Goal Mileage for the week: 19
Actual Total Mileage for the week: 16 (I missed a short run on Thursday after having my chiropractor do some work on my hip)
Thoughts on the week: Overall I felt really good this week. I was surprised that I still didn’t mind getting up early to get my morning runs during the week in. I’m really enjoying having those minutes to myself before the whirlwind of the day kicks in. I’m usually spending half the run fantasizing about going back to bed when I get home, but I don’t like washing sheets and there would copious amounts of daily sheet-washing involved if I were to crawl back into bed in my sweaty nastiness. So I usually just have breakfast and then fall asleep on the couch.
I thought my Saturday run of 8 miles was going to be a disaster this week…I hadn’t been feeling well and I fully expected to irreversibly crash somewhere around the four mile mark, but I didn’t and I was really proud of myself for finishing the run well even though I didn’t feel so hot. Eight miles was an important mental accomplishment for me, so I’m taking a lot of pride in my run yesterday. Even training for the half marathon I did this past spring, I would always get to the 8 mile mark and feel like that was my limit…that I couldn’t actually complete 8 miles without walking a good portion of it. It felt good yesterday to accomplish that goal and put the mental block to rest. Plus, 8 miles is essentially a third of a marathon! Surely I can run that far just two more times by November!
Lessons Learned for the Week:
1. I began learning more about Quantum Neurology, which is the kind of treatments I’m receiving from Dr. Keene, the Natural Health Solutions chiropractor I’m working with throughout my training. It is completely and utterly fascinating. Rather than popping bones and cracking spines like a typical chiropractor, Dr. Keene works with nerves instead. It’s remarkable the way this technique works…you can read more about it if you click here. It’s wild, but I’m anxious to see how it helps me as I put my body through this. I’ll keep you posted.
2. I am not a fan of PowerBar’s new energy gel chews, or whatever they call them. Maybe they’re great for some people, but I nearly choked to death trying to eat some during my run Saturday. This is why it’s important to try these things way in advance of your actual race. No one wants to be the person that’s sprinting not for the finish line, but for the porta-potties.
3. I think my favorite energy supplements so far are Honey Stinger Organic Fruit Chews.
4. My next experiment is with fueling electrolyte drinks other than gatorade. This is the one I’m going to try next. It’s supposed to be a more usable sugar instead of the syrupy stuff that’s in Gatorade. We’ll see how it goes…
5. The next book I’m planning to read is Zen and the Art of Running. It was recommended to me by a friend and it looks like another good resource for the seemingly endless techniques to keep one’s mind busy while they’re covering the crazy mileages that are coming.
Well, I cheated a little…a few of those aren’t really things I’ve learned…they’re things I’m hoping to learn, but that’s okay. Maybe they’ll give you some resources to check out. It’s my blog, so I get to make the rules, right?
What did you learn while running or exercising this week?