I had some excellent eats this afternoon and evening!
Mid-afternoon snacks included granola:
And a fruit, cracker, and cheese snack plate:
I just love Laughing Cow cheese! Mmm!
Dinner was an easy falafel wrap that was stuffed with green pepper, onion, and mustard:
With a side salad:
Megan had a really cute post today called Bloggers Are Normal People about feeling pressed to be "perfect" if you have a food/fitness blog. The point of her post is that bloggers aren’t perfect, of course.
But her post got me thinking. Lately, I’ve felt SO much pressure with my running (I never feel food pressure — this is how I WANT to eat). I don’t think it’s because of the blog (I’ve ran more mileage and more intensely before), I actually think it’s the a combination of my marathon training plus my sucky schedule.
The marathon is a great challenge for me. It’s something I never thought I could accomplish, and now I know that I can. Because I’m running the race in honor of my friend Megan (who has cancer and is in chemo right now) through the Team in Training organization, I feel extra optimistic that I can do this.
But of course, 26.2 miles scares the shit out of me! 🙂
Last fall, I was running 5 days a week for about 20 – 25 miles. My schedule only allows me to run 3 days a week, MAYBE 4. So I feel overwhelming pressure to run on my "run days." I feel like every single run counts towards the marathon (intellectually, I know it doesn’t for an amateur like myself).
I know I don’t have to be "perfect" with my running, and I don’t set myself up for failure (by attempting to stick to a 4- or 5-day program when I know I don’t have the time). But does any one have suggestions for how I can mentally shake the pressure?
My best advice would just be to remember how important rest days are to your overall goal of running a marathon. On your off days I would just recommend going for a nice walk with the pups, doing some yoga/stretching/your PT exercises. Remind yourself why you are running and that you are SO lucky to be bouncing back from your knee troubles – don't stress, running should be FUN! 🙂