Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Self Motivation

Good morning! I got into work this morning and one of the girls that is supposed to be training with our group to do the half marathon is completely psyching herself out about training for the half. She is claiming that she spoke to her brother in law who runs a lot and he has told her that there's no way she'd be able to train for a half marathon in 5 months. Now, I don't know how great of a runner this guy is, but I firmly believe that if she really wants to run the half marathon (and I don't mean WIN the half marathon, I mean start it, and feel good about finishing it no matter how long it takes) that she could definitely do it. She is by no means out of shape, but she doesn't have a strong running background, but neither do 75% of the people in our group training for the half marathon. It's so frustrating to me to listen to her tell herself she can't do something, when everyone else in the office is telling her she can. I guess there isn't much I can do if she doesn't want to run it however.
Last night I went for another run on the treadmill, I guess my last run on the treadmill now that I'm getting into running outside. I went into it knowing that it wasn't going to be the best run I've ever had because I felt so exhausted (it was kind of slow at work yesterday, so I was bored most of the day which always makes me feel a million times more tired than when I have a busy day at work) and I could just tell that it wouldn't be as good as the runs I've had in the past. I had more walk breaks than I had hoped to, but I purposely made sure that they were short because I still wanted a good time when I was done. The last 4 minutes were the hardest, after every minute I would up my speed to try and make up for lost time, and in the last 30 seconds I ran at 7.0 (fast for me!) and I literally couldn't even talk when I was finished.
It definitely felt amazing to be finished, but man oh man, what a challenge to finally make it to the end. Thankfully I still had a time of 2.74 miles (or 4.41 kilometers) in 30 minutes. Not awful, but not my best (so far it's been 2.94 miles/4.74 kilometers in 30 minutes). I also decided to do a core workout yesterday at lunch time so I could get out of the office. I know that runners with a strong core are stronger runners, so that was my main motivation for training my core. Turns out I don't train my core a lot, so today my lower back and abdominals are DESTROYED. I can't cough, laugh, sneeze or bend over with ease. It's good of course, it means I needed to work that area, but for today, it's pretty rough. I've decided to do some cross training and upper body today at lunch. It's the only thing on me that doesn't hurt today. Actually - that's a lie. My calves have been getting a lot better after running. They were really sore last night which is still fairly common, but today they don't hurt at all which is massive improvment!
So I'm going to continue to push my limits, change my body, change my mind, change my life.... let's do this!! Stay sweet (and strong!) xoxo

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