Monday again already? How did that happen? Last week was crazy busy and I was running around pretty much all day Saturday (literally running 16 miles and then running around doing errands) but Sunday was finally a day to relax. Of course days like that go way too fast!
As I am moving into the final stretch of training (4 weeks to go!) I have been thinking about what I need to focus on to make it to the start line healthy, happy, and prepared. Ideally, that means getting a solid week of running in this week with a 20 miler on Saturday. That would give me the mental boost I need to feel like I am ready. However, health comes first so if things aren’t feeling good its better to adjust accordingly.
I mentioned in yesterday’s recap how I get all flustered moving around my runs. You would think this would be easier considering I made my own training plan. I guess I am so confident about my plan that changing any little thing about it freaks me out. That is ridiculous and I need to get over it. There are a million different ways to put together a training plan and there is no reason why I can’t change things around (meaning reduce runs/mileage) and still be ready for the marathon.
So somehow I need to find a way to stay positive AND relaxed. Stressing out about running 5 miles instead of 6 is a waste of time, and I know it. I’ve learned in past races that sometimes less is better, and I certainly have learned that staying relaxed is the key to my success.
So now, it’s one day at a time, and one run at a time. I will let go of my need for control about pace, distance and mileage. It will be great if I get to yoga to help with that relaxation piece- but if I don’t, it’s not worth stressing about. I’ll try to get as much sleep as possible, but sometimes life will get in the way. I’ll need to decide if I should sleep in and skip a run, or if I will be ok with a little less sleep one or two nights.
I’m also going to be focusing on trying to eat very close to paleo again. I’ve still been doing this, but over the past few weeks I’ve been much more relaxed about it. The goal is natural, whole foods with lots of vegetables. If I eat one more sweet potato I may start to turn orange, but that’s ok:)
Here’s the thing- I have made it through 10 great weeks of training. I’ve put in a lot of hard work. It’s time to finish it up and remember to enjoy it. I have loved hearing about everyone else’s races and I can’t wait for it to be my turn. I want to be able to line up on November 23rd with a smile on my face. And preferably without needing KT tape all over my body.
Let’s sum up a post that was a lot of rambling: 4 more weeks. Stay positive. Don’t stress out. Stay relaxed. Eat well. Don’t get injured. Sound good?
How do you deal with stress and self-doubt while training?
Do you reevaluate your goals and plans during training?
I’m linking up with Katie for “Marvelous in my Monday” in an effort to stay positive!