Marathon training isn’t just training your body to handle the demands of such a distance but your mind too. Case in point. ▶️ I was a little thrown off during this workout because to me intervals mean many reps of something (12 x 400 or 6 x 800) but today was 3 x 2 miles. I held back a bit because in my head I thought “we have a lot to do” but after the first 2 reps I was like “oh only one more” but it IS 2 miles. I have to remind myself that we are going a lot farther these intervals than those first few in the training cycle. Two miles vs a 400 is a big difference! Understanding mentally how you plan to tackle a workout or race is just as important as the miles put in. I’m not sure I did that today. 🤦🏼♀️ Here is the workout:
1.5 miles up
2 miles at 7:51 pace
2 miles at 7:47 pace
2 miles at 7:35 pace
1.5 cool down
Total 🔟 miles
Anyway it’s done and that’s that. I’m starving! LOL! 🍗
Tastes like home. Coffee & @dunkindonuts Strawberry Frosted. Vegan and gluten free and whatever other gourmet donuts and fancy coffee we have in Sactown is fantastic, but sometimes I miss not having the option of 5 different dunks close by when I want a sugary snack. They are far and few between in NorCal...but it makes it that much more nostalgic when I do see the pink and orange sign.
Haha, throwing it back to 2013 when I decided after doing my first ultra to run the Grand Canyon #rimtorimtorim about 5 weeks later! I had no idea what it would take, I just knew that it was something I wanted to do and the timing was right since I would be going with people who were experienced. I was so nervous...afraid of so many things. But I let my heart and soul direct me on this one and I just went for it. It was incredible, it was fun, it was challenging and it left me knowing I had to do it again! The best part is that I've done it with so many different groups and people and during different times of the year. It's never the same experience...but it is always an epic adventure. Stepping into the canyon is complete surrender. The canyon will dictate your day. You just have to trust your training and your determination to finish. Counting down the days....8 to go!! #grandcanyon#r3#az#teamnuun#nuunlove#nuunlife#silverbridge#runalways#running#ultrarunning#trailchix#trailrunning#epic#adventure#optoutside#gratefuleveryday#runjumpgo#rungoapp#desertfireball🔥🌵
🌀P E R S P E C T I V E 🌀Funny how the way we look at something can change everything. Today, I had a break and ran a trail that I've really only run on in the dark or on my way down after a a super long, exhausting run where I'm usually running out of water and feeling that AZ heat! But today, it was just delightful to slow down a little and see all the beauty of this trail. The canyons, the wildlife, the ocotillos blooming...which are one of my favorites! It's amazing how this plant looks half dead most of the year and literally "springs" to life with a little rain!! This is such a wonderful time of year and to be able to take a little break and enjoy the beauty is a blessing! I looked at this trail in a whole new, refreshing and appreciative way! Usually I'm pushing through in the dark and missing all of it or counting the miles down to just finish my run. But today, it was me just being present and appreciating what this trail has to offer when I'm not trying to run the whole darn thing! #perspective#teamnuun#nuunlove#nuunlife#nuunbassador#uvida#sunessential#upf50#running#ultrarunning#trailchix#trailrunning#trailsisters#az#espererotrail#tucson#runalways#runbeautiful#runjumpgo#gratefuleveryday#desertifreball🌵☀️
March 2015 (first marathon) ➡️ April 2017 (most recent marathon). The picture on the left is my #snapshotmoment , the moment I knew when I was meant to be a runner. I went into my first marathon with basically no training at all, but I was determined and knew I would cross the finish line even if it meant crawling my way there. I shocked myself and finished in 3:35, before I even found out what qualifying for Boston meant. I knew that if I worked hard I could achieve things I never thought were possible. I was never a runner and quite honestly complained whenever I was forced to run more than a mile. When I lack motivation I look back to that day and remember what started this crazy passion of mine. Years have passed and I have ran many races in much faster times, yet I still have that fire inside me that wants more. I have learned so much from this sport since then, and I still have long ways to go. Yes, I sometimes have workouts that intimidate me and goals that scare me because I don't know if I ever will be able to achieve them. However, I do know that letting fear get in the way will not help me become a faster runner or a better person. I'm thankful for this running community that continuously provides me with the support and motivation I need to chase my goals and dreams. I encourage you all to share your #snapshotmoment and remember the moment you realized it was time to take your running to the next level. Thanks @mckirdytrained for starting this movement!
44 12174:23 PM Aug 24, 2017
Not every workout will go as planned, and that's ok! One or two workouts that don't go they way you want won't derail your entire training. Today's tempo workout looked good on paper but it was far from perfect. I hit all my paces but had to take multiple breaks in the middle to stretch my calves and just reset my focus.
10 minute warmup
10 x 5 minutes @ 6:20 pace
1-2 minute rest in between
10 minute cool down
⚡️10 miles total @ 6:46 pace ⚡️
I'm proud of myself for sticking it out even when I really wanted to quit. There's no better feeling than a finished workout though! I can't believe there is one more month left until @chimarathon 😱 #mychicagomarathon
Knocked out my long run bright and early this morning and luckily I had a friend to run with to make the miles fly by. We both realized that we need to SLOW DOWN during our long runs, and just because you don't your long runs at race pace doesn't mean you won't be able to do it during the marathon. My coach also likes me to pick up the pace at the end of the long run, to mimic the feeling of running that speed on tired legs. My legs were very fatigued considering the high mileage of this week, but I was able to push through pretty well. First 10 miles @ 7:40-7:50 and the last 9 @ 7:15-7:25. I'm definitely looking forward to lots of rest and recovery tomorrow!
27 13854:40 PM Aug 19, 2017
This race hurt a lot not going to lie, but somehow I still managed to somewhat smile as I crossed the finish line 😁 I've never raced back-to-back weekends, and while it was fun and PRing is so rewarding it's time to take a break from racing and get back to my speed workouts and long runs because I've missed them these past few weeks! 75 more days to put in the work👊🏻 #chicagomarathontraining
22 11424:08 PM Jul 24, 2017
I couldn't have asked for a better holiday weekend with my family back home and I'm grateful to have ran lots and lots of miles on this boardwalk the last 5 days. But now it's time to get back to Chicago. 33 more days until it's go time. I'm focused and ready to put everything I have into this next month of training. To everyone running a fall marathon, we are almost at the peak of our training and this is when things get tough, but we got this 👊🏻