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Just get both feet out the door - or so they say

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First official week of NJ 26.2 training

I’m sure you’ve heard people say, “Just get both feet out the door and you’ll be fine.” I know I’ve said it many times and it usually works. However, it doesn’t always work and certainly didn’t work this week. All I can say is that I’m glad that week is over. I’m abnormally happy that it is Monday.

The week started off great, and I was glad/ready to be back at it and hit it hard.

Monday: It was supposed to be incredibly windy throughout the day, so I’d planned to run when I got home from work. By the time I got off work, I wasn’t in the mood to run. I made myself change into my running clothes as soon as I walked in the door, and forced myself to go run the 5 miles I had planned. I really dislike having to force myself to run, but I think we all have those days. It turned out to be pretty refreshing although felt much faster than a 9:20. Between miles 3 and 4, and if it’s dark, you can always hear an own hooting in this one section. I actually got to see it on the tip top of a tree this time! It was just light enough to see it’s outline and some white on it’s chest/neck. I love owls.

Tuesday: I was excited about this day before it even came. I planned to take two classes at the WC (spin at lunch and barbell after work) THEN meet Kelli and Leah for some drinks and apps before watching the new Mary Poppins! It turned out to be a great day and the movie was awesome!

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I’m always the first one in class :)

I always like to write these posts as they progress in the week – to ensure I capture the fun details. You can clearly see how excited I was on Tuesday and it just took a nose-dive after that.

Wednesday: Was planned to be another 2-fer with this time barbell at lunch and spin after work. However, after taking the barbell class at 4:30 the evening before, and then doing it again at noon on this day, I was smoked. I should have skipped the second barbell and just gone to spin. I’m trying to give it hell in the gym but I need to ease off when my body tells me to. So I did.

I did find out a little more about the group fitness instructor course. They are holding info seshes this Thursday and next Thursday. The course will run every Thursday night from 4:30-7 for four months (Feb – May) – yowza. I know there will be some weekends in there too. I’m going to attempt to get the day of the week changed, otherwise no run club for me for FOUR months! Plus, there are times where I take some time off and leave on a Thursday.

I signed up for a half marathon the first weekend of February – the Ralston Creek 13.1. This will be my second time running it. The first time had very sketchy, icy conditions and I hope that it doesn’t repeat. It was quite dangerous. This leads me to a new 2019 goal! Since I raced in January and will also be racing in April, I’m going to try to do a race every month of the year! The only other time I did that was 2011 and it was so much fun! Any distance counts! Race calendar post, coming soon!

Thursday is where things began to mentally fall apart for me – you can read why from my last post.

Friday: I was going to skip everything again this day because I wasn’t feeling it and because it had snowed all day. However, W talked me into going to the gym with him so I walked/ran on the treadmill for a mile, then did 1000 steps on the Stairclimber.

Saturday: Nothing.

Sunday: Planned: 10 miles / Actual: 5 miles – I didn’t think it was smart to run 10 miles after only running five (once) the whole week.

It is a new week. Time to get my ass in gear, and get a handle on my shit. A marathon doesn’t run itself.

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I like the idea of racing at least once a month. I've got the first 5 or 6 months covered so far this year, maybe I'll go for the full 12 too. 

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45 minutes ago, Stephen said:

I like the idea of racing at least once a month. I've got the first 5 or 6 months covered so far this year, maybe I'll go for the full 12 too. 

Do it! Make sure you throw some fun ones in there!

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Running a race every month is such a good way to stay on top of training - especially if you just make them a part of your training plan. 

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In the Year of Wonder Woman, I think I did 9 or 10 races, and it was a lot of fun! It also made me do races I probably normally would not have done, because I generally like to travel when I do a race. 

Hope this week is going better! I had a sort of off week last week, too, so I'm also in a "let's hit it!" mode. 

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The funks can be crushing. Have fun with the races, hope they keep the mojo up. 

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I'm training for NJ, but haven't decided yet. I hit a funk (caught well and truly between worries about my children and the increasing mortality of the older people in my life), and skipped 3 of my runs last week. I'm back at it, though, and yeah, sometimes it's just a matter of getting both feet out the door.

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two time in the last 20 years I got those two feet out the door- then ran 10 yards and promptly walked this ass right back inside to hold down the couch. Sometimes you can't force it.  

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