I learned something really important in regards to my training over the past week. I must be FLEXIBLE. Life is going to get in the way, that does not mean I failed. No matter what I just need to find a way to switch things around or make up for it. As you know last week was my first week of training for my next half marathon, and I was really excited to get started. I had run my 8 miles on Sunday, Monday was a XT day and I did a bodyrock workout, and Tuesday was my first tempo run. Well during the day on Tuesday it became apparent I was not going to get in my tempo run. It rained all day (and I couldn't take the girls out, nevermind that is going to be hard to do a tempo run at the correct pace with a jogger, something else I will need to adjust) and then Shawn had to work on his truck when he got home from work. This left me with a very slim window to run, with no way to fit in 5 miles. This left me feeling like I was failing already. I was down on myself about it for much of the day. It was my first scheduled training run and I was already going to miss it?!?! After a while I realized that this thinking was getting me no where except stressed out, its not the end of the world that I couldn't get in a scheduled run, why not just switch around a couple of days? So I decided to just run one of my two easy 3-4 mile runs of the week and run my tempo run on one of those days. And this worked out just fine. I ended up getting in my tempo run on Saturday. I also had to switch around my Thursday and Friday workouts, but I still got it done. The only dissapointment of the week was that I came up few miles short on my long run, and there was nothing I could do about it. Since I was visiting family I had to do it on the treadmill and Cori was exhausted after the busy weekend and she wanted me, we tried a bunch of times to distract her, but in the end I just had to stop early. It stinks, but not much to be done and it doesn't make me a failure. I will be following my training plan as closely as I can, because I really want to succeed in meeting my goal for the race. (And not to mention the amazing Tara put a lot time into creating it for me) But negative thoughts will bring negative results. Life is always going to get in the way during training, exercising, etc., feeling sorry for yourself is not going to help that. You just need to find a solution and a way to fit it in, and remember to be flexible. If you miss a day, don't give up, just pick it up tomorrow.
Saturday after my 5 mile tempo run (1 mile warm-up, 2 3/4 miles @ 7:13, 1/4 mile @ 6:30, 3/4 mile cool down, 1/4@ 6:30) the girls each wanted to "run" on the treadmill. It was really funny, and I love it that they already want to run like mama. :)
On the agenda today:
New Bodyrock Workout:
Repeat 5x, for time.
4-mile run with 8x100 meter strides, it will be done with my two little ladies in the jogging stroller. Whats on your agenda for today?
I'm going to try a new recipe for Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Protein Bars (thanks Jen!) today, I'll post the recipe later and let ya know how they turn out! Have a great Tuesday!!! :)