It's that time again! HALF MARATHON TRAINING is in full swing, y'all and I'm PUMPED about it! You all know by now that I LOVE having a plan to follow. It's just so much better than winging it all the time!
Since our Colorado trip earlier this year, I've put running on the way back burner, mostly because it's hot and it made me just hate life (just being honest here!). I knew I wanted to run the Corpus Christi Harbor Half again (I did it 2 years ago!) so I just kind of put running on maintenance mode until the official training began.
Well, week 1 arrived and I'm already feeling so much better about running! It's amazing how powerful the mind is when it comes to exercise. I don't talk myself out of finishing a run, because I know I have to cross that workout off my list. PLUS, I have an awesome running buddy Sara to meet me at the curb in early mornings. BTW - FIND A RUNNING BUDDY. It makes all the difference in the world!
So...how did the first week go?
I was asked on Monday from a friend "how in the world are you going to get all of your miles in with the kiddos?". My answer? "I don't know. But I'm going to schedule my runs and make them a priority." I've used the "kids will wake up" "it's too hot" " my husband is too busy" excuses for TOO LONG.
I'm doing this people.
Will it be tough some days? Yes.
Will I probably be begging people to entertain my children when I get to those double digit run days? Yes.
But that's what our tribe is for (look out mama friends...I'm comin' for ya!).
So all that being said, the word that best describes this run week was "Free-ing". I committed to 2 early morning runs with Sara, and my husband agreed to deal with the kids awake OR asleep.
Getting the run out of the way before breakfast was life changing! I love the fact that I can take the girls running with me, but for right now, this "me time" is what I need. I didn't have to rush the hungry kids out the door when it was already too hot to run, while feeding them muffins on the go. Our mornings became stress free again, because mama had already had her run. I'm not gonna lie, we had some tough nights this week, and it was tempting to bail on those early mornings, but I'm so glad I had a running buddy waiting for me! Today I slathered myself with eucalyptus and wild orange oils in a desperate on-the-way-out-the-door attempt to wake up! It worked!
I did my other 2 runs later in the day with the kids, which was hot, but they were short, so not so bad. I've been liking listening to podcasts while I stroller run to keep my mind off the extra weight and to keep the kids quiet!!
I also loved that I still am incorporating other workouts into my week. I did 2 strength workouts (1 with my Mommy Strong crew, and 1 in my driveway) and 2 yoga workouts. I love Runners World Yoga and Yoga with Adriene!
I'm feeling really balanced and motivated to continue plugging away at this training cycle.
1 week down, 11 to go!!
Who else is training for a fall race? I want to hear about your training and your goals!
Feel free to follow me on Instagram (@homefield_essentials) - I post way more on there than this little bloggy blog! I'm gonna try to do regular updates on here though, as I'm learning that every little bit of accountability helps me!
"Comparison is the thief of joy"
We hear this a lot these days - in a world of perfect Instagram pics, and only the highlights posted on Facebook...we KNOW it's not worth it to compare ourselves to others.
What I think is EVEN WORSE - is when I start comparing me to ME.
Since "coming back" to running after having baby #2 I have really struggled, especially mentally. I knew I was being healthy, I was happy being active every day, I was teaching my fitness class, doing yoga and running occasionally. I would have days where I felt like all of these things were great. I felt good about myself. And then I would think back to where I was at that point post-pregnancy with my first baby and all those good feelings would go right down the drain.
"Last time I had lost all of the weight by now"
"When M was this age I was the fastest I had ever been"
"Last time I had already placed in a 10K"
"At this point last time I PR'd a half a marathon"
All of these thoughts would flash through my head as I struggled with my 100lb load in the BOB stroller through our cul-de-sacs in the heat and humidity and I would just feel like crap. Like I wasn't doing enough. Like I should be waking up earlier, like I should be working harder. But then I would go and make myself feel better again by saying things like:
"It's hotter here"
"You have twice the load"
"You don't have help with the kids like you did last time"
"Every post-partum journey is different"
And that would help for a little while until the whole vicious cycle would start again.
I even actually believed myself for a few weeks when I said "I really don't care how much I'm running these days".
I did want to run. I DO want to run. This horrible comparison game was taking away all of the joy I ever found in running.
When I decided to organize a 5K for my Moms in Motion class in April I was really excited to finally have a running goal in sight. I'm always much more motivated when I have a race ahead of me, so this was perfect. Until the comparisons started again.
"H is 8 months old. When M was 8 months old you were running a half marathon"
"You did a 5K 3 months post-partum last time. This shouldn't be that big of a deal"
"You shouldn't have to train for this as hard as you are"
"Can you SERIOUSLY still only run 2 miles?"
Instead of being excited about a really fun event with my friends, I was shaming myself for not being better. It wasn't until a few days before our 5K that I decided my mindset had to change.
I decided to GET EXCITED for the 5K.
I decided to own my own race.
I decided to bring the JOY back to running.
And guess what guys, it worked. The mind is a POWERFUL tool. I showed up to that race and I didn't think about my last race. I thought about the one ahead of me. I smiled with my friends and ran to the best of my ability. We had a blast! And here is the funny thing that happened. Not only did I have the most fun running than I have had in a long time - I was FIRED UP afterwards.
I came home that day with a whole new outlook. I felt strong. I was ready to run longer. I was ready to quit listening to the voices in my head. I actually felt like a runner again. I felt like ME again,
I'm excited to see where the rest of this year takes me. I have a 10K at the end of May and a half marathon in the fall. Who knows if I'll do anything else in between but here's what I do know - I'm not going to let myself tell me that I'm not good enough.
If you can relate to ANY of this, here is my message to you: Don't compare yourself. Not to me, not to your neighbor, not to that girl you follow on Instagram and definitely not to your old self. Be YOU now. And be a really awesome version of her. And...sign up for a race. Even if it's way shorter than you think should should be doing. Just do it. Get yourself in the game again. The endorphins will fly and hopefully a little piece of that JOY you once found in running will return.
It's great to see you! I'm Alyssa and I blog about all the things I've found "essential" in my life as a fit mama and football coach's wife. You'll find all kinds of fun stuff here like workouts, oily info, football stories and more!
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