Round 2

Let me tell you something. Taking it easier than scheduled on this cutback week and really listening to my body was a great decision on my part. By not pushing myself too hard, I feel ready to take on round 2 of this training cycle and to continue to increase mileage and other workouts to prepare me for a strong finish on August 20.

I skipped a run at the beginning of the week, but I didn’t beat myself up over it. I did my strength training workout when I got home from my hill repeats workout, and loved that decision when I had another rest day built in to the week (I will be continuing that plan going forward!). I napped every day while in Vancouver this weekend and have no regrets about that (partially because I wasn’t sleeping well at night). I ate a third of a Mars bar before my pre-conference run this morning because I didn’t want to get out of bed any earlier to eat a real breakfast (even though I was awake well before my alarm went off.) The advertisers were right – a Mars bar a day, a work, rest and play – it was the perfect amount of fuel to get me through my five-miler this morning! 

This is my fourth marathon training process, and I think I’ve finally realized that while I may want to be perfect and complete every scheduled workout, eat the right foods all the time, and get 8 hours of sleep every night, that life happens, and the most important thing to do is to listen to my body. The more I push too hard, the increased chance I will end up hurt and sidelined before race day. I don’t want that. And I don’t want to hate the process to get to the start line in Edmonton. 

I feel good and ready to tackle the next 4-week cycle. It’s going to hurt. I’m going to be tired. And hungry. But when it comes time for the next cutback week, it’s going to be amazing!

From the shores of the Pacific Ocean, at Jericho Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia