Week #5: “I Trust the Process”

DAY | PLAN | ACTUAL
MON | REST | REST
TUE | 3M/STRENGTH | 3.3M (8:53/MI)/STRENGTH
WED | 5M | 5.2M (10:26/MI)
THU | 3M/STRENGTH | 3.1M HILL INT (9:40/MI)/STRENGTH
FRI | REST | REST
SAT | YOGA | BIKRAM90
SUN | 10M | 11 (10:45/MI)
TOTAL |21 MILES | 22.6 MILES

I’m going to keep it short with my weekly wrap-up; I’ve got another idea that ties in with week #5’s title and I’m hoping my scattered brain will come together for a more cohesive and thoughtful piece later this week.

The theme of the start of my second month of marathon training seems to be letting go. You’d think that would be tough for a rigid type A like me, but the truth is, it’s something I’m forced to practice pretty continuously in my life–and I dare say I’m getting better at it. Here it is–just a few of the realizations I’ve had this week that have allowed me to loosen my grip and trust the process:

  • As the workload increases, it seems my capability does as well. One thing I can honestly pat myself on the back for is staying in the day/week and not looking too far ahead on my training plan. A lot of things are happening at one time–work is ramping up, I’m committing myself to more side writing projects, and runs are getting a teeny bit longer. Because there is so little time in each day anyway–I’ve forgone my normal anxiety-ridden freak-out over how I’m going to fit everything in. The freak-out doesn’t serve me; rather it steals precious minutes away from my productivity. Each week I’m surprising myself by how much I am capable of. Instead of thinking, I’m doing. And, I’m doing all of it, for now. I figure I’ll save the anxiety for the week that I actually can’t follow through with what I have planned–until then, onward.
  • Apparently I won’t die if I only get to yoga once a week. I love my yoga practice. I take it just as seriously as my running; it is a huge part of my life. Normally I attend 2-3 classes a week (and sometimes more if I’m not working). However, with marathon training, I just don’t have the time or the energy to fit the extra class in. I want to force it on Wednesday mornings, but I feel it in my gut that it’s the wrong thing to do, and I’ve been listening to that. Less yoga plus more running means I’m a lot stiffer these days. When I do make it to class on Saturdays, I’m a much different student. Normally I work really deeply into poses, there’s a lot of focus on micro-mechanics, fine tuning smaller technical aspects of the postures. These days, I’m just not there–my only focus is getting in the most complete and safe and restorative stretch that I can. It’s been an adjustment, but it’s also been kind of awesome to realize that I can adapt; my practice is generous, and it allows me to allocate the energy I used to bring to it to wherever else I need it. My yoga will have it’s season again. I will attend posture clinics and stay after class to tweak and work more deeply. But for now, I’m just going to stay super grateful for every Saturday morning and appreciate the relief and healing that’s brought into my body through those ninety minutes.
  • I’m pretty much murdering hills lately. You guys allowed me to whine and bitch and moan–all while assuring me that hills would get easier if I kept on incorporating them. I incorporate the hell out of them. Three out of my four runs a week include major hill work and it’s paying off in spades. I dare say I look forward to hills now. Yesterday on my long run I conquered the over and back of the Williamsburg bridge like it was nothing. After almost three miles of hill work–some up and some down, I sped off the ramp like a beast with quads that felt like they could lift all of Williamsburg’s new crappy high rises right off the ground.
  • 11 was kinda cake. My training plan yesterday called for 10 miles but I knew I would end up around 11 because of the route I wanted to take. When I left the house I felt excited to run and anxious to settle into two hours worth of podcast listening. The run went great. I took it pretty slow and was able to end with 3 strong miles at a pace almost 2 min/mile faster than what I ran for most of the run. Later in the day I mentioned to my husband that I was a little sore and he sort of laughed at me. “Well you ran 11 miles, a little soreness is to be expected, right?” When he said this was the first time I realized that with half marathon training, 11 miles was my max run–it was the BIG KAHUNA. Now it’s a distance that I wouldn’t mind being longer–more time with my podcasts, and my city, and my thoughts. This process is pretty cool. Growth is exhilarating.

 

Alright, how about you? Anything you’ve been especially conquering this week? Anything you’ve let go of that’s completely working out without your stranglehold on it? I wanna hear it!

 

 

 

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35 thoughts on “Week #5: “I Trust the Process”

  1. Sadly I’ve had the kind of opposite week, but I’m starting to stress less about fitting a run in and just grabbing the opportunity when it’s there. Also I’m well on my way for my perfect month goal on my Apple Watch, so I should be grateful for the small wins! I’m only back up to 5km on the treadmill as I’m not that comfortable with outside runs at the moment and to say the weathers unpredictable is an understatement. I have started to get my runs done earlier in the day which is a great help! I’m not trying to run a marathon, but I would be happy to be able to run 10k with hills in a decent time! Not for any reason just to help me get my mojo back! Thanks for your words they always help!

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    1. That’s so great you are just grabbing the opportunity when you can–I think that’s the way to go. It’s really the difference between people who make positive changes and those who are sure they just “don’t have time”. Way to go! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing–please do so often, happy to have you!

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  2. This is fabulous! I am guessing that this is what proper training looks like when it is executed. You are planning your runs and then running your plan. I am always in awe of people who can do full events.

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  3. this reminds me I really need to make an effort to get back to some yoga classes. I do my own stretching, rolling on my pvc pipe, and some basic yoga poses at night, but there’s nothing like being in a group to make you work a little harder 😛 And go on those hills! Nothing makes me feel more fierce than knowing I can plow up some super big ass hills ( actually they are mountains but don’t tell my body that 😉 hills are speed work in disguise. Keep up the work!

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    1. Speed work in disguise–you’re so right! I love it!! Also yes–FIERCE is exactly how i feel after conquering those hills!
      Agree on the yoga classes–I stretch and do some postures on my own as well but it’s just not the same!

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    1. That’s so funny you ask about podcasts Paula. I have been wanting to do a post on them but I feel like my tastes might not be very universal. I am a bit of a political junkie so a lot of what I listen to has a news/political bend–something I feel like a lot of people might be wanting to get away from on their runs, lol. I LOVE though a lot of the ones that everyone seem to be into like ‘This American Life’ and ‘Story Corp’, ‘Serial’, ‘S-Town’. There is another one I love called ‘On Being’, it’s sort of a spiritual one–not religious–but the host talks to all sorts of different people about spiritual topics. Pretty great I think. Oh–also, ‘Ear Hustle’, is a new one I’ve been listening to–from a prison–kinda great! Let me know your faves as well!

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      1. Okay, wonderful! Thanks for all these ideas! I don’t have a fave because I’ve only listened to 2, which weren’t all that. That one from prison sounds super interesting, as well I’ll check out the others. Thank you!!

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  4. Great post! I feel like I’ve stuggled my whole adult life with letting go when it comes to workouts (and most other things too lol) this post really resonated with me.. I’ve been doing much better, in fact, last week did not go as planned but I was able to be active in some way most days and fit in a little yoga, too. So I called it a win! Looking forward to following your blog!

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah!! Obviously I relate to the difficulty letting go. I feel like as I get older though it’s all about the stats. By that I mean, as I go through life, I accrue more and more evidence of things turning out better when I don’t try to control every aspect of them! The numbers say that the universe’s plan is better than my own😍. Thanks for reading and for following along. Please come back and chime in often!! x

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    1. Michelle, I wasn’t even thinking that much about the observable growth in the mental game–I’m so glad you said this!! So many people have told me that so much of the marathon is mental. I know I’m building that strength but I’m glad you said this cause I want to start recognizing it just like the physical gains!! Thanks lady!

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  5. I love this recap! My marathon training doesn’t start until January but this makes me wish it was sooner! Crushing hills is my favourite, too. Here in Vancouver you just can’t avoid them, so I’ve become a pretty badass hill crusher.

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    1. I love it–hill crusher!! It’s true, there is something about conquering hills that makes me feel pretty badass. I think I love them because you can really see measured improvement if you keep at them–I’m all about visible results!!
      PS- need to visit Vancouver, never been!!

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    1. Thanks Ali!! I think I’ve taken the hill work to the extreme but in a good way, it’s been exciting to see the improvement. Idk why I’m surprised when I put in the work and I actually get better at things–such a novel idea!!

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  6. Way to tackle those hills!! I’ve never been one to shy away from hills, but the only one around here is the bridge!! I make sure I run it once a week when we are training for Nashville – nothing but hills!!

    I’m excited that I’ve been able to get my miles in these last few weeks!! However, I have opted to let my strength training fall to the side the last two weeks, but plan to turn that around!!

    Jodi

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    1. Thanks lady! Yes–I run bridges too mostly. We have hills in a lot of the parks which is nice too but a lot of times I like to make a run out of going over a few different bridges!

      I feel you on the strength training–I am sure you can turn that around. You made me think whether if I had to choose I would miss a short run or a strength training session. I think at this point I would miss the run. I only say this because I’ve been injured in the past and I really feel like strength training the past couple years has really guarded me against that. It’s so crazy how weak our hips and quads can actually be, even with so much running!
      Have a great week hon!! x

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      1. Yes, the run should be the first to go, but since my new boss has been allowing me to use the TM during work hours, it’s been easier for me to find the couch after work than the weights!! I need to make myself do the weight training when first thing in the morning, after all, if I put the phone down I would have plenty of time!!

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  7. Congrats on reaching the big kahuna! Haha Despite griping about hills at races, I do train regularly on them and actually find them fun. What goes up must go down and I just love mixing up my run paths. Have a great rest of your week!

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    1. We usually travel to my hubs sister’s place in Upstate NY for thanksgiving every year and we do a 10k turkey trot there. It is the FLATTEST course ever, there is literally no variance. The first time we ran it and I heard someone in the corral say it was flat I was happy–but then when we started running I was dying–it felt like the longest 10k ever! I think the hills help with breaking up the monotony! Thanks girl!

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    1. So far so good and cautiously optimistic over here :). Thanks Randy! (I saw someone else call you Randy on their blog and I felt silly as I have been calling you Ralph this whole time! thought your blog name was a play on your own name–do I have it right now, Randy?)

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  8. Hanna @ minimal marathoner

    Nice job! Glad to hear you’re enjoying training so much! Congrats on a great fast finish long run – see, it really does pay off to slow down the pace! Long runs with a fast finish really pay off on race day – if I can only nail one workout in all of my training it would definitely be that one!

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    1. Thanks Hanna! Yes-slowing down has been SO key. It feels so great to actually have juice left to push in those last couple of miles! I really am enjoying training. I’ve always enjoyed when I can actually feel and see my fitness changing and that’s really happening a lot in training.

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