Ready to Rock!!!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I’ve been going a little crazy these last few weeks, but I’m ready to get back on track! It’s time to get back to basics, working up a good sweat and eating well!! I’m planning to do 2 half marathons this fall, and I’m actually excited to start training again.

To paraphrase the advice a fellow runner gave me: Your first half marathon is really training for your second. I plan to take those lessons from last year’s race to heart, so I can ROCK the next one!

With a Little Help from My Friends... Last year I trained and supported myself – aside from my Spark Friends, of course – but this time I’ve realized that there’s no reason to go it alone! My friend is also ramping up her mileage right now, and we’ve agreed to do a lot of our training together. She’s also a devoted yogi, so we have a standing power yoga date to work out the kinks.

Born to Run... Another problem with last year’s training was Mommy-guilt that I wasn’t spending that available time with DD. I’m already psyching her up to hit the road more often with me for shorter mid-week runs. Bonus: I’ve heard that pushing the stroller burns 1/3 more calories, and it’s motivating to hear that little voice call out “Go, Mommy!” as I slog through the miles.

Against the Wind... I refuse to let weather derail me when I need to log some miles! I cancelled more runs last summer because of the heat, humidity, air quality, and rain, and the lack of a good base of miles really showed when I was trying to make it to the finish line. I ran consistently, if a bit reluctantly, on the treadmill all winter, and will commit to logging those miles indoors whenever I absolutely can’t run outside.

We Can Work it Out... The biggest issue last summer by far was DH sabotaging my efforts, as he was a bit resentful of the time running took me away from the house and caring for DD. (Fellow mother-runners report having this problem a LOT.) Lately though, we seem to have reached an accord regarding my running, and he hasn’t been grumbling as I head out for my long runs. I’m not expecting entirely smooth sailing, especially as I hit double-digit mileage and need to spend more time out of the house, but I’m optimistic that we can get through it.

So, my Sparkly friends, what obstacles have you run into while training? How did you work through them?
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  • IRP1114
    So exted for you half marathons to come! Let's stay focused keep up the momentum going this time! emoticon

    How are those yoga dates going? Wish I could come join you for those lol!
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    Wonderful reading the inspiration in your voice! Wow! Two half-marathons are incredible and I'll be cheering you on. I used to have the DH obstacle as well but mine has stopped grumbling as much too. My biggest obstacle now is my feet. No matter what kind of shoes I wear (and I've tried several - my closet is a running shoe graveyard), my feet KILL ME after just a couple of miles. I suspect my step is off or something because I really shouldn't be in pain after two miles, and there really should be a shoe out there that doesn't punish me, but it's something I'm working out.

    Good for you for getting back on the running track!
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  • DALID414
    Two half-marathons, wow! It's all I can say.
    I take it the hubbs doesn't run? My boyfriend doesn't either, but he seems to enjoy his solo time while I get my run on, then again I don't run long distances.
    3009 days ago
    Love your plan, lady! Interesting question you pose. I suppose for me it would be issues with feeling very low energy at times (since getting "off" coffee) and that has kept me from powering up for workouts in the past, but the irony is that a body in motion just manages to keep on moving! Rock on with your running!!

    3009 days ago
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