“One Element of what you will learn later is how important and powerful a role visualization plays in performance. The mind follows the body and, in turn, performance follows the mind.”- Eric Orton/
So I have arrived in Martha’s Vineyard!
I am planning on running and blogging everyday I am here! I also just started a new book.
And although I will be updating you on this book I still will be quoting Scott Jurek’s, Eat and Run! ‚Ě§ He’s my favorite.
“We focus on something external to motivate us, but we need to remember that it’s the process of reaching for the prize, not the prize itself- that can bring us peace and joy.”- Scott Jurek
I believe in the words above.
Because of this, it is hard for me to understand people who, hardly train for races, or hate the training process.
Don’t get me wrong, I love running the race. But I also love having a disciplined training plan to keep me on track. For me, one of the reasons I sign up for a race, is to set a goal, that I need to train for. ¬†My training runs, which are sometimes extremely difficult, brings me peace and joy.
The picture above is after I had finished my midweek 7 miler. It was fast and easy. As you can see, the sun was shining and my hair was blowing in the wind. Although, the beginning of the summer was hot and humid, which slowed me down and made me very discouraged, now the weather has cooled down significantly. I love running on beautiful days. Good weather is motivation enough to lace up my running shoes.
LONG RUN:¬†Saturday, 8/17/13
Through out my marathon training, I have been doing my long runs on Friday mornings. I don’t work Friday or Saturday, so by doing my long run on Friday, I am able to get it done and have the rest of my weekend free.
However, last weekend, I did my long run on Saturday morning and I liked it 1 million times better. The trails around my house always have traffic, but on Friday, it is much less crowded. Actually, sometimes I feel very lonely out there – it is so quiet. ¬†On Saturday, I didn’t feel alone. Instead, I was surrounded with tons of other runners, running groups, walkers, cyclists. It felt good to be running among other runners that were obviously training for marathons, and in it for the long run, just like me. On Friday, I feel lonely, bored, and really rely on my upbeat music. But on Saturday, I use the other runners on the trail to keep me motivated. The energy is electrifying. My pace was right on target.
Again I was blessed with gorgeous weather, and had an amazing 15 miler.¬†
Because I am heading up north tomorrow morning, I decided to squeeze my long run in today. I am on a taper week so my long run was 13 miles. I am happy to say, 13 miles felt pretty comfortable, even in the rain. In the above picture, I tried to capture how wet it was – you can see rain drops on my shoulders.
It started sprinkling three miles into my run. It started pouring at the 6 mile mark. Because of the rain, this Friday, the trail was even more empty than usual, however there were still a few other runners out there – we smiled when we passed each other.
Minus the blister on my toe, because my socks got soaked. I am pretty happy with this run. My¬†pace was right on target, and I was blessed again with cooler weather.
Questions for You..
- How is your marathon training going?
- Do you enjoy training?
- Do you like long runs?
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It is running season…
Which means, most runners are training for some sort of fall race, from 5K to 26.2, whichever distance it may be, us runners are out there running.
And although, running is our main priority right now, our focus… some of us runners start to worry…
I want to weight lift, but I need to run…
I want to do yoga, but I should run…
I want to ride my bike, but I gotta get out there and run…
Recently, I have been receiving tons of e-mails regarding how to balance a disciplined running plan and fit in weight lifting, yoga, etc.
Well let me tell you this…
Cross training is important.
Strength training is important.
Yoga/ stretching is important.¬†
I started running 6 years ago. I became so passionate about running that all I did was run. During the colder winter months after my fall marathon I picked up Bikram yoga. I loved it and became a regular, but still I ran.
When I trained for my first marathon, I followed my training plan religiously – I never missed a run. When I trained for my 2nd marathon, I did exactly the same thing, sometimes I even ran on the day that called for cross training.
However, after spending 9 months in 2012, running in a natural running shoe (newton), focussing on running form, in February 2013, I started weight lifting. I wanted to get stronger to improve my running, and I did. I got stronger, I improved my running. It was shocking I was running a little less, but I was running better than ever.
I am now running faster and further. The combination of being stronger and running with a more efficient stride/form, allows me to run faster, further, with less effort.
My point is you do not have to run every day to be a great runner. Running everyday, could actually make your running suffer, from burn out or injury. It is so important to incorporate strength training, cross training, and stretching in the mix. The stronger you are the less injury prone you will be, and the more your running will improve.
So to answer the question … How do you balance a disciplined running plan and strength training, cross training, stretching. How do you do it all?
It depends on your fitness level, comfort level.
Rookie: If this is your first race (first full marathon, first half marathon, etc.) follow your running training plan. Focus on your running. Stretch after your runs. Rest on your rest days. Cross train once a week. Strength train once a week.
Veteran: If this is your second, third, tenth, time racing this distance, then it is okay to use your training plan as a guideline. At this point, you can tweak and customize you plan. This marathon training season, I have been lifting weights on days when I run short and easy. I always do leg day early in the week after my long run has already been completed.
I also advise taking tons of photos to record your journey as an athlete. This way you can keep track of your progress visually. ¬†Take advantage of photography. We have cameras on our phones, and we are lucky we have technology at our fingertips.
With that being said…
Because it is tuesday, I thought it would be the perfect time to honor Transformation Tuesday. So I am posting some progress pics, in hopes to inspire and motivate.
Arms are seeing some major gains! This photo was taken in August 2013.
Anyway I hope these photos inspire and prove to you that you can balance both training plans. And that in the end being stronger is just going to enhance your overall fitness level.
Questions for You…
- How do you balance your training plans?
- Do you sometimes do two-a-days?
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“I find the best way to get your mojo back is to loose the technology, forget results, and run free… Run a trail you have never run before…” ¬†– Scott Jurek
Today, fall decided to make a guest appearance.
So… out of boredom, I randomly decided to run in a different neighborhood.
There is a sweet spot in Alexandria, where the hills are steep and the trees create canopies over the paved road.
It is paradise for a runner.
My marathon training plan advised me to run four miles.
So four miles is what I ran.
I ran fast.
It felt easy.
I thought the clouds were going to pour rain, but they didn’t.
Instead a breeze kept me cool.
I like the taste of fall.
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Social Media is an incredible thing.
It is way more than just posting photos and connecting with friends, it is the fastest source of information.
I have never watched or followed an ultra marathoner before. The opportunity was just never available. But because of Social Media I am able to follow Scott Jurek run the Leadville Trail, by receiving updates from his Facebook and Instagram page in my news feed. Just like following your favorite baseball team, checking the score. I was excited to see how Scott Jurek was doing during his race. It was also quite funny to read all of the comments people posted.
All photos were found on facebook.
All comments are from people posting them in referral to the photo.
“Go, Scott! Plant power!”
“Go scott! You’re my plant based runner hero! U paced our group in Mardi Gras marathon! Loved it!”
“Go you crazy vegan!”
“where is Dustball??
“Only three more runners to pick off!”
“I doubt the citizens of Leadville would agree, but this should be televised!”
So today, while I was out on the trail, running my 15 mile training run, Scott Jurek was busy running the Leadville Trail 100.
He is now in 4th place. Still running strong.
Who is your running idol? Do you follow them on Social Media?
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I love my Garmin!! This Garmin has been the best present my boyfriend has ever bought me. ¬†I have the Forerunner 50 – which is the oldest of all the Garmins.¬†Sooo old that most people have never heard of it. This watch has been with me for all of my training runs and races for the last 5 years. It tracks my pace, distance, cadence, heart rate, and calories burned. But what I find most amazing about using a Garmin watch is that you get to also use the ¬†Garmin Connect Calender.
With this feature, I am able to analyze all of my current runs, but I also get to look back on all of the runs I have ever recorded. This has been extremely helpful. The last time I ran the Marine Corps Marathon was in 2010. During this training, when I have felt unsure about my progress, I am able to go back to 2010 with the click of a button and compare my runs.
“It had gotten to hot even for the desert rat, Rick Miller, so Dusty joined me and ran me up the next 10 miles. “You da man, Yeah brotha’, that’s how you do it, Jurker, hell yeah!” the Dust Ball hollered.”
The above quote is from the book Eat and Run, by Scott Jurek. Scott Jurek wouldn’t be the runner he is today, with out his best friend Dusty. The relationship between Dusty and Scott is by far my favorite part of the book. Dusty was there by Scott’s side, through almost all of his ultra runs. And although I wish I had a Dusty, the reality is… I don’t, so my Garmin has become my running buddy.
So far during this marathon training season, I have been running solo. ¬†Sometimes when you are running by yourself it is hard to judge if you are running your best, especially considering that last year and up to this point, I have had a running buddy. However, in 2010 I ran every training run by myself, and ended up having a very successful marathon.
I did it then, I can do it now.
Questions for You…
- Do you run with a Garmin? If not what do you use to record your runs?
- Do you have a running buddy? or do you prefer to run solo?
- Have you trained for a race by yourself?
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Today was a raining, overcast, breezy, 75 degree day.
I feel like I am the weather man, reporting the weather on every blog post. But ever since I became a runner, I have become obsessed with the weather, and even more so now that I am in Marathon training mode.
Because it was raining hard when I woke up I started my work out by weight lifting at the gym. I did arms and abs. Once the rain stopped a little, I headed outside to hit the trail. It was spectacular today for a runner. I¬†can’t believe it is August and I was comfortable running in pants. I ran along the MVT trail, around 10:30 am. No one was out there. I had the whole rainy trail to myself. ¬†I kept my pace consistent between a 9:00 and 9:30 min/mile. My training plan called for 4 miles, so I stuck to that.
Tomorrow is between 7-8 miles. I’ll keep you updated. ūüėČ
How is your training going? Hope you are doing well!!
¬© 2013 sweatdaily
The start to my Marathon Training didn’t go as well as I wanted it to, because ¬†I traveled to Vegas and then came home with a really bad cold. It has also been really confusing for me, because this last year my longest race was a half marathon, with the focus on running form and speed. But now that I am in marathon training mode I am running farther, but slower. I am not that worried about speed though, I am more concerned about going the distance and getting all my miles in.
This week was a really good week. I got all my miles in. And¬†I am starting to get my Mojo back.
On Friday, 8/2/14, I ran my long run for the week. It was only a 10 miler, but it was a hot 10 miler. Humidity was high. When I ended my run, it was 90 degrees.
On Saturday, 8/3/13, I headed to the gym and lifted heavy. I worked chest and abs. ¬†Then I changed at the gym, into my running clothes/shoes, and headed out to do 6-7 miles. It was around 3:00 in the afternoon, so it was hot and humid. The temperatures were as high as 90, but it was overcast and started to rain a little. Unfortunately, my run ended early because I tripped and fell at around 4.5 miles. Thank goodness I was close to my car, and didn’t have to run too far with bloody hands and knees.¬†Although, my miles weren’t super fast, and I fell, I was still feeling really good durning this run.
Today, Sunday, 8/4/13,¬†it was 75 degrees, windy, with no humidity. On my break at work, I sat outside to read, and felt a little cold. After I was done with work, I couldn’t get my running shoes on fast enough. I ended up running 7 amazing miles. What a difference it is when the weather is a bit breezy and cooler!¬†
This is my first time blogging while training for a marathon. I am having so much fun keeping track of my training this way. I also have been reading tons of other blogs where the blogger is also in training for Marine Corps Marathon. Reading about these bloggers’ training experiences have been so cool and motivating.
I hope everyone has had a good weekend!
What type of miles did you get in? Have you ever fell while running?
¬© 2013 sweatdaily
It doesn’t matter if you have been running for 20 years.
It doesn’t matter if you have run a Marathon in every state.
It doesn’t matter if you are Kara Goucher.
Never forget you are a newbie. The reason why I say this, is because the minute you forget, is the minute running will become boring.
As a runner I know that my daily runs can differ from one day to the next. Running on different trails can be exciting. The best way to tour a new city and experience a new place is by running through it. Even wearing different running shoes in my weekly shoe rotation can work different muscles and essentially give me a whole different running experience.
The running community in itself, does an amazing job coming up with new and different races to try.¬†To name a few- The Color Run, The Glow Run, The Undie Run, The Zombie Run, Mud Runs, Spartan Runs. Stop right now if you are getting snooty. These races are fun, and a wonderful idea. ¬†Although most of these races are shorter distances and untimed, they give you an opportunity to have a less intense race to run with friends that may be new to running. This gives you the chance to mentally and physically take a break, while it gives a non runner the chance to try running in a less competitive atmosphere.¬†If a non runner runs one of these fun runs and loves it, they most likely will have a desire to set a higher goal and try a more serious race – transforming from a non runner into a runner.
But running one of these fun runs is not your only option. Stay refreshed and keep running new, by switching things up and setting new goals. Here are some suggestions…
If you are a road runner, try trail running. Maybe you have run the same marathon 3 times, next time you run it try running it using a different training plan. If you always wear traditional running shoes, throw a natural barefoot running shoe into the mix, maybe even use that shoe for your next race. Set a new running challenge, such as run everyday for 30 days, or run 100 miles in one month.
Whatever it may be… Keep running NEW and FUN, and …
Questions for You…
- What are some things you do to keep running fun and new?
- Have you ever run a fun run?
- What was your first race?
¬© 2013 sweatdaily
As you all may know, I am running MCM! Although, I am really excited and craving some serious long distance milage, the beginning of my Marathon training has not really been as disciplined as I would have liked it to be.
But that is OK! No biggie, because this week I finally feel like I am starting to get back on track.
What exactly side tracked me?
A Bad Cold.
Being Side Tracked
The first couple weeks of Marathon training is very low easy mileage. My fitness level is beyond this easy mileage, however my body in the beginning of training was not accustomed to the summer’s hot, humid, weather. So I became very grateful for the shorter, easier, lower mileage weeks.
Right when I began to feel comfortable in the heat, I left for a week of travel. I went to Vegas for work, but also went early to play. I will admit, I played a little too hard. I stayed out late and didn’t get the sleep I needed. I did squeeze in three different workouts, but it wasn’t necessarily following the marathon training plan.
Then I came home excited to get back to training, but woke up Monday morning with a really bad cold. I never thought a cold would make me feel this tired. I have been congested which made it hard to breath. I felt choked by my cough.
Getting back on Track
I’m not too worried, because it is still early in my training. I’m glad all of this happened early on, instead of later. Even though, I still am getting over my cold, after 5 days of rest, on Friday, I ¬†started running again. All of my runs have been pretty good, I am just hoping that once I can breath again my runs will feel easy. I have also been extremely blessed with some color less humid days, which I have been taking advantage of. The one thing that I have been really craving is some heavy lifting sessions and some HIIT at the gym. However, because I still have a cold I have been avoiding the gym. I’m not contagious anymore, but I still don’t want to take the risk and get anyone else sick. I have a feeling, that once I am 100% better I will have enough energy to do some 2 a days. ¬†
Question for You…
- Who else is running a Marathon?? Let me know, I am having tons of fun reading about everyones’ experiences with their marathon training.
- Have you ever been side tracked durning training?
- Would you ever run a marathon with a cold?
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