannot believe i am doing this. there was a time in my life when i had no goals, no aspiration, no motivation for anything. and now i am fundraising $4800 and running a marathon. people are sponsoring me. people are supporting and helping me. it’s those little “you go girl!” and “A marathon – amazing!” and “this is a good cause, Jen.” that get me through everything. thank you everyone for everything.

and a special note to my awesome husband – if you took a look at my daily schedule, you would wonder how the Bussey Household EVER sleeps; well, we do, and it is because he makes it work for me; he’ll run this errand or that, do extra chores, take care of pixie – to allow me to train and fundraise and organize. thank you, sweetie, you are the best.