You all are probably so sick of hearing me talk about the Seattle Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and guess what?!?! In 6 days I’ll hopefully be able to call myself a marathoner and we won’t have to talk running and training on the blog for awhile. Deal?
Over the past 4 months I’ve dedicated 100% of my effort towards training for this race. I’ve skipped happy hours, birthday parties, dinners out, my favorite fitness classes, lazy Sunday mornings and so much more. Here’s hoping it all pays off and I have a great race haha!
Can you tell I’ve missed booze…what I’d do for a huge glass of merlot right now while I watch Game Of Thrones mmmmmmm!
Anyway, I’m SO EXCITED to run this race! I’ve gone from extreme anxiety, to having nightmares to finally being excited to push myself farther than I’ve ever ran in this race.
As most of you know I’m running my first full marathon in less than 2 weeks. AHHHHHH!
The training I’ve done has been extremely intense and to say my body is exhausted would be an understatement. My legs ache, I’ve been passing out at 8:00 pm, my shin splints have been acting up…basically I’m a hot mess!
I think most people at the end of an intense training plan feel this way. Whether you’ve been training for your first 5k, half marathon or full marathon it’s incredibly draining which is why tapering is so important to let your body recover for race day!
Happy Memorial Day everyone!
I hope all you amazing Live Lean Eat Green readers have had a wonderful weekend so far. I know I sure have.
I’ve really taken advantage of the extra time this weekend to get my life organized. So far I’ve cleaned out my entire closet and seriously have 4 HUGE bags of clothes to donate to Goodwill, scrubbed my whole apartment and just finished organizing my kitchen OH YEAH and fit in some laying by the pool and a freakin 22 mile run yesterday!
Yep, it’s been a VERY productive weekend!
So about this 22 miles… I officially finished my last long run of my marathon training yesterday WOOOO!!! I originally had a goal to hit 24 miles before my marathon but found the recovery time after these long runs just takes too long and I think weekly mileage is equally as important as the mileage of a single run. But who knows?
One of my favorite things about running is getting to discover new locations within your city that you would not have otherwise found.
Over this past year I have ran all over San Diego and have found some great places to run and some not so great places to run.
I’m a huge believer in having a variety of places to run so you don’t get bored running the same route over and over and over again.
You have to keep your workouts fun, new and exciting so you don’t get burnt out and quit before reaching your goal.
Here are my 5 favorite places to run in San Diego…who knows maybe all you need to reignite that running passion is a new place to run?
Let’s get right into this post shall we?
Well my very exciting news is that I GOT A NEW JOB working at Perfect Bar (yes, THE Perfect Bar)! This opportunity truly is a dream come true for me and I have this blog to thank for it.
Live Lean Eat Green has helped take my passion for nutrition, heath education, fitness and weight loss to the next level. I could not be more thrilled to get back into the nutrition field and help spread the word about the best whole food protein bar on the market!
Marathon training can be an emotional roller coaster.
I got sick AGAIN last week and went into total panic mode. I have now had 5 colds in the past 6 months… coincidentally which have been the months of my heaviest marathon training. Hmmmmm…I thought running was suppose to make you healthier not more susceptible to getting sick. Who knows?
Every single run I did last week just felt awful. I got to the point at the end of the week where I was dreading running and only managed to run 3 miles on Friday before just walking and calling it quits.
Then come Sunday morning after a good night of sleep I woke up ready to run and crush my long run…bipolar much?
Again, this training has been an emotional roller coaster. It’s taken so much sacrifice and some days it just doesn’t seem worth it and I have to struggle to keep myself motivated.
So today this post is kind of therapeutic writing down my ups and downs so far in my marathon training journey!
Let’s get straight into this post because I still can’t believe I RAN 20 FREAKIN MILES YESTERDAY!
This is the most significant milestone I have hit so far in my training for the Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle marathon and I could not be more thrilled about it.
A huge shout out to my mom and boyfriend who ran 13 of those miles with me! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it 9874594 more times, having running buddies truly is the only way to train and stay motivated.
If you don’t have running buddies try listening to a podcast! I’ve LOVED going on some of these super long runs listening to podcasts. You get so wrapped up in them that you almost don’t even want to stop running until the episode is over.
Shin Splints…2 of the most dreaded words in a runners vocabulary.
Shin splints are one of the most common injuries for runners, especially new runners.
I’ve personally struggled with shin splints for my entire running career and recently they’ve been flaring up again. I’ve been really taking extra precautions to be sure my shin splints heal up quickly and don’t throw off my marathon training.
Since shin splints are SO COMMON I wanted to do a little Shin Splint 101 with you amazing Live Lean Eat Green readers. Most people don’t pay any attention to their shins until….they hurt. So lets be extra careful and preserve those legs! Deal?
I have a ton to cover in this post but wanted to start off talking about something that hit me while running yesterday.
There were so many people out running yesterday despite it being 90 degrees at 8:00 am. There were elderly people, high school track teams, mothers with their babies, couples, families, groups of women, children and of course some elites repping their marathon gear…all out there running!
I started thinking just how incredible it was to see such drastically different groups of people all sharing the same love for this sport. I then started thinking about what really makes someone a runner? At what point do you really get to call yourself a RUNNER?
What’s the definition of a runner?
A runner is a person who runs.
Everyone who gets off the couch and runs is a runner. It doesn’t matter if you run half a mile or 20 miles or if you’ve been running for years or just started running today…you’re a runner.
But I think the definition of a runner should be elaborated on a bit:
My goal for this blog is to inspire others to live a healthier lifestyle.
Some of you may be bored to death of my marathon training updates but I hope that I’ve maybe inspired just one other person to start running.
Starting to run is very challenging. It takes a ton of patience, time and dedication but is one of the most rewarding things ever.
There is such a sense of accomplishment that running an entire mile for the first time or crossing the finish line at your first race can bring. I’ve found that I channel that sense of accomplishment into all areas of my life and overall running and challenging myself on a weekly basis has made me such a better person.
If you’ve ever wanted to start running but didn’t know where to begin keep reading. Here are 8 tips to help you start running and STAY RUNNING!