Brooke and I hit up the baseball fields last night and I’m still bummed that I forgot the sunflower seeds.
After every time that someone hit the ball she would yell, ‘great shot.’ She is quite the cheerleader already.
And then it got really cold (hello May wind that froze me to the bone) so I sported my penguin blanket around.
And Brooke sported the BYU one with her new favorite eye trick.
By the time we got back it was 8:30 and so pizza was immediately ordered and devoured. Pizza dipped into ranch dressing = perfection.
Dessert. Told you, I’m all about berries this week.
Name that movie:
You’ve probably noticed this if you’ve followed along my running for at least 1-2 training cycles but I am REALLY excited when I first start a training cycle. I stop eating candy (for approximately 2 days), I write down all of my goals, I crawl into bed much earlier than normal and I put all of my training runs into my calendar. I just get plain ol’ excited. Over the weeks and months of training the excitement wears down a bit (I think this is probably true for a lot of runners) because I am tired, sore, and the ‘newness’ of training again isn’t there anymore. BUT the thing that keeps me going besides having a goal for the race, is the MOMENTUM. Hitting a key workout (or coming close to hitting it) keeps the excitement there. It keeps the energy high and it keeps me continuing to try all over again the next week. I am a momentum runner for sure and love to build off of the last week’s speed workout/tempo run or long run fast finish.
BUT life happens and I have to miss those key workouts sometimes. I’m also an all or nothing type of person so missing a key workout is hard for my brain because I feel like I am losing the momentum and missing a few of those key workouts makes it extra hard for me to want to keep going with the hard training because OH MY GOODNESS, I DIDN’T FOLLOW MY TRAINING PLAN PERFECTLY. This actually kind of happened for this last half marathon too. I had to miss a few workouts because of travel and IT Band flaring up and so I just kind of let go of the training plan and kept running (that is a constant for me) but let go of the training plan and just did whatever. SO, I’m writing this list kind of for myself too…
WHAT CAN WE DO WHEN WE MISS A HARD WORKOUT (or two or three of them) because we are human and things come up with all of us. Don’t let a few missed workouts make you quit!
*Abbreviate the run. If your week is nuts and your time is cut extremely short for your running, a little something is a lot better than nothing! Shorten up the speed workout. If 8 x 800 is your speed work, get in 4 x 800 and it will take about half the time but you will still get some gains from the workout which is better than skipping it that week all together!
*Remember that it happens to everyone! Not just you. All of us. Even the professional elites miss these due to injury scares/illness/life events and they get back to work as soon as they can. We all get to the starting line with a missed workout (or a few of them) so we are all in the same boat.
*If life is really crazy right now and following your training plan perfectly is just not going to happen—> PAUSE. Put the plan on pause for a while (there is always another race) and try to maintain your fitness until life settles down and you can continue to build up again!
*If you skip your hard workout that day and need to push it back later in the week, make sure that you are still getting enough rest and recovery before you do the next hard workout. You might have to continue to adjust your schedule for a bit to allow adequate rest. I’d rather be a little undertrained than injured from over training and doing hard workouts right in a row and not giving my body enough rest! Trying to fit in those extra workouts/miles without adequate recovery is going to do the opposite of our goal of advancing our fitness! Better to get to the starting line even though you missed some workouts than never make it to the starting line because of an injury!
*We’ve got to get over the crazy idea that missing a few days of training is going to make all of our fitness disappear (or at least lose quite a bit of it). It’s not going anywhere for a little while (PS You can read my post HERE about how much fitness you lose when you have to take time off from running!) If you are putting in the consistency in your training and you have to take a few days off and miss some key workouts—> I PINKY PROMISE IT WILL BE OKAY:)
*Try to make it consistent. If you are missing your key workouts often because of scheduling conflicts then switch the days around on your training plan and stay consistent with that.
So don’t let missing some workouts get you down. You’ve got this, keep on going. You are doing awesome.
ONE DAY LEFT TO GET THIS TANK before it is gone!!! It could make for the perfect gift for the runners in your life too:)
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PS I’ve had a few questions about my white sneakers the other day—> they are HERE!!!
What do you do when you have to miss one of your key workouts/long runs?
Ever had to skip out on a race or put your training on pause? Which one? What happened?
What movies remind you of your childhood?
Favorite delivery pizza place?