Half Marathon Training Update

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.

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Birthday Week Runs

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.