Marathon Monday: Doing the things you hate to do

by Christina @ The Athletarian on April 22, 2014

My Marathon Mondays have been on point until this week.  The four day weekend kind of threw me out of whack and I was a bit busy spending time with my family and trying to squeeze some runs in…and stuffing my face with insane amounts of sugar.  I don’t think I have ever said this but I am actually so happy the weekend is over.  Don’t get me wrong – I love indulging but this weekend was a bit excessive.  I literally felt sick to my stomach from eating all the things my doctor told me not to.  It’s a new week and I’m back to my normal, clean, plant-based eats until Marathon Day (just 12 days away!!).

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Last week’s training:

Monday: strength training only

Tuesday: 4.15 easy miles @ 8:53 avg. pace

Wednesday: 20 mins stairs + strength (am) 8 mile tempo @ 7:56 avg. pace (pm)

Thursday: OFF

Friday: 8.2 miles (hill repeats x10) @ 9:04 avg. pace

Saturday: OFF

Sunday: 14 miles @ 9:04 avg. pace

Friday’s workout was a mental challenge, that’s for sure.  I hate running hills more than anything.  I’d take speed work over hills any day 100%.  But I know in order to get stronger and faster, I neeeeeed to incorporate some hill training into my schedule.  I’ve learned that doing the things you hate to do is just as important as doing the things you love to do.  The BMO Vancouver Marathon is quite hilly and I’m not sure I’ve done enough during this cycle to prepare me for the race but one or two more hill sessions before I leave for B.C. will do me some good…I think.  Even if my legs aren’t ready at least I will have a little bit of confidence.  Mind over matter, right?

Anyway, to make my run more appealing on Friday I drove down to Fresh (my fav restaurant) and parked my car there, promising myself a post-hill repeat treat.  I ran about 2.5 miles to this hill (why do hills never look as steep in pictures?):

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I ran up and down like a crazy person 10 times (in the rain, might I add) and then headed back to my car (total of 8.2 miles).  I popped into a Starbucks on the way back to call Fresh and place my order so that it would be ready for pick up as soon as I got there.  Beet root juice (sounds gross but it’s delicious), soup and cornbread with hummus.  It was perfect.

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I always read things like “never use food as a reward” or whatever it is people say but it honestly works for me.  Knowing I had something delicious waiting for me at the “finish line” definitely pushed me and forced me to do all 10 hill repeats instead of quitting at 5 like I wanted to.  Do what works for you!

I can’t believe that it’s almost time to start my taper.  From now until the big day I’ve only got seven runs left to do.  SEVEN!!!

Congrats to everyone who ran Boston yesterday.  You are all my heroes.

Happy Tuesday!

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