Since this is a build week for me I had (an extra) rest day yesterday. I know building back up to higher mileage takes time, but my legs really want to run! Hmph!
I filled my non-running time by sampling Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter. I am now a believer. That stuff is GOOD! I cannot wait to stock up on Fuji apples and put this stuff all over them!
I’ve read about elite ultrarunner, Timothy Olson, eating Justin’s Hazelnut Butter during races and that is something I don’t get. I really want to be able to eat these during runs, but they make me really thirsty!
So, yesterday during my lunch I was catching up on Miami Dolphins news and this one article in particular made me think about … running. Wow, shocker! ; )
“As much as that loss was like taking a punch to the gut, perhaps something good has come out of it.”
Translated into runner’s terms: “As much as that bad race was like taking a punch to the gut after months of hard training, perhaps you learned something valuable from it.”
For me, the Portland Marathon has led to something good – it’s lit a fire inside of me that makes me want to train right and get better every day. The marathon really pulled me out of my comfort zone and made me realize it’s going to take a lot more than what I was doing to get to where I want to be.
It’s possible to have a bad race and to not get anything good out of it… if you don’t want to get anything good out of it. But I think we should try to find lessons learned in ALL of our races. The worst race and the most well executed one can teach us a lot of things.
“What makes him [Cam Wake] most unusual is that he plays as hard on the final snap as he does on the first snap. The guy blocking him is getting tired and Wake isn’t letting up. He practices that way and plays that way.”
Translated into Runner’s Terms: If you train the right way you give yourself the best opportunity to run a great race. When others are slowing down at mile 5/10/20/etc., you’ll keep running strong because you didn’t allow yourself to wimp out during training runs.
There’s no doubt that we build habits during training.
We can build bad habits by always listening to the voice that says, “This is just a training run, it’s okay if you want to slow down now” or we can build good habits by listening to the voice that says, “Let’s go! Only X miles left, let’s finish this thing strong!”
I’ve definitely fallen pray to the bad voice before, but I’m all about that good voice now!
This training cycle I am laser focused on creating good habits!
I’m retiring my Portland Marathon playlist and building a new one – any song recommendations?