Saturday, July 25, 2009

Three in a row and a good find

Spring training is well underway and it has been an adjustment. I had really gotten used to running every other day when I was just messing around with my training, so running consecutive days this week felt CRAZY. Day one I felt amazing and ran a few seconds slower than the 5K I did at the beginning of May. Day two I was absolutely sluggish...my legs were tight and felt heavy. Day three was somewhere between the previous days. I was pretty happy to enjoy a rest day followed by a day with just a long walk. Hopefully it'll be a little easier to swallow the three days in a row next week!

I've also been trying to take my nutrition more seriously. I have had a love affair with eating junk. My mindset has always been work out hard, eat what you want. While this shouldn't be a problem with moderation, I must admit as I've moved away from my parents and college cafeteria food, I haven't done well with my food choices. There has been too much fast food, junk food, soda, and sweets. In the beginning of May I did begin to make better choices when eating out (grilled items and salads instead of fried things). I've tried incorporating more veggies into my world and using more fruit and yogurt to satisfy my sweet tooth. Sweets are still my weakness, but I did make a good find this week--Larabars. I picked up a variety pack this week with apple pie, cherry pie, and cashew cookie flavors. I LOVE them and I feel a lot better snacking on them instead of the yummy cream filled cupcakes from the vending machine at work.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Spring Training and Ugly Toes

Ah...I have once again gotten that twinkle in my eye for running. I registered for Zooma Atlanta (my first half marathon)! As soon as I'd finished putting down the cash I got super excited and began plotting out my training schedule. I'm going to follow either the Hal Higdon novice or intermediate plan depending on how I feel about my fitness level going into those 12 weeks. However it's a lot further out than 12 weeks, so I found a spring training schedule to help keep me motivated until then. It's intended for pre-marathon training, but I'm probably just going to mess around with the "long run" days. It's so great getting to put a huge X through a workout again!

I'm so excited about this half because unlike my first marathon, I KNOW I can do this. During my training for the ING Georgia full I really fell in love with running 12-15 miles. I felt so strong and didn't have to deal with the fatigue that seemed to go hand in hand with anything over 15 miles. It's also heartening to know that I've technically already done two back-to-back halves and survived. During the ING I went out WAY too fast and was running primarily with people doing the half. They were a fun crowd and I remember all of the laughing and excitement when they reached the 1/4 done point (and me not so excited knowing I wasn't even close to my 1/4 done point). The timing of this race (Nov 8th) also is exciting because it's about the same time of year that the all so exciting end of cross country season was in high school and college.

But with all this excitement I also have the knowledge that my poor feet are going to get ugly again. I've never had issues with my feet until I began running longer distances. It took quite awhile for my feet to get over the hardened over blisters, but my toe nails haven't been so lucky. They are HIDEOUS. I've never lost one, but nail polish isn't an option anymore--it's a requirement. Oh well, not like I'd ever had a career as a foot model anyways.