Morning! It’s Monday…. again. I had such a good weekend, and I’m really disappointed its the work week again. My workload is insane right now!
Breakfast was super easy—with no messy clean-up!
Last time I made waffles, I made two extra and put them in the freezer. It was so nice to just pop two WW waffles in the toaster this morning instead of dirtying up pots and pans!
My waffles were extra special because I smothered them in pumpkin butter instead of syrup.
It was divine!
On the side, I had banana with blueberries.
Ask Coach Jenny
Ask Coach Jenny is a column on Runner’s World, and this week’s question was very interesting! Jenny’s answer was so thoughtful that I wanted to share it with you!
QUESTION: I am running my first marathon in March (the SunTrust National Marathon in DC), and I am very excited about it. I’ve been working very hard over the past few months to get in shape: I’ve been logging in many miles, and taking up yoga, pilates, and some lifting as well. However, I’m wondering if it is normal to be constantly thinking about training. I’m always trying to figure out when to fit my runs and workouts, and I tend to feel a little anxiety if I can’t fit one in. Is this normal? I just want to do well and make sure I don’t get hurt, but now I’m wondering if I’m over-thinking everything. Is this common? Any advice for a newbie? Thank you so much for the advice you give to your readers – we all really appreciate it. Best, Vanessa, Washington, DC
ANSWER: Hi Vanessa, welcome to the wonderful world of marathon running! Finishing 26.2 miles is a challenging goal and as you know, one that requires a considerable amount of training. It is quite normal to be consumed in thought regarding your training, especially with this being your first marathon. Any first-time experience carries the mystery of the great unknown which can stir up fearful thoughts. What if I get hurt in training? What if I don’t finish? The key is to manage the fear and harness the excitement. Here are a few mindful strategies for the next few months of training.
- Avoid looking at the whole marathon training program at once. It’s tempting to look ahead at the 20 miler and get paralyzed in thought of how the heck you are going to run that far when you can only cover 6 miles now. Break down your training into smaller, more digestible pieces and focus on one week at a time. It’s motivating to run one or two miles longer than you think you can. However, it’s daunting to think your way through a run that is three times longer.
- Plug your runs into your planner so you can merge your every day life with training. The more specific the time and date for each run, the calmer you’ll be in knowing the run will get done.
- If you miss a run, all is not lost. Marathon training has it’s ups and downs and its never a perfect journey. You’ll have weeks where you get in every workout as planned and life will be great. You’ll also have weeks where you struggle so much you wonder why you’re training at all. Go with the ebb and flow of the season. One workout does not make a marathoner. The sum of all workouts is what gets you across the finish line.
- Accept the fear. If marathoning were easy, everyone would be doing it and the medal wouldn’t mean a darn thing. Fear is a normal part of the process and an important survival tool. It makes us respect the distance and more importantly, prepare for it. Allow yourself to feel the fear, but put a limit on it.
- Marathon training is a lot like conducting an orchestra. A lot is happening all at the same time and you are in charge of managing it. Focus on the things you can control and let go of the things you can’t. When you sit in fear, review your log and have faith in preparation. You’re already doing the hard part (training), the race is the celebration.
Are you very focused on your exercise program, or do you kind of take-it-as-it-comes? What are the advantages and disadvantages of your approach?