But first, a few things from our Sunday.
-Fruit heaven courtesy of my grandma. She always brings the best of the best to Sunday dinner.
-My mom’s lasagna. My absolute favorite meal that she makes.
-My cousin brought her puppy over and Brooke fell in love. And so did I.
-MY AUNT WILL BE RUNNING ST. GEORGE TOO THIS YEAR!!!! PS I live in these sneakers.
This may be a no-brainer to most people but this change of perspective helped me out a lot on Saturday during my 19 miler and so I wanted to share:
For the first few miles of my run my mind was full of things that were hurting. I kept complaining in my head about my IT band being a little tight, my calves being too sore from Wednesday’s workout, my eyelids wanting to be closed and asleep in bed, my right foot feeling a little bit sore etc. etc.
PLEASE STOP running if something feels like an injury or like it is about to be an injury but I’m talking about the little things that pop up during our runs. It happens to everyone… especially when you have been training hard for a while. Things don’t exactly feel like rainbows and butterflies.
I decided after a few miles of thinking about the things that didn’t feel great, to start thinking about all of the things that DON’T HURT. I thought about how grateful I am to not have shin splints/plantar/stress fractures etc because I know how those feel and I don’t have them and that makes me happy. I thought about the fact that I have a strong back that doesn’t hurt and knees that felt great with each step.
It was amazing how quickly my perspective changed on the run and how much better I felt. The more I focus on the things that are bugging me, the more they hurt. Positive thoughts rolling around our brain makes the biggest difference in our training.
I hope this makes sense… on race day when my legs are tired and hurting from all of the hills I am going to think about how my arms don’t hurt, my earlobes feel like a million bucks and how grateful I am that my fingers feel great;)
St. George Marathon Training Week #13!!!
Monday: 9 miles. First 30 minutes @ 7:14 pace (1% incline) and second 30 minutes @ 6:15 pace (.5% incline). On the treadmill.
Tuesday: 6 miles @ a 7:58 pace.
Wednesday: YASSOS!!! 1 mile warm-up, 10 x .5 mile intervals—> 2:45 average for these, recovery jogs of about the same time after each one and 1 mile cool-down. 9.57 miles total. (PS 6.5 weeks ago I did 6 of them @ a 2:54 average= progress has been made)
Thursday: 4 miles @ 8:30 pace
Friday: Unscheduled off day. Just needed a break. Five miles (what I was supposed to do) isn’t worth it if I am feeling super off. Having the day off helped me to hit the paces for my long run the next day.
Saturday: 19 miles total. 10 @ 7:30ish pace and last 8 @ 6:33 average pace. A little discouraged about how those last 8 felt but I have to remember that with a great taper, that pace will feel a lot better on race day.
47.57 miles total. Time to start some tapering!
How was your running last week? What was your best run?
Have any mental tricks that help you during your runs to feel better?
What was the best part about your weekend?
Favorite meal that your mom or dad makes?