The ‘First’ Long Run and Positive Thinking

Marathon training is moving right along and I have been having a blast!  My coach Kyle has been giving me GREAT workouts that really challenge me physically but also make me realize how much I love the hard work.  I feel myself getting stronger physically and mentally each week!  Oh, and he has worked in lots of races for me as workouts and I am super happy about that!images

I am now in week 7?  I think…I don’t keep track to the week number very well…sorry!  But I wanted to share some things I have done/noticed and where my running is with just a little over 8 weeks left to go!!!!!!!

I started working with Kyle right after I ran the Tear Drop Half Marathon.  At this point he had me do some recovery.  During this time of course I mentally felt like I was losing fitness.  Even though that wasn’t really happening I still have a huge fear of getting slower.  I stuck to each workout and made sure I did it as prescribed.  Since then I have had a few crappy 5k’s, a few worse than I would like runs and some that I just don’t want to mention.  Running is such a mental game and so I tend to focus on the negative.  Up until I looked at my upcoming schedule that Kyle just loaded, I had been doing that with this training cycle as well.download

My schedule is loaded at approximately 2 weeks at a time.  I get just a glimpse as to what I am doing and until that 2 weeks is almost done, he doesn’t load anything else.  So when I saw that he had added a couple more weeks I got excited.  Then I saw it…the looming first real ‘long run’.  July 24th he added a 16 miler.  At first I did the..shit!  Can I run 16 miles?  I don’t know if I can do that!  Ummm…I will make it…I think.  Then I stopped and thought about it.

I have been running for awhile.  I have run 16 miles before, and further…more than once.  I have already run one and will be running a second half marathon (this Sunday) this month too.  So why the freaking out?  I have run longer already they were just races instead of a scheduled run.  I started thinking of the bad runs, races, and thoughts I have had over the last few months.  I didn’t look at the good.  So I want to point out a few things I have done this year.

  1. PR’d in the 5k, 10k and half!  Yep…all three and its only July!!
  2. Hired a coach that pushes me physically yet pays attention to my running
  3. Ran more consistent miles than ever
  4. Not made excuses!!  Hot, humid, raining, tired, hungry, headache…doesn’t matter
  5. I am strength training (ok, Kyle puts it on the schedule) but I do it!  Every time!download

And now what am I going to work on doing until 9/17 aka AFM…

  1. Staying positive about myself
  2. More core work daily
  3. Work on my diet (typed as I eat caramel corn;))
  4. More push-ups…probably along with core (I will do a clap!!)
  5. Continue being consistent with training
  6. We are starting a challenge at work so I hope this helps!  🙂

~Staci~

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8 thoughts on “The ‘First’ Long Run and Positive Thinking

  1. wow 16 miles… I don’t think I could do that just yet! I am still building up on my long runs and I started with 10, 11.27, 13, and so forth. (please don’t ask why it’s 11.27 and not 11 or 11.5…)
    staying positive is important!!! I feel a lot stronger physically and mentally than I did last year during my marathon training. I only do one marathon a year in December, and last year was my very first marathon. Now, I am on a very good routine with running (3-4 times a week), strength training, and yoga. Good luck on your training!!! I think feeling strong is a boost of confidence 🙂

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  2. I’m so excited, can’t wait to see your improvements from working with Kyle. Btw I absolutely agree with only loading 2 weeks at a time. Very smart coaching there. We have a tendency to look way in the future when we should focus on our training now. I only plan my runs a week in advance. Too far out and you start too worry too much about future runs and can’t focus on today’s run.

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  3. You have already accomplished so much this year! I am sure you’ll be able to nail the rest of your goals and have a really great 2016 to look back on. 🙂 Good luck!

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