Thursday, July 25, 2013

Marathon Success Week 5

The desire to win is important but the determination to prepare to win is fundamental. I am realizing more and more that a marathon is not ran in one day, it takes months to prepare and this week is as important as any week. 
I decided to add a little excitement to my routine by running with a friend. It was so awesome, we're doing it again next week. We ran a little under 6 miles in her neighborhood which is a runner's mecca. I was also excited about starting much earlier than I normally do. Running with friends is so much fun!
The cross training continues. I've been going to the gym at least twice a week to work on strength training. I noticed the place has been really empty, the summer rush came and went I guess. I can say that I am stronger than before. I'm not breaking any records but I am doing more core and upper body work than usual. 
I tried a new flavor of gels during my long run. Mocha makes me really happy! I bought a few more to try in the next couple of months. Here's a quick update:
These things taste great!
1 • Nutrition - I changed things a bit this week as far as tracking food. I'm still losing weight, which helps me in so many ways. Less weight means more speed and greater health. I am still making sure I eat the right amount of food that will help me thrive in running and life.
2 • Non-food Rewards - here's a quick list: manicure, pedicure, facial, new magazine, teeth whitening, makeup, nail polish, facial scrub cream, running clothes.
3 • 30 K sign up - not yet.
4 • Hydration • I'm finding out that if I don't take care of it before running, a few sips of water during won't make much of a difference. It's a challenge to get a lot of water in during the day but it's really worth it. I also found out that if I drink enough water I don't have time or the desire to do any unnecessary eating.

I still have one more run to complete this week as well as cross training. I am running 3 miles in honor of my daughter's 3rd birthday this weekend and I'm excited about that! Of course I'm gonna add a few miles to that run because of the training. Here's a photo of me after my 9-miler today. I had makeup on from last night but I was so thankful to God for the opportunity to finish another long run. I hear they prepare your body and your mind for the real thing. 26.2 is my goal and I'm determined to prepare to win!
Finishing a long run is a blessing.

Marathon Success Series:
Week 4
Week 3
Week 2
Week 1

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