The months are going by faster than I could have imagined and I'm alternating between panic and excitement. Some days I think about running through the crowds of cheering people in Boston and get the nervous, excited butterflies. Some days I have pain in my foot or knee or any other imaginable part of my body and doubt if I'll even be able to do this.
But that's half the fun. Not knowing, but going for it. Pushing limits. Sticking to things you committed to, even when they seem crazy, in both running and fundraising.
I might be slightly dramatic saying this is a crisis, but this is my current struggle! I am struggling to organize (aka REIGN IN) my fitness and training plans. There are just SO MANY ACTIVITIES that seems fun and like I NEED to do them!
First and foremost (and I need to remind myself often that this is first and foremost!) is marathon training. I have changed my mind multiple times but I am OFFICIALLY REGISTERED for a fall marathon so there is no turning back now! Kiss the $80 goodbye and get to running, girl! Manchester City Marathon here I come!
Over one month down in marathon training! The first 3 weeks I was actually pretty bored. I am used to working out more than this and found myself wanting to do more, but I followed my plan, just mixing up or skipping a few days. I was really missing cross-training though! So I'm excited to be reaching the point in my training plan where I add back in some cross training days, even if one is a low-impact/active-recovery day.
In my last post I shared that I had a wave of craziness come over me after my last race and I decided to sign up for a full marathon! Absolute craziness. A couple years ago I couldn't run 1 mile. I still blows my mind when I think about how I used to wish I could run a 5K or two during the summer for fun...and then never started running for years after that... and now I'm signed up for a marathon!
I HATED running before. I mean HATED it. I used to say I would only run for a reason and that I would run in sports because it was for a reason (chasing a ball isn't that great of a reason!), but I hated just RUNNING. Once I got over those beliefs that I made up and repeated to myself I learned to go slowly, enjoy my surroundings more and zone out instead of pushing myself so hard that I'm in pain and huffing and puffing. I don't know everything about running. I get aches and pains, but I'm open to learning so I can improve and get LESS (preferably zero) of those aches and pains.
I'm starting to focus more on running again so that's what my monthly Facebook group for April is going to be! I started reading this book called Chi Running on the plane to and from Florida last weekend and I'm really excited to implement everything I am learning from this book! I am hooked! I've been walking around all day practicing my alignment, working on forming a straight line from my shoulders to hips to knees to ankles. I can feel it in my core just standing there... it's kinda sad! Must improve!
I'm starting fresh from pretty low mileage and build up to higher mileage to train for my big race later this year. The plan is to run 3 days per week, focusing on Chi Running techniques, which is really proper form and relaxing so that you can run with less effort, no pain, no injuries and really enjoy yourself. My other days of the week I will either be at aerial or doing a workout from Beachbody on Demand (BOD) or a DVD I already own :) Totally flexible and lots of options!
This is for people who are beginners just starting to run (because I was where you are just a couple years ago) and people who are going longer distances or are comfortable running a 5K already. Either way you probably will feel like a beginner because we are going to be focusing on all of this Chi Running stuff! ;-)
I am wicked excited to focus on this and improve my own running skill before amping up my mileage to start marathon training!
Time is flying and my half marathon is going to be here in just over 1 month. I'm running the Rock n Roll Half Marathon New Orleans with Team Challenge New England. I've been an AWFUL about training for my half since it started being so dark and cold. I haven't gotten many miles in at all since the start of winter.
I've still been working out most days of the week, keeping up with PiYo and my aerial classes, but haven't been getting those runs in! I am not much of a treadmill girl. I prefer to get in a many miles as possible outside, but I'm also sort of a fair-weather runner. If it's under 20 or 25, I'm not going out there!
So this morning I hit the gym to run on the treadmill. It has been about 10 months since I've set foot in a gym and that was long enough that they got entirely new key tags...ha! That made me laugh. The girl who checked me in was probably laughing in her head knowing how long they have had those tags.
My new plan is the go to the gym to run on the treadmill on the mornings that I work from home (which is twice a week). I have an extra 2 hours in my day when I don't have to commute so I should take advantage of that! Today was the first day of that new plan and it was a success :) I just need to prepare some more podcasts or videos ahead of time to listen to so I don't go crazy!
What are your favorite podcasts? I need to grow my list if I'm going to be treadmill running long distances!
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pup. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance