Do More of What Makes You Happy :)
That being said:
Ok, time to get serious!
With my half marathon only 8 weeks away, I decided it was time to start taking my training seriously. I want to improve my time, even if it’s only by a few minutes, and in order to do that, I need to improve my training. I already know that I can run the distance, but I would like to run it confidently and a little faster than before. My previous half marathon time was 2:35:34. I would LOVE to make it around 2:15… with that being said, I have completely nixed the whole 3:1 run/walk out of my training… I can’t even remember the last time I did it. I have started running until I can’t run anymore, walking until my heart rate slows back down a bit, and then kickin’ it again. It’s been going well, my time and endurance is improving.
Now, for the sake of honesty, let me tell you what REALLY made my amp up my training. Tom and Anji and I went out to the white water center to do a 15k last weekend, part of the Riverbound Race Series, and I could only finish about 3.3 miles of it before we had to call it quits and head back to the car, tail between my legs. I hadn’t trained or fueled properly, and that was devastatingly apparent by my lack of endurance… Not to mention I was super dehydrated, which hurts!
So… I’ve been eating healthier, and back to vegetarian, after a weak moment where I may or may not have had bacon hanging from my mouth… Who’s to say? I learned a valuable lesson from that race debacle, which is- what I eat directly effects how I run… and running is super important to me, so eating must become super important to me. If I can’t have the discipline to hydrate well during the week, then I don’t deserve to have good runs. And if I forget to eat breakfast before a 15k, then how do I ever intend on finishing one? Now… I’m not punishing myself, or living in the past. I’m learning from my mistakes and taking it as a lesson learned. And it was an important one. Take care of yourself!!!
Sarah and I have been hitting the MCAC fairly regularly for some swim/cross training… It feels great to be in the pool, and even better to feel like I’m improving in the water. We’ve put together some good workouts (and also gotten some great help from my swim coach- COACH NICOLE) and we’re slowly building up to swimming a mile. (Sounds daunting still!)
I’ve been adding a little discipline to my runs, not just running running running… Here’s an example of one of my treadmill workouts:
So, lastly, this past Sunday was a big day for me… In terms of accomplishment. I have been training really hard ever since the botched 15k, and I won’t bore you with all the details… (if we’re friends on facebook, twitter or instagram, you already get the gist of it:)) But Sunday, a few things happened, that don’t normally…
First, Tom and I had made tentative plans to do my long run together Sunday morning. However, Saturday, Tom ran a 50k race and woke up a little stiff, understandably so. (Cause he’s a beast!) I was still planning on getting out there, but while trying to rework my plans to not include Thomas, I fell back asleep. When I woke up again, it was almost 9:30am (OMG, way too hot start a long run! 97 degrees already!) But I forced myself out of bed, put on some short shorts and a tank and hit the road.
I was planning on running my usual 3.8 mile route twice, and then just circling the apartment complex for the last 1/2 mile. I got about 3/4 of a mile in and decided to start taking some detours. I took all the little side streets off my usual route. Mostly because I was dreading having to do this loop twice in the heat. The side streets got me down into the shade a bit, and luckily some sweet neighbors were running their sprinklers, and I was running IN their sprinklers. Team work! 🙂
About 4.5 miles in, my calves started cramping a bit, I ran out of water, and I started feeling pretty hungry… I decided, even though I really wanted to just knock it all out, that I would head back home, get some ice cold water eat a bit and head up to the gym to finish out the last 2.6 miles on the treadmill in the AC. Turned out to be a great decision, at the very least, for my health.
I did get the whole 8 miles in, and next week, my plan is to start earlier in the morning and be done before it gets that hot.
After I stretched and rolled out my legs at the gym, I hung out with Sarah, got some lunch and then headed over to Yoga One to meet Justine and Kelly for a 90 min hot yoga class. All said and done, I took about a 60 min hot yoga class, and a 30 minute super sweaty hot nap in child’s pose.
And the whole night was followed up with a sleepy time adventure with my compression socks. I’m pretty happy with that decision today 🙂
Ok, so… Most exciting part of the week: I got new Scotts! MK4s and I love love love them.
So that’s about it… I’m sure there’s more that I’ve left out. And it wouldn’t be so hard to remember it I would actually update this thing on a regular basis… New goal. Update on regular basis. There, taken care of. 😉
Now… GO RUN!