Well I think its official-running has taken over my life! A lot has been going on. School started up again where I work, so I have been a busy little bee. Matt is starting his last year of of his MBA, and oh yeah-we signed up for another half in November! We thought the Disney princess half would be our first but since our training has been going so well, we thought-lets just do one sooner! We also needed to submit a time before December 1st in order to not be placed in the last corral. I'm nervous and excited. Training has been amazing but grueling...we wake up at 4 am during the work week in order to avoid the Florida heat, and to be honest when I get off at 5...I just want to eat and be lazy lol. We're also in the process of moving into a bigger apartment this month, so our evenings and weekends are filled with packing and cleaning, oh and trying to maintain somewhat of a social life :P
The most beautiful thing about running is you constantly amaze yourself. I never think I can go further and then week after week we get up, tie our shoes and do it. This past Saturday we ran 7 miles! I have not ran 7 miles in awhile and I'm so proud of how far we have come so early in game. Running truly is an amazing test of the human spirit.
A lot of people say to me "how do you do this working full-time!" well the truth is-its hard. I have to go bed early, I have to eat right and constantly have bananas, keep bags of ice on hand, and it means a lot to me. Running is really therapeutic if you allow it. I don't listen to music, I just listen to nature and talk to myself. I have trouble with self-criticism and in order to run long distance in a Florida August-you have to talk to yourself. You have to encourage yourself when you want to give up. Your mind will always give up before the body, so you have to make your mind obey and you have to stay positive. I'm by no means a pro, and I'm training myself as I go, but I guess you just have to find what works for you. I also have Matt, and he is just ball of positivity all the time, so working out with him has encouraged me and our relationship to grow :)
In order to really have time to train and exercise. I don't run everyday. I take two days a week to cross train and rest one or two days a week. If I ran every day I would be injured, and I would get really really bored. I also know the importance of strength training, so days like today I go to body pump or yoga. It is always hardest waking up, but I never regret starting my day off right.
Here is my current schedule. Obviously some days I change it up, or I just rest-whatever my body tells me!
Monday: Run 3-4 miles
Tuesday: Strength train or yoga
Wednesday: Run 3 miles
Thursday: Strength train or yoga
Saturday: Long run
Sunday: Active rest and foam roll
Some weeks I'll take an extra day off, but it really depends. This Sunday we took the day off and walked around Disney, which helped us walk out our my muscles and have fun ;)
What I try emphasize in my life is the is the importance of treating yourself. Matt and I will go out for lunch after our long runs, or I'll go get a pedicure to soak my feet and legs. Last week, we stopped by Starbucks to grab a Pumpkin Spice latte (half sugar and no whip of course ;)
You don't have to go crazy, but you have to treat yourself when you work hard.
In order to really get out the door in the mornings, we try and get everything prepped. I always try and have my clothes laid out the night before, and we try to set up the coffee so its ready to go when we come back from running or the gym. We also have been keeping up with our weekly preps on Sundays.
I'm not a pro, and again I'm trying to figure this run/life balance as I go, but it seems to be really manageable for us, and I can't wait for cooler weather so we have a little more flexibility in our schedule.
I've also been taking ice baths after my long runs....they suck! I do however have a routine now. I stretch, make a cup of hot tea and then I take an ice bath in my running clothes. Afterwards, I feel like a million bucks! It really helps with reducing inflammation in my achilles and knees.
I've also been going to the chiropractor and getting adjustments and massages. We have a good bit of money in our health fund account so we have been using it wisely :)
How do you stay healthy when you have a busy schedule?