Boston training has begun! I had 5 days downtime after Disney and used the time to relax and enjoy some adult beverages out at dinners and basically not think about running. This week I am coming back strong with 90 miles. I love high mileage and I feel like I have a renewed excitement and confidence in myself. I know that even though I didn’t PR this fall, I am on the right track and everything I have done is stored up in these legs. I believe in what I am doing and looking at the big picture! I am super excited to let it rip in Boston. My legs are feeling good and I am back to workouts next week with a 16 miler on Thursday.
After some honest reflection, I felt like I needed to make some changes in my everyday life to maximize my training. I mentioned it in my last blog entry, but here are some things I am doing in case you were curious.
1. Using core performance for weight training. It is simple, I have used it before, and it doesn’t bulk me up. I was spending a lot of time lifting because I enjoy it, but I think I added a bit too much muscle to my top half. I am going to strictly focus on exercises that will maximize my running instead of hinder it. Here is the book on Amazon.
2. Using my recovery drink after my runs. I slacked on this during the fall! I love First Endurance Cappuccino. It is so good!
3. I am trying to eat my main meal earlier in the day so that I can have a smaller portion at dinner to avoid stomach issues on the morning run. This has really helped me a lot! I have been finding some great new recipes for endurance athletes in this book: (Say the title in a big, burly, muscle-head voice)
4. Going gluten-free again. I know, I know, there is a lot of controversy about it, and I don’t have celiac disease,so I am sure it sounds silly! But, my doctor has said if I feel better not eating it, than I should not eat it! It is probably mental, but hey, whatever works. It really helps me to focus on eating more whole foods, I think that is the key. I don’t buy the gluten-free processed products so this helps me to keep my diet in check. I am not for deprivation but I think calming down on the sweets will help. 😉 If you know me, you know I have a pretty hefty sweet tooth. (Thanks Dad) I think a treat once a week or so will be good.
5. Ditching the wine. I really do like wine, but I just can’t have it while training hard. It prevents me from getting any sleep. So, au revoir vino until April 16th! (Boy am I fun or what?)*edit* OK, maybe a glass on special occasions…..;)
So there are some changes I am trying. I have been feeling great and I am loving how my running is going so far. The cold and snow has been a new experience for me, but I say this with all honesty, it isn’t that bad! The hardest part is just getting out the door. After that you warm up fast, and it always helps to have your teammates with you. I also like wearing my fun, new, winter clothes. However, not going to lie, I am really looking forward to training camp in Florida, ha!
Run Happy Friends! Believe!