My key run the other night went great; it felt so good to get a little bit of speed work for a change. My lungs and legs felt awesome throughout the whole zone 3 workout, although my lungs have been on crutches ever since.
I did my recovery run last night and some core/arm work. Total mileage so far for the week is 14 miles; tomorrow is my 14 miler, so that will be 28 miles for the week.
I am starting to get back up into my longer runs now, tomorrow 14 miles, next Saturday is 16 miles. The one thing that I have noticed is how calm I feel about the long run, which is such a difference from last fall when I first started training for a marathon. I would freak out every night before the run. Can I do it? What if I can’t make that mileage? What if I can’t make my goal pace!?!?
I think my calmness is because I have already conquered a big part of the mental game of marathon training. I have the confidence that I can do the mileage. When you’re confident, you can relax, trust your stuff and try to perform at your best. I don’t feel the pressure that I felt the first time around either. No one really expected me (miss gimpy lungs) to even get this far, so the fact that I am doing a 14 miler tomorrow is a shocker. We’ll see if I can go all the way AND how fast I'm able to do it.
Several people have asked me lately on some tips on how to become a vegetarian. While I am by no means expert at this, I do have a few tips that helped me.
1.) I gave up meat cold turkey the week in between my 12 and 14 mile run last fall. DO NOT DO THIS if you are training for a marathon! You are already putting enough stress on your body as it is; don’t shock it by going cold turkey like I did. Go slowly; maybe give up meat once or twice a week at first and then gradually thereafter. Or wait until after your marathon or big event and THEN start to cut out meat. I’m not saying that you can’t run a marathon while not eating meat; I’m doing it right now and feel great! Just be smart about it.
2.) Ease in by buying a few frozen entrees like Boca Flamegrilled burgers or spicy chicken or Morning Star buffalo chicken wings or riblets or the crumbles. Get used to these and then you can gradually try new things such as Tofu and Seitan. I personally like Seitan a whole lot better then tofu, I think that it has more of the consistency of meat. I still use the frozen "meat" crumbles for chili, tacos, and spaghetti.
3.) Have fun with it! Try a new vegetarian recipe once a week or one vegan/vegetarian product once a week. Last week, I tried soy butter AND grain sweetened chocolate chips and both of these are wonderful. Ask me for some great recipes if you want to try them.
Ok, that’s about all folks. I hope everyone has a great weekend of training. I’ve got a few blogs to catch up on, so see you soon!