I got in a few miles this morning under the cloudy skies…the rain we have been having the past few days has slowed down and sun was peeping through a bit. Love when that happens.
This week I will be scaling back the miles a bit in preparation for Sunday’s half marathon! The Hottest Half…it has been a few years since I’ve done this race. AND…it has been since JUNE since I’ve actually run a race, period. You can see the recap of that one here. Can you believe it? Not like me to not be all race crazy.
OK…I’m going to let you in on my thoughts a bit since I feel like I know you all pretty well. Because we’re cool like that, right? Right. Well here are some random thoughts for today. I try not to be really hard on myself when it comes to running. I have been running long distances for over 5 years now (and as most of you know, in October I will be running my 11th full marathon!! Which I’m really excited about and thankful for the opportunity). I know how our bodies have their highs and lows. I just think that you should be proud of every day when you have the opportunity to just RUN.
Whether it’s fast, or slow, or whatever. Honestly…I kind of get annoyed when I see runners being so hard on themselves. I mean, you know…I get it…push yourself always to go harder/faster/stronger is the mentality of most runners, but still. Some (read: MOST) days I am hard on myself…with my pace, the amount of miles I run and etc. This lady’s post kind of explains my feelings perfectly. I ALWAYS feel like I could go faster…and do MORE. But…it really is not fair to you and you are doing yourself a disservice if you beat yourself up and tear yourself down all the time. Not to say that you shouldn’t push your body and push your limits…but there’s a fine line and often overdoing things will lead to overtraining, injuries, and just unhealthy thinking.
But I digress…now you know my feelings…I try not to worry about things that are out of my control.
Anyway…as far as the race goes…It should be a good one…although I am a little nervous. I don’t really perform well with the heat and humidity and just racing in the summer…period. Fall and winter is when I start picking up the pace and running well. So we’ll see.
After that…it will be time to ramp mileage back up and I’ll be knocking out a handful of 18 and 20 milers in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
Marine Corps Marathon…I am coming for you in October! 2 months to go!
Anyone training for a fall race? How is it going? Are you hard on yourself when it comes to running and marathon training?