So I finally feel somewhat “normal” again, in regards to running. My hip/groin still acts up and my shins and calves still need TLC but overall I‘m noticing that my body is pretty well adjusted to running 3 times a week.
Great decision! You can tell by looking at my dailymile that I’m finally back on track in my running….
The only thing I’ve noticed is that I my body liked running 4 days last week – so I plan on trying to switch my long runs to Saturday and doing a quick slow recovery run on Sundays.
This will obviously be dependent on my work schedule but I’ll definitely be adding in some “junk mile” runs as my first half gets closer. I loved the looks of my training last week….
I haven’t discussed much about my half marathon training. To be honest I find reading about *most training boring. I like reading recaps much better However, lots of you have emailed me asking me how I stay motivated and why I’m only running 3 times a week.
So I’ll answer…..
Like anyone my motivation goes in waves and I tend to grab that wave by the horns and ride it out as long as I can. I also go with the flow when I’m not feeling my workouts – I don’t give up, but I have found that for me, it’s much easier to start to love working out again if I accept the fact I need a break instead of getting down about it.
Blogging will make you exercise more. FACT!
Racing a new distance usually motivates me. I tend to drag out my special races for that reason I don’t know if I’d be nearly excited to race the same distance twice, but we’ll see after this half is over, as I think it has been my most favourite distance to train for thus far anyways…
Ali Mc’s top 3 motivators:
- Logan – I want to be a good role model for him.
- My body and overall health – I like to look and feel good.
- Being better than my past – I like to know that I’m constantly moving towards something – I like to be going forward
I get by running 3 times a week because I focus on what purpose the run serves me and put my all into it. I do one recovery, one speed, one long. Since being injured, I’ve learned to stick to running at a pace that’s comfortable for my body and have also learnt when to tell my mind to take a hike and push my body when it needs to be pushed. On the flip side I have also learned to save the speed for SPEED WORKOUTS!
* running with spatulas is optional – although not if you are on my team ;P
My paces are considerably slower than where I left off but they’re improving. I have been doing a weekly speedwork session and even though I don’t love them, I feel a sense of accomplishment when I complete a pace faster than I thought possible
* like after yesterday’s speed work session – which I chose to do anyway sub 4 min 800′s made my day!
My long runs are always a joy. I don’t think I’ve had a bad one…..maybe half a bad one, but they’ve always turned around. I think the fact that you’re out there for so long just leaves you the chance to really get to know yourself. As an extrovert I enjoy it I also love the satisfaction of knowing that I’ve run further than I ever have before. It’s really amazing what we and our bodies can do!
* toss me a trail and I could run for days
I do a recovery run just to keep my weekly millage up. These runs are done without any pace measurement device and I usually don’t mind them. Their only purpose is to remind my body that it’s a runners body
I also do bi-weekly, or tri-weekly strength workouts and at least 1 cycle I try to do yoga daily and add in other forms of exercise whenever time allows. Switching over to morning workouts was the best decision I’ve ever made. I am seriously loving it
* what are Nic and Dan doing back there??
Anyway, I think I should add in even a small 4th run per week but overall I‘m really enjoying only running 3 times a week, and so is my body. If anything it takes the pressure off and really allows me to enjoy each run for what it is
and I love running!
1. how many times a week do you run?? how many do you workout??
As just stated I run 3 times a week and aim for 5-6 days of exercise
2. what’s the longest distance you’ve ever run??
18km or 11miles I just came close to beating my PDR last Saturday so I hope to beat it this week
3. how do you stay motivated?? what inspires you??