Last night I made the decision to skip my regularly scheduled strength class this morning in exchange for:
- a bath
- catching up on my stack of Runner’s World magazines
- what I thought was going to be a later bedtime (I was still snuggled in by 9PM)
- hopes of sleeping in (in reality, I was up at 3:30AM and tossed and turned until my 6AM alarm)
- time to write
and just overall time to give my body a break. While it’s easy for me to get my 25-30 miles in each week, it’s difficult for me to bend over to touch my toes… or put my pants on. My lower back is tight (not painful) so today I’m also going to focus on stretching and making a plan to incorporate it more into my routine because in reality, I don’t stretch like maybe I should.
As June approached, my excitement to train for the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon was at an all time high. I knew I wanted to document my training/feelings/anticipations/fears here in this space each week, but I also knew I wanted to wait until I was officially given the doctor’s OK.
As many of you saw in person/my announcement on Facebook, I had to wear a heart monitor for 30 days; all day, everyday (except showering). I was experiencing a very irregular heartbeat, which prompted me to seek a new cardiologist to figure out what was going on. During those 30 days, I received a somewhat, okay very, scary phone call that my heart rate was actually too low, especially while I slept. We’re talking 30 beats or less. We’re talking stopping for long pauses at a time. So last Friday when the doctor walked into the room and announced everything was perfect, my immediate instinct was to question and disagree. Which I did but then had to stop myself and think, “why am I arguing with good news?” My resting heart rate is naturally low. Add in being a vegan (lower cholesterol) and an athlete, this number naturally decreases. I’m young and sleeping well and not having any difficulty energy wise. I just have to listen to my body and reduce racing nerves to keep everything in check.
Three weeks officially into training I’m feeling great! I’ve found a team and group of friends that I run almost every single run with, which has made a huge impact on my outlook this training cycle. In the past, I’d stop running throughout the summer because I hate running in the heat. In the past, I’d make excuses as to why I should skip a run. Having friends willing to get up and run with me as the sun is rising makes the world of a difference. It’s also a great sense of accountability- I have yet to cancel a run with them, nor have they cancelled on me. And because of this consistency (and might I say enjoyment), I’m actually falling in love with running.
I sometimes get emotional when thinking about October 11th and all of the support I’ll have. I’ll know a ton of people lining AND running the course. I’ve even found someone on my team who is about the same pace as me and racing the full that day as well. Dare I say we may run the course together? We’ll have to see how the summer progresses but I’m leaning toward a hell yeah.
If you’d like to follow along with my specific training aka what I’m running and doing for strength, join DailyMile and find me! No drama on this social media site, just workouts. If you’d love to run some miles with me, shoot me a message! I’m all for changing up my routes and paces (well, I shouldn’t be running too fast that frequently) if I can fit it in aka if you’re an early morning runner.
Now please excuse me while I attempt the pigeon pose and other hip- opening stretches.