Yesterday I had one of those days where your training just clicks and you can finally feel all the hard work you put in.
I may not have been “successful” at sticking to the Hansons Marathon Method, especially the speed workouts haven’t been happening. I have decided that track workouts are NOT my thing in winter. I’ve had a few great times at the track, but they have all been when the weather is nice. #KnowThyself :).
But just because I fell short this time around with HMM, that doesn’t mean I have failed to train. Yesterday I hiked Mt. Pisgah with the pup in the morning. I’d rate it a moderate hike – 3 miles, 750 ft elevation gain (Is that all?? Really? Eugene is so flat it always feels harder, no wonder hills are so brutal for me haha). We definitely power hiked. The whole thing took almost exactly an hour, including a good 5-10 minutes at the top.
The view at the top can’t be beat.
I surprised myself when later in the afternoon I had energy and felt like running. So I went on a five mile run. And it was blissful.
This is what I mean when I say your training just clicks and you can finally feel all the hard work you put in. I have been so down on myself about not “sticking” to my original HMM plan. And last week’s SLOG 12.5 miles just felt like I was affirming my lack of preparedness, even though I knew I was still sick and that logically that would effect my performance.
So I got back from the run and reread all of my training recaps. 10 weeks… crazy. Maybe more, I’m sure I missed a few weeks of recapping. I also thought about what Travis Macy wrote about in The Ultra Mindset (you can read my five key takeaways from that book here), about the stories we tell ourselves. And how crucial it is to have a positive mindset. Yesterday the story I told myself was “you are fitter than you realize” and “you actually have put in a lot of hard work” and “You totally got this. It will be hard, but you will be more ready and have more experience under your belt at that start line then you have at any of your past marathons. You are going to rock it! I’m proud of you. Keep on going. Don’t give up. Don’t lose heart.”
:). It’s amazing what one day of sunshine does for my mental story. HA. But seriously – this post goes out to all the other Aries/Sun-lover/Fire Signs who survived winter. Spring is so, so close. Just a few more weeks.
On that note, it is time to hit the hay. Hope you have a great week!