Normally Sundays are for spending the entire day in your pajamas and watching ridiculous amounts of tv. Or at least that’s how it goes here. Things they are a changing though. Now that I have MBA classes Saturday mornings, I can’t get a long run in. I have to leave the house by 6:30 am and by the time I get home it is way too hot out to think about long miles. And Jeff has been working on Saturdays so Sundays for him are homework central. So I am being flexible as I have learned and moved my long run to Sunday. Which means I just got in from doing 10 miles in 75 degree sunshine… I know, it’s a tough life I lead. I will get into that run shortly.
Here’s what this week looked like:
Monday – 4 easy miles @ 9:19/mile avg
Tuesday – upper body strength workout – getting closer to my pull-up goal. Also learned spiderman push-ups and immediately developed a love hate relationship with them. They hurt so good.
Wednesday – tough love tempo run – 7 total, 6 tempo miles @ 8:30ish
Thursday – 3 easy miles @9:30 then crazy leg workout. Don’t want to hear the word squat for at least 2.7 days.
Friday – sleep in
Saturday – mental workout aka MBA Financial Accounting Class
Sunday – 10 tough love miles @ 9:50 pace
Week total – 24
You might notice that I’ve called two of my runs tough love runs. This is something I have started doing for myself when I just want to quit throughout the run and crawl back into bed to hibernate. Wednesday’s tempo run was hard and discouraging. The tempo miles were only about 10 seconds faster than I hope to run the half marathon at, and it was half the distance. So throughout the run there was a lot of self talk and conversation going on in my head. I need to say ‘hey, legs, you are lucky to be able to do this so you better be working’ and ‘hey lungs, let’s do this… there are no snow or cold air excuses so get moving’ and ‘don’t you even think about quitting brain, we are going to DO this’. Don’t worry, this self talk doesn’t happen out loud, and it’s usually still dark when I run during the week so if you happen to see a crazy girl talking to herself while running, it’s not me. At least I think I don’t do this out loud 😉 In my mind I turn into my high school cross country coach that used to ride beside us in his car screaming to go faster while we ran up a mountain of a hill (a NJ hill, not a puny FL one).
I know that some people might say, if you aren’t having the time of your life then why would you continue to run? But they just wouldn’t understand. Running is not always fun but that doesn’t make me love it any less. Those tough runs are what make the good ones feel GREAT. And I’m learning that when it’s tough and I force myself to keep going, it’s a much bigger accomplishment. I know that at that point I am getting mentally strong which is just as important as the physical side. Refuse to let yourself quit. Unless you’re physically having issues like seeing double which may or may not have happened to me this morning. The genius in me rolled out of bed and ran out the door for my 2nd 10 miler of the training cycle. I brought a water bottle but nothing to eat, not thinking that I hadn’t eaten anything in a good 15 hours. I had to stop after mile 9 and grab some gatorade from the godsend of Walgreen’s that just appeared out of nowhere (not really, they are on every corner here). But I finished, and I didn’t do half as bad as I felt like I was doing. Of course my heart rate would beg to differ, I was in the garmin ‘5’ zone of over-reaching again. But I’m just going to write this run off as an exercise of mental toughness.
So this went on much longer than I planned. But just don’t let yourself give up on whatever you are reaching for when it gets hard. For me, it’s running. And less than 6 months ago, running 1 mile without stopping was tough. Today, it’s 10 miles. That’s progress folks, no way around that. Celebrate the small victories and appreciate the toughness as it reflects directly on you. You’re the one breaking down obstacles and doing the work. It’s the tough that makes you strong, not when things are easy.
I’m also still really appreciating the inspiration that I find in all of the running blogs that I read. Three of the absolute most inspiring that I’ve followed religiously are Katie, Janae, and Dorothy. Not only are they super speedy, but their messages that they write about and embrace in life every day are so motivating. So hats off to you ladies, and thank you for keeping me so inspired through all of your hard work. You make me realize that my goals are possible and that so much more can be if I want it.