Happy 4th everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend.
Suffice to say, after my first day of run camp last week I wasn’t sure I was going back. Sure, I laid down $120 smackers for it but it was so HARD. Ugh. Swimming through humidity and trying not to be an utter failure certainly takes a lot of energy. Then there was the whole running part…
Nevertheless, I got a text the night before from one of my supporters to have a good run in the morning. This meant, I HAD to get out of the bed and go for it – despite feeling intimidated by the group and nervous about the 8 miles. Waking up wasn’t as horrendous as it was the week before and when I walked out the door it was 58*. It was already a better start to the week.
When I got to the meeting point (10 mins early – clone Amy strikes again!) I told my team leaders I had gone out too fast last week and I brought my garmin with me to better track my pace. I let them know not to worry when I fell behind. One of the team leaders said they were going to keep it at 11:30-12 since last week we were doing 10:45 min miles, which was too fast. Thank goodness…
With the cooler temps and slower/accurate paces, I felt much better all around. I met a woman who has a ton of spunk and chatted with me for the whole four miles out and 1/2 the way back. The course was very hilly and I questioned my ability to handle the way back. I shook the doubt though and kept powering through. The first four miles were all 11:50. On the way back it was fairly close to this I think, although I had to walk two or three times and had to flat out pause at one point. Still better than I thought I would do and I had two different mantras in my brain: “I am good enough” (to be running with this crew) and “Detroit 26”. Both really helped out with my motivation and determination.
Rewind a bit to Friday morning, I set out for 5 miles and could not slog through it. I ran a bit of it but really I walked it. Of course this made me dread the following day’s 8 miles even more – especially since I could only suffer through 4 miles! Thankfully, I read a brief article the night before on juice cleanses and the recommended work out routine is walking. It dawned on me that I just didn’t have enough fuel in the tank to give me enough energy. Since it was the 4th and all, I had dinner with friends (and ate food!) and I definitely feel this contributed to me having a more solid long run on Saturday.
Jason Vale talks about how he has trained for a few marathons while juicing and while I lamented about how I couldn’t do it but Jason could, office mate pointed out Jason Vale has been doing this for a long time. His body might just be better at processing the nutrients and using them for longer and more intense work outs. This made me feel better and also made me realize that doing a 28 day juice cleanse while beginning marathon training wasn’t one of my brighter ideas.
All in all, now feeling much more self-assured about this run camp experiment has also made it more enjoyable. Next week we make the rather large jump to 11 miles – yeah, not sure why and I’m still considering knocking it down to 10 miles. Turns out I’m so much better about being assertive as to what my body needs than I ever realized. On the flip side, I must keep in mind I am more capable than I give myself credit for.
Enjoy your Sunday!