Exhausted and excited

Week 1 of marathon training is in the books, and while it was an exhausting week, I’m still excited about running Edmonton in August. I ran 18+ miles last week, plus a yoga/mobility/core workout and three slo-pitch games…because of course ball season starts the same week as marathon training! I even forced myself to run in the rain for my long run on Sunday, because you never know what conditions will be like on race day. No more being a wimp when it comes to running in precipitation!

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Even though it was an exhausting first week, I’m feeling good. I’m totally realizing the value in taking time to focus on mobility, strength and restorative work, and not just running. I’m listening to my body and easing up when it tells me to. I’m drinking Gatorade after runs to keep my hydration and electrolytes up, because post-run headaches and foot cramps suck (and because other electrolyte drinks/tabs don’t agree with my stomach).

Sleep is still something I will need to work on. I know that my standard 6 hours a night is not going to cut it as the mileage gets higher, but I’m making baby steps.

So, I continue on. Week 2 has already seen a five mile run and another yoga/mobility/core workout. On tap for the rest of the week are some hills, a strength workout, a four mile run, a ball game and a 10-miler to wrap up the week.

Have a great week everyone, and happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and mums out there!

What I think about when I’m running – Las Vegas

Nothing.

Because I didn’t run when I was in Las Vegas for a conference last week. Not that I didn’t want to, but I just didn’t. And I’m not going to rattle of a list of excuses for it either. I just didn’t run.

I thought about running though.

I thought about how I signed up for the Edmonton Marathon before heading south, and how training would start in early May, and how not running for a week while in Vegas, and likely not running for a week next week while in Toronto, probably wouldn’t help the process, but I would deal with it.

I thought about how my Oiselle singlet was probably sitting in my mailbox at home, cold and alone, after floating through the USPS system in Kent, WA for longer than necessary. And how cool it was going to be to finally put it on for my 15k Eyeball the Wall run on April 29.

I thought about the crappy (but delicious) food I was eating in Vegas and that I knew I wasn’t making the best choices, but hey, you only live once.

I did do a couple short yoga sessions and some mobility exercises though. And we walked a lot. It’s not like I sat on my butt for a week and did absolutely nothing.