Yesterday, I did something a little unexpected. I registered for the Mountains to Beach Marathon and it’s go time once again. It really felt good to push that registration button. I definitely wasn’t planning on running a marathon soon, none the less running one in practically a month, but hey, when you’re looking for something to give you motivation, there’s something about having a finish line in your near future.
My arm may have been twisted by Mary Kate… She was doing it and I needed something to train for. She got picked off the waiting list super quick and her excitement was apparently contagious. Before I knew it I was picked off the waiting list and entering my credit card information. I have been contemplating a fall marathon and I figured this marathon was a great place to get a feel for the distance again and either build or completely shatter my confidence. I don’t know what I’m expecting to run just yet, I want to push myself during this training cycle and see where I end up. Then I can see what my fall goals are after this race.
Yesterday evening, I took the time to put together a quick training schedule. I train my best actually when I don’t train very long for a long distance races because I don’t get ‘behind.’ I don’t miss workouts and can keep my mental game tough for shorter training periods. I can train hard for 30-40 days if the end is in sight. It’s much more difficult to be mentally tough when I know I have months of training to go. I hope to do a few faster training runs and not focus on the mileage but my speed this time around. We’ll see how it works out for me come May 25th. I also hope that I can get my fueling situation and my upset stomachs out of the fricken WAY well ahead of race morning.
1 month marathon training plan
I’m really looking forward to a quick month with a few quick runs. I also worked the schedule around track meets which is important to me and I know I can stick with it for 30 days. I can’t wait to get started and dig right into training tomorrow with an 8 miler.
Let the Countdown for Mountains to Beach Begin!
I have found that when I do intervals, which is running harder and faster for shorter periods of time during a run, I do so much better when I have a good music playlist all lined up. So when I’m trying to push myself and Say Something comes on? Though I love the song, it’s not the greatest when you’re trying to hold a certain pace.
I try to set myself up for success with a good mix of music so I just have to switch from faster paced running to recovery running each song and though maybe someone else might like to try this playlist for their next fast paced workout!
It’s a perfect workout for the gym or uploaded to your iPhone. Per usual, some of the songs are not safe for work and are explicit as well, so listen at your own risk! I’m just finishing up a 60 minute one that I also do, so I should upload that one next week. Enjoy and remember, when you are tired, pump your arms and push through to the end of the song. It’s at max, only 5 minutes of your entire workout, then you can recover.
This past week, I kept opening up my blog and just had nothing to write. I don’t know why, I had things to say, running was happening and going well and I had ideas but every time I looked at the blank screen all my words just left my mind and I couldn’t write. The week after Ragnar I got in some sweet runs, including two double runs, one with the team and one in the evening with Mary Kate. I haven’t run far in a while and I have been contemplating what is next for me. I know I train well during the summer and love the heat so that’s something I’ve been thinking about. I really wanted to get through Ragnar to make a decision and to figure out where I can go from here. I’ve been running faster and better than I have in years and I feel good running harder paces.
Yet at the same time, track has started to take it’s toll on me. My heart belongs to cross country and the all day track meets are long and draining. When the kids run, I do feel inspired and I love watching them improve when they give it 100%, but when they’re only giving 65%, it’s hard to make myself give 100% to them. I miss cross country and the long miles in the fall. I had to take a moment last week to really reset my mind and remind myself that I need to have patience and be encouraging, just like I always tell the kids to be. I was just not being positive and little things were getting to me. It’s hard to be a coach sometimes!
This Easter was great, we had my family over and though I have been sick with some kind of flu since Friday evening, and now I have an eye infection and am having to wear my glasses until Thursday, I’m looking toward the future and setting new goals. I’m taking time to really make sure I’m ready to commit to whatever the goal may be. We have a few big things happening this year, including my best friends wedding, bachelorette party, bridal shower, four more weddings, I’m working on planning our 10 year class reunion and a big trip to CABO that I’ve been working out a lot for. Though through it all, I know that running will keep me sane and I keep going back to what really will be next. I’m so blessed and I’m so thankful I am able to run daily, and my clear mind tells me that I need it to keep going.
Here’s to figuring out what is next!