Let me start by saying I have added to my running a little. I started going to boot camp again last week. It is not a killer hard class. It is more like "you get out of it what you put into it" kind of class. Currently, I am working the arms and abs and kind of working the legs. Too much jumping freaks me out because I worry about a knee injury. So, strong core and arms it will be. I am glad I decided to return to class!
On Tuesday I ran 6 miserable miles on the treadmill. It was only miserable because of the weather. My treadmill is on the enclosed porch and it was like a sauna. I stopped at one point because I thought I might pass out from heat. Yes, it is January.
By Wednesday, the weather had changed and I ran 11 miles outside. The 5am start time was a little much, but I had to be finished to get Emma and Jonah on the bus. Running so much in the dark can be a challenge. I am limited in where I can run so it is lots of loops. I think it is good training for the drudgery of the marathon middle miles. One hour and 43 minutes later I finished and was happy to be starting my day energized.
Today was the biggie. 10x800's in the dark and in the cold....yikes. The last time I did this workout was in October. I, however, was excited. This kind of workout is challenging and I am EMBRACING all challenges during this running cycle. There is no dread because that only serves to crush my spirit. I used a little reverse psychology on myself this morning. I did focus on being strong and courageous, but I also told myself over and over again that this was a hard workout. It would hurt. I would feel tired and want to stop. Those statements just helped me run through the beep (on my watch).
My goal today was to run each 800 between 3:45-3:39. My actual splits were
I clapped for myself when I finished! I thought it was a job well done.
|I want to remember how much I love running so pictures it is even if I look like crap!|
Up next is 11 miles tomorrow. Another 4:45am wake up call. Another run in the dark...just me and my thoughts. Saturday is a rest day and then 22 big miles on Sunday. I am EMBRACING it all!
|My "Embrace It All" necklace|