I have been posting at the start of each training week – sort of recapping the week before and previewing the week to come. I am a little behind this week. Thank goodness last weekend was a “short, long run” because my husband pulled a surprise party on me Saturday night. Since Saturday morning is typically my long run of the week, I can usually be found Saturday afternoon taking a good nap. That is what I was hoping for after a 7 miler, then an errand in North Orange County (that took forever), followed by a movie with the girls (that they said was for my birthday!). I was SO ready for a nap at about 6:20PM when I came in the door at home. Hey, lots of senior citizens take daily naps, why not me? ;)
I DID jump out of my skin when I came in the door to a house
full of people. Note to self – maybe once
in a while wearing makeup on a Saturday would be a good idea. I probably looked like leftover toast. It had been so hot, and I was pretty ragged
around the edges. Nothing a big plate of
hubby’s homemade meatballs couldn’t revive, though, and a big hunk of yummy
birthday cake. Peter and the girls were
extra stealth for this party. They had
also been part of a little surprise birthday lunch at the office on Thursday. I thought that was it – and I was off the
hook for any elaborate surprises. They got
me – and it isn’t easy to surprise me. So
well done, family. I love you (no more surprise parties, please) ;)
|Stabbing the cake (or just the big 50 on top!)|
Now, back to training. Last week was a "step back" week - a week where the long run was shorter than usual, to give the legs and body a chance to regroup. We won't have a single digit long run again until end of September! In fact, starting in a week or so, our mid-week semi-long runs will be 7, 8, 9, 10 miles (no more 3-5 mile semi-long runs - those will be our short runs now!) It's getting serious here. So time for a big MANTRA (this was shared in boot camp).
The body achieves what the mind believes.
So, while it would be fun to have the mind believe I am in training for the London Olympic marathon, let's keep the believing to a more manageable level. I believe I will be prepared for the Chicago Marathon in 80 days - to the best of my ability! I believe I can train well, listen to my body and keep my expectations in check. I believe that I will not be hard on myself, and stay positive. I also believe I will be stubborn (in a good way) about training and preparing. Nothing wrong with a little bit of selfishness, I think.
Last Saturday it was foggy for my entire run. It was cool and a bit muggy, but very very nice. It's good to get to a point where I say "only 7 miles" - like it's nothing....but it really still is a challenge. This weekend: 12 miles, starting early. Another busy weekend coming up.
|6AM, before the 7 miles|