You guys. If you have a long commute or like to listening to podcasts while working out, you have GOT to listen to S*Town. The first 10 minutes will have you addicted. I promise. It’s from This American Life, the same people who brought you Serial (a podcast I also highly recommend). So good! It’s been making my morning get-ready routine far more interesting.
Also: yesterday I ran 6 miles in the middle of the workday so that I could have a couple margaritas at my work-wife Happy Hour. Priorities!
I just finished The Ultra Mindset, An Endurance Champion’s 8 Core Principles for Success in Business, Sports, and Life, and while some of it felt lackluster—or far-reaching, as he tries to educate both on the mindset of an extreme endurance athlete and that of any other endeavor in life—there were three sections that really hit home for me in my running.
While I’m not training for any ultra distances (yet?), I can already see how these ideas have trickled into my training and helped strengthen my mental stamina.
I think ever since I fainted while running back in July 2016, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my running pace, fueling strategy, and overall training mentality. It’s been a little difficult comparing myself to where I once had been while also having a lingering fear of feeling weak or pushing myself too far. It’s been annoying, to say the least!
Well this week I feel like I’ve finally let some of that go, and oddly enough, I’m seeing improvement in my running again. Go figure.
I know what you’re thinking: new things, Vanessa? running, eating, reading? That’s basically all you do. And you’re right, but this past weekend was dedicated to mixing things up when it comes to half marathon training, upping my mileage, meal prepping, and eating well.
Here’s a plethora of weekend snapshots that won’t look like my same old photo updates.
I think I’ve entered the world of at least intermediate runner status, and I want to share how I was able to (finally) run a half marathon under 2 hours (it took me 5 tries).
The key is to incorporate around 2 workouts a week that focus entirely on intervals. Here I made an easy-to-use graphic on a quick 24-minute treadmill workout that bumped my average pace from around a 12:00 mile to a 9:00 mile.
*It’s also broken down by time, because I know trying to do ANY math while running is just EVIL. You’re welcome!
SPOILER ALERT: All the carbs. Carbs are my friend, seriously. I will never understand those who believe gluten-free is the way to health, unless they have an actual gluten allergy. That’s just my opinion, based on my incredibly biased penchant for all things starchy (I am Italian, after all), and also the way carbs make me feel (energetic and happy).
I’m especially prone to carb-gorging on run days. Here’s a little cross-section of my Monday Runday (yesterday).