I am officially one month away from race day. I can’t believe how quick it’s approaching. The last several training weeks have flown by quicker than a speeding car that passes me on the road. Not to mention the fact that we are already almost into April. Where is the year going?
This past month has been all about time management. My 200hr Yoga Teacher Training officially started mid-march so now I have to add yoga in on top of running, on top of work, on top of family and social time, etc. Well – and making time for myself.
I was hopeful at the beginning of the month that I’d be able to get outside for a long run, but I have yet to do so. My blog is really living up to it’s name. Going from a 12 mile run to a 15 and 16 miler on a treadmill was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be.
Nutrition has also played a huge part into my training the last few weeks. When I set out to do my 14 miler, I actually needed to break it up. I was slow and had little energy. I did 8 miles on a Saturday and then 6 on Sunday. However – during my 6 mile run I almost fell asleep. I’m not kidding. How does someone fall asleep while running? If I stopped the treadmill and laid down right there I would have slept like a baby.
So I took a step back and started looking into my training especially with YTT (yoga teacher training) starting that week. Between running and strength training I realized I wasn’t eating enough. I started tracking my food again on My Fitness Pal and so far – making sure I’m eating at least 1,900 calories a day has increased not only my energy but my performance immensely.
Yoga Teacher Training
The first weekend of YTT was amazing! I am learning from the wonderful Jennilee Toner, author of The Perfect Chaturanga. The 200hr is four weekends a month (Thursday-Sunday) and four Saturdays a month. I knew I was about to embark on a very incredible journey but I didn’t quite understand how incredible until after my first weekend.
Day 2 of the training we started with a Zumba class. However, I had to also fit a 10 mile run in. So a full days of work, a 10 mile run, Zumba and then Yoga. Wow. That was the most active day I had in a while.
Day 3 was a 14 hour day. 7am-9pm. We started with meditation. If you don’t have meditation in your daily routine I suggest you do. It prepared me to solely focus my mind on yoga all day long and not worry about the other things. It helped me be completely in the “now”. At the end of the day, honestly, I couldn’t wait for tomorrow to come. I hardly even realized how long I had been in the building for. Which – for those who don’t know me, is my place of work too, which has basically become my home.
At the end of the weekend I had learned so much. We learned the history of Yoga, philosophy of yoga, intro to the Yamas and Niyamas, Yoga Anatomy, Bones and Joints, Anatomy of Breathing, Teaching tools for the breathing techniques, the Vinyasa Yoga Bell Curve, How Warrior Yoga Centering and First Ten, Sun Salutations, and more. I also learned how to start my hand stand off! My goal for this training is to nail that pose if I get over my fear of lifting my last leg off of the wall.
Treadmill Long Runs
Lastly, most people are wondering how in the heck I run for hours and hours on the treadmill. Mentally, yes it is quite the challenge, but I’ve found some fun ways to overcome it.
My first 15 miler on the treadmill I did in the gym. I brought my iPad in and downloaded two movies onto it. Two that I knew I’d have to concentrate on and that would be motivating. This distracted me from how much time I was running for and what was going on around me. Since it wasn’t repetitive like music is either – it was refreshing.
For my 16 miler last weekend, I ran on the dreaded treadmill again but this time in a basement with a projection screen TV. I set the environment up to my liking with the lights shut off (so only little natural light and the light from the TV Screen. I also picked out two movies that I thought would be distracting enough. I watched Les Miserables and Rocky. You’re probably wondering why Les Mis? Lol well- if you’ve never seen it you should. Not only is the music awesome but you need to concentrate on the story so much that I completely forgot I was running. I found myself singing out loud, clapping, a little bit of dancing. I was actually having fun on a treadmill. In the middle of Les Mis, I switched to Rocky for a change of scenery. I didn’t like how there wasn’t much music so if I am forced to run on the treadmill for my 18 miler I might just have to pick musicals again.
My 16 mile run was coming to an end and I was thrilled to see I maintained the pace I would like for my marathon. 16 miles in exactly 3 hours. My legs were a bit sore and now I’m battling shin splints in my left leg but nothing a little KT tape, ibuprofen and a calf sleeve won’t fix.
Another key part about my training this time around is how much I’ve increased my strength training. Even if I can’t fully get a strength day in, I will add HIIT workouts with Kettlebells. So far my favorite circuit is 100 kettlebell swings and squats. I’ve been trying to keep it to two days a week so I don’t over do it and I’m too sore to run.
This week my schedule looks like this;
Monday – 3 mile treadmill run, 1 mile outdoor hills
Tuesday – rest
Wednesday – 5 mile treadmill run, strength training, yoga
Thursday – yoga
Friday – 18 mile run
Saturday – YTT day
Sunday – 4 mile run, yoga
I’ll be back next week to post about how this training week went and more. Keep working hard toward your goals! I also want to thank all of you who continue to follow me on my journey. This race means so much more to me knowing I am contributing to finding a cure for the Lymphoma Research Foundation. I am 80% of the way to my goal!