Another race finished = more experience to pull on next time around.
It's taken me a while but I now stand on the start line with confidence rather than being a bag of nerves who doesn't know how to pace himself. Confidence plays such a big part in being able to commit to a pace, which may feel fast but I know I'm capable of. It allows me to maximise the full potential of the race.
If I ever start to suffer, then I can tell myself I've been here before and survived.
Above all of this though, I have the motivational words of our coach in my mind...."Don't be s**t!"
Training Chronicles -----------------------------------
Aside from the accumulation of miles, this year/training cycle has been mixed with physical therapy/rehab, total body cross- training (@hiithousela), & meditation (more on that a different time ). After years of chronic back aches & a couple MRIs, I finally got into physical therapy to get to the root of matter. Turns out there's a lot going on, but after three months I finally had some relief. The major key? STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE. (Plank variations were very stressed, haha)
No one wants to hear they have a weak core. We forget that it's not just our legs that run, but the entire BODY. So essentially, we're doing ourselves a disservice by not being attentive to ourselves as a whole (mind included). So whether you're doing #TrackingTuesday or #TrainTuesday, here's to getting our miles AND our reps in.
Guys...summer is definitely coming to an end. The days are getting darker and the nights are getting colder. It's time to say goodbye to the outdoor runs and...
HELLO TO THE TREADMILL (nooooooooooooo ). But seriously, I'm not looking forward to treadmill runs. Once the winter really hits, I'm thinking of incorporating different types of exercises in my routine. Say hello to...
SwimmerSammi. YogaSammi. CycleSammi. PossiblyPilatesSammi. InsanitySammi. ZumbaSammi. RandomWeightLiftingSammi. ArmDaySammi. LegDaySammi. AbWorkoutSammi. And last but DEFINITELY NOT least, RunnerSammi...
No matter what happens in my life, I always come back to running. Running has gotten me through my darkest hours and I am so insanely thankful I found it. Or maybe it found me. I'm not the biggest believer in the idea that everything happens for a reason, but sometimes you have to wonder. I wonder if running was supposed to find me. After a few knee injuries, I was told I couldn't do contact sports anymore. I was crushed. But somewhere along the way I began running, and of course it hurt at first. I kept going. And today I know running to be the saving grace that has healed my life and enriched my spirit. Thank you, running, for accepting me exactly the way I am. For sitting with me as I struggled and grew and changed over the years. As I went through the messy stuff. Thank you for letting me be vulnerable. Thank you for reminding me that it's not about where you come from, but where you belong. And thank you for always letting me know I belong. Most of all, thank you for transforming me into the person I am today. I would not be the same without you.
4.3 miles at 8:08 pace
When traveling for work I always try to find trails. Today I stopped late afternoon at 2 spots. This was the second. It's a great little mountain outside of Cashmere WA just before you get to Wenatchee. It was a perfect closer to a long day. #ultrarunning#trailrunner