The first week of August is an exciting one. Not because of the Cardamone wedding, but because I started my first week of half marathon training!
(Actually, can any of my running friends look at this and make sure I’m not fucking myself over toward the end? Thanks!)
Incase you forgot, I’m hoping to run the Santa Barbara Half Marathon in November and actually had to change the long runs from Sundays to Wednesdays due to my school schedule. I’ve spent the last few months doing light runs here and there. Unfortunately, my base training plan had many holes due to work scheduling and vacations where running outside wasn’t possible.
Since today is Friday and I haven’t posted a Friday Five in over a month, I wanted to tell you:
Five Things I Have Learned As A New Runner
I don’t have a million pictures of myself running (which would be kind of weird) so instead, you’re in for a Google Images treat.
1. Hydration is really important
Everyone says this, but I really noticed the difference in my speed and endurance depending how hydrated I was the day before and during my run. No, I don’t drink as slickly as Senator Rubio above, but I do try to keep a bottle around me at all times.
2. Working out isn’t an excuse to buy Lululemon
Every time I hit a PR (which comes really easy when you’re only running three miles), I convince myself that I earned something from Lululemon. Bribing myself is not the most financially responsible thing I have done, although I must admit…my butt has never looked better in workout pants.
3. It’s all in the head. Well, sort of…
Running is definitely more of a mental dilemma than a physical one after a certain point. I find myself doing really well until my mind starts to wander, How long have I been running? Wow, it’s only been 1.5 miles? Is my Garmin working? After my mind shifts from auto focus to actually paying attention to my body moving, it all becomes an awkward game of QWOP.
4. Keep your pace
I always start my running feeling like Usain Bolt and hit my peak pretty early on and slug out the last x amount of miles.
P.S.: I ran my fastest mile today! (7:37) I also wanted to throw up on the side of the road for the first time. Two new records on the same day, yay!
5. Running sucks until you get good at it
After my first few runs, I wondered what kind of crazies there were in the world to actually enjoy putting one’s body through the most unenjoyable task ever. It made me go through a series of denial and distrusting other people’s recommendations for anything. I woke up one day feeling a little crazy myself. I actually wanted to put my shoes on and go on a run, and so this madness begun.
Last week’s Friday Five: Five Ways to Prepare and Eat Mangos
I feel bad for not showing you any food this whole post, so I will tell you about a dinner date I had yesterday with one of my best friends, V.
Haven’t seen her since I came back from China and missed my lady terribly, so I took a short road trip to Concord, U.S.A. When she got off work, we walked over to their downtown area and caught up on everything that’s been happening between us. Crazy how easy the conversation flows between us, it’s like she knew what was on my mind before I even opened my mouth.
We had Indian for dinner, which made me a very happy girl because nobody ever wants to go eat curry with me.
Chicken Vindaloo and Palak Paneer, yum.
And my first Fro-yo ever: tart frozen yogurt with almonds, almond roca, cheese cake, graham crackers, strawberries and oreos.
Runners, what’s your tip for a newbie? Favorite froyo combos?