A Slow Return and Some Training Tips | #runchat

I’m still feeling the remnants from the stomach flu, mostly in the form of fatigue. I am eating a little more than I was, but not back to normal just yet.

This morning I tried a slow easy run. I ran about 1 mile, then did a run/walk for a mile, and finished with a 1/2 mile walk. I listened to The Jillian Michaels podcast. They talked about egg yolks – okay to eat just don’t cook them in butter – and about working out after the stomach flu – go figure! She made some good points, which helped me to listen to my body and decide to walk and go home. I finished my workout just when they were starting to talk about the mother/health/life balance! This is a podcast I’ll be returning to.

I’ve given up the goal that I’ll get a PR at the half marathon in three weeks. While being sick, I’ve had time to think about my running and a bunch of other areas in life. I’ve realized that I haven’t committed to a race and training plan in over five years, since my dad passed away. So, just being here, today, is HUGE for me.

With this year of running, I’m going to be proud of myself for just getting back on the wagon and not giving up on my dreams. There were many years where I thought I’d never run again, and I’d never be in this place I am now. This year, I’m already winning, getting out there and sticking with a training plan and not deciding to no-show at my races.

If I have to walk, I have to walk. No harm, no foul. This year is about commitment to my health, endurance training to reach a long time goal (marathon finish), and believing in myself. The journey is so much more important than the race itself.

I’m proud of me.

Plus, I have exciting news that I will share with you this summer (no, it’s not another baby!). It may not be exciting for you, but it sure is something that has been on my mind the past year.

Last night was the first night we actually ate from our meal plan for the week! When we’re home together, we’re terrible about cooking some days – really?! I know.

Beef tacos were on the list, and I sorely needed some protein. Chris made taco seasoning from a bunch of spices and had his in taco shells he made. I had my taco over a ton of lettuce. I ate about five bites, but will be having the rest for lunch today. Lettuce tastes soooooo good right now. Yeah, I said that.

Miles had some brown rice, cheerios and H20.

Midway through dinner I noticed someone got comfy with his foot on the table… What a jokester.

I just tried a new app to add collages to my blog, but I’m not sure I like it – Picstitch. I like the look of my blogstomp images better.

On another note, I’ve been inspired by a few running tips shared with me. My co-worker Mary shared a running log she received in her latest Runner’s World Magazine subscription.

She has been wonderful to talk to about running and just being “yourself” as a runner, finding your pace and enjoying being out there. She inspires me and is so full of wisdom! We don’t get to talk often, she is super invested in her teaching, but when we do I feel that much more motivated to keep getting out there for a run.

Here are a few tips that stood out to me in the RW journal:

You rarely regret the runs you do; you almost always regret the runs you skip.
Yes, yes I do.

Fatigue can signal over-training  Track your resting heart rate each morning. A marked increase may indicate you’re not fully recovered. Take a rest day.
I should track my HR more often. When I was fit before, it was around 65 bpm which put me in the excellent and almost “athlete” area. Wahoo!

Everything I do revolves around food, even running, which I do to eat what I want and stay in shape. – Bobby Flay
I run mostly so I can eat whatever I want 🙂

Course measure-rs use a 0.1% correction factor to be sure a race is not short, so marathons are really 26.245 miles.
Ah, fabulous. Good to know it’ll be a teensy bit longer than I plan on running.

If you can’t run or drive a racecourse before the big day, study the event’s map and elevation profile so you know the location of the hills, aid stations, turnarounds, and other notable spots.
I’ve got to get a better look at the races I’m running!

Pacing is a skill. Some people just don’t have that internal clock. I’ve been running for 14 years, and it’s second nature to me. You’re doing constant repeats. You’ve just got to feel it. – Adam Perkins
I have alway been a good pacer. I can run the same pace for hours, but I stink at trying to get faster.

If your feet are slapping the treadmill, you may be taking too long of a stride. Try to compensate by shortening your stride.
I used to clod along like a horse before I found minimalist running.

It takes patience to become the best runner you can be. Top athletes realize that running is a long-term sport. It is set up for people who value delayed gratification and who like hard-earned success. – Anthony Famiglietti
So true.

Setting tough goals for races might mean not reaching your goals now and then. If you make an honest evaluation of why you failed, you might benefit more than if you had achieved your goal. – Jack Daniels
Absolutely.

Running any given route in the rain makes you feel 50% more hard-core than covering the same route on a sunny day.
Haha, I can say this for sure. There have been a few times I’ve been caught out on a downpour on my trail runs, and I came home feeling like a champ!

If you care even a little about being called a jogger versus a runner, you’re a runner.
Yes, I do care. I run, even if it’s slow, I run.

Ideas usually come after I’ve run 10 miles. I like to ask myself a question and let my unconscious answer it. – Jan Brett
This happens so often, it’s crazy. Running is such a meditative sport for me.

Runners exhibit better running economy when they focus on their surroundings rather than on form or breathing  The less energy you need to run at a certain pace, the longer you can go.
I love looking around at the sunrise, sunset, the trees blowing in the wind or experiencing the world around me. Too often we can get too caught up in life and forget to look around.

Contemplating the entire distance of a race or a workout can be daunting, so divide it into pieces.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot when it comes to the marathon. I am starting to compartmentalize the race into 5 milers. I can handle the thought of 5+ 5 milers, but 26.2 sounds daunting.

Tempo workouts, intervals, and fast-finish runs don’t just strengthen your body; soldiering through a difficult workout can fortify your confidence and tenacity, too.
Tempo runs have helped me to push through the hard days and come out on top. They are scary sometimes, but I know they’ll make me tougher for the moments when I’ll need to tap that inner strength.

On yet another note, I love this rant about why you should share your runs and healthy positive habits online and on social networks despite the naysayers and complainers. If everyone else can use the space to constantly complain, why not share something healthy and positive that you’re doing?

So, I won’t be limiting my #runchat even though I contemplated just stopping it altogether here. I’ve been learning that I’ve been a little inspiration for others to find their own goals and start to work towards them.

I hope to keep inspiring, and make you laugh every once in awhile.

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