I ran 9 miles on the treadmill this morning. That means I had 9 miles to think about random things like—> the good, the bad and the ugly parts about training for long distance races:) Here is my list… add to it in the comments PLEASE!!!
(someone’s addicted to their garmin;)
-Accomplishing a long run or speed workout feels pretty darn good. It is kind of addicting.
-Seeing improvements. I think humans love progression in all areas of life and when training for a race we see a whole lot of progression.
-Running more miles means you’ve gotta keep up with those miles with calories… and we like calories :)
-If you run with a group, you will most likely bond even more on those crazy long runs that you go on together.
-The end result is that you are running X (i.e. 13.1 or 26.2) amount of miles. Not everyone can say that they have done that!
-You have a great excuse/reason to buy more workout clothes—> um, hello.. you are always running and you NEED something to run in!
-In the summer: Crazy tan lines from running outside so much. Some may put this in the bad category but for some reason all of the tan lines make me feel hard core.
-You will memorize every word of your favorite runnings songs because you will be listening to them a lot more than usual. This is always impressive when you bust out song lyrics in front of other people.
-You will sleep like a rock. I find whenever I am marathon training I fall right asleep the second my head hits the pillow. I like going to bed at night knowing I pushed myself.
-You are setting a great example to your friends/family/kids/co-workers/neighbors about the importance of exercise and setting goals!
-Your grocery bill. Burning 1000s of calories from all of your running can be quite pricey especially if you are refueling with nutrient dense foods.
-You will probably lose some friends due to the fact that you go to bed at 8:00 pm for your long run each weekend.
-More workouts = I should wash my hair more often. Key word—> should.
-The aches and pains that hopefully just stay aches and pains and don’t turn into injuries.
-Foam rolling is an important part of training but man, that thing induces a lot of pain.
And The Ugly:
-The chafing. I have quite the nice little sports bra chafing scar hanging out on the top of my rib cage.
-Me doing Yasso 800s on the treadmill. That wasn’t pretty yesterday.
And a few things from today.
I think it might be time for me to get a new gym bag.
Lunch hit. the. spot. Bbq shredded chicken, cucumber and avocado sandwich with an organic protein smoothie.
Spent a few minutes at the park with my Paige this morning.
My mom made this Cranberry Jello for the first time a few months ago and ever since then we request it at every family get together. It is sweet and tart and just amazing.
What do you have to add to my list about the good, the bad and the ugly;)
Do you have cute feet or runner’s feet?
Have any aches or pains right now from training? Where?