Happy Motivation Monday! This week I want to challenge and encourage you to find your strong. Many times I find myself beaten by the mental fatigue and struggle of the I can’t or the I don’t wanna. Some days I can beat the mental game, while other days it wins and I really struggle with overcoming and trying my best.
I asked myself (and you) the question a few weeks ago, do you give your all? I realized and shared that I do not. I cruise just enough to get by. Effort is like toothpaste, you can always squeeze out just a little bit more.
I am currently training for my next half marathon (on 3/17). After my half, I am continuing the endurance training for Ragnar So. Cal. I have tried to incorporate finding my strong in my training runs this week. I have changed things up a bit by adding tempo/interval training at the end of my run. Challenging my comfort level and giving it more effort than I would have originally. I am confident in my endurance training… and now am working on my speed.
Training Plan from Last Week:
I finished my 4 mile treadmill run with a high intensity interval routine the last mile which not only challenged my physically but also mentally. I pushed myself to go further and faster than I was comfortable with… but I did it.
I had to run outside on Friday because it was such a beautiful day… resulting in me running with all three boys (two of which were in the double jogger). I forgot how physically and mentally draining and exhausting it is to run while pushing the jogger. I put forth the effort. Ran the whole time. Challenged myself. I did it.
On Saturday I ran my last somewhat long run before I start my taper for the half. I ran 10.5 solo miles. The first 9 miles were at a comfortable pace (averaging around 9:30). The last mile I needed a change of pace and scenery. I decided to change things up a bit by running interval sprints between telephone poles/side streets/place markers. I sprinted all out to a specific mark, then walked to recover to the next starting point. This was a great exercise in challenging myself both physically and mentally… as well as incorporating some speed training.
Training Plan THIS Week:
My plan this week is to begin my taper before the half marathon. I will continue to challenge myself and give the extra effort… without taxing my muscles and giving them the rest to recover for race day.
Monday: 4 miles easy + 6 strides
Tuesday: 3 miles easy
Wednesday: 4 miles easy
Thursday: 3 miles easy
Friday: active rest
Saturday: 6 easy miles
I am going to focus on hydration and proper nutrition… while continuing to challenge myself physically and mentally with my training.