I’m beginning to learn that running is more a mental thing than a physical thing for me. I have those physical days where I either don’t have the time or I’m too tired to run, but overall running is more a mental thing. This week I knew my long run was going to be 7 miles. My plan was to run to the treadmill studio, take the class, and then run home. In the end, that plan went out the window, but I still made it to class. In my class, I ran approximately 2+ miles and did some arm work. Normally I would call that a day and work in the long run the following week, but since my body was feeling good I figured I would try for a long run the next day, Sunday. The weather in the mornings have been nice and breezy so I was able to utilize that. Well, I was able to crank out 7.25 miles. I probably could have run 8 miles, but I didn’t want to overdo it. Sometimes the difficulty I have when running is just old habits of putting myself down or thinking negative thoughts. These days I just find ways of making running fun or something to look forward to. I reused my trick the last time I was training for a half, by letting myself download new music only I long run days. This week the weather is going to be hotter, but hopefully, I can catch a breezy window of opportunity to run in the morning. 3 more weeks before its time to run the Rock N Roll Los Angeles half marathon.
On another note, while I was browsing TJ Maxx I was able to score this massage stick for only $7.99. This stick was helpful after my long run. I feel like with foam rolling if you are not doing it the right way then you don’t really benefit from foam rolling. Also since my legs didn’t feel super sore or tight this was a good alternative aka I was just lazy to foam roll. Hahaha.
After my doing my 6 miles long run my running got side tracked with the busyness of life. I decided for my birthday week I would make up for it by running everyday and adding an mile everyday till my birthday. Kind of a game to see if I could do it. As luck would have the total milage was 15 miles and my birthday is on the 15 so it worked out perfectly. The thought crossed my mind of just doing 1.5 miles on the 15, but I knew that would be too easy. Mother nature worked out this week and the weather in the morning was in the high 60s to low 70s. I only ran in the evenings or the gym because of the summer heat. It’s so much nicer to be able to run in the morning and get that over with. I got to admit those self help gurus are right, when you get to bed early waking up early isn’t as bad. Only thing that I didn’t really have time for was properly stretching or foam rolling, so now I am feeling the effects of that. I was considering maybe running for a full 7 days, but I know that wouldn’t be good on my legs. The best thing to do is just to go back to my half marathon training schedule. This birthday week run though is something I’m going to try to do every year. Its not too difficult, but yet its still challenging.
Last week was great because I actually did a long run of 5 miles. Well that might seem short for some people, but its been a while since I’ve run anything over 3 miles in a while. This week really should be title the “lack of running recap”. After running 5 miles last week I was confident that I would be able to run 6 miles for my long run. My plan on the weekdays is to at least run 3 miles 2 times during the week, but that turned out to be only 1.50 miles only. No matter how good of a plan one has stuff happens, so I brushed it off and decided to focus on my long run during the weekend. Well my plan of running 6 miles only turned out to be 4.78 miles. I didn’t even bother trying to reach 5 miles. On the flip side I got to enjoy the park with family and my Aunt even decided to run a few laps with me. I need to get her out to do some 5Ks with me because she can run, even though she doesn’t think she can. Well I guess I’ll focus on this up coming week. Maybe I’ll push a little extra and do a long run of 7 miles and making sure I get my weekday runs in.
Now that I switched my running to the evenings, running is much easier than trying to squeeze it in the morning. It’s less of a chore and I’m not screaming at myself internally for not going out early enough to avoid the summer heat. In the past I would just run less in the summer so I didn’t need to deal with the hot weather. I would tell myself that I can’t run the heat, but I guess I forgot that it does get cooler in the evenings in SoCal. Not going to lie I can find any excuse for missing a run. I’m pretty sure that anyone that hates running will find an excuse for not running. As a former member of the “I hate running club” I know all about that. My training plan for this half marathon is going to be just the same as my training during the winter. I never followed any of the plans that are floating around online. Just seeing the plans gave me anxiety and negative thoughts that I would never be able to sucesssful follow the plan to a “T”. My main focus during my last half marathon training was my weekend long runs. Every week I would add another mile to my run. That’s how I was able to get up to running 11 miles. Though besides that and the last half I haven’t really run up to 11 miles since. I really need to work on getting my long runs 7+ miles. I always envy those people that say that oh they did an easy 8 miler. I mean when I was training for my half did wasn’t hard up my milage, but to consitantely keep it up is another story. Easy for me is more like 3-5 miles. Anything beyond that I feel like I’m on the struggle bus.
Well I’ll be running the Rock N Roll LA Half Marathon. I usually run the 5K for fun since its so close to Halloween I get to think up running costumes to wear. I wasn’t planning to run even the 5K this year. Long story short my friend won a raffle to run RnR LA Half Marathon, so for moral support, I said what the heck I’ll do it too. Not really looking forward to training in the summer, but hopefully, I can figure out a good training schedule. Training in the winter was so much easier. I didn’t have to worry too much about the weather and I could go running anytime in the morning. Now with the summer heat, you have to get out the door before the sun starts beaming down the heat or opt for evening runs. I think training for the RnR LA Half will make my training for the Pasadena Half Marathon in January, much easier. I’ve never run the half before so I’m not sure what to expect. Hopefully there are no hills. Just from running the 5K in the past I know its going to be an exciting race especially when a race can bring over 50,000 people.
I got the email about next years Pasadena Half Marathon. I was debating if would be doing it or not especially since I’m in this running funk. I signed up anyways since it’s much cheaper now. I’m hoping it will motivate me to run. After running the half in January I kind took a break from running and just ran when I felt like it. I didn’t really have any plan. I thought I’d get back I to training with my 5K in April, but even that didn’t really motivate me to run. I did a couple of treadmill classes, but never really actually ran outside. Since I didn’t really train properly, I didn’t PR. Me thinking a couple of treadmill classes would help me was not the best idea. I’m on vacation now and haven’t run for about 3 weeks. Hopefully when I get back to the states I can get back to a good running schedule. It’s not like I hate running, it’s just that sometimes I lack the motivation and I love making excuses. It’s a bad habit I need to work on.
It’s been a while since I last posted. After my half marathon, I’ve just been running less. My current running goals is to PR at my next 5k. I’m not sure what races I’ll be planning to for the rest of the year. I’m thinking of doing the RnR LA Half Marathon, but the thought of training during the summer with the heat is not exactly my cup of tea, so I may just do the 5k. Hopefully, I can do RnR LV one day. When I started running five years ago with the Couch25k app, it was just to prove to myself that running was possible. I didn’t think I’d actually fall in love with running. The great thing about running is that there isn’t really any rules and there are endless possibilities. Whether you are chasing Boston qualifying dreams to running your first 5k, running can be anything you want it to be. I don’t have any lofty goals yet to be running a marathon anytime soon, but as long as I’m enjoying running and continue to run that is really my ultimate goal. Seeing all those great runners in the news running races way into their 80s and 90s is always inspiring. Hopefully, I’m running well into my golden years.