Its my birthdayyy!!!
FYI- Donations for team in training close tomorrow at 5 p.m. If you want to donate…now is your chance!!
Ya anyway, I have been having a bit of a meltdown lately about all this tapering. Sure, I’m running just as long in just as many days, but the intensity of the runs has significantly died down. I have also been a little bit more….emotional….then in the last couple of weeks. TO TOP IT ALL OFF, my birthday is on Friday and it’s not even something I’m thinking about.
WHO AM I???
I am Lauren. And I am tapering. I have taper madness.
Weight gain, Tearfulness, Melancholy, Low Energy, Fatigue, ADHD, High Energy, Bird Poop.
I emailed Becca about what was going on with me, and this was some of her response.
Beyond physical training, the beginning runner will endure emotional and mental preparation prior to a marathon. While for most runners, the goal is not to win the race but, instead, to simply finish. Especially during the first marathon, the runner will undergo a transformation, both spiritually and mentally, as they experience the achievement of a goal which few are able to a achieve. Working the body into a state in which endurance, over a long period, is appreciated while maintaining mental awareness. This is most often attributed to imbalance of hormones.
She’s right. I’m ready. I have to keep telling myself that. Plus, I really have the best cheerleaders ever…those new and old! If you have tips, I welcome any and all to get me through these next two weeks!!
I decided to go out today to see what it felt like to do an easy run. About 5.5 miles with a little walking sprinkled about. My hamstrings were feeling a little bomb from that Frog Jump workout on Toneitup.com
First, let’s look at me taking pics of me with my Iphone. First, here is moi pre-run. Idk why it’s red up in here.
This hurt me. Thank you My Marathon Diaries for introducing me to these workouts. Perfect for a rainy day with zero motivation. Not that two amazingly bodied females makes it any easier to want to work out when your washboard abs are more like a washing machine.
Check out their website. Toneitup.com
I have no race pics to post, nor did I take any pics with my camera, but I just ran a 5 miler in 39:40, with my splits averaging 7:56 a mile! Yahoo!!
Ok, we all know why I started the blog, and I am determined to continue this party train until the marathon: which is only 2 weeks away!!!! AHHHHH.
Although I have enjoyed blogging and reading about fitness and marathon training, I don’t see myself living in the blogging world full time. I set this account up to hold myself accountable to the race, and to focus on some difficult issues I was struggling with at the time.
I’ve come out of it feeling 100 percent better and proud of myself. I know I’ll finish the marathon; whether or not I’m dragging myself across or sprinting without a scratch, I know I’ll get it done. I think the most important part of training has been the commitment I have put in to prove to myself that I had the strength and dedication to follow through. I was also able to achieve my goal minimums through Team in Training, and made the experience even more worthwhile. I am also proud of myself because I needed a mental health break this past winter/beginning of spring, and I was able to give myself that time to heal and become stronger…just like a muscle. You break it down and then take a rest, only to build it up.
Things are good. They are really good. My number one job is having fun (besides being a school psychologist) so I have somehow successfully managed to work, train, and socialize, with only feeling slightly tired. Well, that tiredness caught up with me a bit this week, but I still was able to taper down and get 24 miles in. Let’s do a bit of a recap of christmas’s (or just last week) pasts…as well as what tomorrow brings…
(Please note, all these photos were taken with my IPHONE! as my birthday is next week; thus ending my champagne year of life.)
So. First thing first, obviously, as mentioned above….I got an Iphone1
Here is a photo shoot of me at work, with my Iphone.
This was the most uncrowded I’ve ever seen Fenway, but that was thanks to the week long rainfest ala Noah’s Ark. We still won at the bottom of the 9th!
Friday, I went to a co-workers fundraiser last night, although there is only one picture documenting that I was actually there.
Today was a long run of 8 miles around the Charles. I was dehydrated. It did not go as planned, although there was a free concert going on at the Hatchshell (a stage along the Charles River) so I got to walk through and spectate that for a bit. I also took some stellar pics with my dual purpose iphone/camera/ipod.
Tomorrow I’m running the Harpoon Brewery 5 miler around Southie. I can’t wait! Because of this, I have decided to lay low for the evening. I have also decided to lay semi low for the next two weeks (with the exception of my birthday next friday!!)
I can’t believe that I have accomplished so much this year, such as a half marathon, traveling to italy, and also training for and running in a marathon a week after my birthday! Its been one of the most inspiring, frustrating, amazing years of my life. I am an accomplished woman. 🙂
Death Cab for Cutie- Marching Bands Of Manhattan
Love this song. It would be a good cool down song.
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