Today I needed to wear my Run Happy tank to help me to remember to run happy. Those Yassos yesterday wore me out. I woke up pretty tight and tired and texted my coach to see if my 6 scheduled miles could be done slower than what was on the plan and he said yep… do 4 miles @ an 8:30 pace. And that is what I did.
I think it is important to follow a plan when training for a marathon and to stick to a schedule but the biggest lesson I have learned over the years is to listen to every bit of information your body tells you. It can sometimes be hard to differentiate between ‘I’m just being a wuss and I need to suck it up and run’ and ‘man, my body needs some serious recovery and to take it back a notch in order to be able to hit my next hard workout and to avoid an injury.’ But it is important to really listen to what your body is telling you over the 16 (or so) weeks of training. It takes discipline to push through a workout when you are wanting to quit but it also take a lot of discipline to be a smart runner and know where your limits are and when to take a step back and really take care of your body.
Making it to the starting line of your race a little undertrained is much better than not even getting to the starting line because you are injured. It is also a lot better than running the race overtrained, flat and exhausted from the very first step.
I have a few very important food related things to talk about with you…. because when in marathon training—> we want to eat all of the things. and we do. well, I feel like I do at least.
Pumpkin is everywhere you look. These Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Pretzels at Costco are our current favorite. I might have to buy 15 bags to get us through the year until they come out again.
Even the gas stations understand the importance of pumpkin at this time of year. I haven’t tried this one yet but I will give you a full detailed report once I do.
And these pumpkins stare at me at every grocery store check out line.
Also, if you live within 300 miles of Cravings cupcakes (in Utah County), you need to make the drive to get one of their peach cupcakes this season.
One of my very best friends from high school and I spent yesterday afternoon together. We wanted an afternoon snack and somehow that turned into tomato bisque and an asparagus salad at Blue Lemon. Just expect to see this soup multiple times a week on the blog this winter. Ridiculously good.
Three things from Brooke:
1. Just a casual wave as she sprinted by me during gymnastics. She didn’t have time to stop and talk for a second. Too many somersaults to attend to.
2. Grandpa came over a few nights ago and taught Brooke how to put her scooter together. Many scooter adventures await us.
3. When I go in to wake her up for school she throws the blanket over her eyes dramatically and tells me she wants to sleep more. I can’t wait for the teenage years.
PS 22 (my favorite number) days until my marathon…
Just a few more workouts (and easy runs too) to nail—> a fast finish 18 mile long run, some stride workouts, a fast finish 14 miler and a 3 mile tempo run.
What is the biggest lesson that you have learned from marathon training?
How many hours of sleep did you get last night?
Had anything pumpkin flavored that was delicious yet?
Do you stick to a schedule pretty religiously or do you play it by ear with your training?