My training for the Boston Marathon is coming to an end. It has gone by way too fast but at the same time I am so ready to keep on tapering and then race as hard as I can. With each training cycle I always learn a few things and I thought I would share a few today!
1. To eat more iron. A few months ago I started eating way more iron. Maybe it was the placebo effect but oh my goodness, once I started eating more iron I felt a million times better during my runs.
2. To stop overanalyzing or stressing about a hard workout. I typically love to stall before getting speedwork done. I like to come up with every excuse to push it back a day or to stop and chat for a while before starting. This time around I have learned to just stop thinking about it and to get it done. Get in, get out, move on with your day. It is supposed to be hard and waiting around to do the work isn’t going to make it any easier. I love the feeling after a tough workout so I am trying to stop the complaining and to get the work done.
3. That my mom is the best. Well, I already knew that but I sure can’t thank her enough for her helping with Brooke for the long runs and speed work sessions during marathon training. You can only do so many miles on the treadmill without losing your mind and she sure helped to prevent me from losing too much of my mind over the last few months.
4. That I really like running to Linkin’ Park. In previous training cycles I have trained more with people but this time around I have been on my own for most of my runs. I have really realized that angry music motivates me during my speedwork to move my legs faster than non-angry music.
5. Seeing a chiropractor regularly keeps me running pain free. I know I talk about him a lot but it is because every time something starts to hurt a little bit he is able to fix it. I am the queen of injuries and it has been a game changer to have someone that has figured out the source of all of my injuries and fixed them.
6. Racing a half marathon during a marathon training cycle may not be best for me. I have a hard time not going 130% in a race and so having a race in the middle of a training cycle left me pretty fatigued for a while afterwards. Who knows though… maybe pushing through workouts for a few weeks on legs that are really tired from a race will help me in the long run? I don’t know, I just know it took me awhile to recover from that race and I’m not sure how that affected my other workouts.
7. To be more patient with myself. I tend to get pretty frustrated with myself when my running (and other things in life) don’t click right away. This training cycle I have been much better at being patient with the process. With being patient and allowing myself time to build up endurance and speed. Training for a marathon or a new personal record doesn’t come easy or quick for anybody and I think I have finally realized that. I’ve been a lot easier on myself about trusting the process of slowly building up speed/endurance but also at the same time training my guts out. I have also learned to be more patient with myself when I feel exhausted. To rest more. Marathon training =s way more couch time at night watching Netflix and an earlier bedtime. It’s just the way it goes.
8. To log more than just the pace and mileage in my running journal. This training cycle I have kept a very detailed log. Writing down as much as I can about the run has helped me to really figure out what nutrition works best for my training, how different emotions affect my running and it helps me to remember what helped me to push through the toughest workouts of the cycle.
9. That with proper training (aka a coach telling me what to do and not my own crazy ideas) that I can reach higher mileage without an injury than I previously thought I could. I had my first ever 70 mile week this training cycle and I felt great. Previous to this time I thought that 53-55 miles per week was my absolute max.
10. I have learned that you can only do so much and to be okay with that. I’ve had a few people notice that I have lost some of the muscle (that I had finally gained…) and I just had to shrug my shoulders. It happens. We are all doing the best we can and I refuse to work out any more than I already am at this point. Marathon training isn’t easy on your body. Learning to draw the line (without worrying about it) in terms of exercise in order to keep up with everything else going on in life has been key for me this training cycle. Maybe after the marathon I will have more time to strength train but I am a mom first. Losing some muscle definition is a-okay with me if that means I was able to keep up with the really important things in life during marathon training.
I mean, I still try to get in core work and a few of the necessities to help with my running but it is usually with Brooke underneath me and a banana peel just a few feet away.
Some friends wanted to go to dinner last night at the same place we went to for lunch and we weren’t mad about it.
Our weekend plans fell through so now we will be sticking around home… Can’t wait to make these for Brooke on Sunday morning!
Also, this is pretty darn exciting news:
And last but probably least, emoji’s can describe me and my sister’s 29 years of life together perfectly:
What are your weekend plans?!?
A few things that you have been learning about running/yourself during your current training cycle?
Did you watch Full House as a kid? What other shows remind you of your childhood?
-Saved by the Bell, Boy Meets World and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.