Monday Morning Workout- 12 miles total with 9 at 6:17 pace
Monday Afternoon Workout- 3 miles at an easy pace
First off, thank you all so much for the wonderful comments, messages, texts, etc. about Buddy. He is doing better; not back to his old self entirely, but better. At almost 13, we are not sure if he will ever be back to his usual self, but he is happy and walking around 10 times better than he was 7 days ago. We had contractors working on the house for a few days and he snuck through their plastic screen barriers, out the garage, and out unto the street. Most people would have been scared to hear this news but I was thrilled to hear he actually wanted to run outside and fooled three middle aged men as they worked. A small sign he is getting back to normal. Go Team Buddy! 😉 Now onto the running side of things.
“Put Yourself in Position to Capitalize on the Day.” – Shalane Flanagan
The above quote is one of my Spring mantras. I especially needed it for Mondays workout. I’ve done these long AT Tempo runs many times in the past. Towards the end of the marathon cycle they start to feel easy-breezy but at this point, early on, there is that initial hesitation when you see it typed for the week. Part of the mental side of marathon training is turning that hesitant fear around into excitement….the whole “getting comfortable with being uncomfortable” aspect. For me that mental aspect is as important as the physical one. The workout ended up running smoothly. Sometimes I’ll start to panic a bit in the middle-latter stages…will I make it? Is this a “smooth” pace? Watch the breathing! I’m getting better at it though. We are never trying to push these workouts and run TOO fast. That’s counter-productive (at this stage), that’s why we use the term “smooth”. I wore my trainers and averaged a few seconds faster than I did during the same workout much later in the last marathon cycle, so that’s a sign we are heading in the right direction.
So, what am I training for?? Small races are still being decided but my A race for the Spring will be the Vermont City Marathon I am very excited about this one! The organizers have been incredibly kind and the course is full of rolling hills, just like I prefer. It happens to be on a long weekend so travel is easier for my friends and I. Plus the later spring race allows me to run more of the races I wanted to enter earlier in the season. March and April marathons would have eliminated those options for me. If anyone has any advice about this marathon, I’d love to hear it!
After my tempo run, a photographer friend, Maryclare asked if I would run for her so she could practice taking photos. I am hoping she starts her own sports photography business soon. Initially I was very nervous, I NEVER buy race photos. I’m very self-conscious about having my photo taken but she made me feel comfortable. She literally took 100’s of photos just to get a few good ones because I would be drooling or have my mouth wide open, ha. I can’t thank Maryclare enough and hope to sit down and figure out how to make a blog header out of one or a few of the photos soon.
Thank you for reading along everyone! Hope you have a great week and Happy Training!