Yesterday I had one of those ‘aha’ moment :-) No, no, I didn’t make it to Mensa club …yet, neither did I face-plant while running ;) I did however save my marathon training! Let me tell you how:
Training for a marathon, whatever you work full-time, you are a single father or just a busy student with a packed schedule at the university, requires full commitment. After the commitment come time and its management. The busier I am the more organised I become. Yes! However with running ranging between 25-45 miles a week, you will often experience fatigue, muscle soreness, need for sleep and good fuel (food). You will face some days when running is the last thing on your mind.
I experienced those moments already since I started full-marathon training – the 9th January 2011. So far I did 89.51 miles (144.05 km). 40 miles (64.37km) less than I should. So what went wrong?
- procrastination –Sunday morning you know you are scheduled for a long 12 miles run ; it’s still challenging distance for you, so you procrastinate getting dressed up and go out; as a result you either don’t go, or you go 2 hours later than you wished and all your Sunday’s plans fell apart ; suddenly your running become a hurdle as far as private life is concern
- running before/after work – I bet that after work you just want to go home and relax or focus on other things pending on your to-do list, or simply friends are coming over for a dinner; in that case it is very likely you will miss your run
- fatigue – if you ever run more than 3 days a week, you know what it feels like
So I found a solution!
Run home straight after work!
Yes, it still depends how far you live from your work place, and what is your training goal. But with 5 runs or more per week, I found this solution just perfect. Why?
- I want to go home ASAP, so as soon as office closes I am dressed and ready to go home. There is no procrastination. It becomes something more than just another training session. It’s your way home therefore it feels good.
- As soon as you are at home, your energy level rocks. I love it! I am no longer tired after stressful day at work.
- When something unexpected pops out – plans have changed and you really need to go to the vet with your pet – you can still run. It becomes your mean of transport rather than a time-consuming leisure.
I did my work-home run yesterday and I am so happy as it saved me some much time.
Today something unexpected happened and I have to be 5:30 ready for another arrangement. I finish my work 4 pm today, and there would not be even a slight chance I could make my run today. Therefore I run home again today. I hope it will be quicker than yesterday as I know the route now. Just to add it took me 58 min to do 10.40 km yesterday.
I implemented no-excuses zone when it comes to running as it’s only 70 days left to my first marathon.
God saves me I am so happy:)
I had plain soya yoghurt with almond butter and Agave nectar, plus obvious black coffee. After just 1 hour I was hungry and indulged myself with almond croissant.
Leftovers from the day before tasted so gooooood! Roastes Brussels sprouts with Quinoa.
I was not in mood for cooking, but I knew I had to eat good due to my run the next day.
I combined carbs and protein mixing plain soya yoghurt with banana, dried dates fruits, few almonds, Agave nectar and sesame seeds. It was really satisfying!
Besides that today is Saturday, I am having an extra busy day packed with work, training and other arrangements. You bet I will face-plant in bed at 10:30 pm.
Have a great weekend everybody and I’ll see you here on L.INC. on Monday!