I know that I've given updates here and there about my training but I thought I'd dive more into the specifics of where I'm at, and what I'm planning on doing moving forward even post Chicago. For the first training cycle basically ever, I'm able to train at a high capacity and have not (knock on wood) had any sort of injuries. I have this slight pain in my left middle quad this week but I'm hopeful that it's a big muscle group which is highly vascular so that this will work itself out without having to worry with it too much. When these things arise, as they always will, I typically scale back my pacing and if I need to take the day off, well then of course I do that. I am never one to obsess over a missed workout. I truly don't care. I do like a million workouts. It'll all work out haha!
With that said, I do get really excited these weeks about racking up my mileage, and don't like to miss because it's just fun and encouraging and motivating for me to keep this thing going. I literally cannot believe I've made it 11 weeks so far into this and now I have 11 weeks to go. I have went to the beach and to Miami and kept up my high mileage, and have slowly scaled up from 50 miles per week to 75 miles per week last week (and 75 this week). As you can see, 50-75 miles is not THAT many more miles, but I have done it over the course of 11 weeks. I'm taking this slow with a huge base. I added a tempo last week and I'm going to do one probably Thursday with the hopeful notion that my quad isn't hurting, in which case I won't be doing a tempo. Many people are different, but I know for me personally, I value just the time on my feet vs worrying about specific workouts, but that's also never what I would plan for someone else. You have to learn your own tricks.
Starting in August, I'm scaling up again to doing 80 miles/week. At the end of August, I will move into 85-90 miles/week for September. Honestly, that kind of sounds miserable so I might not do that. It gets a bit excessive dontchathink? LOL! I'm trying to train like a pro but I AINT NO PRO so I'll bring myself back down a notch and just do what feels right at that time. YOLO. The reason that I think that I'm able to do so many miles without injuring myself thus far is that I don't have a life. HA! Unfortunately/fortunately #glasshalffull, that's basically the truth though. I used to really overextend myself with hosting friends at my house, and traveling all over the world, sleeping very little, working long hours, and taking on WAY more than I was capable of doing and just sacrificing rest of any kind. I've finally learned how to stop doing that ;) Tanner calls this my "literary" phase which is quite comical but what he means is-THE GIRL WON'T STOP READING! I think that I've read 20+ books in the past 2 months. I'll do a post on all that soon. Right now, I'm reading Magnolia Story by Joanna and chip Gaines #SWOON #OBSESSION. I have been reading so many nutrition studies and nerding out on that and learning more every day.
I am working my new job and I work and run and read. I'm someone who has become content with just Tanner and my dogs, and so I keep the house spotless, I organize everything, and I am happy as can be. I think a lot. I assess who I am a lot, and after months and months of breaking apart every aspect of my personality flaws in the stillness, I've found a happy landing spot here. I'm a constant dreamer, so here are some of the things that I think and dream about:
- I want to write a book.
I'm going to sit on that one for awhile because I do think that it's important to make sure I actually want to do that. But I wanted to as a little girl, and I've revisited this lately.
- I thrive in creativity.
The one thing that I will say that I truly feel in my heart is that I think I thrive as an entrepreneurial spirit. I get motivation and inspiration and I am so happy when I'm creating and coaching and growing, but I think that I needed this season. It helps me to realign with what is actually right and not with what just makes me busy so while I do plan on really putting my heart into some new things, I'm glad that I forced this season as it allowed me to be able to look at myself a little deeper. I am coaching again and not going to actively use instagram to promote myself because that makes me want to vom, but I do want to look to other avenues to let others know that I am still going to be coaching. I really do enjoy both nutrition and run coaching, and adding tri coaching to that as well.
- I want to get the MOST out of every season of life!
Tanner and I are going to London and Paris in December so THATS EXCITING!!! The last time we went to Europe was two years ago and honestly, that trip wore us out so we knew we didn't want to go back for some time. The other day I found super cheap flights on Norwegian air on the same day I found cheap flights to NYC *where we leave for London* so it was like this perfect serendipity and I texted Tanner, told him to look on the calendar at work and then that day we booked. haha! We have learned our lesson about random cheap finds with travel. THEY.DONT.LAST. We have lost hundreds of dollars through the years by saying "okay we will book that tomorrow and then tomorrow the price is HUNDREDS more and then we cry. Okay I cry. We know nothing about these locations, so I'm happy and thrilled for any suggestions/if you live there and want to host us, WE WOULDN'T BE MAD ABOUT IT! lolol!
Our next pre planned trip is the pacific north west next summer with a few days in Vancouver!
- I LOVE TO READ! And audiobooks!
There's so much more time in the day than we give credit. I no longer listen to the radio. I'm sure that might switch back because I do love music too but let's be real, the songs are just on repeat and I don't need to hear Despacito another time. So, I listen to audiobooks on overdrive. I don't have audible because I think only one credit is way expensive, so I use my library card and get them free. Sometimes you have to wait for them to become available but I always have a constant rotation going so it's all good. If you go to "Collections--> Available Now" you can always find a good one to listen to that moment.
- I don't want to ONLY do endurance things
This has been a three year span which is the longest that I've really lasted in anything. HA! I have a lot of interests, and endurance takes up a lot of time. I guess that's why it has that term. duh. I just have other really big goals even in fitness, and I'd like to explore those while still running marathons. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I know how to run marathons on 20-40 miles/week, enjoy the runs, and then do some crossfitting/lifting/etc. But I also want to do an ironman because I do refuse to not bag the official 140.6. I worked too dang hard last year to not get that, so I am thinking either Maryland or Louisville next year but I'll probably only do a 12 week training cycle. Originally I said I wanted to really do well on that race but I'm just not going to dedicate 20 hours/week on top of everything else if I'm being 100% honest. I doubt I'll ever make Kona and while I want to do my best, I've always been way too chill in my athletic PR pursuits to get all wrapped up in that. I've come to learn that I actually hate PR attempts. I have had to let go of that mindset for chicago. It stresses me the crap out and overwhelms me. I just want to run lots of miles then see what happens basically. ha.
We built a deck. We made a gallery wall. We watched Lord of the Rings together because I've never been a fan (#harrypotterforme) but Tanner is suchhhh a huge fan so I promised him I'd watch them all with him. He literally stops the movies every few minutes and explains the history of the scenes and I want to gauge my eyeballs out, but I smile and listen and actively participate in his obsession. He won't read this blog, so this will be our little secret. HAHAHA!!! I'm always just dreaming of getting back to my Joanna Gaines or Jodi Picoult book, but I'm a good little sweet wife! ;)
Literally, that sums up my life right now. I dream. I do. I run. I work. I run again. but I'm different now. In a more mature, calm way I guess. I'll be 28 in 1 month 2 weeks, but who is counting? Yall, I love getting older. Maybe I'm alone in that, but it's so fun! Life is full of freakin ridiculous rollercoasters full of all of my first world problem drama filled brain, but I'm loving it! <3