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Sunday, October 31, 2010

I have learned some valuable lessons from my first Half Marathon. For one thing, I was so focused on my upcoming marathon and wanting to get training for it, I was not living in the moment and enjoying what I had worked for. I basically mentally checked off the "half marathon block" like I would check off "get gas" or "get groceries".

When I got back, I gave myself a day or so, then bought a treadmill and proceeded to carry on like the Half was nothing more than a training run. I got away with a 4 mile run the first day, went for another run next day with the idea of "wow this is cool, I can pop off a 5K, step off and go eat dinner, how convienient!" IT band spoke up and let me know it did not like my approach to training and the run was over.

I whined about it on SP and got some good answers from someone who decided to get involved and ask some questions. Since that conversation, I have been resting like I should and life is good but it also gave me time to think about my attitude and why am I doing this.

I thought long and hard and came to the conclusion that my view of training is pretty one sided. If I am not running, I am not training, if I am not training, I will not meet my marathon goal. I thought deeply about this, this is what was getting me upset, I felt sidelined. I needed some re-programming.

this is my new "program"

1) If I am resting, I am training - I am allowing my body to come back stronger than ever.
2) Everytime I make a proper food choice and log it, I am training - I am properly fueling my body to perform
3) Everytime I do a core exercise or lift weights, I am training - strength makes a better runner.
4) Everytime I read a book or article about health, fitness, or running, I am training - Education is key to running a better race and being your best.

There is more to owning a car than simply driving. We all like to roll down the window and jam to our favorite tunes on a sunny day but what about the oil changes, tires, and other considerations? I was totally focused on the "user end" of running and not running as a whole.

Thanks to everyone who pitched in and gave an encouraging word or a piece of thoughtful advice.... Im all better now.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PAG2809 11/2/2010 11:06PM

    Fantastic! We all need to learn that there's a lot more to training, so thanks for the reminder!

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ABSOLUTZER0 11/1/2010 11:16AM

    Yes, you have the idea now about training smart! Trust me, I know how you feel about recovering and it was hard for me to resist hitting it hard as I usually do. I actually took off running for 10 days after my HM. I DO NOT want to injure myself. It was a tough 10 days, but it was definitely worth it!

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    You are amazing - I am going to walk this morning after a half on Saturday the thighs are still sore.

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ELAOPET 10/31/2010 5:30PM

    YES! I think you are not the only one!
I am trying to have this conversation with myself these days - feel like I am not really hearing ME!
Thank you for sharing this. Glad you are back stronger and wiser emoticon

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LOGOULD 10/31/2010 5:17PM

    Thanks for the insight and paving the way for us newbies!!! emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 10/31/2010 1:29PM

    GREAT advice!! It is so easy to kick ourselves when we feel like we're not doing what we're "supposed" to be doing! You, my friend, have shared something that rings totally true, and NO ONE should kick themselves when they are doing the right things! You are doing great!! Way to go!!!

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LBIMAMMA 10/31/2010 12:46PM

    Thanks for the insight!

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MEGA_MILES 10/31/2010 12:44PM

    Excellent insight. Thanks for sharing.

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ROOT4HOME 10/31/2010 12:24PM

    So true! You're on your way to kicking butt on your 1st marathon by "training" smart!! emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 10/31/2010 12:06PM

    Sweetie, well it is nice to see that you are going to rest first emoticon

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DEVORA4 10/31/2010 11:40AM

  I hear you!

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CARROT143 10/31/2010 11:23AM

    This is just the most amazing revelation to me right now...I have been fighting feelings of guilt this week for not rushing back to training for my next 5k. Your points are true and I feel so much better now.

Thanks for sharing...wise man that you are! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SRVFREAK176 10/31/2010 11:21AM

ALSO, thanks for kicking me in the behind! That is where I have been since my last 1/2...what a great view point!
YAHOO for the voice of reason! emoticon emoticon

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