āI was lightning ā”ļøbefore the thunder ā.ā
it’s been a while… I’m one busy mama of a 3 year old and a 4 month old. I’m currently training for the marathon, and update daily on instagram. However, plan to start updating the blog with a lot more running content, including my marathon journey postpartum. Hope to have you follow along!
Lately, if you have been following along on my Instagram @sweat1xdaily, youāll know… I have been running my long run on Friday night. However, this last Friday, thunderstorms were rolling in at night, and my training plan called for a 14 mile long run.
I decided that I was going to run 7 quick miles to get done before the heavy rain started, and run my 14 mile long run on Saturday instead.
My 7 miles felt amazing on Friday night, the breeze came and rain sprinkled during my last mile. Saturday was a different story, I didnāt wake up early enough, and had a long day of errands. I headed out at 5:30 pm to get my 14 miles done. Iāve never run a long run on a Saturday night, because in the past marathon training cycles I always run long on Saturday mornings.
And let me tell ya, the vibe of the trail on a Saturday night is really QUIET and LONELY. I hardly saw any other runners, why? Because they either already got their long run done in the morning and were probably out enjoying dinner, or they are planning on a Sunday morning long run. I saw a couple of cyclists, but really the trail didnāt buzz with the energy it normally does. If I donāt have the stroller + my babes with me, I normally run solo with no problems. But on this long run, I kept wishing for a BRF.
I’m in two running groups, I could have easily found someone to run with…
So as you can see, I was mentally checked out, during this run – it’s so funny how the weather and vibe of the trail can really determine the mood of my run.
I started my first mile slowly to warm up with the idea that I would pick up the pace, I never did. Physically my legs felt heavy. I was definitely running on tired legs, probably because of the faster 7 miler I ran the day before. Totaling 17 miles in two days, and running back to back.
So at 5 miles, I decided to turn back. I ended up doing a total of 10
miles instead of 14. When I got home, my baby was ready to breastfeed and head to bed.
After that run, I was feeling a little discouraged… Maybe marathon training is too time consuming for me as a working mom of a toddler and 4 month old baby who is still breastfeeding?!
But then I saw some really great quotes and stories from other runners on IG, that totally changed my mindset.
For example āNever let one run or race own your mood.ā – Hollie from @fueledbylolz… or If you are tired, rest, donāt quit.ā And these quotes really rang true to me.
So what, I had a bad run because I ran 10 slow miles instead of 14 fast miles. Maybe that was a hard run for me, but that doesnāt mean Iām going to have a bad marathon, and it doesnāt determine my marathon training this cycle. Also if I feel tired, I’ll rest more, and cut back to running 3 days a week, a short run, a mid distance, and a long run. I’ve done this in the past, and it has made me feel well rested and helped me avoid burn out.
So with that being said… itās time to celebrate this 10 mile long run, and the fact that I had my highest weekly mileage postpartum and hit around 30 miles for the week!