When you’re trying to increase your endurance (at any level), there are moments that are the make-it-or-break-it times. I had one of those “Marathon Moments” this afternoon.
My schedule called for a 4.0 miler, but my legs were a little sore from yesterday’s Half Marathon. Nothing so bad that I felt I should blow off the run, but I was feeling lazy and knew the first mile would be rough as my muscles worked out the kinks.
And then I realized: This is the moment between what you have already done and what you CAN accomplish. If you skip these workouts, you will never get over the hump. I’m not suggesting you should workout when you’re injured or sick! But if you want to take it to the next level, there are moments when you just have to suck it up and DO IT.
I did 4.0 miles at a 9:30 to 10:00/mile pace, finishing around 38:30. The Husband joined me for 2.5 of the 4.0 miles. It was nice to have company! And I felt really accomplished when we were done. 🙂
Pre-run, I had a mini lunch:
I smashed one Sweet Potato and Black Bean ball and some green beans in between an Arnold Sandwich Thin. Mmm!
And post-run, I had an apple with PB:
I also ate a Gingerbread Man, which I finally got around to icing:
If you are looking for an awesome Christmas cookie recipe, this is it! The cookies (if you make them thick) end up so soft and squishy, and the Royal Icing dries hard, so it’s perfect for decorating.
Speaking of Christmas, it’s cold outside! The dogs have been taking turns sitting on my heating pad all morning because I refuse to shut the windows.
Back to work I go! I’m getting a lot done today.
Have you ever taken your fitness to the next level? How did you accomplish it? I definitely remember struggling to train myself to run 1.0 mile without stopping when I first started. But I just stuck with it and made small goals (like, just run to that next lamp post!). And eventually, I did it!
Usually training plans help me “take it to the next level.” If I have an actual piece of paper that says I need to run X miles at X pace, I am more likely to complete the workout. I love being able to check off workouts when they’re finished!