After deciding to embark on my first marathon I have been assessing everything I need to do for optimal training and preparation. So far I have identified the following:
1. Find a running group so I can benefit from the camaraderie of a group of runners with similar objectives
2. Strengthen my knees and hips so they are less prone to injury
3. Use my foam roller daily and stretch thoroughly after every run to prevent injury
4. Use Fartlek techniques to get faster
5. Settle on a pair of running shoes that I like and keep me injury free
6. Improve my diet for optimal energy and try and lose 15lbs to get leaner and faster
Numbers 1, 2 and 3 are pretty much all in hand and I’ve been doing my clam shells and squats, and using my roller in front of the t.v. each evening:) I found out that our local running store, West Stride, has a summer series of runs that should help cover 1 and 4 – though I might have to grab my running partner too in order to do some speed training on the local school’s track. After reading Runner’s World I’m already confused with distances, rest intervals and paces to run at – not having a background in track and field makes me feel like a complete amateur – though I guess I am!
Number 5 is a trickier one. I’m currently running in my Newtons but I’m not sure my form has perfectly adapted yet and in order to stay injury free I’m considering buying a pair of New Balance W890 v2 to alternate with. Of course this does mean spending a silly amount of money on running shoes until I find my perfect pair but maybe I just need to shift my clothing budget over the next few months into a line entry for ‘running expenses’?
Number 6 is one I didn’t think I need to plan for, but if anything I have found my weight gradually creeping up due to all the running I have been doing. I have taken ‘carb loading’ to heart unfortunately and have lost all sense of portion control. So knowing that I need to fix this fast I headed back to my Jenny Craig center non Friday. It’s only the other week I was telling Running in Mommyland to treat it like hitting the ‘reset button’ and now I find myself heeding my own advice. I already feel much better after just 3 days back on the plan. I know there are cynics out there (I used to be one of them) who think diet plans are money making, quick fixes that don’t generate long lasting results, but in 3 years, excluding the past couple of months, I’ve managed to pretty much maintain my weight and I am confident that I can reach my new goal weight quickly and stay there again once I’ve convinced my mind and body again that I can survive and run strong perfectly well, even with smaller portions.
I just successfully passed one of the biggest tests in my new weight loss journey. We have just taken the children to a fund raising fair at the elementary school and on the way home we called for frozen yogurt. Normally I partake with the kids and get a huge lashing of yogurt covered in crushed peanuts, white chocolate chips and syrup – yum! I’m very proud of myself that I avoided all temptation – even though I did have to go and lock myself in the restroom while they served themselves!:) It’s 90 degrees here today so I’m wearing my lovely J.Crew gingham shorts, AllSaints tee and navy slim Havaianas. This weather is playing havoc with my attempt to grow my hair – the humidity is adding volume and frizz – nice! I might have to opt for a selection of hats and headscarves throughout the coming months!
I realized as marathon # 1 got closer that I hadn’t bought any “real” clothes since training had begun. I LOVE buying running gear!
Re: the Newton’s, I’ve had some calf pain and I don’t know if I’m overdoing it in the running department or if my running stance has changed enough that I’m noticing new strains from the shoes. Going to take a day or two off to see if the legs loosen up.
p.s. Awesome @ declining the yogurt. I feel like I am constantly being faced with those food decisions.