All that worrying yesterday – and I didn’t see ANY rain until I was driving home from my run!
My run this morning was decent. A little on the slow side (it was just David and I and we did 13.5 miles in 2:21 — so a 10:26 pace), but not terrible! In an effort to avoid a lot of the Saturday runners who decided to run today instead (wusses – they COULD have attempted to just run on the treadmill like this girl), we did the reverse of what we usually do (not that I know where I am most of the time). It was kinda weird seeing everything from a different view! We also didn’t run as much on brick, which my ankles appreciate.
One thing I was NOT expecting today was for my legs to feel as tired as they did. Today really should have felt effortless. 14 (or almost) miles was daunting a year ago, but now it is considered an “easy” long run. It didn’t help that I didn’t have the drive today to go faster. I was OK with a 10:30 pace.
All of this said, there are some things I need to do to prep for my 23-miler next Sunday. I probably should have been doing these past 2 months as training kicked into high year – but instead, I started to sink into a rut. Here’s my plan – not just for this week, but for the next 4 weeks:
1. Foam roll and stretch DAILY. It feels so good when I DO remember to roll/stretch. I don’t understand why it’s not a daily habit. YET.
2. Water, water, water – even if I hate every minute of it. Maybe I should just bring my CamelBak everywhere?
3. Cut out the alcohol. No wine Mon-Thurs (and Saturday) – and if there’s wine on Friday/Sunday it’s just a glass or two. I’ll miss you Cupcake Red Velvet.
4. Follow the training plan. I’m good about the long runs – but not necessary the tempos, hills and sprints. It’s not that I’m not running (most of the time), I need to push all 3 runs.
5. Cut out spinning on Saturday – at least for this week. I might need to move my spin class to earlier in the week (tomorrow?), but I do think yesterday’s class played a role in my leg tiredness today. I love my spin though. I’m NEVER giving it up for good!
6. Sleep. No more going to bed at midnight and waking up at 5 to workout. This means going to bed at 10. This also means I’m going to modify my blogging to one post a day. I know, I know it will be hard not to see my 2 posts every day. Dry your tears.
7. Eat healthy. So I am healthy for the most part – but meals things like grilled cheese and processed frozen dinners aren’t giving me the balance I need. I need to focus on the basics: protein and good carbs.
I’m sure this sounds like the boring Michelle, but don’t you fear – there will still be moderation and I will return to my non-water drinking, anti-stretching, lush self once the race is over. I figure that a marathon is not something you do all the time. Might as well make the most of it and maximize what I have, right?
What have you “sacrificed” for your well being? Anyone want to volunteer to drink wine for me? I need to live vicariously through you (Melissa??).