Saay whaaat??!!! It’s Monday, for real? Wow, how was your weekend??!! Did you do anything fun??!! I ventured a few cool places, but per usual, nothing over the top because HELLO, I gotta half marathon in less than 3 weeks and I’m kiiinda training like a beast!! Eeek, can ya believe it??!! Less than 3 weeks! Wowzers!!! I’m kinda excited, too!!! Yaaay!!
Alright, have a fabulous Monday aaand note to you: I’m lovin’ these quotes!! Check ’em out!!
“Running is real and relatively simple, but it ain’t easy.” Mark Will-Weber
Um, yep, pretty much!! Isn’t it funny how the simplest of movements, for example, running or even walking (i.e. things we learn as children) can take a toll on our bodies and minds? Well, to answer my own question…YES, it is, BUT just remember this, the next time you go out for a run, walk, etc., don’t take it too personally! After all, we’re just talking about simple ways to move and exercise our bodies. To be completely honest with you, these “simple movements” can sometimes be made more difficult by our own negative reactions. Trust me, I know this first-hand! More specifically, during your next workout (maybe even today), enjoy the flow of your movements, put less emphasis on straining, and more emphasis on relaxing. The more tension you hold in your body, the less likely your body will be to respond to the workout in a positive and energetic way.
“A run begins the moment you forget you are running.” Adidas
Okay, it’s honesty time over here at Stamped With A Heart! Sooo… YEEES, I ADMIT IT, during my runs, I CAN (meaning, not always) concentrate on the fact that I’M RUNNING!! Big shocker, right?! I mean, thinking about running while actually running?? Saaay Whaaat? Although maybe this isn’t the biggest stretch of the mind (more like a half-hearted stretch to the toes), it really should be pondered in more detail! Now, you might be looking at me with an eyebrow up or maybe even two, questioning why I’m talking about this at all. What genius thought up this quote right? Well, I think it’s pretty ingenious! The fact of the matter is, if we can’t stop our minds from lingering in a single place (i.e. the state of physically moving our bodies and running), then we’ll never be able to move past where we are and get to where we want to be (as athletes). Is this Philosophy 101 or WHAT? Haha!! Although it’s super important to be IN the moment (not lingering in the past or future), it’s also super important to NOT harp on what is (especially if your running a tough workout). Sometimes taking in nature is great medicine…letting go of the movement and letting the movement move you!
Yesterday, during my 13 mile run, I think I did a pretty good job of this (i.e. letting the movement move me)!! I hit my main set, so that was 10 of my miles, right on pace! It was a hilly course, too so yaaay for that!! I’m seriously thinking that 1:35:50 (7:18/mile average pace) is doable at Crawlin’ Crab! Here’s to hoping!!
Also, in exciting news, I’m running 15 miles on Sunday!! 15 miles!! This half-marathon training just got interesting!! Hehe!! Have a fun, fabulous day everyone!! XOXO!!