Cozy in bed with my oatmeal and water with electrolytes, getting ready for todays run, its safe to say, winter isn’t over yet. I guess it is only the first few days of February but come on!!!! I thought we were going to have an early spring. And I don’t know about you but every single one of my Facebook friends appears to be on some sort of hot beachy vacation, somewhere, and I am jealous!!
My phone tells me its -5 but feels like -9 and its supposed to snow for the next 4 hours. So I guess that I am bundling up this morning, for my last run of the week.
Right now, each day is different, whether I am feeling motivated or not but I am definitely starting to feel the weight of the commitment to marathon training. I think I expected it to be easier. Not sure why … because I knew I was going to be pushing myself harder than I ever had. Thats why I made this plan, to push my personal limits. I am becoming more aware of my body along the process which I find pretty interesting. Learning about the human body and Amanda’s body. I am learning I run better on nearly no food in my stomach. Even after eating a meal, it needs hours and hours to digest before I can comfortably run again. The first 4 kilometers feel the hardest for me, once I push through that its smooth sailing. I think I read that for the first 20-30 minutes your body burns carbohydrates and then after that it begins to burn fat which is more efficient so this is why. Don’t quote me on that, I could be wrong. I will read again later today to confirm. I am learning ways new ways to stretch my body, feeling muscles ache that I didn’t even know existed. Learning about myofascial release. I am learning about foods that fuel the body before a run and just how much water I need to be drinking to keep me hydrated. I have powered through 4 audio books so far in my training, so I need to find something new to download for my run today. I typically listen to an audiobook for the first half of my run and then switch over to music to finish the second half with.
I am trying to be aware of the words I use about myself. I almost started this paragraph off with “this week I was a slacker”, which then I adjusted to “earlier this week I was a slacker”, which then I decided I don’t really need to use that at all. I want to shift the energy of the words I am using about myself to be more positive, even though I like to downplay myself or be silly and make fun of myself, I am doing the training. I am committed. Its a pretty big feat for someone who has never ran a full marathon before. Even though I am not a star athlete, I am still getting out there even when I don’t want too. Like today. I would rather snuggle in bed with my dogs and a book, but if I have to run, I would rather run in snowy, -9 temps than be subjected to the treadmill, haha!
Okay, so back to earlier this week when I procrastinated. Monday was a rest day, I had a busy end to the last week with a few runs and snowboarding on top of that so. Tuesday I ran 14km. Wednesday I had an early morning work appointment so I took that as my midweek rest day. Oh and Thursday because I just wasn’t feeling my treadmill run, I left the gym after switching treadmills 4 different times because I just really didn’t want to be there. This is something I need to work on – pushing through when I am mentally feeling the run. I am sure I will thank myself in the long run. Ha, I didn’t even mean to do that … thank myself in the long run. So since little Polly Procrastinator over here took 3!!!!!! rest days it meant I needed to have some heavy kilometer weekend days. My target goal for the week was 64km and by Friday, I had 50 kilometers left to do in 3 days. So I opted to split my 50km into 5 runs, 2 Friday, 2 Saturday, 1 Sunday. This meant an outside and inside run both Friday and Saturday and an outside run to finish up the week Sunday.
My week – Total Distance Goal 64km
Monday – Rest Day
Tuesday – 14km
Wednesday – Rest Day but played squash
Thursday – failed attempt at treadmill run
Friday – 10km outside in morning & 10km inside at night
Saturday – 12.5km outside in morning & 5km on treadmill at night
Sunday – 12.5km left to do today
Total completed (as long as I finish my run today, which I have no choice because I am committing to it right here, right now!!) 64!
For the next two weeks my target will be 70km/week.
Okay, I need to go find an audiobook to download and then get out there for my run. I booked a squash lesson with my dad today so I can start working on my squash game a little more.
Hope you have the best, snowy Sunday! Leave me a comment to let me know if you are reading this … and if there is anything you want to know about my marathon training!
2 weeks until Hypothermic Half Marathon
13 weeks until BMO Marathon!