My Tuesday workout was at the gym with Andrew. He wanted to get in a run too so we went together.
We planked together too.
I hit a 2:20 minute plank on my elbows and I felt pretty proud about it.
PS my legs are still feeling quite rusty since Saturday:) A few more days of easy runs are just what the dr. ordered. Seven miles.
Yesterday afternoon we went with my mom and dad to go see Boss Baby. The kids have been waiting to see this movie since the first time they even heard about it. They loved it and it was really funny!
Oh and we had popcorn too but I somehow managed to spill most of the below cartons of popcorn as we were walking (ps a theater by my parent’s house does really cheap movies and popcorn every Tuesday… it’s amazing).
For dinner we had salad and spaghetti and then I reached into the freezer for a chocolate Halo Top. The chocolate one is my current favorite.
Snuggles with Beretta before bedtime.
And Brooke has actually gotten really good at folding laundry with me:) She enjoys it too so I’m just going to hold onto that for as long as possible.
Dads are just meant to get kids wound up right before bed (picture from another day but same story;).
I finished off the night by doing my homework and watching the video before my coaching courses this weekend! I cannot wait. Hours and hours of learning about running, the best.
Sarah recommended this documentary to me and I LOVED IT!! It is about 4 different women ultra trail runners at Western States 100! These women are incredible and learning about what they go through is incredible. Watch it during your next treadmill run!
I wanted to talk about a question that a reader had yesterday! How do you know when you are ready to sign up for a full marathon!
Let’s take a trip down memory lane——> My first 1/2 marathon was when I was 21 and my aunt bought me a bib to do the race with her. At this time I was living in Hawaii and doing the elliptical each day and then once I moved back home I started running again (aka 2 weeks before the race). Let’s just say, race day was not pretty because I was so undertrained. I told myself during the last mile of that race that there was NO way that I would ever run a marathon (or even another 1/2 marathon again).
Fast forward a few years and I continued running randomly but for never more than 4-5 miles and I stuck to mainly spin classes and the elliptical. One day I was doing the elliptical next to Megan and she told me that she was running the Salt Lake City Marathon and asked me to join her. Ummmm no. I had a flashback to my first half marathon and thought there was no way I could ever finish a marathon. But then I remembered that it had always been on my bucket list to do a marathon. I also knew it would be good for me to change my brain a bit and focus on exercise as a way to be healthy and to reach race goals… not just a way to lose weight/obsess over calories. After some thinking I told Megan that I would run the marathon with her (even though I doubted myself big time). My aunt sent me a training plan to use (my first marathon training plan is HERE) and I got to work. And after 13 weeks of training, I made it to that finish line of my marathon even though after my first half-marathon I never thought it was possible to do a marathon!
(above picture was from before a marathon and thinking I’m pretty tough)
According to my own brain, here are some ways to know you are ready for a full marathon (or increasing your race distance):
*You’ve really got to understand the FACT that you are a real runner, if you run… you are a real runner. You just are. No questions asked. So now that you are shaking your head yes and agreeing with the previous three sentences that I wrote about you being a real runner, you have the confidence to chase down whatever goal you may have for yourself and your running. There is no such thing as a fake runner.
*Marathon training is a time commitment but it is doable, you just have to juggle a few things around. I personally think that for your first marathon the goal should just be completion… forget about time. For my first marathon I only ran THREE days a week and I finished the marathon quite happily. My highest mileage was 35 miles per week. I did teach spin classes on some of the other days but my schedule called for plenty of rest days and cross-training for that first marathon. I think the biggest time commitment to worry about for your first marathon is ONE LONG RUN A WEEK. If you can fit in an hour or so a few times a weeks and then enough time to go out on the weekend for a few hours on your long run, you are all set to go for the marathon. It’s when we are wanting to get faster and faster that we add in more miles and time during the week for training.
*You really want to do it for yourself. You’re not wanting to do one because marathons are popular right now or because all of the runners on Instagram do them, but because YOU want to do them. There are going to be points along the way in your training and on race day when you are LOW ON MOTIVATION (that is more than normal). But if you are doing a marathon for YOU and not because you think you should do one because everyone else seems to be, then you will have that internal motivation to keep pushing through the hard stuff. I have felt the pressure in the past because my blog is my job to do more marathons than I personally want to/feel is right for me but then I say nope. I stick to running/training for marathons for only when I WANT IT for me. When I want to train and run a marathon for my own personal needs/goals—> I can get through the low points of training.
*You’ve done a half. You don’t need to do a half marathon before a marathon (ummmm…. Andrew I am looking at you) but I personally think that if you can do a half-marathon, you can do a full. You can. Whenever I look at my training plan in the beginning of marathon training I get overwhelmed and wonder how the heck I am going to run 20 miles consecutively in 10 weeks. But then I remind myself to just take it ONE WEEK at a time. Don’t even think of the weeks up ahead. Focus on completing the week you are in. Each week you will get stronger mentally and physically and with the many weeks of training, you will get to that 20 miler and realize you’ve got this. It takes time but you will get there. You might look back on your half-marathons and think, “I could never double that distance” (I sure thought that) but with the training each week, you will build up your strength and endurance.
*You are okay with doing the extras (which can be done at home with kiddos, during your lunch break at work, at night before you can go to bed etc). Marathon training adds a lot of stress on our bodies. A lot. So if you can commit to injury prevention with foam rolling, stretching, core work, some strength training, a sports massage (if needed) and fueling/hydrating plenty for the stress of marathon training, you’ve totally got this! Once again, I think you can absolutely train for a marathon without these things BUT your body/mind will be a lot happier (and less likely to get injured) if you do them.
If you want to do a marathon… GO FOR IT. If you run just to run and you aren’t so much into racing… then don’t race. If you prefer the 5k/10k over any other race then keep doing what makes you happy. If trail running is where your heart is then stay close to those mountains.
Your family, your friends, myself and the internet… we will all be cheering for you no matter what you decide.
You’ve got this.
How did you know you were ready to train for the first race that you did that scared you!?
What extras (the things we do outside of running to help our running) is the hardest for you to do?
How many days of running per week is your body happiest with?
-When I started marathon training it was 3 days a week but during my marathon training recently it was 5-6 days per week.
Last ice cream flavor that you had?