Do you use a mantra when you run? I don’t. On an ideal run, my mind is blank. For those Harry Potter fans out there (and no spoilers please, I’m on Book 6), I think I may have a knack for Occlumency, that’s how empty my head is when I run (at least when I’m lucky).
But I know other people who use motivational phrases to keep themselves positive during a grueling workout. An NBC affiliate in Chicago has 26 suggested mantras (one per mile, as it were) in advance of the nearing Chicago Marathon. Has anyone tried something like this? Does it work? How do you possibly remember 26 lines while you’re running?
I’m headed to a wedding in Bermuda this weekend. I heard it’s pretty impossible to do a long run outside in Bermuda because the roads have no shoulder. In order to stay on track with my training plan I decided to run 10 miles before work on Thursday. Maybe you’re an early riser and this isn’t a wackadoo concept to you. But for me, waking up at 5:30am to do anything other than catch a flight is either a miracle or a mistake. This is my story.
We are now entering “longest run of my life” territory. The longest race I’ve run to date is a half marathon (13.1 miles). Up until last weekend that was the longest distance I’d covered, too. We’re over the halfway mark of marathon training. The marathon is less than 8 weeks away. From here on in, all long runs, save for cut back weeks, will be at least 13 miles.
I love marathon training. You know, overall. But at some point, during every run (or at least every run over 6 miles) I hate it.
I think summer in the Mid-Atlantic is largely to blame. It’s really hot. It’s really humid. I rarely get to the ideal state of “running auto-pilot” because there is a persevering discomfort in sweating this g-damn much. I’m running slowly. (More slowly than I usually do.) I forget to bring things. My hair tie breaks.
But those things are temporary. My negative feelings dissipate when I click my Garmin off to end the run. By the time I’m back in my apartment (or better, grabbing a post-run iced coffee), I’m usually smiling and happy no matter how many curses I spat under my breath moments before. So more than anything l love marathon training.
Hi everyone, happy Wednesday. It’s been a crazy week in America. I can’t stop thinking about what happened in Virginia this weekend and I couldn’t come here and hop into my weekly recap without expressing how horrified I am. The Nazi rally in Charlottesville and our President’s empty, late response have left me nauseous and angry. It’s 2017 and I can’t believe I live in a country where the President’s first instinct is that Nazis and not-Nazis are to blame for a White Supremacists rally. I am screaming livid that there even was a White Supremacist rally and that Nazi flags are being waved at all. If you have a good way to get involved in fighting for kindness and equality, let me know, I want in.
In fitness news, I’m in week 6 of training for the NYC marathon. Following Hal Higdon’s plan, week 6 was a “drop back” week which means this weekend run was shorter than week 5’s weekend run. Here’s some background on why most marathon training plans have cutback or drop back weeks weeks written by folks who know more about running than I do.