Happy Wednesday!!! I hope your day is off to a good one. Let’s start off with last night and then more forward to whatever we did in the morning.
We had a wedding dinner to attend for the beautiful Diana!
The food was incredible and the donut bar was probably the best thing I’ve ever seen at a wedding.
The finished product. Unreal.
It was perfect and I’m so stoked for them!
This was an exciting snap to receive:)
8 treadmill miles first thing yesterday morning… 1/2 before Brooke woke up and 1/2 after she woke up.
Followed by a little bit of strength. Mainly planks, squats and glute bridges. Strength training and getting to the starting line of a marathon healthy go hand in hand.
And then these two were reunited ha. It always takes them a minute or two to not be shy but then they are back to their normal routine of being inseparable.
Brooke was pretending to be a dog while Knox was singing.
Training for a race out of your comfort zone is something else… you learn a lot about yourself along the way don’t you think? I saw this quote below on Katie’s Instagram a few weeks ago (I LOVE following her… do it) and took a screenshot and have been thinking about it a ton in regards to my marathon training that is just starting now. I always tell myself I’m done with the marathon but then it pulls me back in because I strangely love the training. I love the post long-run accomplished feeling, I love the steady increases in fitness over the weeks, I love the excitement that builds up leading up to race day, I love falling into bed exhausted at 9 pm because I had a hard run that morning, I love all of the carbs, I love the bond that builds with the people you are training for the marathon with, I love the structure… it draws me back each and every year (although, I love the 1/2 marathon a lot too and I think my body likes it a lot more than the marathon).
Leading up to marathons I always have some sort of theme/mantra/goal that I focus on big time during the training/race. The year after my divorce, I went into marathon training with the mantra, “I can do hard things.” I can’t tell you how many times I had repeated that to myself (probably in the millions) but it was the best reminder to me and confidence builder that ‘I’ve got this and I am capable of so much more than I can even imagine.’ It got me through a lot of hard track workouts and long runs where I pretty much cried the entire time. Last year I did two marathons and for those training cycles my brain was so focused on my Sub-3 goal that I was driven by numbers/splits/times and chased after those numbers to get me through all of those hard workouts. Plus, I had a coach to report back to and that was really motivating to me.
This year I really want to learn how to better accept the pain that comes during hard workouts as part of the process. I want to look forward to and embrace the hard. I get comfortable with running really easily but I want this training cycle to be one where I focus on not giving up ever (even if there is a whole lot of screaming and crying along the way due to being hot, or tired, or out of breath, or half-way up a steep hill, or just having a lame running day). During the intervals/tempos/long runs and especially on race day, I’m going to be thinking about this quote and remember it’s okay to hurt (not injury wise) and want to quit, but giving up is not going to be a thing (unless there is an injury, sickness etc…:)
Lots of screaming and a little crying happening because of my alarm clock this morning;) We always have a blast together so it is worth the wake-up!
What have been some of your favorite mantras/goals/themes/thoughts over the years that have gotten you through your training cycles?
Last wedding you went to? Who was it for? What did you eat there?
What time is your alarm clock usually set for when you have a long run to do?
What is your run today?