Been doing a little reading on another blog that I follow, Marks Daily Apple, and you are about to hear a lot more about it. One of the things I’m going to be focusing on this week is his writing about 10 Habits of Highly Successful Hunters-Gathers. I know you are thinking, “wtf, hunters-gathers??” but his entire teaching is about living a more Primal life, ranging from our behaviors, our eating, and our exercise habits. But rather than write a huge essay on what he’s teaching, I’m breaking it down into the things I find the most interesting or have the most impact in my life right now. Some of it relates to Marathon Running, some of it doesn’t… 🙂
So while I am sure you would love to hear again about y morning routine and my four mile run this morning before work, I will spare you…Instead, whether you like it or not, I am going to give you the list of races that I would love to run given no money barriers and plenty of training time availability.
1. CDA Marathon
CDA was the first Marathon that I had ever heard about. I remember thinking ‘26.2 miles??? Are they crazy?’ and now, in 5 short weeks (too short) I will be running that race. And I am super stoked about it.
2. Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas
When I met Bill, this is the race that I was training for… My smitteness over our relationship totally derailed my training… But the awesome experience of running the strip at night is still something that I want to do…
I would totally love to run a marathon on an island, and my own fears about going international makes Hawaii the best idea. 🙂
5. An Ironman
Yes, I know that my swimming stinks, and I know that I have never done a Triathlon of any kind, but one day, when I have more free time to train (11 years til both the girls are 18, ha), I would really like to train first for a sprint or olympic distance triathlon and then an Ironman. I think it is almost super human to finish one of these races, and I would absolutely love to complete one.
So yesterday I experienced Ethipoian Food for the first time. And seriously, it was delicious. Below is Mandy giving me instructions on how to eat without silverware.
My schedule was all messed up today. Everyone that reads this thing knows my schedule is so routine, I may as well be 90 years old. But today my schedule went a little something like this…
All 12 cups of it… Yup a full pot. This is seriously some delicious coffee. Then off to work. Which was another crazy busy day. And Haili had a school play. My sister, her baby, my brother, my dad and my mom all came. It was great. On the way, my sister picked me up a coffee. Ha!!!!
Wrapped up the day at work. At 4 headed home and decided, since I was still having a huge caffeine situation, to run sprints. Felt really good. At 5:30 the girls had softball practice until 6:30. Thankfully during my morning housework I prepped a crock pot dinner, so it was ready when we got home otherwise we would’ve ended up eating something less healthy. Recipe to come.
Sheesh… Missed a few days. Had a crazy week last week. Tuesday I prepared to be gone from work on Wednesday and away from my baby girls for two nights. I could not be more thankful for the nanny that comes after school to be with my girls, and stayed the two nights we were gone. She is so trustworthy and amazing and the girls adore her. Headed up to Spokane to Quest Resort & Casino Tuesday after work. Our room was a gorgeous suite. It was soo nice.
Thursday I had to leave the resort at 6am to head back to make in time for our morning Management Team Meeting. Work was utter chaos. Seriously. Chaos. Could not wait to get home to my girls.
This morning the facility was having an Easter Egg Hunt. It went amazingly. The gal at the facility that does these events is incredible. The kids love it but even cooler is how much the people that live or are rehabbing in the facility love it. Cool deal.
Tonight we colored eggs to prepare for tomorrow. Going to be a busy morning with my family here for Easter. Looking forward to it!!
1. Eat. Seems simple enough. Right? Wrong. My eating, (and ahem, drinking) drastically effect my running efforts. I ate for my long run Sunday, by starting Saturday, and skipping the wine, banging out 14 miles felt damn good. Kept on the healthy clean eating train and again skipped my night cap glass of wine and today adding another 5 miles still felt incredible. Am I always this on track? No. But these last six weeks before the marathon I need this kind of focus.
2. Plan. Yeah, I know I can be totally OCD with my planning. From my day schedule plan (yes stored in the notepad in my phone) to my food plan (yes my Sunday routine is an absolute must for me) to my training plan (I use trainingpeaks.com and LOVE them). Do you need to be crazy OCD? No. But the better the planning, the easier the training.
3. Stretch. I am the worst about this. I don’t stretch before. I don’t stretch after. And I ache because of it. But I do try to do 30 minutes of yoga every morning, and before we got this
damn dog and she ate TWO foam rollers, I foam rolled all the time.
4. Rest Days. I rest two days a week (and sometimes 3 if I feel like I need it). And no, I don’t mean I lie around like a giant lazy ass, I usually get out and walk or go for an easy bike ride or spin or do Pilates and still try to get yoga in.
5. Sleep. I don’t follow this rule well. I get roughly 6 hours of sleep each night. The more I run, the deeper I sleep, and as my miles increase so do the hours my body requires of sleep.
6. Stay Positive. This is hard for me. I get so wrapped up in my own self doubt, my own worries, and second guessing that I often get in my own way. I need to constantly remind myself that I am doing this for me, cause it’s what I enjoy and just doing it is all I can expect from myself. PR or barely crawl over the finish, doesn’t matter, what matters is finishing.
7. Motivation. Find something that motivates you and focus on it. Find a reason to run and let that carry you through the rough runs. Focus on that. Fill yourself up with the reason to keep going. And do.
9. Gear. Running seems like it should be cheap. Running shoes and boom, you run. Not quite the case. First, good running shoes cost a bundle. Then you add on socks, shorts/pants/capris depending on the weather, tanks/tees/sweatshirts/jackets, then hats, gloves… And that’s just to get outside. Now add on a GPS device, some sort of music, good ear buds. Then a cool OGIO bag, I mean any bag, to pack all your crap. And we still haven’t mentioned fueling options, water bottles/fuel belts, race entry fees, hotel stays, travel… The list goes on…
10. Don’t over think it. Go run. Enjoy yourself. Find your happiness. My happy is at 26.2 miles. Yours may be at 3.1 or at 50. Find what you feel good doing. And do it! Don’t compare yourself to everyone else. Don’t focus on your flaws. Find great peace in what you are good at. Find peace period.