I just have to tell you that it’s been monsooning in my area over the past week. I’m not just talking about some rain. I’m talking about how the rain is coming down so hard that it feels like someone is dumping a bucket of water on your head. Normally, being forced to stay inside and be cooped up/run on the treadmill would annoy me, but this week I guess I don’t mind so much since I’m taking this post marathon run thing kind of easy-peasy.
I hopped on the good old ‘mill on Wednesday night (it never even got light outside the whole day-the rain was that bad) for a few miles to see how the legs did. They felt pretty good, calves are tight, but otherwise, I felt pretty good. I feel like I’m recovering quickly from Sunday, but I’m still trying to take it easy. Friday morning, I did another easy 7 on the treadmill.
Finally, on Saturday, we saw the sun, and Saturdays run ended up being done with a body that from Fri-Sat: probably slept five hours, ate a lot of not good for me food, and hooted&hollered
like a 14yr old at a one direction concert for two straight hours at Eric Church…that body ran 9 hilly miles & I was pretty happy with that. It was one of those runs that really made you feel great and 100% alive in your own life & was 100% wonderful! I had moments during the run where I just felt overwhelmingly blessed/lucky to be able to do what I do and have come so far and overcome so much. Sometimes, I just feel so darn lucky.
Sunday. Rainy morning again. I didn’t care that much so laced up and hit the road. I’m so glad I did. Sometimes, rainy day runs just leave you feeling so cleansed and happy. By far-it was my favorite run of the week!
Miles for the week: 30.10
Things I did that helped me marathon train like a beast!
A lot of people have been asking me how I made a 17 minute jump from my previous PR (Feb,2014/Hyannis)You can read here and here about my tips for getting faster, but there are lots of other different things that happen over the course of training. It’s not only speed, but mental “toughness” that plays a large part in how your marathon/marathon training will go. These things definitely played a role for me, I hope they help you out too during your training!
–– Make your training YOURS. Not anyone else’s. Just because your friend is doing 70 miles doesn’t mean you have to do 70 miles. This is YOUR training. Don’t get caught up in what everybody else is doing. Believe in yourself that you can do it and make your plan work for you.
– I treated trainining with importance. Running a marathon isn’t just something you roll out of bed and do. It takes discipline, patience, and hard work. I treat marathon training (and running in general)like it’s a job because its that important to me. If I took an extra day off-there had to be a dam good reason for it! Making it a top priority has helped me improve my running.
– Come to grips with the early morning wakeups, hard workouts, and all the difficult things you might not want to do. 20 mile runs aren’t everybody’s cup of tea, and neither are speedwork outs that make you want to puke. But you know what? I will tell you right now that making myself do a weekly long run as well as staying consistent with my speedwork made me have a much easier time during my marathon. My body got used to performing harder tasks and that translated into a better marathon experience for me.
– Rotate your shoes! This Helps a lot! Your feet are doing so much work for you, so be kind to them. I’m good to my feet, and I have about 5 pairs that I rotate between. And I don’t hesitate to bid adieu to a pair of shoes if I think they are past their prime….Even if a pair of sneakers feels like it’s wearing out at 200 miles but previous pair of the same exact sneakers didn’t wear out until 300 miles, I won’t hesitate to retire them. Bad/worn out sneaks cause “The Creaks” for me and I don’t mess with that! I’m good to my feet which leads to my whole body feeling good. Sneakers play a huge part in your running…worn out sneaks=no good. Change those bad Sally’s OUT!
–I made No excuses. Too humid? I got up earlier to run. Too hot? I could run on my treadmill. Stomach ache? Treadmill til ya feel better. Don’t want to do that hard track workout? Too bad, it’s going to make you faster.
I didn’t let myself make excuses. I did the hard work, and it absolutely paid off. It’s so easy for runners to just say “I’ll do my __________ run tomorrow.” Don’t do it tomorrow, do it now so you can look back on today’s workout and say “wow, I’m glad that done until next week!” I never made/make excuses because hard work pays OFF.
– Visualize your goal. Really SEE it in the forefront of your mind all the time. I was even having dreams of crossing the finish line and getting a BQ, and they made me even more excited for my marathon!
–Have a mantra: Mine is “you can do hard things”. Everybody has their own reasons to keep the running drive going…This marathon cycle, I also developed the mantra “GET THE BQ”I never forgot this… I saw this in the very forefront of my brain in Every. Single. Run. And I NEVER forgot it!
I hope these help you!
I bought three out my seven pics from my BQ race… I’m not crazy about any of them, but I figure you have to buy your first BQ pics, right?!
Happy start to your week!
How do you train like a beast?