Not sure what to title this. I just have some deep thoughts to get down. May not make sense to some but will try.
The thing about training, is that you learn a lot about yourself during your time on the road or trails. Heck, you are out there for so long that you begin to start thinking deep thoughts about your journey. Case in point, this training cycle for The SF Marathon has been a bit different. Some of my long runs have not been with my group due to starting at the crack of dawn so I can attend family functions on the weekends. I do miss my group but being by myself on the road has lead me to think about life. I never thought that I could run without music for eight or ten miles. Yet, I have and it feels good . Some thoughts I have: how thankful I am to be able to run, figuring out how to work through a specific project I have been dealing with at my job or dreaming of what I am going to eat after running through the streets.
There have been training runs that have not been ideal. Either my stomach is angry or just feeling crappy. As much as I want to quit at mile two, I dig deep and just keep going. Call me stubborn, crazy or determined.. Training your mind is essential if not as important when racing. It will get you through the challenging parts of the race or when you aren’t feeling that you can’t take another step. It takes a lot of guts to complete a run or any activity when your mind is telling you to quit. Every time you push through the negative thoughts, you become stronger. Little by little your brain and heart believe that you are tougher than you think you are. This is what I have been learning about myself this cycle. I am capable of much more even though things are not quite ideal.
Running like life is full of ups and downs. You have to keep going in order to fully discover your inner strength and what you are capable of. It is then you will discover your greatness.
Sometimes plans take a little bit of a turn. A busy week of work travel and airport delays. I worried about my weekly mileage and if I will still be on track with my training. Then I figured that I shouldn’t worry about it. I will just run this week by feel and push my ten miler to next Saturday. It’s not ideal but, hey we adjust.
I did manage to get one run in during my trip to Chicago. Up and down Michigan Ave with a small dip into Millennium Park. Running is the best way to go sightseeing for me while in a new city. The weather was nice and cool compared to my CA peeps who had 90 degree weather for most of the week. Below are some pictures I took while running:
This weekends long run was only eight miles . I decided to change it up and go off road . I started at Crissy Field, made my way through Fort Point into the Presidio to proceed up Park Trail and parts of the Bay Ridge trail. It was just what my mind needed after a busy week . I lost myself in the trees and fresh air. All the beauty around made me focus on the present . I Walked up the steeper parts of the hills and ran most of the flats and rolling hills. It wasn’t ten miles but I believe I pushed myself hard to get the long run. I even stopped and took a picture:
After yesterday’s long hilly run, I did a short 3 mile recovery run to end the week. My legs felt heavy but I pushed through. My breathing sucked but you can’t always have that epic run.
The month of April flew by and no matter how hard I tried to sit down and write, I got pulled into something else.
Three Years of Fitness
April 19th is always a special day. It’s not only my mom’s birthday but three years ago, was my first training session at Crossroads Fitness. I remember trainer asked me what was my long term goal. I meekly replied that I wanted to run again. Trainer sessions taught me about pushing my limits and proving myself wrong. It is like Biggest Loser without the shouting or drama packed in 30 minutes. =) There have been many laughs along with some bad days. Even through my antics, I can always count on trainer to come up with some crazy exercise to keep me on my toes. Hello, same arm and leg kettle bell exercise. I keep coming back to challenge myself and the occasional ass-kicking. It is the best way I know how to take care of myself and complement my running regimen. I am forever thankful to trainer for being with me throughout my journey.
Half Marathon Training Update
As of today, there are 80 days until The SF Marathon. Training has been going well. I have been using the training schedule from SFRRC. Lately, I have been adding a lot of hill work on my short runs. Even though the second half of the SF Marathon is less hilly than the first half, there are a lot of rolling hills. I want to make sure my legs can handle that. I am finding that the hill work also can be disguised as speed too.
Long runs have been progressing with 8 – 10 miles on Saturdays. Along with a short 2-3 mile recovery run on Sundays. Still trying to figure out the nutrition and hydration thing. There are some long runs I battle with stomach issues and other times I am just fine. I think it all has to do with if I eat and hydrate enough during the week. So I have been a bit type A about my eating.
Below are some pictures during my time on the road: