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Andrew made it back and had a really great experience. He was also able to write all of his remaining papers and study in the car… 3 more shifts + 1 test = graduation.
Just some sister love.
We made our way over to church.
Got a few things done around the house…
And then went over to my parents’ house for dinner. I’ve talked about this before (here) but once a month we fast from food and water for two consecutive meals. Each month I choose something/someone specific to fast for and include a lot of prayer throughout the day.
Dinner (I had another bowl and roll too) last night was my first meal of the day and it tasted very good.
So did the cookies that we brought and turned into ice cream sandwiches!
And Brooke figured out the best way to clean the floors… she can run so fast like this. We do a similar move at Boot Camp with sliders instead of paper towels and Brooke goes 7 times faster than I can like this.
And a picture with Knox because we are missing him:)
I WROTE THIS POST LAST FALL. I never posted it for some strange reason but hopefully it can help any of you training for a spring race!
Marathon training brings out some pretty crazy thoughts in my brain so I thought I would share mine (and my answers) and I’d love to hear yours too!
10 BOGUS Thoughts During Training:
*A few weeks ago when I finished up my long run (16.24 miles), I thought… THERE IS NO WAY I CAN RUN 9.96 (aka 26.2 miles) MORE MILES than what I just did. No way, I’m dead, that was tiring and 9.96 miles is a long ways to go. This happens to me during every marathon training cycle. I finish a long run and think that I can’t possibly run 26.2 miles. But guess what, every time I do. It’s amazing. So this thought is bogus because you can run xxx amount more (with the proper training/work) and you will run xxx amount more. You CAN!
*Being hard on ourselves for not hitting a run or being as fit as what we wish we were is going to help us get to our goals <—No way. Being hard on ourselves gets us nowhere. Comparing ourselves to what we used to do or to others is going to take us straight to miserable street. Focus on where you are now and work on your weaknesses but pick yourself back up after those not so great miles and keep moving forward.
*’I’ll be fine without fueling…. (for long distance events)’ No you won’t. (In my expert opinion;). How many times have I thought, ‘well I feel great now so I don’t need to choke down a gel because I’m killing it right now’… and then I die. Marathon #10—> My first gel will be taken at mile 4 which is quite different than the many marathons that I start taking in fuel at mile 15 and then I crash and burn and hit the wall head first (followed by hitting more walls every .2 miles until the end of the marathon).
*For example= “So and so has a way faster 1/2 marathon pr than I do and she just barely got my goal marathon time… if she is faster in the half distance (or has faster long runs or faster workouts etc) then it isn’t possible for me to hit my goal marathon time.” <— Nope, not true. This is something I struggle with often. Each runner has different strengths. Each runner has different good days and bad days. I am basing my goals off of me, my workouts and my potential and not off of what other people are doing. It’s fun to see what everyone is doing to get to their goals but just because in my brain I think ‘they are so much faster’ does not mean I cannot hit the same times with the proper training and work for me!
*How do I expect to do a long distance race event if I struggle through some of my shorter runs that are much slower? It’s not possible. <— BOGUS. I can’t tell you how many 6 milers I’ve had lately where I felt like I was trudging through mud while running 2+ minutes slower per mile than my goal marathon pace and yet I KNOW 26.2 miles at goal marathon pace is on it’s way to my life. Trust your training and know that we all have beyond terrible miles out on the roads. Don’t let the internet make you think you are the only one feeling that way. Those hard and longer runs that we are completing make that ‘trudging through mud’ feeling happen during the following days so rather than get down on yourself when you feel like that… pat yourself on the back for rocking workouts that make you feel that way and give yourself the rest that you need to.
*It will be beneficial on race day for me to push a bit more during the taper. I’ll get fitter and it will help me hit my goals. In my experience this is totally bogus. Our bodies need the rest, the repairing and the downtime to perform their best on race day. I do think that we all have different amounts of time that we need personally for our tapers (some need 10 days some need 2.5 weeks for the marathon taper) but do not underestimate the power in the taper.
*I can’t. Nope, you can. Remove those the words I can’t from any run that you are doing from this point forward. Thanks.
*If I have to take time off ALL IS LOST. <— Don’t worry, it’s not. I think the reason that I have been able to pick up my speed and endurance quickly again after having Skye is partly because of previous training cycles that I’ve had over the years. Pregnancy and time off after having her obviously had me take a step back in my fitness but all of that hard work in the previous years have made it easier for my body to remember how to jump back into the ‘fast for me’ paces. If you have to take time off, don’t stress about losing your fitness, you’ll come back and your body will know better how to get back there (+ more) again.
*I don’t belong. This is one that I experience often and I have to change it. I feel like I don’t belong in the group going for the times I’m wanting. But I do. And so do you. We all belong. I’m pretty positive running is the most inclusive sport on the planet. I’ve even heard Kara Goucher say that she didn’t feel like she belongs. Forget these feelings because they aren’t true. You are right where you should be.
*But I USED TO BE more fit/faster/blah blah blah. Who cares. It might be true and it might not. I’ve learned that focusing on my here and now makes me the happiest and most likely to succeed and dwelling on my past takes me nowhere.
What are some BOGUS thoughts that you’ve experienced with your training/running?
Who has a March birthday?!
-Andrew on 3/14!!!
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