Week In Training:
Monday 5 miles
Tuesday 5 miles
Thurs 4 miles
Friday 4 miles
Sunday 10 miles
For most runners, I think it's hard for us to admit that we are even coming down with an injury. I don't think that I am, but I do think it's important to discuss how we can all prevent injury when we are training. Something that I try to do is wear compression socks and take a salt bath after a long hard run. While I don't think the baths help with this, I do think that it helps loosen my muscles. I need to make sure that I go do a Bikrahm Yoga session this week to so that I can stretch out my body before my big run on Sunday morning.
Now that I finished my first two half marathons, I have finally decided to shift my focus on nutrition again. Our body weight is comprised of 60% of our diet. I've really tried to lean down some things in my routine life. For one, I started eating Kashi Puffs, which are so tasty. In the morning, I eat one cup of this with some milk, strawberries, and blueberries. So tasty.
The other new product I have been obsessing over is Amy's Organics Light and Lean series. These are the tastiest little meals under 300 calories that I have ever seen. While I do enjoy the Lean Cusine series, I feel like these little organic cusines are the tastiest, and on some level, the healthiest.
The problem now is that I want to be leaner to go faster (and to look better too ;-D ). But the other thing about it is I don't want to have to be on the trail for 3 hours to complete 13 miles. Being able to shave your time from a 12 min/mile to a 10min/mile can greatly enhance my ability to stay out there longer. For instance, if I can consistently run a 10 minute mile, I will be able to finish a half marathon in about 2 hours, 10 minutes, if I can keep up the pace---which would shave about 50 minutes off my total running time. So, while weight loss is something that I will focus on, the reasons have been skewed for a faster running time, and not for the glam of it all.
Body issues are huge for women. I think that in the course of my lifetime, I have seen so many close women and friends of mine affected by body image. We are constantly being told that if we don't weigh a certain amount, that we aren't beautiful. As a married woman, I don't think about my what the opposite sex thinks of me so much. I still try to feel beautiful and attractive, but the emphasis isn't as targeted toward them anymore, it's targeted to my health. And for me, my health includes a strict regimen of knowing that I am not off my knocker thinking about my own body image! That's one reason I decided to focus my weight loss on more practical reasons ---like running faster---instead of for cosmetic reasons---looking better. It's not like I need to go find a Brad Pitt or anything---because I already found my own Brad Pitt at home. :)
On that note, my next goal is try to get faster and stronger! This has been the goal from Day 1---to feel more physically fit. I orginally embarked on my marathon mission because I saw that I needed to make a fundamental change in my life. The time to make that fundamental change is here and those changes are taking place right now.
Finishing my first half marathon was one of the most empowering experiences I have ever had in my life. After completing a run that I never thought I could do, and getting a medal that I never thought that I could earn, I started to see the value in how far my internal thoughts could take me. Running, to me, isn't about getting out there and feeling as free as a bird, it's pushing myself to the next level. What's the next challenge? What's the next obstacle I think that I cannot do?
Me Taking Up New Sport Last Year--Snowshoeing!
These thoughts and feelings bleed out into every other segment of my life, and this is why I love running. I loved running even when I could barely run a block up and down the street, but I still got out there, day after day, running up and down that block. Eventually that block turned into a mile, that mile turned into a 5k, to 10k, to half marathon, and soon, in October 2012, I will run my first marathon. It's all a matter of the mind. And in my life, I am constantly thinking of ways to grow, mature, and become a better person. How can I try harder here? What can I do to reach the next level? I believe in the imagination, creativity, and work ethic of humans, and from there I truly believe we can do anything.
Thanks for listening. As usual, feel free to post your thoughts, feelings, and comments below. What keeps you running? Where do you find your inspiration to run?