SURF CITY HALF MARATHON here I come!!!
The weekend has finally arrived. You know the one. It’s the weekend I will be running my very 1st Half Marathon!!!
I’m not afraid of alot but one thing I do fear is the UNKNOWN. Which would explain the butterflies that feel like they are trying to tear their way out of my stomach! I keep telling myself that “I CAN DO THIS” and really I know that I can but I’m still nervous.
Sorry for the randomness of this post but I am having a hard time focusing on anything other than Sunday right now and I just wanted to share a few things…
After 15 weeks of training and even more time mentally preparing, I have done two 10 mile runs. One felt great, one not so much. Looking back at the training I think it was an OK plan, but I have already been thinking of ways to tweak it a bit to get more out of it.
Yep you guessed it, there WILL be another one. I kind of have that mentality of “if one is good, two is better” so sometime around the Fall I will plan for another Half.
My sister and I run on the riverbed trail every Sunday morning for our long runs. Every Sunday we see this woman running, we see her on our return trip so she is always running toward us and we always say HI. Last weekend I asked her as we ran by if she would be at Surf City and she said YES. I wonder if we’ll see her there… I just found it interesting, like ‘running’ is the ‘shoelace’ that ties us all together.
Tapering is hard mentally, I find that I have the urge to go out and run or I’ll lose all that I’ve built up. I know that is not true but not running the week before a big event is as hard as I’ve heard it to be. I ran my last run yesterday, an easy peasy 2.5 miles. Then I came home and whipped up some juice!!
An interesting thing I learned while training for this (from Thrive of course!) is that immediately after a hard workout you need to replace the Glycogen stores in your muscles. I always thought that I needed protein immediately after a hard workout, it turns out that should come a bit later. According to Thrive, immediately following a workout, the best snack is one that contains Simple Carbohydrates with no fats, not even good fats. This will allow you to replace the glycogen in your muscles so that it will be readily available for your next workout. The nutrient rich meal that would include protein should follow about an hour later.
Carrot, Romaine, Beet & Apple Mmmmm good!!
Have a wonderful weekend my friends, watching football, getting massages, going wine tasting, running 10 miles, whatever it is YOU will be doing this weekend… just know that you will all be with me at the beach as I run my first Half. Thank you for all of the encouragement and kind words.