>Racing>Training Blog for HM runners - all welcome
Very cool! Be sure to tell us about it. Hey, can you take some scenery pictures for me? I'm curious what it looks like.
Roads were made for journeys...
Needs more cowbell!
• Keep doing stuff.
^^^^^ What she said...
I hurt a lot after my 80 minute run, last night (took 3 Advil to dull the worst of the aches). Only went 6.5 miles. Next Sat. I have my first 10k, so I'm going to take next week a bit easier than I had originally planned (I had been planning to run a total of 250 minutes, but have scaled it back to 200, including the race). I think my body is trying to tell me to take it easy for a couple of weeks. After I get back from LA (will be gone from 8/3-8/7) it's back to training harder.
One thing I realized this morning as I was arguing with myself about whether or not I was going to go to the gym and do that strength training I'd planned, was that THIS was what the HM was really about for me. Running a half marathon's not really about that 13.1 miles on October 22. It's about getting off the recliner and running those 3 today and doing that strength training I'd planned. The race at the end is more like a final exam on a tough college course that you just can't cram for. It's where all that preparation you've been doing all semester (or not!) really comes out.
Another way to look at it is that it's the celebration you have for completing those 15 weeks of hard training. I intend to finish that race, and as I finish, I will be celebrating every time I got out there and trained for it. I will be celebrating my victory, not over 13.1 miles, but over 90 workouts. And that, my friends, is worth celebrating.
To paraphrase an old poster: Today is the first day of the rest of your training. It doesn’t matter where you started or how far you’ve come. Today is the day. Your training didn’t start 6 weeks ago. Your training started the last time you hit the road. John “the Penguin” Bingham Life is not tried, it is merely survived if you're standing outside the fire
::sigh:: It's not lack of knowledge that keeps us bound to unhealthy habits. It's our attitudes.
I want to lose in large part so that these longer races aren't nearly so difficult (and I might have better time)--a half-marathon should be a lot easier and faster if I am carrying 10 fewer pounds, right?