Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Gym Is A Rainy Day's Best Friend

It was a rainy Saturday, so I spent my morning at the gym. I'm slowly getting back into the groove of running as the fatigue that has been seizing my quads for the past few weeks slowly goes away. I think part of it is mind over matter (more on this later), so I told myself today to start with a 5k. Have I mentioned how much I love that my gym has an indoor track? One loop is 1/9th of a mile, so it can get a little monotonous (45 times around would be a five mile run - yikes!), but it works for shorter runs.

The Gym Track
I had an okay run, but I'll be really happy when I get back to 8:30 splits. I obviously wasn't racing today, but I ran my fastest 5K a couple of years ago in 25:20, so I have a little ways to go until I'm really happy with my speed. Average pace: 9:36.


Mile 1: 9:49
Mile 2: 8:51
Mile 3: 9:06
Mile .2: 2:10

After my run, I spent 15 minutes on the elliptical. I love that some of the machines face a huge wall of windows. The views aren't exactly scenic, but it's better than staring at a wall or the person in front of you...

Hello, parking lot 

After cardio, I did weights/abs for a while. My goal is to not die at my first personal training session on Monday night. Speaking of training, below is a picture of my trainer working with someone else. I know, I'm a creeper, but they were doing burpees with 20 pound weights, and I may have cried a little - I will not cancel; I will not cancel.

October's Runner's World had an awesome article about how it's really our brains holding us back from reaching our full potential, not our bodies. Studies show mental fatigue plays more of a part than physical fatigue, and we need to train our minds to think differently if we're going to perform at our absolute best. I found this really interesting as I'm right now struggling between knowing the difference between actual fatigue/needing rest and my brain tricking my body into believing it can't run any further or faster (a.k.a mental burnout). I keep trying new ways to re-set my brain - zoning out, telling myself I just need to go another half mile, focusing on my form while running. This new way of thinking seems to be working a little bit more each day, so I really think there is something to this study. The body achieves what the mind believes. 

The rain continued most of the day, so I took it as a sign from above that I needed to lay on my couch all afternoon...

Go Bucks!
And I ended the night with my favorite thing in the whole wide world...

Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Pumpkin fro yo = Why I run

I'll be getting up early to watch my friend E conquer the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Half Marathon tomorrow morning. It's going to be very weird to be on the cheering side of a race - I don't think I've ever done that before. The Columbus Marathon is definitely on my brain for 2014, so here's hoping tomorrow is the last time I'm on the spectating side of this race for a long time. Go, E, Go! 

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