Friday started out with something new and exciting for me…oats in a jar! I don’t like overnight oats (yet) so I went with HOT oats (a little peer pressure swayed me this way too!). I loved it.
My oats in a jar virginity is gone...and it was hot!
I had ambitions to study this morning, but I checked out the weather network and realized my plans needed adjusting: rather than pack up after an afternoon of studying, I decided it would be better to head out while it was still light out so I packed this morning!
I had a quick granola bar (in the car) on the way to spin, which was perfect today! The music was good, the class was full, and my tight legs appreciated the spin.
Afterwards, I snarfed this salad so fast I gave myself a tummy ache. Reminder: chew.
spinach, maple dressing, pork chop, pecans, and sweet potato!
While I studied I had a vanilla rooibos tea ADN a chocolatey americano with sugar free mocha syrup (decaf, of course) and some trail mix (I just ate the raisins, cashews, and almonds) followed by an apple!
WHERE ARE YOU CHRISTMAS?!
I met with Brandon, a running inspiration of mine, today. He is an ambassador for lululemon Masonville and part of the genius that is RunnersFeed!
We talked website, blogs, etc. and then got down to the good stuff. I needed advice. As you all remember, I want to run Around the Bay in March, but I am CLUELESS as to whether or not I can be a runner. Sure, I’ve done some 10ks and even my first half marathon this year, but I always seem to get side railed by stupid little things or by my own mind telling me I am not doing enough non-running workouts, or WHATEVER.
What’s the best way to get inspired?
Talk to someone who is:
- ridiculously passionate
- inspirational (i.e. Brandon won the Goodlife Toronto Marathon — 2:23)
- smart and willing to teach
I think a lot of what Brandon had to say I already know, but he drew out some stuff for me that I think I can really take and apply. It comes down to this: I need to run MORE if I want to feel good. I need to focus on a base phase, which means more volume and less intensity.
This means I probably won’t be doing so many random aerobics classes, won’t be doing so many spin classes, and won’t be in the weight room quite as much. At first I was scared because it seemed like I was losing something, but then I realized ED was scared (you knew I couldn’t get through a post without some reference right now, right?). I WANT to be a runner. Runners are healthy, fit, and I LIKE running (especially with people–anyone interested in a running buddy?).
The part of me that’s antsy about following a training plan is SCARED–of all the times I’ve read that you gain weight training for marathons, of how I could “lose my muscle” or of all the other myths I know aren’t true! Thoughts about “but I have to teach spin three times a week” or “but my bootcamps will suck cuz I won’t be into them” are really stupid. The best bootcamps I’ve been to or taught are when the instructor pays attention to the participants, NOT to their own workout.
Guess what? I’m going to do this in spite of those fears.
To get back on track, some of the other advice Brandon offered was:
- prioritize: get the mileage in, even if it means splitting it up during a day
- keep a log: keeping track not JUST of workouts/how I felt but to categorize things on a daily basis (i.e. nutrition, sleep, training, cross training, etc.) and to look at it at the end of the week (seems like it’s going to fit just perfectly with a blog, doesn’t it?!) to see how I feel
- add a pre-run and post-run routine (check out the Drills section and the Injury Prevention section at RunnersFeed.com
- always add some intensity (strides) at the end of a workout, no matter where you are in your training
- focus on getting my volume up at a low intensity, THEN add intensity (right now I’m somewhere in the middle with both factors, and this is not somewhere you want to hang out)
…he made it sound much more concise than that, but I did my best. Maybe it makes sense to you, or maybe it doesn’t but what you can get from it is pretty clear and is my summary:
If you want to be a runner, RUN!
Look forward to hearing all about my running learning curve? Cuz I’ve got a lot to learn. Currently I do not stretch, I have no warmup routine, and I don’t really bother with any foam rolling unless I
really don’t want to study am feeling motivated. But I think I just realized I WANT this and having the goal means I’ve got to set myself up for success! Luckily it’s almost freedom from exams and I have some time to figure it all out!
To finish up the recap, tonight after I got to Sarnia I got a buttload of healthy groceries and then had a quick dinner of ezekiel toast and PC Blue Menu black bean soup. I’m hungry again…which means it’s into the kitchen (which is a minefield of chocolate, because my mother, unlike me, is NOT a chocolate monster and keeps all kinds of goodies around) to find something to satisfy me. I want to wake up feeling happy (NOT OLD).
Wish me luck!