I can’t believe it is Sunday night already. Going back to the week day routine….
Training this week felt pretty good. I have had a twinge or two in my right knee and tightness in my left hip after my long run yesterday. I might go back to my ART (active release therapy) doc for a tune up this week haha! After having some injuries in the past, I am so scared to be this close to the race and have anything hurt. I am trying to be extra cautious and remember that getting to the start line is the biggest goal!
This week’s workouts:
- Monday: 4 miles Yasso 800s @ 7:47 average, physical therapy exercises and shoulders/chest (you can read more about my physical therapy exercises here). I have been religious about doing them & it has made a big difference.
- Tuesday: 25 mins step mill, 3x through body weight legs circuit
- Wednesday: 10 miles tempo @ 7:28 average and physical therapy exercises (in my AMAZING new Stance socks that I’m obsessed with).
- Thursday: 6 miles easy @ 8:34 average and physical therapy exercises
- Friday: 25 mins step mill & full upper body
Friday night stretching with Bennie 🙂
- Saturday: 16 miles @ 7:53 average. I learned a HUGE lesson on my long run this weekend. I normally fuel every 7 miles. On my 20 miler last weekend though, I mentioned I was feeling emotional at the end and my body was kind of shutting down on me. So this time, when I felt the warning bells going off at mile 6, I took some energy chews. Then again at mile 11. It made a MASSIVE difference. I feel silly admitting this, but I was resisting fueling more because it seems like “other people” don’t fuel as much. And it suddenly hit me – why do I care how other people fuel? I’m not them, and they aren’t me. Yes, there is a lot to learn from others. At the end of the day though, listen to your own body. That can be so hard to do, but the reward is worth trying.
- Sunday: rest (YAY!)
I always try to post the highs and the lows – if not to help someone else, at least I will have this to look back on and remember it all. Making time for the long runs on the weekend can be hard. On one hand, you need to be sensitive to your people. Your significant other, friends, coworkers/job, dog. On the other hand, this something that is important to you and you have to be ok with making time for it. I’m not a mom, so that is not a challenge I have personally. Regardless of your responsibilities, it is still a good 2-3 hour chunk of the day.
Personally, I prefer to get up early and get it done. Then I have similar conditions that I will be racing in, less tummy troubles, and it is not weighing on my mind. It can be really hard for me to stand up and say, this is something that I’m working toward, it is important to me, and I need this time. HOWEVER, I have to admit to myself that I am so much happier (and more pleasant to be around) when I do. People always say “get comfortable with being uncomfortable” about running. For me, I had to get comfortable with making plans around my long run.
I am working really hard at eating more and more whole foods. No fake low carb bagels, sugar free, ect. I have noticed it really hurts my stomach and causes bloating. I have always been the first person to say yes to Diet Coke, sugar free, fat free, Truvia, Stevia….you get the picture. That said, I really want to be better at fueling for performance AND I like it when my tummy doesn’t hurt be the end of the day.
That doesn’t mean I am going to completely give up my one packet a day of Truvia for my coffee, or completely swear off Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches (YUM). But, that does mean eating whole foods for lunch and dinner instead of fat free cheese, low carb bagels, and trying to keep it to no more than one protein bar a day.
I really enjoy cooking. I have started trying to add some salt into my cooking with the high mileage. I have never really been one to cook with salt. There may have been a couple of VERY SALTY “learning curve” meals so far HA.
Next week I have my last 20 miler of the training cycle. I will definitely be planning my Saturday around it and I am looking forward to it!
Lastly, I want to say a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Kindal! Check out her blog here. She qualified for Boston this weekend at her race and I could not be prouder. She works her butt off and deserves every bit of that success. She has also saved my sanity by endlessly talking about running and eating and running gear with me!! I am so happy to be able to call her my friend.
With love & planning,