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I’ve got my favorite marathon (the St. George Marathon) coming up THIS October and you might remember last fall that I never made it to the starting line of my favorite marathon. Leading up to the race last year there were many Saturday mornings where my dad followed me in his car for 15+ miles on those early, dark long runs. My mom babysat a ton when I needed to hit some key workouts outside and there was a heck of a lot of me pushing myself FAR out of my comfort zone to hit those yassos, fast finish long runs and tempo runs. There were a lot of hours on the treadmill doing my recovery runs, a lot of alarm clocks set in the 4-5 a.m. range to get my run in before Brooke woke up and lots of dreaming about crossing the finish line with a 2:xx! Long story still kind of a long story—> I had trained pretty hard for 4 months leading up to the race and as many of you understand all too well, it is pretty devastating when you don’t get to do the race you’ve trained hard for months to do. (PS I didn’t get to do the marathon due to gastritis/ulcer/some other GI issues)
BUT the beauty of not making it to our race due to health issues, injuries or life stuff is——> there is always another race.
There is always another training cycle.
There are ALWAYS running/life/health lessons learned along the way with each month of training that carry over to help us become smarter and stronger runners.
Marathon training starts for me in just a little over a month (ahhhhhhh)!! I’ve got 5 things that I’m doing (join in with me:) to help me to be a stronger/healthier/less-injured runner so that I can make it to the starting line of the St. George Marathon on October 1st!
1. Relax about TIMES and go off of effort a bit instead of exact paces. I think I let my sub-3 goal take ownership of me last fall leading up to St. George. It took out a bit of the fun too… each workout had a pace or number to hit and my perfectionistic ways lead me to obsessing over hitting those numbers each workout. I also think going from a 3:12 to a sub 3 is a HUGE chunk of time to take off (even though I ran a 3:04 6 years ago… that was 6 years ago) and gradually taking time off with each marathon until I get under 3 is probably the best way for me to handle marathon training mentally and physically. SO, I plan on basing my workouts off of effort more than paces and really learning my body and where I should be running.
2. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Last fall I most definitely did not get the sleep that I needed for the training I was doing. See above stressors and just not making it a priority like I should = not a good idea during marathon training. We are putting our bodies under so much stress during training and if we don’t give it the recovery it needs after we break it down with our workouts—> no bueno. SO, this time around for St. George training sleep will be a priority!
3. STRETCHING twice a day. For a few minutes. That’s it. Whether it be a short yoga for runners video or stretching at night while we are watching The Office (we started it from the first season and we are just cruising through it…). I need to do it and I created two alarms each day to remind me each day!
4. Keep my feet happy! Over the last year or so, my feet have really been the only things (besides tight IT Bands every now and then) that have caused me some problems (Turf Toe, you were the worst ha). With this upcoming training cycle I really want to remember my feet!! I try to roll them/stretch them out each morning before I do anything else (ps does anybody else love sleeping with socks on?). I want to focus in on always wearing supportive shoes, sandals and wedges because WHENEVER I wear shoes with little support my feet end up paying big time.
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We put our bones and joints under a lot of stress with our running so I LOVE that Vital Proteins will help to keep them happy and strong.
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St. George Marathon 2016—> I’m coming for you and I’ll be doing everything I can to get to that starting line healthy and strong!!!
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