HAPPY MONDAY! (or not so happy…this week has the full 5 days. Bummer Dude).
This weekend was my friend’s bachelorette party, so I’m starting this, the last week before taper, pretty tired. I was actually really impressed with myself and my beverage consumption control this weekend. High five, Amy!
We started off the day kayaking on the Rio Grande River (between 1-3 feet deep…I live in the desert remember), and I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t completely sore on my back and shoulders. A 6 mile trip with consistent rowing definitely takes some effort! It was really fun though!
Also, fall hit us like a ton of bricks yesterday. We went from highs in the 90’s to highs in the 70’s over a 24 hour period. Both our bachelorette river kayaking and rooftop lounging were pretty dang chilly.
(For the record, I don’t take shots. I sipped on this for a good 10 minutes. And we were cold).
I feel silly because I complained LIKE CRAZY over the heat of summer. Being outside and being warm are what I live for all year. But training for a marathon during the summer is horrible. I yearned for cooler temperatures, but now that it is actually happening I;m panicked. While I do love pumpkin spice lattes (well, pumpkin everything really), I’m a little sad that soon I won’t be able to walk to my car without bundling up. And eating al fresco is almost a thing of the past. But at least we can hopefully not be miserable while running.
Anyway, I realized that I haven’t done a marathon reflection Monday in a few weeks. We’re getting down to the end, and I really can’t believe how fast the whole thing has gone.
I can run the mileage, I can run several miles in a row at a sub 8 pace and feel comfortable. I KNOW that my marathon will be strong. Maybe not hit my goal strong (a goal I am still holding onto), but strong nonetheless.
At this point I have 4 weeks to make all of the little non-running changes that will hopefully make a difference.
Eating well, drinking tons of water and minimal booze. Focusing on light strength training (lunges, squats, push-ups, deadlifts), a lot of core work. Stretching, injury prevention, icing. SLEEPING WELL.
And preparing for my mental battle. Pumping myself up, and convincing myself since now not to stop or slow down when it gets hard and painful. And attempting to find a bigger purpose than myself to dedicate my running to.
The last couple of weeks of training haven’t been the highest quality or the best. Did I enjoy running along the San Antonio River Walk at 7 am when it was empty? Absolutely. Exploring downtown Houston on foot was great too. But I wouldn’t consider either of those really solid runs (though, once we got out of the River Walk area, the 20 miler went pretty well).
It seems almost pointless to review what I’m doing well and what I need to improve on. I know what I need to do. I’m preparing for battle , and the next four weeks will be spent conditioning myself for victory!
I hope everyone has a fantastic week! This IS my birthday week, so I think this justifies everyone eating a cupcake guilt-free!