Last week I have felt like a fat girl running. Each mile dragged on and it has been tough, especially the early mornings. As I have said before, I am not a natural runner, and somedays I have to work really hard just get my two miles done. They can be slow and painful miles.
I had 2 two mile runs, and a three mile run to complete this week, before another three miler at the weekend.
The truth is that although some of my early morning training runs are invigorating and make me feel more awake, last week’s runs made me feel tired and sluggish.
Luckily that seems to have changed this week. Whilst I still have a hard time jumping out of bed as soon as my alarm goes off, once I am outside I am excited to be out and running. I am really enjoying it! I never thought I would say that about my early morning runs!! I love that the twenty or so minutes in the morning gives me some time to think, time to breathe, time to prepare for the day ahead. It is so peaceful out on the river in the morning.
This week is the first week that I can call myself a RUNNER, and not feel like a fraud. I read my first copy of Runner’s World, I took part in my first weights session and I didn’t feel like a total failure in yoga this week (details of yoga and weights to follow). I am excited about my training schedule and excited to complete my training runs, including a 5k race next weekend- my first real race!
I emailed Emily from Daily Garnish the other day to ask what she thought of my training schedule and if she thought it was ok to do wieghts and yoga sessions on the same day as short training runs, and her advice was really helpful. Emily said that she had done combined weights and cardio sessions while she was marathon training, and just made sure not to do big leg workouts too close to the actual marathon. Thanks Emily for your help! I find the blogs that I follow are a great source of inspiration to get out and run, eat healthily and generally just adapt my lifestyle.