Take a breath — hold it — click register

After much thought, going back and forth in my mind, (and perhaps after seeking advice from my 13 year old) I have clicked “register” for the Lincoln Half Marathon that is on May 7. In case you weren’t at last year’s race, it was super cold, windy, and rainy The. Entire. Race. Thus my anxiety.

Springtime in Nebraska is risky at best and this particular race has seen it all from thunderstorms (lightning delays) to snow storms to sleet storms and maybe to perfect temp days, though I have not witnessed those. In addition, winter in Nebraska is crappy (for those of us fairweather runners), so training is tough at times. (I know, quit whining already!)

The Lincoln Half was the site of my first Half Marathon

Last year, my training was a bit haphazard and I regretted that at about mile 11, questioned whether or not I was still moving at mile 12, and am not sure how I made it across the finish line. But I did, and I will again. Rather than anxious, I should be super motivated to get redemption — to, dare I say it, set a PR.

I will train hard through winter

I will get quality training runs (namely, long runs) outside and off the treadmill

I will incorporate intervals and speed work into my workouts

I think it’s working already. I feel better about clicking “register” and will keep you posted!

How about you? What are you training for?

Until Next Time,
Meg

The Taper, The Race, and The Aftermath

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We’ve all been there, following a training plan for a big race — 8 weeks, 10 weeks, sometimes 16 weeks or more to a half or full marathon. Then the big day nears and we slip into taper mode. The lower miles come easy and the race goes as planned (or better/worse, but it’s over).

Now what? The aftermath — the let down. While some runners, like my husband for instance, go on with business as usual, running daily like brushing his teeth. Others go right into training mode for their next race. I, on the other hand, tend to slip into a low motivation cycle where I don’t want to run… at all. It’s especially hard this time of year. My kids are home in the mornings with no school, my husband (also in education) is able to sleep in a bit, it’s hot and humid and the desire Just. Isn’t. There.  While I’m giving excuses, I’ll add that I now have a 25 minute commute to and from work so it’s harder to get up earlier and it’s too hot/late (and I’m starving) when I get home.

We went on vacation last week and I took an entire 7 days off from doing any form of exercise (outside of some short hiking with my family). It felt awful. Then, yesterday morning came and I had good intentions, but didn’t look at my watch until 6:17, which is too late to get a run in and still get to work with dry hair. Again, the awful feeling came back. This morning, I looked at my watch at 6:13 and decided to try and get out the door by 6:20 and just do what I could do in 25 minutes. I already feel like a new me (or rather. that my regular me is back). Perhaps tomorrow morning it will be 6:05 and before I know it, I’ll be back to regular 4-5 mile mornings. Wish me luck….

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Do you have moments like these, where you lack motivation to run? How do you keep running day after day? Or do you mix it up instead? I’d love to hear about it!

Until Next Time,
Meg