Today my scheduled training run was 9 miles and I definitely was not looking forward to it since I was sick with a stomach virus yesterday. My stomach still isn’t 100% but I decided to get out and run anyway. My plan was to just run, not focus on pace or mileage, just do what my body could handle after no food yesterday and guess what….
I did it!!!! It was tough and I did require a few walking breaks but I did it!!!
- Mile 1: 9:18
- Mile 2: 9:09
- Mile 3: 9:26
- Mile 4: 9:47
- Mile 5: 9:36
- Mile 6: 10:15 (walking break and GU)
- Mile 7: 10:16 (walking break)
- Mile 8: 10:22 (walking break)
- Mile 9: 9:51 (negative split!)
- Total time: 1:28:04 (average pace:9:47 min/mile)
The walking breaks definitely helped me through the last few miles and so did the GU energy gel.
I bought a few options for refueling while on the run to see what works and this GU worked. It tasted great and it was easy to swallow, unlike the gummy energy bites I had during my last 1/2 marathon. It didn’t bother my stomach and definitely helped me get through the last few miles.
When I got back my 2 year old Abby helped me stretch:
After being sick all day yesterday with a stomach virus I did not have high hopes for this 9 mile training run. As all you mom’s out there know even though you are sick you still have to take care of your kids, my 2 year old did not understand that mommy didn’t feel good and just needed to rest. When I did finally lay down in the bedroom she proceeded to take my dog Comet’s water bowl and pour the water all over the kitchen…..like I said no rest for us moms.
My plans for this run were just to do what my body would let me do and to not beat myself up if I couldn’t achieve the 9 miles but once I got out there and started running I felt energized. Even if there a days you don’t feel like working out just say you’ll do 10 minutes and stop, but don’t be surprised if that 10 minutes turns into 30 minutes.
I also have some motivating factors that help push me through my workouts:
- Me and my goal of running the 1/2 marathon in under 2 hours. Once I put my mind to something I will push myself to achieve my goal.
- My 2 daughters, Abby (2) and Angelica (14). I want to set an example for them that it is possible achieve whatever they desire through hard work and discipline.
- My husband, Chris who always supports me.
- Lastly that little bonus of getting my MacBook Pro when I complete the 1/2 marathon in under 2 hours.
Running and exercise in general is not only about physical fitness but also about the mental ability to endure the training needed to complete any goal. Your body will always give up before your mind. When I ran my first 1/2 marathon I had never even run 13.1 miles before but I played mental games with myself throughout the race and I never quit, finishing in 2:05. Mentally I push myself the hardest because I am always striving to be better, then I think about my family and of course it doesn’t hurt to have something to look forward to after you complete your goal (like a MacBook Pro).
Today’s training run not only challenged my physical ability but also my mental ability. My body wanted to stop at 5.5 miles but mind pushed me forward. Just remember to do only what you can do, if my run had been planned for yesterday I would not have been able to run because I was so sick and that is perfectly fine. Never push yourself to the point of injury or illness, just do what you can do and know that it is okay to not be perfect all the time (I am personally still working on this concept).
I hope everyone has a great weekend, it is looking to be a beautiful one here on Long Island!! My thoughts and prayers are also with all the people in Japan affected by the earthquake.
What keeps you motivated? How do you push yourself to achieve your goals?
By the way Exercise TV has featured me as on of their mom bloggers check it out on their website: http://www.exercisetv.tv/blog/post/2011/03/10/Meet-Toni-An-ExerciseTV-Mom-Training-For-A-Half-Marathon.aspx