- After reviewing the remaining long runs of my training plan with Coach EK of the B.R.A., I have made some modifications that have left me feeling excited and reassured about the final weeks of training. Thank you so much for your help and advice Coach EK!!!
- I am Thankful for all your feedback on the Negative Nancy post. It was a very emotional post and left me all sorts of exposed but it was also very therapeutic. Extra special shout outs to Spike & Run Bob Run... Thank you both so much for your emails. Between the post, your feedback and pulling down all my old race stats, I am in a much better place mentally. Did you know I've placed once in my division and in the top 10 in at least 5 different races?!?!? Me either! Why didn't I know this you ask? Because back then I was just running. I wasn't stressing. I was pushing myself to beat my last time and that was it. I never looked at any of the other stats or admittedly, knew what all that even meant! (Pace? What's that? Age Group? Division? Huh?!?! ROOKIE!) I was just having FUN RUNNING. Which is the reason why I got addicted to running in the first place... (well that and being dumped) Now it's time to kick Nancy's @ss and channel those sub 7:30 min mile races!!!
- I like to fancy myself a MacGyver of sorts... I find unconventional ways around everyday obstacles (and I love duct tape!). Case in point: The training plan called for 8.5 miles OR Hills today. I decided last night I would opt for hills... now if you've been following for awhile you will know that there are no hills around Orlando. What's a girl to do? Well there's a overpass over in my old neighborhood that I've used for this very reason. BUT WAIT... When I woke up this morning it was raining! *GASP* We all know I hate running in the rain and the Dreadmill is NEVER an option, so it was time to get resourceful... enter Parking Garage Incline Repeats! Oh yes my friends... two times around a two block radius to warm up and then 6 charging repeats up a two story parking garage with a lap around the garage in between each before another two times around the block to cool down. How do you like them apples?!
How do you improvise your training when life throws a monkey wrench in the mix???