I am marathon training. Again.
I run with an astounding group of people who are wholly committed to fitness — whatever the hell that means — while being parents, spouses and good corporate citizens.
I don’t know how they find the time. I am so impressed and inspired.
One of the women in my group writes a blog, and she wrote about her new goals while training for an upcoming marathon. Check it out. She inspired me to write some new goals for myself.
- Stop listening to so many voices. Everyone has an opinion on running, even though very few people run. Some people want to offer general advice. Some suggest that I should back off because I’ll need knee replacements. I rarely ever ask for advice, and when I do, it’s not from someone who hasn’t exercised in seventeen years. I’m going to shut it down before it drives me crazy.
- Eat real food. It’s tough to fuel my body for long-distance races. I am a vegetarian but have specific food allergies (soy, strawberries, apples). I don’t want to load up on supplements and eat more fake food (protein bars, gels, gummis), so I’ve developed a pretty good food strategy for this race season: I’m going to eat more real food. Pancakes and hashbrowns = real. Gel packs = not real.
- Get my hydration in order. I can’t tolerate a big sugar rush to my body. It makes me poop within a few minutes. This is unfortunate because sports drinks like Gatorade falls into that category. The only drink I can tolerate is Powerade. It’s not a classy sports drink, but I’m not apologizing for it.
- Have a better post-run ritual. Last week, I ran eight miles on a few hours of sleep. Then I came home, waited around for my husband, and went out for brunch. I didn’t eat anything for nearly three hours, and I kept falling asleep in the car on the way back from brunch. The rest of the day was spent napping, and I still went to bed at 9:30 PM. I know better. I’ll fix that.
- Gear up more effectively. A good runner needs two basic things: decent shoes and decent socks. The rest is a luxury. Unfortunately, I need new shoes and socks. (I could use a new sports bra or two, but they are so expensive and ugly.) When your feet are happy, your body is happy. I’m on it.
I have some goals about being a better running partner (ask more personal questions of my fellow runners, get to know them, listen more effectively, etc.), but those are just personal goals that relate to being a better human being.
I am ready for the next twelve weeks. Pretty excited to write about it.
Thanks for your support!