Long Run Mondays and an Interesting Correlation.

When I was training for my marathon, I really enjoyed doing my long runs on Monday morning because I luckily didn’t have any classes on Mondays until later in the day. When it was hot, Sundays didn’t work for me because I had church early in the morning, and when it was cold I had things to do later in the day when it was warmer. Long runs on Monday was great, because no matter how busy the rest of my week got, I started off with a long run so I wouldn’t ever miss racking up my mileage – it was only a matter of maintaining my cardiovascular endurance the rest of the week. My long runs shrank the month before my marathon, and after my marathon I hardly ran for 2 months because of my foot injury.

January brought a few 5k runs and miles occasionally here and there as some of you may have read and Thursday I cranked out my first 4 miler since the race. Well today I cranked out my first 5 miler since the race and I think my long run is back on for Mondays for the rest of the semester. I was so nervous about todays run actually. I was concerned my legs would be tired, my foot would start to hurt, or I just wouldn’t have the mental endurance I used to have. But really I think I’ve kept myself in pretty good shape with the elliptical, short hill runs, and leg strengthening. I just have to build up my lungs again. Mentally – I think once you do a marathon, you can always jump back into running and know you can do anything. I’m not going to let a little injury shake my confidence.

The QOD of the day attests to how much my bass playing has improved in 8 months or so and I have no doubt that training for my races and getting my butt in shape has improved my mental determination and physical well being. Those qualities have spread to every other aspect of my life. It’s no coincidence my bass playing has improved – I’m never going to let my body and health slide away from me again.

Mileage – 5 miles

QOD – The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.

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Treadmills Blow.

Treadmills suck. Treadmills are dumb. I really dislike treadmills. I could say it a million different ways.

Power to those people who can run forever on any surface. But I NEED the outdoors to run distance – I need distraction, visual changes, and no pace cheating. Treadmills saved me this summer when I worked during the wee hours of the morning and my runs were pushed to mid-afternoon in 90 degree heat but I still disliked the machines. Today I was hoping the treadmill would help me out in below freezing weather. I can do the 40’s, even the upper 30’s, but when it feels like 16 degrees and its 24?!?!? HAHA. No. I’m not running in that, sorry. So I postponed my run until this evening hoping the treadmills at UREC would treat me better.

Alas, my ankles were mad at me the whole time and my right knee was like “WOAH what is this surface??”. Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I love running on asphalt – it feels great under my legs. I felt sluggish, slow, exhausted, and as if I was being dragged along… I was running way faster last week, not on a treadmill. Hopefully this winter with no snow or ice or days off, which means it’s a useless winter for us students, will end soon and I can get back to longer runs outside.

Mileage – 4 miles

QOD – You have to wonder what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.

Finding a new training program….

Well with 14ish weeks left before my next race it’s time to find a new training program for this half marathon. I haven’t decided if I’m going to throw down the cash and purchase a program through Runner’s World or something like that, or just find a free one and modify it to fit my needs. I am much more confident in how to train, rest, and cross train since running the marathon and I think I might be alright on my own. Races are expensive enough by themselves, I don’t really want to be spending any more money than I have to be. That’s why I like running, it’s free!!

I really don’t have many other goals fitness wise other than toning and getting my time knocked down in this race, preventing injury will certainly help that. I’m going to start researching cross training more extensively in the speed improvement category. I also will not be waiting until a few weeks before my race to start incorporating everything I learned at the nutritionist. That starts now. Super excited to start training.

Also, for anyone in Harrisonburg reading this. Paul Street sucks worse than Port Republic. It’s hills are crazy. But hopefully they will make me faster.

Mileage – 2 miles of hills, sprints, and stair sprints

QOD – Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

Cardio Dance Party?!

I now completely understand why ages ago I had to post that dance like classes are not good cross training for runners. Don’t get me wrong, I had a TON of fun taking this new class and it was a great work out. However there was so much moving and torquing of the joints I can see where it would give major complications to consistent/training runners. I really had to watch myself in how I did all the moves and check in with my knees and ankles especially since those are generally problem joints.

Ironically enough I actually felt like my hips loosened up a lot and that was a huge relief because that is where I had my injury during training. There’s such limited movement and stretching in the hips in various directions when running and this dance class definitely targeted all of those. That being said, Cardio Dance Party! will probably be limited to rarely if ever during my training for my next race. I am aiming to come out of the half-marathon well, intact, and in much improved time. 1 MONTH UNTIL MCMARATHON Registration!!! GET PUMPEDDDD!!!

Also, I didn’t get to eat much today and then I ate WAY WAY WAY too much food at E-hall tonight and felt totally sick. It was terrible and I’m never ever doing that again. No seriously, I’m not it was so awful and I’ve never been that full in my life.

Mileage – Weights, Abs, Cardio Dance Party!

QOD – Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.