My favorite time of the year is here! I love, love, love Fall. I love sleeping with the windows open and snuggling under the covers. I love drinking my Silk Chocolate Mint with some whipped cream on top. Most importantly, I love not having to get up at 3:30am for weekend running!
I am back up to 70 miles this week and will keep climbing until I taper for PF Changs. I am feeling great so far and have changed some things in my training. Adjustments I have made are:
1. Rolling and stretching for at least 10 minutes every day.
2. No drinking. I know it will be a challenge during the holidays, but I really haven’t been feeling deprived at all. I know it probably doesn’t make a difference, but when I feel better, I know I will run better. I didn’t abstain much getting ready for Chicago and that didn’t work, so we’ll try this. 🙂
3. I have been using Visualization and Affirmation to work on my mental toughness. Coach gave me some great books to read and I have been practicing the techniques I have learned in them.
4. My biggest change I am trying is using Hammer Nutrition. My friend Steve over at Run Bulldog Run suggested Hammer products to me after I have been having stomach *issues* during races. Coach suggested I try having only a ‘liquid’ breakfast so I purchased Hammer Perpetuem to drink 3 hours before long runs and races over 60 minutes. It is gluten-free and easy to digest. I read a great article on fueling up where the basic premise is ‘less is more’. Read this! Before my 10 mile race tomorrow, I will only have water and a Hammer gel. I practiced today and had no stomach distress at all. So I am excited to try this technique tomorrow. If it doesn’t work, it’s back to the drawing board, but I have a feeling I am getting closer to getting my finicky stomach figured out!
So tomorrow I am back to racing with the IronGirl 10 mile. I am excited for it. It is a late start, (9am!) but I have practiced running the course two times this week starting at 9am to get a feel for the later time. Upside is I get to sleep a little longer, downside is that the wind will have picked up by then. When I ran it this morning, the wind was blowing me around!
I am going to try to break one hour. I know I can. I have done it twice before during half-marathons. I just need my body to cooperate! 🙂 Of course, I am a little nervous of this goal since I haven’t raced since Chicago, but I have had 2 weeks of solid track workouts and I feel healthy. So I will update tomorrow with how the race goes!
I know I haven’t been keeping up with this blog as much as I would like. Between work and trying to recover well, and getting ready for guests during the holidays, I have been so busy. I also have not been posting on DailyMile anymore. It was very time consuming and although I love the friends I have made through DM, I knew I had to stay off of it and focus on my own running rather than on what others were doing. I *might* be a little competitive. 😉 I also felt that so many people were encouraging me and I was having trouble finding the time to comment on the workouts of others’. I didn’t really think that was very fair of me, but, I hope to still keep in touch with my DM friends through their blogs and facebook. ((hugs))