Just a few weeks ago, right before the Disney Princess Half-Marathon registration, I had talked about not signing up for any races. As I look at the framed bibs on my motivation wall, I can see that it’s been awhile and I really couldn’t understand why. Well, I’ve really stepped into it this time. On Friday, I signed up for not one, but two 10K’s. Not even a 5K pre-warm up, but two 10K’s. The first one is thirty days from now. It’s advertised as the “fastest downhill PR setting course in the area” – The Clarendon 10K. That’s not really the race I’m worried about. I signed up for the Marine Corp Marathon 10K. WHYYYYYY?
After toying with the idea for a week, and having a conversation with my sister, I figured why not? Reading about the race, it didn’t sound too bad. Why did I wait to check the reviews until after I plunked down a little over $50? I’m glad I didn’t read the reviews, but I’m still not quite over the feeling that I had been tricked, it sounds like there are, not one, but two hills that can be quite challenging. This is going to take a bit of prep work, both physically AND mentally. It’s scary, but I just read an article, however, discussing how you can psych yourself out of performing well, by months and months (I only have 62 days and counting) of negative thinking that will be almost impossible to undo the day of the race. So here it goes – 62 days of positive thinking, (safely) increased training and a healthy diet. While the temptation was to back out immediately, too late! Now is the time for the power of positive thinking….and prayer. Grandmas of the world UNITE!!!
It’s been awhile since I shared Jeff’s blogger tips and this is actually one of my favorites. I know that sometimes we get used to the summer heat and think, “no big deal” or “summer is almost over so the sun is not as dangerous.” In fact, the other day I was in my office and on the phone with my mom and she was telling me how hot it was outside. I was thinking she was wrong and it sure must be cold out today because I was freezing (probably because I hadn’t been outside since I arrived)… Needless to say I headed out thinking it was a perfect running day only to get to the door and realize it was blazing hot. Jeff Galloway has excellent advice on running in the heat.
Dealing with the heat training through the summer can not only be grueling, but down right dangerous. Here are some tips to train safely and as comfortable as possible in the hot summer months.
Slow down by 30 sec/mile (20 sec/km) for every 5F temperature increase above 55-60F ( every 2.5C above 14C).
When the temperature is over 70F (21C) you may take a 5 minute “cold shower break” every 25-30 minutes to keep cool.
Try to complete your run before the sun rises above the horizon.
More frequent walk breaks during hot weather can lower body temperature increase. If you used to run 3 minutes between walk breaks, run only 90 seconds (walk 30 seconds) at 70F (21C) and at 80F (26C) drop to 60 sec run/30 sec walk or 30/30.
When you start to heat up more than normal, take a longer walk in a mall or indoor AC building.
Pick shady courses on hot days.
Don’t wear a hat! Pour water over your head
Have an indoor alternative—treadmill, etc
Run in the deep end of the pool, using a flotation belt
Sometimes there are those days when I want to run, but I get home from work and excuses start setting in… “Not today,” I said.
So which run will it be? Outside in the high 90’s or inside in the gym? Gym. Empty, just how I like it and I step, step mind you, not jump onto the treadmill for my planned work out. Today’s workout was supposed to consist of two minutes at an incline at pace, followed by 2 minutes running.
Five minutes into the workout I get a sharp pain in my left ankle, to the point where I can’t put any weight on my foot. Literally none… I slam the stop button and try to stretch it out…start again at a slow walk…nope…stop the treadmill, roll my ankle around a bit, still can’t put any weight on it. By this point panic is setting in – I’ve already paid for the Princess Half Marathon, I can’t afford an injury right now – I’m not that far along in my training. NONONONONONO!!! Try it again, no go. I stand there for about 10 minutes tapping my foot on the floor, I’m going to give it one more try. A slow walk and it’s taking my weight, a little faster, a little faster – victory! Running! The pain was gone. Not sure what it was, but whatever it was, it was gone…I didn’t do the three miles I intended, only managed a little over 1 ½ miles, but that’s OK, I didn’t want to push my luck. I did a little more leg work on the machines and called it day after 45 minutes. Yes, I panicked. Yes, I almost gave up, but it seems like the devil finally said…”aww never mind, go for it!” and I did! Today, grandma won!
Sometimes it’s just about small steps and one of the small steps, that is turning out to be a big step is my diet. I’ve just discovered I’ve been “victim” to weight creep again. You may know what it is. It’s when you lose weight doing the right things and then get lazy and start doing all the wrong things again. So the 10 lb weight-loss was great, until I started eating the wrong things again late at night, stress eating that entire bag of candy and here I am again – weight creep. I realize I have no one to blame but myself.
So many things happen during the creep including tiredness, laziness (though some may think that is one in the same), just an overall feeling of blah. So realizing that in order to get ready for my next half, I need to start with the diet. It’s more than just going out and buying the right things however, it’s actually about consuming those “right things” that I spent mega-bucks on. I’m not doing that bad, I stocked the fridge and fruit bowl with sale items including Greek yogurt, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, watermelon and avocados. Practicing portion control, etc…
Small baby steps… I’m learning it’s not just about the run….