I used to be a treadmill runner. Treadmills were the only place I ever ran since I had the comforts of the fan and my water bottle was easily accessible. Running outside I would be huffing and puffing in minutes. This was before my knowledge of how to run. Ever since I switched to outside running I can barely run on the treadmill unless its one of those nice Woodway ones or the weather is unbearable. I was not feeling yesterdays run on the treadmill. It started off ok. I was in the zone and was focused. Midway I started not feeling the run and had to take some walk breaks. I could feel it in my legs too since I missed another short run in the begining of the week. Then I started freaking out about if I was able to run the half marathon. I think it was because I was comparing this current training to my last half marathon training. With my last training I was able to get up to 11 miles. I haven’t even done a long run over 8 miles yet and the races is 2 weeks away. I don’t think its going to be physcially impossible to run the 13.1, but sometimes my mind likes to go another direction and overreact. I think though even if got up to running 10+ miles old habits will creep up and I will still have some self-doubt. One thing I don’t doubt is that I’m a runner. It took me a while to call myself a runner, but glad I now have the confidence to. Well, lets see what kind of long run I can pull off this weekend. I know it will be hot and windy out, so I either will make the run early or just run in the evening.
I was hoping to get in 8-9 miles for this week’s long run, but could only do 7 miles due to the hot weather. When looking at the weather.com app it didn’t seem like it would get hot till later in the morning. I also figured since I had an errand to run, I would literally run to my errand and then continue on my run. My run started off ok, but after continuing on my run after my errand I just wasn’t feeling it. The heat was just getting to me. Even good music couldn’t keep me running. Something was just off about my run. I as I left I realized that I forgot my Garmin watch, but I didn’t want to run back to get it. My nose wasn’t happy with the weather and I didn’t pack my mid-run snack of raisins. Next weekend the weather looks decent, but sometimes weather forecast can change mid week. Hopefully next week I’ll be better prepped and the weather will be decent.
This week my plan was for 8 miles, but I was only able to pull off 5 miles due to time constraints. It’s about less than 4 weeks before the race. Naturally, I’m having self-doubt, but at the same time I know I can do it. I’m going to try running the race without taking any walking breaks, but we’ll see how that goes since it’s only my 2nd half marathon. Naturally, I might take a water break, but besides that, I’m going to try not stop if I can. Racing has always been exciting and something to look forward to. I think if there weren’t races I probably wouldn’t enjoy running or still be running. Part of me wishes I had more time to train, but at the same time, I’m just ready for the excitement of race day. This coming weekend I’m not sure if I want to do 8 or 9 miles. I guess I’ll just see how I feel when I’m running.
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.