Marathon training that is. Well, not really but the build up begins. We probably won’t start our official training until mid-June, but I need to continue building my base now. I took the past week and a half off because I was sick for over a week. It’s time to get back into the swing of things!
We have a 10K on May 30th and June 13th (UAE 10K and Oakley Mini 10K) – anyone else also running it? My goal is to work on speed from now until June 13th before starting marathon training. I love doing track workouts and feeling fast, but also know once marathon training starts I won’t do them as much.
Did anyone watch the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight? I don’t know anything about boxing but watched it with Dan and friends. Anyway, before the fight they show “keys to winning” for each fighter. Here are my “keys to success” for this round of marathon training:
- Do more tempo runs. I won’t be doing as many track workouts because I want to focus on tempo runs. I know this will help me get “comfortable with being uncomfortable.” I really hate tempo runs but it’s a necessary thing.
- Balance strength training and running. I really am horrible at this. Once I start training for a race, lifting is the first thing to disappear. I hate lifting after running because I’m tired and all I want to do is stretch and go home. The key will have to be lifting in the morning for 30-45 minutes before work, and running in the evening. At least 2 times a week.
- Eat right. I don’t necessarily eat unhealthy, but I know there are improvements to be made. Not only do I need to control my sweet tooth, but also have to be careful not to fall into the “I ran 15 miles today, I can eat whatever” mentality.
- Dedication. I didn’t miss many runs during my last marathon training bout, and know I have to do that again this time. I want to go sub-4:30, and I know I have to go all in with training.
Speaking of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, did anyone else think it was anti-climactic? Again, I know nothing about boxing, but I feel like nothing happened?
So anyway…time to hit the track and get faster! I have a 5K race on Wednesday on a XC course which I ran last summer. It was tough! My goal is to just get a better time than last time I ran there. It’s a summer series, $10 per race, and every Wednesday. Pretty good deal if you ask me! I do plan on running as many Wednesdays as possible so I can use it as a tempo type workout.
I leave you with this image which is probably what Dan thinks every day
Are you running any races soon or training for a half or full? What would your “keys to success” be, or do you have any tips on how I can make sure to follow through on mine? Input is always welcome!
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