Funning

Funning in the snow!

Funning in the snow!

Lately my training routine has consisted of a little something I like to call “funning.” Yup, that’s fun + running = funning.

After almost an entire year of seemingly non-stop training for my first two marathons (Big Sur and Marine Corps), which included a 26-minute PR, I was ready to take a break immediately after crossing the finish line. While some marathoners cross the finish line already scheming their next race, I thought to myself, nah, I’m good… for now.

As I posted a few weeks ago, my focus post-Marine Corps has been on getting faster – #operationgetspeedy. Part of getting faster (for me, at least) is letting myself shy away from a rigid training plan. I need to start to become familiar with my comfort zone and the feeling of jumping right out of it. Going to intervals on a Wednesday just because I feel like it. Running up the side of a mountain in Bethlehem and then doing a long run the next day. Running some miles with my speedy boyfriend. Taking it slow sometimes because I feel like it. While all of this might not seem fun to your average person, I’ve been having a blast.

The only race I have on my schedule in the near future is the Disney World Half Marathon in January. Originally my goal was to shoot for under 2 hours, my previous half PR but following a recent training run where I averaged 8:20/mile or faster, I don’t think that’s going to be a problem.

Type-A Hannah would typically take this, make a structured training plan, and shoot for a new goal of something ridiculous like a 1:45. But I’m tired of all that and I just want to run whatever I want to run. Moreover, I want to just have fun.

So I’m just going to keep running whatever I want to run whenever I want to run it and see what happens at Disney. Disney will be a test and I’ll re-evaluate my half marathon goals for the Spring to see what a reasonable time goal would be. Until then, I’m just going to keep on funning along.

Happy running, all!

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15 thoughts on “Funning

  1. I’ve been doing more funning with the sole goal of being consistent, and it’s been nice to take a little solace in running as a break from my crazy schedule right now. Looking forward to developing a little more focus and desire to chase some big goals. See ya in January!

    • I totally agree! Being off a training plan right now has been so refreshing. Instead of running being something I have to do, it’s something I want to do and like you say, a break from the rest of my day. See you then!

    • I totally agree with the need for a change. Following a plan can get so tedious sometimes. It’s fun to do whatever I want!

  2. Love this! I am so looking forward to ‘funning’ for the next few weeks. Just running and working out without a plan- it was a jam packed year of training and now it’s time to let loose a little!!! I think funning will make Disney even better for you, when you are enjoying it more- nothing can stop you!

    • Definitely enjoy a period of funning! It’s such a nice break that I think everyone needs. I think you’re right about Disney too :-)

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