I must be a glutton for punishment because I was out running yesterday and it snowed AGAIN. This is what I looked like when I came inside
And according to my husband, there is a salt shortage in MA and that’s why all the roads are so very slippery. Say what? A salt shortage? My response:”can’t they just make more?” (This shows you that I have blonde moments and that I do not, in fact, have any clue where salt comes from)
Anyway, before I made the decision to run the full marathon for Hyannis, I took a look back at my previous times for the half...
I didn’t always eat right, or enough. Proper fueling is very important if you are planning on hitting your target distances. Running out of steam mid run has happened to me plenty of times. (Bring money/debit card with you when running outside in case this happens to you!)
I take the time to plan out my running week. I have to know which days I will run what: this has always helped me to visualize what I want to get done. Sometimes some mental prep is all it takes to get you where you want to go.
Too much of a good thing can be just that….too much. Remember to rest. This IS a proven fact for one of the ways that make you faster.
Do different types of runs.
I’ve always felt that Long slow distances produces long slow runners
Mix it up!! Sprints, intervals, fartlek’s, tempo runs, progressive runs, easy runs, long runs…These are some different kinds of runs you can do to mix up your training. When you focus on only one type, it is hard to improve. By switching it up, you keep your legs (and mind) fresh and intrigued. Don’t forget running on hills. I tackle a few crazy hills in my area a couple times a week. When I swap to flat terrain, I am soo very fast because these little legs are used to going up hills!
Yasso’s have helped a lot. And, My weekly Tempo run has shown me how to kill it later during the final hour of the marathon: when I feel my legs will give out-my body will remember it’s tempo runs.
Find your own motivation.
What motivates ME isn’t necessarily what motivates YOU. What will make you get up at the crack of dawn, while it is cold, depressing and dark and start to train? Everybody has something, what’s yours? Whether it’s chasing a PR, proving you CAN DO THIS, kicking off a “bucket list” item…find what speaks to you. I promise you that once you find your own ass kicker, it really is easy to get into BEAST MODE!
Set a goal.
Along the same lines of Motivation is Goal Setting (they actually are best friends). Setting a goal helps you improve. Maybe you want to run a half by the fall, or cut your half marathon time down by ten minutes..whatever it is, don’t let that goal out of your mind. Write it down, shout it out loud, tell all your friends so it makes you accountable!
Did you hear about that guy who won the marathon and did absolutely zero training? Neither did I. Your body will develop a routine through your training. It is amazing what you can push yourself to do. 13.1/26.2 IS possible, and if you’ve done that – a BETTER 13.1/26.2 is also possible.
Never give up.
Trust me-I am qualified to say this: I once ran a 6 1/2 hour marathon…now I am aiming for a 3:30… Anything is possible if you just believe it. ❤️
What has made you a better runner?
-time, age, and my husband!
Run Free, Run Strong!