I have trained harder for this upcoming marathon (it is in June) than I have ever trained for a marathon and it is because of these girls:
There is no way I would have gotten up to run at 5:30 this morning without them.
Our workout for today was 3 x 2 miles fast. I forgot my garmin this morning (I was kicking myself for forgetting it on a SPEED DAY… ) so I knew I had to keep up with them in order to know my splits (my main motivation today;)
12 miles total average pace 7:21
3 mile warm-up and 1/2 mile recovery after each set (2nd recovery longer because we really needed some water).
**1st set of two miles = 6:15 average pace
**2nd set= 6:12
**3rd set= 6:20 (huge hill so effort was about the same).
cool-down and a semi fast finish (we are attempting to finish our hard workouts fast so that our legs think that is just normal to always finish fast during a race)
PS don’t be jealous of my awesome fashion, I had to roll my compression socks down because I was so hot (57 degrees when we started! I am used to 30)
The 5 things I thought about that made me keep going when I wanted to stop:
1. “I’m just doing one set” (or I tell myself during the second one I am just doing two). I trick myself into thinking I am just going to finish the one I am on and then be done… that helps me to get through the one I am on and then by the time I finish the recovery jog I am ready to go on and do the next one.
2. Your brain is just TELLING you that you are tired. Your legs aren’t actually going to fall off, your silly brain just thinks that they are.
3. Doing this workout and staying strong today will make race day feel so much better. Pain now = a little less pain on June 14th.
4. I am pretty sure that Eminem made his song, ‘Till I collapse specifically for my speed work sessions. Thank you Eminem, I really appreciate you because your song gets me through some tough runs. My favorite part of the song:
“Find that inner strength, get that motivation to not give up and not be a quitter.”
5. Easy day tomorrow, easy day tomorrow, easy day tomorrow (repeated 400). My easy days are my rewards for really working hard (even though I secretly kind of love the hard workouts too).
A fried chicken sandwich last night somehow did not kill me off today. It was delicious and after the last few weeks of giardia I needed a calorie dense meal.
Brooke is on a ‘I have to have my hands 100% clean 100% of the time’ thing right now. She just holds her little hands out for me or my mom to come clean at least 20 times in one meal.
And random—> my right arm is chaffed raw after today? I guess I am used to running in jackets or something because my arm feels like it has been completely rubbed off from my tank top.
Have an incredible TUESDAY!
What thoughts (or songs) get you through a tough workout?
Chaffing… do you get this? Where is your most common chaffing spot?
Who has an April birthday? What day?
Last thing you ate?
-a mini bowl of cheerios before my run… time for 2nd breakfast.