Weeks 5 and 6: Countdown is on…

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Only five more weeks to go until marathon day.  This past Saturday was my longest “long run” to date at 18 miles.  Definitely a hard effort and I was quite sore the next day.  No more slacking!  With work, and our projects and renovations at home, I have cut back on the other forms of exercise I normally do like yoga, spin, cross training and pilates…at the very least you’d think that I would follow my running schedule…

Week of April 6-12:

Sunday:   Rest

Monday:   Rest

Tuesday:   Rest

Wednesday:  Rest

Thursday:  Rest

Friday:   Rest

Saturday:   Rest

Not exactly what I’d call an exemplary week…womp womp!  We went to see the cherry blossoms on Saturday so I had every intention of pushing my long run to Sunday.  It was the first day of flip flop season for me and I should have known better.  We walked for at least 5 miles, me in flip flops, and had to hustle a few of those miles to make it to dinner on time.  I had no idea that flip flops use very different muscles than walking in non-flip flops…needless to say, I did not end up doing any type of long run that weekend.

Week of April 13- April 19:

Sunday:   Rest

Monday:   Run 5 miles (easy effort)

Tuesday:   Rest

Wednesday:  Run 4 miles (hard effort)

Thursday:  Rest

Friday:   Rest

Saturday:   Run 11 miles (long run)

I have been catching up on my Runner’s World magazines and re-reading certain articles of interest.  There was an interesting one in the January issue on “brain training” and how it’s a myth that “mental toughness” comes naturally and how we must train our brains like we train our bodies.

I’ve heard that before…supposedly your mind will give up much quicker on a physical task than your body.  The article had some interesting ideas on how to work some mental training into your runs.  I applied some of the tips on wednesday (hard run) and Saturday (long run) and to a certain point it is a mental game.  I’ll have to see how this new thinking serves me in the rest of my training but still feeling motivated and I swear that reading Runner’s World makes me feel more like a runner…even on the weeks that I don’t do a single run 😉

Have a great week, everyone!

 

 

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