Wow, can weekends go any faster? Here we are, back at Monday.
That means I am another long run older and another week closer to running my first marathon.
This week’s training started to bring back all of the old aches and pains that I had forgotten during my month-long running break. Will I ever again be able to live life without having to constantly ice/roll out my IT band?
And even though I’m not yet hitting my pre-break pace, my body is starting to get used to the idea that we’re training for a marathon, and slowly, things are starting to feel less wheezy and blah than then were last week. Things are starting to work like they should!
THINGS THAT WENT WELL:
Attitude: In all situations, I’m trying to talk myself through the pain and encourage myself to keep strong. Overall, every workout this week felt much better than last week. When I started to hit a wall, I would start giving myself a pep talk, and I could feel a new surge of energy. I’m hoping the better I get at this, the more likely I will be to talk myself through the moments when I feel like collapsing during my marathon.
Preventing hip tightness: Last week I noticed that my hips starting tightening up around 5-6 miles. This week I’ve been doing hip strengthening exercises, and I had no hip tightness during our 9.5 mile run on Saturday.
Limiting Booze: Still drinking more than someone taking this whole thing seriously should, but I think progress is being made! However, when we were at a Mexican restaurant, we found a drink that involved Mexican beer topped with a dollop of margarita. I couldn’t resist!
Drinking water: I’ve been making it a priority, and I can tell that I’m not completely dried out. However, I still feel thirsty. Julie suggested throwing in some Nuun or something similar into the mix. I’ve also been drinking more gatorade post-run.
Recovery: Still doing good with post-run protein shakes, dates with my foam roller and massage stick, icing, yoga stretches, and recovery runs that are nice and easy.
THINGS THAT NEED IMPROVEMENT:
Eating Well: This is still something I’m struggling with. Trying to completely change my eating habits to avoid temptations like steak and fried rice just isn’t as easy as I want it to be. Meanwhile, Aaron went gluten-free last week and has dropped 7 pounds. (I hate him). His weight drop and testimony over how much better he feels is almost enough to get me completely on board.
Pushing the pace: We are starting on week 3 of training. So far I’ve been trying hard not to throw myself back into training with reckless abandon in order to prevent injuries. Now is the time to start pushing myself back to the pace I used to be. I’m close.
Cross-training: We’ve been doing ok with weight lifting, but we haven’t been doing other workouts like yoga or swimming. This needs to be more of a priority.
Goals for This Week:
1) See pace improvement
2) Incorporate more cross training
3) Eat well ALL week
4) Do plank and ab workouts every day.