I must say it feels so good to be completely finished with training.
I am not a naturally good runner. I don’t just fall into a comfortable stride immediately and breathe effortlessly as I run. Running, for me, is work. Though it is tough for me, I do enjoy the way my body feels after a good run and the clarity of my thoughts during a run. (You may read my running story here.)
That being said, it sure will be nice not to feel like I have to run on certain days after this race on Sunday!
I like working out in the morning, but I also like doing what I want to do to get my heart rate up. Without a half marathon looming over my head, I’ll feel much more free to take a spinning class, swim or complete a challenging interval workout.
Clearly I’ve missed the variety in my cardio workouts! Variety, after all, is the spice of life!
Half Marathon Game Plan
As I was running this morning, I started to think about my game plan for Sunday’s race.
Initially my training plan had me completing a 12 mile run last Saturday, but since my training was derailed for a couple of weeks due to some serious pain in my heel, my long run only ended up being 10 miles. I actually felt pretty wiped out after the 10 mile run, so I am going to be sure to listen to my body during the half and take breaks when I need to.
Though I was never planning to run for time, I did have a little goal in the back of my head to run the entire race without stopping like I did during my first (and only) half marathon back in 2007.
Well, I’m officially scratching that goal. I am going to embrace breaks if I need them. In fact, I am planning to stop at the five and 10 mile mark for at least a full minute to refuel and stretch.
My new goal is to seriously enjoy the race. I will be running it with four of my girlfriends and want to have a great time before, during and after the race.
Of course I will put forth serious effort to get to the finish line because I can’t just breeze through 13.1 miles, but I am excited to run a race for fun and not worry about anything other than enjoying the race and the people I’m running it with.
And that, my friends, is my new game plan.
I really wrote all of the above content to sort through my own thoughts, so I apologize for those of you who are drooling and falling asleep at your computer screens now. How about we move swiftly into breakfast to tantalize your senses and bring you back to life?
Why is peanut butter so good? I mean seriously. Why?
Why can’t broccoli taste like peanut butter so I could eat buckets and buckets of it every day?
Obviously peanut butter made a stellar appearance in my breakfast this morning in the form of a peanut butter and peach sandwich.
After spreading a copious amount of peanut butter onto half of a whole wheat sandwich thin (and eating a peanut butter finger in the process), I placed peach slices on the other half and dusted the sandwich with nutmeg for a little extra flava-flav.
I was still a little hungry after this sandwich (running will do that to ya!), so I also enjoyed a creamy cup of Chobani plain Greek yogurt with a squirt of honey.
Breakfast is easily my favorite meal of the day!
Questions of the Day
- Are you a competitive person? Were you competitive growing up?
- If you’re a runner, do you run races for time or run them for fun… or a mix of the two?