Running recap & where my confidence is coming from, & Randomness

To say I’m excited for Sunday might be the biggest understatement to ever come out of my mouth. I have worked sooooooooooooo hard these past two months. I made a very conscious effort to take time OFF from racing because I knew I was only slowing myself down. I needed to work on speed, tempos, and even my form. Since May—> it has been eat sleep breathe GET FASTER. I am pretty confident on myself as a racer right now, and its a pretty great feeling!!

I’m not really nervous either, which is weird for me. I was terrified to do the 5k simply because I hadn’t done one before. I made myself do it as a test of my speed and if my work has been paying off. Yes, and yes. I mean, all this could change come race day. I am infamous, literally, for having faaaaantastic training and a bad race. It is what it is–not every day is YOUR race day:the sooner you accept that the happier and moe content you will be, I assure you.

However, I am pretty confident in my running right now, and I haven’t had THIS good of training in a while. It’s partly due to the fact that I have the summer off and have been fine tuning my skillsets. When you don’t have work, and your spouse is at work all day…it comes in handy to have an obsession. I mean hobby. Alright, who am I kidding? This blog is called “The Girl Who Ran Everywhere.”
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The confidence is also largely due to my amazing running partner who is constantly giving me pluck. She is pretty dang amazing, I tell you! I’m pretty freaking lucky to have found her!! My running has definitely improved because we are constant Pushing one another, and it’s a blast!! When you have someone telling you, over and over, that you’re getting better…it is pretty great! She even asks about the runs that we don’t do together. Is that love? I think so! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, morale of this long winded tale is that whenever I feel pretty confident before a race–I do well. I’m hoping this will still be the case come Sunday!
I do not care if I place.
I don’t care if I’m a top finisher…
I just want to run a sub 1:40 (preferably 1:35-36!) and PR. This is all I care about!!!!!

I’m not trying to come off as cocky here, so please excuse me if I am coming off that way because it sure as heck isn’t my intention. There are two old adages that one should keep in mind:

Trust your training.

-knowing that your hardwork is all done and behind you helps keep you motivated and PUMPED. Remember…race day is not only about enjoying it, it is literally the celebration of your training: it’s your party and you’ll rock it if you want to

Believe in yourself.

-I am sooo lucky to be surrounded by a large support system who asks about my running, or listens and asks questions while I’m boring them so much that their eyes glaze over… Lucky, lucky girl.
But all of THAT is irrelevant if you do not believe in yourself. it’s easy to “lose faith” and not have the confidence to really “bring it” on race day. Well. I am here to tell you…Believing In Yourself empowers you to BE your BEST self. here I go sounding like a weirdo, but it is what it is, and that’s #thetruth.

Weekly workouts:
Monday
-a tempo run..it was trash day, and very, very humid. It was soo difficult to breathe almost-wet-garbage air in through my lungs. Oof.

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Tuesday- hill repeats. 1.25 warm up, 4x90sec repeats up the hill with slow recovery jogs in between. No rest breaks. Easy jog after for a total of 8.
Wednesday-7 miles on my treadmill-1 mile warm up at 7.2, 5 miles at 8.0, cool down at 7.5. Avg pace 7:39. My goal overall pace for my half is a bit lower than this, and this pace felt easy peasy to hold.
Thursday-7 miles-easy and hilly.
Friday-6 easy miles.

Saturday, I won’t run and it actually feels like a sin not to be running on a Saturday! Yes, I’m racing Sunday, but I’m so used to waking up early and heading out the door on a Saturday morning that it will feel very weird not to do so!! Yet, another reason that I like Saturday races-then I can still run on Sundays!! This is me being a waaaaambulance, I know, I am being irrational and a baby!! haha!

Also(if you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this already)this is so random and it literally fits into NOWHERE on any post that I have coming up, but I had to share it because I’m kind of in love with it…my husband bought me a Nutri Ninja..I have wanted one forever and I use to about 5 times a day (I’m not kidding)
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I’ve made about 50 different smoothies, and fun juices for cocktails, too..
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..and when I freeze fruit and grind it up it makes a cool sherbet-y consistency and it’s like dessert. yum…
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I can’t stop talking about it so I had to share!

Today I’m living vicariously through you!!! Tell me about your long runs, struggles, triumps, and all! Spare nothing!!! And if you ARENT running, tell me why too:) And maybe tell us all where YOUR confidence comes from!

Anybody have a Nutri Ninja? How many times a day do you use it?

Are you on Instagram? feel free to leave your name if I don’t already follow you! (Or follow me and I will follow back!)

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25 thoughts on “Running recap & where my confidence is coming from, & Randomness

  1. Yeah, lady, get it!! I’m sure at this point you’re getting ready to race, and I cannot wait to read about how it goes. This is a great example of what it should look like to have confidence before a race. It pumped me up for my run today πŸ™‚

  2. Your post has gotten me so excited for you!! You’re so well trained (my god your mileage and pacing in this week alone has my eyes popping out of my head!) and you’ve got the perfect attitude. You are going to fly tomorrow, just you wait and see. I hope the wind will be at your back the whole time, and you cross that finish line with a huge smile because you’re going to rock it! πŸ™‚ can’t wait to hear more – good luck! πŸ™‚

  3. You got this race tomorrow. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait till you are recapping the race and tell us your new PR!!! Hope to see you tomorrow. I’ve been training for a 1:45 finish. However with two injuries over the past two months and this darn heat, I’ll be very, very happy to finish in under 2. Nervous and excited for tomorrow.

  4. I’m super excited for you! I’ve been working all summer (all year round lol) so training is always a bit tricky. I’m currently in week 1 of marathon training! Woohoo. I’m also focusing on speed. Trying my hardest to BQ in Nov. at the Rock n Roll Savanna marathon. My confidence usually isn’t around lol but when I do have a little it comes from a big boost from my son and having peace with the good Lord. Blessed & beautiful running!

  5. Oooooh love the confidence chica!! You’ll so rock things tomorrow and you are not alone in the category of one who has crushed it in training but then has a bad race but that’s not gonna happen to you tomorrow I just know it! I love your statement about trust your training and the race being a celebration of that training. Prior to my only marathon at this point Bill Rodgers echo similar words to me. No instagram for me I only have Pinterest … FLRunnerBoy. No running for me today and most likely tomorrow. Monday starts my training blocks to great ready fall racing and my first race in September in other words … time to get on my big boy pants hahaha πŸ™‚ once again chica best wishes tomorrow sincerely!!! You inspire me so much! Now go claim your sub 1:40 half mary lol πŸ™‚

  6. OMG, I can’t wait to see how you do Tom!!! Good luck girl, you got this!!!! I’m actually taking the weekend off from running even though I could technically run today and having a girls day/ night.. Next week I get super marathon serious so this wknd is for fun;)

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