What I learned this week? Rest is a beautiful thing. When we ask our body to do crazy things, we need to allow it time to recover. I spent the majority of this week resting or walking to recover from my “surprise” 50k last weekend. If you missed the race recap, you can read it here.
Having a lot of extra time on my hands meant spending more time on social media. In the fast paced and seemingly high pressure world of social media, it can be easy to get caught up in the comparison trap and miss the beauty of your own training, goals, or successes. You may not be as fast/fit as the next person, run as many races, complete long distances, travel to exotic race destinations or have as many followers but what you are doing is pretty awesome and just as worthy of a celebration! These people should be a source of inspiration and not a measuring stick.
Running your first race, kudos! Got a shiny new PR, that’s amazing! Found the discipline to stick to your training plan, I applaud your efforts! Everyone is on their journey to compete with themselves and strive to improve over who they were yesterday. This is not always a linear progression and that’s ok too. You are doing your best. Don’t ever let another person’s success dull your sparkle.
Since my week was pretty boring, we can cut to the chase. On Tuesday and Wednesday, I walked for a mile each day. That was about all my legs could handle. My first run was Saturday morning. I somehow managed a 9:30 average pace for 3 miles. My legs were feeling great and I could have run longer but the humidity was in the OMG-WTF range. How I was wishing for the rain to come in!
Mid-Year Goals Check-In
I thought that it would be fun to go back to my IG post in January where I set my intentions and goals for the year. Who can believe we are already a little past the midpoint of this year?!
1. Become an RRCA certified running coach – Check! This was a great experience and I highly recommend the course if you have an interest in becoming a running coach. What’s even more exciting is putting my skills to use as a running coach. I’ve started to offer coaching for my friends and I’m currently looking into setting up as an official business.
2. Run a sub 2 hour half and a 50 minute 10k – Still in progress. My sub 2 hour attempt at the half marathon will come this fall. Training will officially start in 4 weeks! I haven’t raced a 10k yet this year but eventually I’ll get one scheduled. More so than my 10k goal, I have my eyes on a sub 24 minute 5k which I’ll attempt in September.
3. Run in 3 States I haven’t been to before – This year it looks like we will only hit one new State (Kentucky). This goal was changed when we re-prioritized paying down some of our debts. Eventually, I would like to complete a race in every State. So far, 10 states down and 40 more to go.
4. Strength train regularly – Hit or miss. For the last 4 weeks, I’ve been really good about strength training twice a week. Next week, I’ll get back in to my regular routine and carry this through the rest of my fall training. I have a new gym membership and new exercise DVD’s so this should be an easy goal to maintain for the rest of the year.
5. Start a blog – Here we are! This took a lot of time and effort to get started. Funny story…When I first started to set up WordPress I could not for the life of me get it figured out. I started to work on the set up, got really frustrated and deleted everything. For 3 weeks, I just let it sit out there. Eventually, I came back and got my act together. This has been a great experience for me and it has brought some new running friends in to my life that I never would have had the chance to meet otherwise.
For the next 6 months, I’ll continue to work on my blog and start fall training for my goal races. Along the way, I’ve picked up another goal. Lose about 10 pounds to get to racing weight. I’m still working hard to get this one figured out. I’m going to switch to a more plant based diet and see what that does to improve my weight loss and energy levels.
Another thing you may not know about me? A while back I turned vegan for about 6 months. I felt great but it was a little hard to keep up a vegan lifestyle and have a social life. I may not go back to being totally vegan but I’m going to get closer to it and see what impact that makes on my training, sleep and energy.
To kick off this new adventure, here are a few recipes I’m using this week in my meal plan:
Creamy Avocado Pasta (This is one of my favorite summer go to’s! Only 15 minutes to make and oh so tasty!!)
Sharing the love: Weekly Link Ups
What goals have you been working on this year? Did you already achieve a few of them?