BEYOND THE MANTRA

After my alarm rudely went off at 4:40 AM, I turned it off and told Mike “nope, we are not going to the gym.  I slept like crap and I don’t wanna move!”  But within 3 minutes I talked myself out of it and we quickly changed and headed off for an early morning workout at our new gym, LA Fitness.

And I felt like a million bucks after.  Sometimes a good, sweaty workout is all you need to get your day going on the right foot!

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As we discussed yesterday I just decided to run a half marathon this Sunday.  Long story short, the race was supposed to have been on March 3rd and I followed a 12 week training program during the winter even running in snow storms, on icy roads, in freezing cold weather, etc. but due to snow right before the race it had to be cancelled.  So here we are just days from the rescheduled date and I haven’t trained since, well March.  But it’s OK because I have a plan thanks to the Runner’s World magazine!  And oh it’s a good one!

The article is titled “Beyond the Mantra” and it was so inspiring!  I highly recommend everyone go out and buy the May Runner’s World.  

The article was all about how reciting positive thoughts is fine, but to really run your best, you’ve got to shout down your inner critic.  Isn’t this something we ALL struggle with?!  You’re out running and all you can think about is how tired you are, how your legs are sore, how it’s OK to slow down you worked hard enough…  blah blah blah.

Well we need to STOP the negative self-talk and put effort into positive thinking.  This not only includes on race day but during training as well.  Positivity is critical. 

“Negativity, whether it’s worry or doubt, often leads to self-defeating behaviors including slowing down, cutting a workout short, or dropping out of a race.  “It is the self-fulfilling prophecy.” says Cindra S. Kamphoff, Ph.D., director of the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology at Minnesota State University.  Mentally strong runners don’t go there.  They use their thoughts and their training to feed a belief in themselves.  The became my goal.”

The author went out and trained her brain for mental toughness.  She did that by following a plan:

  • Select a performance goal
  • ID your weakness
  • Set process goals
  • Develop focus tools
  • Sync it up
  • Practice, practice, practice
  • Reinforce process goals
  • Prep for race day
  • Visualize executing your race plan
  • Stick with routine

So there you have it; my plan for the half marathon on Sunday and my plan for all my runs…    It’s all about positive thinking!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Time to train for the half of Quincy!

This morning I made a healthy smoothie/juice for breakfast.  But unlike most days when I prepare a smoothie, today I actually switched it up and added an avocado to the mix and it made everything so creamy and delicious!!  Why haven’t I thought of this before?

JT’s Berry Good Smoothie

In the mix:

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen fruit (I used raspberries and strawberries)
  • 1 cup spinach 
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds 

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Half Marathon

OK, let’s talk about my half marathon training.  Or shall I say my lack of half marathon training.  Ever since the race was postponed back in early March I just haven’t been as dedicated to a training program and sadly I haven’t been trying to get faster.  As of today I have 32 days to figure my sh*t out!!     

So how will I do this?  I should say I’m going workout 6 days a week but realistically that’s not going to happen so instead I’ll adopt a training plan that will work for me.  I travel for work, I’m moving, and I have sort of a life so my goal is to find time for 4 quality workouts a week. 

Here’s the plan for this week:

  • Monday: rest
  • Tuesday: run 5 miles
  • Wednesday: long run (9 miles)
  • Thursday: cross-train (15 min’s elliptical, 15 min’s stairmaster, weights)
  • Friday: speed workout

  • Saturday: rest (Moving Day!)
  • Sunday: rest (unpacking/shopping for house/drinking day!)

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What’s your workout today?

Are you training for a race?  Which one?

 

12 Week Half Marathon Training Plan!

Hi friends!

How was your Christmas?  Mine was busy but also really fun.  We woke up to a white Christmas morning in Massachusetts and hung-out with Mike’s family and then eventually made our way up to New Hampshire to enjoy the day with my family. 😀

Today

Wow, today has been slooooooow going.  I was able to sleep in til 8 this morning and then just puttered around my apartment for a couple of hours (I’m actually still puttering at the moment).  For breakfast, I was craving something healthy so I prepared a bowl of strawberry Chobani greek yogurt with banana slices and GoLean Crisp.

And brought it to my bed so I could spend more time warm and cozy under the blankets.

While in bed, I put together a new training plan for my half marathon that’s in 12 weeks (I’ll do anything to stay in bed a lil’ longer).  I based it off a couple different plans that I’ve loosely followed in the past.  I knew I wanted 2 rest days, 1 long run, 1 day of speed work (repeats on the track, intervals on a treadmill, or hill workouts), and at least 1 day for cross training.  Here’s what I ended up with:

**It’s important to note that this plan is for an Intermediate Runner.  Also, it’s just a guide to my training and I’ll most likely switch around the workouts and the rest days.  I have to be flexible with my days and base them around:

a) the weather forecast (snow storms, ice, etc.)

b) my work schedule (travel plus my part-time job in the winter)

Although I won’t stick to the plan 100%, I will make sure to run the designated long run each week since I know that’s key to running a great race.  My best half marathon time is 1:44 (7:57 pace) so my goal for the race on March 17th is to beat this time.  Thinking positive!!

OK, time to hit up the treadmill at the gym for a quick speed workout…

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Do you follow a training plan for a half/ full marathon? 

How many days a week do you run?

Anyone else running a St. Patty’s Day race?  Which one?