This month, Andi is starting to up her mileage and she has 2 months left until Race Day! She is progressing well and ran her first half marathon the other day in training, which was so exciting for me to hear about and for her to do. Putting those early miles in and reaching new milestones makes training so fun and exciting. We’re starting to get into some heavier mileage this month and I’m looking forward to hearing how it goes. (Click here to see Month 1 & 2 of her training plan)
The big things she’s struggled with thus far is getting used to eating while running. I do agree that it’s a fairly weird concept and figuring out how to do it takes some time and experimenting. Luckily for her, gus seem to be working and she’s able to keep them down, so that’s a good thing. It seems to be more about getting used to their consistency, what flavor she likes and finding out the best time to take them. That was a very difficult part of training for me and it took me a really long time to figure out what the heck I was going to do with such an upset stomach.
She also had a cold this past week, and my mentality when it comes to colds and illness is let it happen, and come back when you’re ready. If you push yourself to get back out there too soon, the illness will linger and you’ll stay sick longer. Even though when I’m sick I always feel like I’ve lost so much fitness, it comes back quickly.
I can’t believe the race is only 2 months away. I’m going to mostly be following her plan because I have decided to only do the half at Long Beach. I just have so many commitments this fall and our team is going up to a cross country meet the day before up in Northern California. I don’t want to push myself or my body too hard and end up being injured, too tired or sick. I really am working hard to stay healthy for next April and that is my goal. To have be able to train well and enjoy the race in Boston.
We booked our tickets to Charlotte yesterday for the week and I can’t wait to actually be able to run with Andi and her family! So many people are going to be out running the half that she knows which I think will make the first part fly by. I keep looking at the City of Oaks Course and it looks so pretty, I know it will be a great race for her and can’t wait to watch her cross the finish line!
It’s almost one of my favorite seasons. I love the fall for many reasons, my birthday, crunchy leaves, eating chili, running in cooler temperatures, and one of my most favorite times of the year is because of the sport that comes with it. Cross Country!
In high school it was always my favorite sport and now that I have the opportunity to coach it, it is still my favorite sport. Things have changed since I started running but the races are all still the same. It’s a simple test of how hard you can push your body for 3 miles. There’s something so invigorating about waking up on the morning of a meet and feeling the jittery excitement. I still get so nervous and I don’t even have to race!
I love the fact that Cross Country is an individual sport, yet a team sport. You can push yourself against the other runners and if you’re lucky, you have a great team that runs as a pack and scores well against other schools. I was on a team with only about 7 other girls, so we never did all that well in the larger meets, but I enjoyed it because if I finished well, I could still get a medal.
I love the training, the different workouts, seeing our athletes succeed and the changing of the colors as we run through local parks and paths. There is something that just takes me right back to my days in high school and I love remembering those times. It was really hard at the time, but looking back I could have run harder, pushed myself to go faster. Even though I could have done better, I’m so glad I learned the sport of running and now I can continue to enjoy it on my own and am able to coach as well.
Coaching Cross Country is something that brought me back to running too. It’s what made me realize I missed running when I felt like I couldn’t run anymore after my mom died. It’s not an easy sport in any measurement, nor glamorous or even really recognized at some schools, but it’s something that I’m so passionate about and I love so much. I’m so grateful for another year to coach and give back at Lakewood, to hopefully teach the kids that running can be a lifelong sport and that you can love to run. Just like I can hear my high school coach in the back of my mind sometimes when I run, I hope they can hear me encouraging them and that they will have the same memories I have every time fall comes around.
Coming from a ‘down’ mileage month in July, only 37 miles for the month, I really had the goal of hitting 100 miles again in August and ended up hitting 112! I was really happy that I got back up there so quickly and mostly injury free. The fact that we had camp in August and were able to run in pretty incredible spots made getting in the miles much easier! I started off running 3-4 miles and just kept building each week with my longest run being a 10 miler on the weekend.
It’s somewhat scary trying to run that many more miles quickly as it can lead to injury so I made sure to roll out on the foam roller and take ice baths, which helps a lot. I usually do an ice bath after a long run for 1o minutes. It’s hard to get in, but it really helps my muscles feel so much better. Another thing I made sure to take was rest days to give my legs a break. I need to remember that I’m rebuilding right now and that’s okay!
I had my fair share of really hard runs this month. Not hard because I was climbing or doing speed work, hard because my legs were tired from running the day before and I really had to push through the sloggy miles. Those runs can be discouraging but I know it’s just a part of the training and getting back into the routine. It makes me really appreciate the easy run when I have so many meh ones. I just need to trust the training process and getting back into higher mileage shape.
For September, I really plan on getting in around 120 miles, and hope to push up my longer run mileage. With my heel problems, I haven’t been running really long runs and I know with the City of Oaks Marathon quickly approaching I need to get on it.
Right now I’m not worried that much about pace, but staying healthy and enjoying each run. I’ll keep my rest days the same, 2 days a week and at the end of the month I hope to be able to do a 20 miler for the race. I’m really looking forward to that weekend, I know it will be fun to finish the race with Andi, I’m already so encouraged by her training and mindset!
Here’s to another great and healthy month of running!