Training Word of the Week: Motivation
Welcome to week one of training! I’m feeling a little nervous even though this is the road to half marathon #23 (24, and 25 as I’m doing 3 half marathons in a 15 day span). This is where I start every winter. Feeling just a little unprepared….the hibernation factor has been high with the weather this year.
However, just like the start of a new year, the start of a new training cycle holds magic and potential. This is a really exciting time! Let’s kick this week off with a little motivation session. Last week, we wrote down our training goals. Today we are going to expand on those goals with the “why” behind it. Why did you pick this race? Why is your goal(s) important to you? How will achieving this goal make you feel? Any time you get in to a training slump, come back to this and remind yourself why your goals are important!
My Training Motivation
I’m really lucky. I have a lot of training motivation for this spring. First, I am a race ambassador for Glass City Marathon and I love having the opportunity to share my journey with the GCM Runners. I can’t wait to go back and run this race for redemption. This was my first sub2 half attempt but everything went awry. My training lacked tempo work, I missed 2 weeks due to a bad cold, I had fueling/GI issues that hit every race around mile 10 (I’ve since figured that out!), and unfortunately trusting the pacer that day did not work in my favor as they started off slow and then picked up the pace. I hit the wall around mile 7 and kinda threw in the towel.
This year, I’m coming back to enjoy the course, run a smart race, hopefully get a new PR, and enjoy the finish line party! Last time I ran this race, the field was under construction so we were able to finish in the glass bowl. I’m really looking forward to finishing on the field this year.
Then, I’m off to run the Cap City Half Marathon. Also for redemption since it got black flagged last year. Another really fun race with a great finish line party! And finally, I’m running PGH with my dad for his 2nd half marathon. His goal of course is to beat his time from 2 years ago and my goal is to get him there safely. And enjoy the course because the party it will last the whole day in PGH. I’m excited and motivated just thinking about it! Bonus, my #25 Half will be celebrated in my hometown during the 10 year anniversary of the race.
Week In Review:
M- core strength circuit
T- strength training circuit
Th- 30 minutes spinning
Sa- 10 mile long run
Su- 30 minutes spin + strength
I started this week off working late on both Monday and Tuesday and could not recover from that funk. I’ve been in a pretty big funk the last couple of weeks. Monday night, I did a barre style core workout that I enjoyed. I love the barre workouts because they focus on small movements that really engage your abs. Trust me you will feel it! Tuesday, I did a quick strength training circuit hitting the major muscle groups. Wednesday and Thursday, I just wanted to sleep! I was going to bed at 8pm (I do get up for work at 4:30 am lol).
This weekend, I decided to back off from the usual running around. After the group run this weekend, I came home to write as many blog posts as I could fit in. This morning, I didn’t set an alarm. My plan for the day was to workout, finish meal prep, run out with hubs for some photos, drop food off for a friend and meet up with another friend to discuss study plans for the certified personal trainer exam. Sleeping in was glorious! It’s totally my jam.
This coming week I am actually going to run during the week. Training via hubs training method is not treating me well. He has trained for marathons in the past by only running once a week. I have no idea how he gets out there to slog out the miles but it works for him. It does not work for me however. Don’t get me wrong, I made it through 10 miles at a 10 minute pace (negative splits) but I was feeling it the last two miles.
I’m really excited about getting back in to a regular training plan. I need something to follow and someone to be accountable to. So here goes nothing!
This Week on the Blog
This week I only got one post out….because hello funk.
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Do you have a favorite core workout?
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