Running routines of late, and COSTUMES (What’s Your Input?)

It’s been a month since I’ve started Dopey training and I’ve got to tell you, I’m playing the mental game right now. I’ve started incorporating a lot of cross-training into my routine (TurboFire in my living room is kicking my butt!), though I have yet to really start putting in the mileage. Thinking of how far I’ve got to go is frightening and intimidating.

Many days it’s easy to say, “I’ll get to that run tomorrow”, but why waste a day that I could have bettered myself? Hence, the mental game. I want to be as prepared as I can be physically, but the element of the unknown is always there, and that’s what makes racing fun!

I love pre-race anticipation, especially for something as big as a marathon. On race morning I think “What’s going to happen out there during those 26.2 miles?” The Dopey Challenge just adds to that anticipation. Now I’m thinking “What’s going to happen during those four days of racing?” FOUR DAYS OF RACING. Man, that gets me excited.

In the past I have run with a small group most mornings, though that hasn’t been my routine as of late. While I love running with my friends, it’s important for me to get used to pounding the pavement alone. Again, it’s a mental thing. I need to be able to hold my own pace and not depend on my friends to get me to the finish line. Though solo-runs have been a bit boring, they are also sobering and provide ample prayer time, which is the most important part of getting to that starting line.

As my mileage continues to build, I will continue to post. Ups, downs, good, bad or ugly, you’re all part of this journey and I thank you for that! While I’m on the topic of your involvement in this blog, I’d love to get your input! Have you ever raced in a costume? I have never donned a costume during a race, but I think at least a few of the Dopey runs need to include a simple running costume (tutu, themed tank top, polka dot shorts, etc. Not going for the full-on, Party City special.) If you’re a costume veteran, did you love it or did it get on your nerves? Give me some Disney character ideas! I’m looking for inspiration.

Until next time,

M

Upping the Mileage (and what it feels like to be beat by a 71 year old runner)

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that during my marathon training this time around I have a goal other than to “just finish.”  In January I had zero thoughts of a time goal, I just wanted to get through the race in one piece. I took my time and had fun; it was Disney World! It ended up taking me (don’t laugh) 6 hours and 20 minutes. This time around I have a goal in finishing under 6 hours. That sounds impossible considering most people struggle to take just 2-3 minutes off of their marathon times, but at Disney I spent 20 minutes waiting in line for the bathroom several times. My time was slowed way down because I didn’t really know what to expect. I didn’t push myself because I didn’t know if my body could actually do it. This time around I have a better grasp on bathroom breaks, water breaks, nutrition breaks. etc. and find every minute to be valuable.

This week my training is getting serious. I am to the point in my training where I need to start logging approximately 30 miles a week, and I’m almost there.

My training this week will be as follows:

  • Monday: 4 Miles
  • Tuesday: 5 Miles
  • Wednesday: 3 Miles/Cross Train (weights)
  • Thursday: 4 miles
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 9 Miles
  • Sunday: Rest/Cross Train (cycling)

My marathon training last year looked something like this:

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Run 45 minutes- 1 hour
  • Wednesday: Rest
  • Thursday: Run 45 minutes- 1 hour
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: Long Run (eventually working up to 20 miles)
  • Sunday: Weights

Looking back, I really wasn’t running enough last year. Even now I’m still building up my endurance; I would eventually like to be able to run about 50 miles per week. Little by little I will get there.

This weekend I was really encouraged and inspired by a woman that I run with. She is 71 years old and can outrun just about anyone I know. She’s been running for 40 years and is simply one of the best. She wasn’t naturally a great runner, she worked hard to become one. It’s very humbling to run with a 71 year old woman (when I myself am not yet 25) and have her smoke you. It’s not just humbling, it’s incredibly inspiring. And with that  a thought hit me, “I am young. I am capable. I can push myself harder and I can be great.”

With proper nutrition and dedicated training, I know I will become better. My 71 year old running partner gave me some wisdom this morning: “It’s not the pounds that get heavier, it’s the years.” I have a few more good years in me, and I’m going to put them to good use. I want to wake up at 71 years old and be able to outlast a bunch of 20-some year old runners myself.