I have missed my early morning run buddies so much that I have been dreaming about running with them. This morning I finally caught up with them in person. I was up at 4:30 to meet them at 5:05 for 7 miles. We ran some hills and for the most part my legs felt okay but I definitely need new shoes.
Workouts today: am 7 miles tempo/hills, pm masters swim (distance free) 1.5 hours
It is a chilly day in LaLa Land. It was 37 degrees during my run this morning. Swimming tonight should be interesting.
It is amazing how much different it felt to run 20 on the trails two weeks ago versus 20 plus on the road today. The trails just feel better on the body. There is something about traversing the mountains that feels like home. I ran some serious hill mileage today with Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” playing on a loop in my mind. I do not wear headphones but often times songs get stuck on a loop in my mind. It is always interesting to see what the internal shuffle will pull from the archive.
Today was another gorgeous day at the beach. I had thought it would be cloudy and cold but instead it was sunny and warm with a cool breeze off the water. I ran through the hills down to the beach and back up hill home. I saw a Team in Training triathlon in session, my guess is that they were doing a trial “race” to prepare for another race. I am not sure. They had numbers but I do not think it was a public race. Any TNT folks know?
For most of the run my body felt pretty good and then things fell apart at the seams. I made the mistake of climbing a set of the Santa Monica stairs at mile 14. After that, my legs reacted very uncomfortably. I do not think it was the strain of the stairs, I actually think it was my shoes. My shoes have not felt quite right for some time (and they are still new-ish). I had thought it was my negative attitude and not really the shoes, but after today with a positive attitude, I am certain it is the shoes. I am in a bit of a quandary because I have never bought a pair of shoes right before a race without running at least 15 miles in them. I cannot imagine running a marathon in these shoes after today so I guess I will find out what it is like to run in a new pair. Any suggestions tumblr?
It is no secret that I have been suffering from a case of the blahs where my training is concerned. Finally, I had a breakthrough and I am already feeling realigned with my goals. I spoke to a mentor of mine this morning seeking guidance in a moment of pure frustration at work. She said “Ignore the noise. Keep your eye on the prize. Take things one action at a time.” Now, while we were not talking about my training, I realized right away that I have been allowing negative self talk to dominate the conversation, rather than allowing those thoughts to pass through. I have reacted to the negative thoughts with more negative thoughts. The not good enough thoughts, the not fast enough thoughts, blah blah blah. It is all just noise. None of it is true and should not dictate my actions. Here is to ignoring the noise! I had to stop myself from doing a hard workout tonight to make up for a missed workout earlier this week. I am running 22 miles in the morning. It is time to kick up my feet and rest. Ignore the noise!
One of my mantras is “You cannot change people, you can only change your reaction to them”. We do not control others, we only control our reactions to them. My other mantra is “You cannot argue the truth”. The truth is what it is. If someone disagrees with you about facts, it is useless to argue with them over the facts. The truth emerges without arguing. These mantras have helped guide me through some pretty difficult situations. I will add “Ignore the noise” to the list.
22 miles in the morning. 23 days to the LA marathon!
Three days until my final long run for the LA Marathon, 22 miles, then the taper begins. Is there such thing as the pre-taper crazies? Maybe that is why I feel as if I have been treading water? After six years of marathon training, I am finally sensing a pattern. I asked my husband if I am always like this right before I start to taper down. He could not confirm it and it is at this moment that I wish that I had kept training logs over the years.
I am giving myself three weeks to taper this time around. It is not a true taper since I am turning around and running the Big Sur marathon weeks after LA. LA is my A race and I hope to PR. I have not had a back to back marathon experience in over a year so I am feeling pretty excited/scared. There is always a certain amount of nerves involved in pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone. I just read somewhere that the journey begins once you pass beyond your comfort. I believe in that whole hardheartedly and I find a lot of joy in pushing the boundaries of what I think is possible.
Today in training: spin AM, 5 miles PM. Tomorrow 7 miles on the trails AM, spin PM.
25 days to marathon #15. 5 months to my first 70.3.
Not treading water literally but figuratively. Lately, it seems all I can do is keep my head above water. I have been working out only four days a week which makes me grumpy but in reality I should be happy to be fitting in my workouts at all. I am about to head out to spin class which will be followed by a much needed run. Tomorrow morning I fly to Northern California to take my sister to Napa Valley for her bachelorette weekend. I will attempt to fit in a couple of runs while I am there. I will definitely post pictures from the road.
I now know what it feels like to push myself up and down a mountain for 20 miles after 4 months of no mountain training. My quads are trashed. I felt fine on Saturday night (although maybe that was the wine at pre-Valentine’s dinner with the husband). I woke up yesterday with serious stiffness (like I had just run a tough marathon). I went to spin with the hope of relieving the pain but was instead greeted with hill repeats. I am not one to back down from a challenge so I took on the hills in spin with the same velocity I ran with on Saturday. Today, I am having a tough time walking (rest day). Tomorrow morning 7 miles tempo (we shall see how it goes). I am looking forward to hitting the pool tomorrow night.
The good news is that my calves feel fine, GREAT even. I am so so happy that I ran 20 on Saturday without any pain/soreness/anything in my calves. SO SO GRATEFUL!
Five weeks until the LA Marathon. As much as I want to hit all of my triathlon training workouts, my focus for the past two weeks has been the run. In a few minutes, I am headed up to the trails for some serious climbing over 20 miles. I have not been on the trails since tearing my calf back in September but I know that Big Sur is right behind LA and the hills are not going to train for themselves. I am not running for time today, I am running to gain strength. The pay off will be in five weeks.
As the old adage goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I have been working on some serious lemonade. The last few weeks have been full of life lessons. The result has been not as many workouts but I have been getting my runs in so I am ready for my 20 miler this Saturday.
The LA Marathon is less than 6 weeks away. When did that happen???
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area idolizing Joe Montana. I remember when he was drafated by the 49ers (yes, I am that old). Sadly tonight I learned that Tom Brady is not the next Joe Montana. There is only one Joe Montana.
I love Tom Brady, but the Patriot are not the 49ers. Sad but true. I am licking my wounds and moving on.