Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Do do rule, what I've accepted, and just because

Today's workout:
Easy on treadmill for 45 min.  It's really hard for me to just go easy, but the old IT band kept me from pushing it.  Drills before & stretching after.  Foam rolling tonight.

From the McMillan Running book I'm reading, one of the best rules I've read :)  The Do do rule:
"It's not how much training you DO, rather, it's how well you recover from the training you DO DO. Because, if you get injured or sick from DOing too much, you are in deep DOO DOO."

Some random things I've accepted lately...

  1. I'd rather just eat the cookie dough instead of the cookies
  2. Same with frosting, no need for cake
  3. I need lots of sleep.  Lots.  Like lots.
  4. I love different scents...like when you walk into Bath & Body Works and get overwhelmed by 5 billion scents, I want to recreate that in my home.
  5. I would've rather lived in a more simpler time...50's maybe?  20's?  Don't know.  Just simpler.
  6. I NEED to live by the ocean someday
  7. My kids are my total heart.  When I look in their eyes, I literally feel my heart squeezed.
  8. I love wine, cheese, and macadamia nuts 
    And, just because it was there...yep, this 1990 bottle of French wine I'm drinking tonight.  Why wait?  For what?  Might as well enjoy it now :) I've paid my dues with many Charles Shaws.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

F the MAF, IT band tag team, books & rest days are back

First off, the MAF training...
Didn't go well.  I got REALLY tired of doing the same pace 
Boring.  I like easy runs. Fast runs. Long runs.  Short runs.  This is starting to sound like a Dr. Seuss book.  Anyway, I like the feeling of a hard run.  I enjoy sometimes just running for fun.  I hated the monotony of it.  And, if it means not hitting race times or not making me a better runner...so be it.  I have to enjoy what I'm doing, or I won't do it.  Isn't that why we all run? 
I enjoy creating my own workouts & pushing myself.  I figure I've consistently knocked down my race times, so I must be doing something right.  So, I'm sticking with my own methods :)

Not to mention, my IT band has been horrible the last 2 weeks.  This week, it resulted in 20 measly miles for the week.  I also did alot of elliptical & spin, but pretty much took it easy.  
The longest run in the past few weeks was yesterday for 8.  I'll take it!!!  
Pain free, which is a million times better than my try on Monday when I was in tears it hurt so bad.
Lots of foam rolling, stretching, and clam moves to strengthen the hips.
Last spring it was my right IT band, now it's my left.  
I wasn't paying attention to the important key factors in keeping me injury free.  I was skipping my foam rolling, stretching and strength moves.  I was overdue for some new shoes.  And, I probably jumped back into some speed too fast from all the MAF work.

Happy to say I think I'm back :)

I also realized I ran a pretty good marathon time for my first one...and I did it on my own training plan.

So, I'm not using the Advanced Marathoning plan anymore.  I discovered this book this weekend, and I'm in love with it.  So, I'll use this plan as a guide.  

Another book I'm re-reading now that I LOVE is Chris Charmichael's book Food for Fitness.

It's so no-nonsense & perfect for athletes.  I love one of his comments...
There is no super food, there is no evil food.  So true, and in the world of blogging & nutrition being flooded with this diet & that elimination, or this food will make you have super powers or eat more fat and you'll run for days with no need for fuel....I LOVE his basic, good result-proven guidance.   Highly suggest this book to anyone putting in some endurance training.  
I read it last fall when training for one of the half's I ran, and I felt awesome.  So much energy to complete workouts & was at a comfortable racing weight for me.

Rest days are back, too.  
I need them.  Sundays will be full on rest days.  I need them in my life right now to keep up with kids...
 housework, groceries, visiting family, church, baking cookies, everything!!!  
It's so nice to start the week feeling fully recharged & actually WANTING to get some good workouts in.