For the past month, I've been running about 50 miles a week. Confession: running 50 miles a week is exhausting. That's a lot of running! Sometimes when I feel tired I think "Holy crap, I'm going to have to run all of this in one day??" It's getting better as I go, or at least I'm getting used to the physical tiredness.
I have noticed that when I feel a twinge of anxiety about the race, I tend to want to add a little extra to my run, like an extra mile today will be some sort of insurance against failure in my race in November. I know it's silly because I'm following a 50 mile training plan that will adequately prepare me and over-training isn't going to do me any favors.
I have "friends" on Daily Mile who are also training for the JFK 50 and some of them run almost 80 miles a week! That is just nuts to me and I know they are training for 100 mile races too, but it still makes me feel like a slacker. It's stupid to compare myself to people like that, but it's hard when I'll be racing against them! Well, I use "race" in a loose sense since my goal for my first 50 mile race is just to finish before the time cut off.
The saying on my Road ID is "It's 98% Mental" and I really believe running is mostly mental and I just need to stop over-thinking my training and trust that if I follow the plan, I'll be ready to rock that race. :)
Yesterday was a great day because it was like the weekend since my husband was home sick from work. He was nice enough to get up early with the baby so I could go for my run. I only do speedwork once a week and my plan said to do 9 miles with 6 miles at a "ten mile pace". I'm not exactly sure what my 10 mile pace would be, so I just aimed for 8:30 miles. I ran 9.25 miles at a 8:42 average and I was pretty happy with that. My run route was a mess of downed trees and power lines, so that added an element of adventure.
We all went for a drive in the afternoon to return library books and ogle the damage.
|I did this as part of my weight training plan. Yeah, I'm that strong.|
|Power lines on the ground are super safe.|
|This is the most boring drive EVER|
|Daddy, you're driving like a MANIAC!!|
After our outing, we cleaned up the yard of all the fallen branches and then I made some beer bread for our neighbor who gave us ice when the power was out. Edited to add link to recipe!
|I almost ate this all myself instead of giving it to my neighbors|
Do you ever fall victim to the mental aspect of running or working out?
Have you ever had beer bread before? Is it not the most amazing thing ever?