Well, HELLO Monday. It’s a hot one down in these parts!
So, three weeks down, 15 left to go.
If I can please be a bit whiny for a minute, things aren’t falling into place quite where I was hoping they would (as in, I’m not hitting paces that I hit as recently as March and April). I realize that it is hotter outside, and that heat is a huge factor in performance. Running at 7 p.m. still means running in 90+ temperatures. I also realize that I have 15 full weeks to get there. But man oh man did I think I would be doing better at this point.
I’ve also gained 4 pounds since March, so I imagine that isn’t helping me go any faster. Thanks, doctor, for pointing it out at my appointment on Friday. (“So, what’s going on? You’ve gained 4 pounds since last year?”…well, last year I was fresh off a beach vacation. It makes a difference!).
I WAS pleasantly surprised when he (my doctor) was supportive of my marathon. Usually I get a lecture about how walking is so much better (in the most simplistic terms, your body is much more efficient per calorie burned when walking than running), but he even offered me some tips (all of which I already knew), and was excited about it. Probably cheaper to have a marathon training patient than an overweight smoker patient?
What went well:
Booze and Food: Still not perfect, but I’m making better choices. The other day I actually ordered half a sandwich and salad at a restaurant where I normally eat cheese fries. Even this weekend, my beverage consumption was lower than normal. Maybe there is hope for me to become a healthy person yet!
Keeping to the Plan: Three weeks in, we haven’t missed a workout. I’ve woken up way earlier than I’ve wanted to get my miles in, and we’ve had to run in ridiculous hotness, but we’re keeping to it. We’ve been tired, we’ve had other things to do, but we’ve made this a priority, and I’m proud of us so far!
Hydration: I’m finally feeling like I’m getting my proper water intake. We also tried Nuun this weekend. It tastes really good! I have no idea if it is helping or not, but it does make for a tasty treat.
What needs Improvement:
Recovery: I started actually backing off on this a little bit this week, and I can feel the difference. Doing good with the post running protein, but not rolling out as much. I’ve been neglecting my Stick and Foam Roller, and I’m paying the consequences. My recovery runs are going well however. Nice, slow, and easy.
Cross training: It has yet to happen. Even the weight lifting I had been doing has started to fall by the wayside. While I’m squeezing in runs, I’m having a harder time scheduling any other types of workouts. We need some yoga in our life badly.
Pushing myself just a bit harder: I’ve realized that a few months ago when I was doing really well with races, I was pushing myself harder. But right now, mentally I feel like I’m holding back during every run. Maybe trying to conserve energy for later? Great for marathons, not so effective for 10 minutes in my tempo run. Being uncomfortable for 10 minutes is not going to kill me. I need to remember that.
Not being so hard on myself: It is my nature to find fault with everything I’m doing (I think this is the case for most people). For example, I ran a 10-K yesterday that was far slower than I wanted (more on that tomorrow). I’m trying not to be bothered by it, but of course I’m bothered by it. I’m trying not to feel like a failure when I don’t reach my pace goals, but I’m still feeling slower than I want to. I know I’m not supposed to peak yet, and I still have 15 weeks, and it is hot, and a litany of other excuses. But I’m not where I want to be three weeks in, and that is hard to take. Aaron keeps me from going completely insane with his encouragement as do all of you (thank you!), but this is a battle I’m fighting with myself, and it is hard not to beat myself up over it.
But I need to get over it. I need to stop whining and channel that energy into something more productive. There are bigger problems in the world than my inability to hold a half marathon pace for 3 miles.
Thank for letting me vent. I try and keep the whiny (NOT wine-y) to a minimum, but I’m just in a mood. Could also be a case of the Mondays. I’ll work on the positivity!
Have a wonderful week!