Sundays Workout-16.6 miles on the First State Landing Trails averaging 7:33 pace, ending with the last 3-4 miles at sub 7 minute pace.
(So what’s crazier? The fact that during the above run Andrew and I ran into a group of guys running a workout of 10 times 5K on the trail or the fact that I was like “Oh here, let me write down my email so you can invite me next time!” to a bunch of people I had only met once before?! Runners are weird. Don’t worry I won’t be meeting strangers in the woods.)
Even before I started this little blog of mine I was a fan of dozens of running blogs. One of my favorite topics would be the “Running Resolutions” that would often start turning up in January or late summer at the start of a Fall marathon build. Usually they contain suggestions like “Stretch 3 times a week”, “More Core Work”, and the vague “Eat Healthier”. Yes, I resolve to do those things but this post is about the not so obvious details.
1.) Lay off the Self-deprecation. If you’ve read my blog more than once you know I do this. I grew up in a sarcastic family. I married a sarcastic man. If you are sarcastic, I’ll find you incredibly charming. I look back at my blog posts though and it’s clear to me how often I write somewhat negative statements or under value myself. My intention is to be modest or humble ( Vanity ties with picks their nose as one of my least favorite qualities in people) but it’s also an easy way out for me when training gets hard or a race doesn’t go as planned. Notice I said lay off, not eliminate. A little bit of sarcastic humor is perfectly fun, just no more doing it at the track or starting line which is nothing more than self-defeating.
2.)Wear proper footwear.I’m not talking about while running. I’m talking about when I’m at home. We have hard wood floors and tile. A few months back I had some terrible foot pain and talked about it in this blog post. My friend, a podiatrist, told me to quit walking around in my bare feet all the time. Also, quit wearing my cheap Victoria’s Secret slippers that come with the matching pajamas (I bet you own them too!). Start wearing quality footwear around the house. I’m always standing. After my foot injury I became acutely aware of how often I’m abusing my feet and how tired they get, which leads me to stand awkwardly at the hips, which stretches my IT Band, and so on and so on. I hate wearing shoes, I hate even wearing socks. I love walking around at home in my bare feet but I promise you I notice a difference when I wear super soft slippers with a firmer bottom.
3.) Just Keep Swimming I landed upon this one accidentally and I realize that it’s not one everyone can do daily or one that I can even do when Fall comes (when the local pool closes) but it’s been a big help for me lately. I’ve been running almost daily at 5 am (that was hard to get used too) then after breakfast I take the kids to the pool. I would notice a huge difference in how my legs felt for my second run or the following morning after a hard workout on the days I casually swam with the kids at the pool. I never swim laps or swim far. Our pool is actually more of a small kids water park so swimming laps are not an option but the water does help to shake things out a bit. I’m going to try to keep this one up 5-6 times a week.
4.) Ban Slogging This is a tough one for me. We all know the hard days hard, easy days easy routine. I believe in that. Problem is I’ve been “slogging” which is my word for slow jogging. For those who care, the proper definition of slogging is: To progress with a slow heavy pace. See, perfect word for slow jogging. I don’t care if I run in the slower end of my range but if you are honest with yourself, you know the difference. There have been many times where I’ve let Mark Hadley know “I ran 8:45 pace for this easy run…is that too slow?” and he has numerously and politely replied “You should run between 7:15-8:00 pace on your easy runs.” Quality needs to be there…daily. Stop dragging your feet and get it done.
5.) Hating it is important. This is my favorite. I stole that line. An author whos work I adore (James Smythe) wrote about writing and the passion that goes into it. He said he poured his heart into it, loved it, hated it, and then he wrote “..hating it was important”. Those words resonated with me as they apply to marathon training (or any area of life that you personally devote your self too)When you absolutely throw yourself into something physically and emotionally, it’s not going to be all rainbows and butterflies. When I am (hopefully) grinding out 100 mile weeks in late September there will be moments where I cannot even stand the idea of lacing up a pair of running shoes and heading out for a few miles. That means I’m doing it right. Remember that and remember it WILL pass quickly with proper sleep, recovery, and extra calories. Running sucks sometimes but I don’t want to be my average self, I want to be my best self and that’s how you get there. It will all be worth it. The dedication and hating it is as important as the loving it.
If you’ve stuck with me for this long, thanks for reading my thoughts. I have a watch-less, time machine-less Saucony Predict Your Time 4 Miler coming up Tuesday night that I will recap soon and I also promise to finally post my favorite shoes with review in the next week or so. To all my favorite bloggers who post daily or more than once a week. I love that you do that, but I just can’t keep up 🙂 Have a great week everyone!