Marathon Training Monday: Two Wintery Weeks + Finding the Joy

Life, Running / Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Hi Friends:)

The last two weeks have been cold an tiring. Also great! Totally great!

I spent last weekend in Canada celebrating my niece’s 2nd birthday! It was a blast, but it left me feeling kind of behind and I didn’t have tome to do a training update last week. So here’s how January 21-28 went for me training-wise!

  • Monday: 4.05 miles (on the treadmill)
  • Tuesday: 5 miles (STILL ON A TREADMILL)
  • Wednesday: 3.4 miles outside w/ my students (finally!)
  • Thursday: 6 miles (on the treadmill) + body weight exercises  w/ my students
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday:  6 miles (treadmill in Canada)
  • Sunday: 4 miles (Treadmill in Canada)
    • Total Weekly Milage: 28.45 miles

I’d originally planned to do 8-ish miles on Sunday… but I wanted to make sure my brother got a chance to get his workout in during my niece’s nap time so I tapped out after 1/2 that distance and took over babysitting duty.

Sidenote: got to see this amazing sunset on the plane ride home:)

Now for this past week!

  • Monday: 3.22 miles w/ my students
  • Tuesday: 5.85 miles on the treadmill
  • Wednesday: 3.07 miles w/ my students + 5.89 miles in a snow squall
  • Thursday: 40 minutes body weight exercises  w/ my students
  • Friday: 3 miles + 90 minutes yoga
  • Saturday:  10 miles  w/ my students
  • Sunday: Yoga & Spin classes
    • Total Weekly Milage: 31.03 miles

This week was pretty great. I was able to follow through with all my running plans even when it was snowy and icy. I was also able to make it to two yoga classes, which really helped me to stretch and work out all my little nagging stresses and strains. I also got an award at work, which was a nice little bit of affirmation that I’m doing something right in my professional life. And all this positive allowed me to cement myself against the negative that tends to seep into all of our brains during these dark, cold months.

These are the months when I struggle the most to feel motivated training-wise and just generally organizationally.

For us runners, it can be really hard to remember your why when you’re waking up to pitch darkness and 15 degree temperatures to log your miles. When I got onto a gym treadmill for the 6th time in two weeks this past Friday, I was seriously tempted to just ditch out.

But then I remembered WHY I run.

I run because it makes me feel joy. Nothing calms me like running does. It halts all the racing thoughts that make me doubt myself and make me feel less than in their tracks. It reminds me that if I commit to something, if I make a plan, and if I follow through, anything is possible.

And if I need a quicker fix of joy than analyzing my big why, I sometimes visualize my next running goal, which right now is the DISNEY PRINCESS HALF MARATHON!! Super pumped for a trip to the most magical place on earth; I got our MagicBands this week and it was a fun little snippet of what’s to come.

Other things that have been bringing me joy for the past few weeks…

  1. Tidying: So, I’m a super clean and organized person as is, but watching the new Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” has given me so many more ideas and tricks for really making my space the most relaxing and wonderful place it can be.
  2. Chia Pudding: I’ve been trying to reduce my sugar intake post-holiday season, and replace sugary stuff with nourishing snacks. I make chia pudding my mixing ~2tbs chia seeds with 1/2 scoop of chocolate or vanilla whey protein powder and a spalsh of almond milk. The texture is kinda funky, but it tastes GREAT and packs a powerful punch of protein and healthy fats to get my body moving.
  3. Essential Oils: Now, I’m going to start by saying that these oils don’t have magical properties the way so many influencers might tell you they do. But they do smell great, and they can be used in lots of different ways. I diffuse lavender at night, lemon and lemongrass in the morning, and I make my own DIY cleaner by mixing vinegar, water, and a few droplets of lemongrass oil in a cheap spray bottle. I use this to clean surfaces and I also sometimes spritz my sweaty running clothes with it before I thrown them in the hamper and it seems to really help eliminate odor.
  4. YOGA: I hadn’t been able to make a yoga class happen for a few weeks, and so when I found the time to head to the mat this week I really went with it. Yoga is so relaxing, and so beneficial for anyone who partakes in high-impact athletics.
  5. Family: Seeing my niece was super fun last weekend. And hanging with my brother was cool too;)

I hope you’re all staying warm!

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