Hi friends! Hope you had a fantastic Thursday and are excited as I am that it is officially Friday!
Last night we had two couples from church over for burgers, sweet potato fries, and chit-chat. It’s always fun connecting with other couples, and inevitably by the end of the night the guys are in one room and the girls in the other. I forgot to take any pictures of our dinner, (bad blogger!), but I assure you it was so laid back that they’d probably be boring anyways 🙂
I whipped out my first “fall” centerpiece, and am itching to hit up Hobby Lobby and rack up on my fall and Christmas season decor! I actually already had this centerpiece from last year and forgot it was just taking up space on the mantle, so I moved it to the table for dinner. Again, no picture, but it’s so easy to explain- for our wedding we were given this pretty vase with script etching on it that says “fleurs” and this pretty swirly design around it, so I filled the vase 1/4 full with whole coffee beans, then stuck in an orange pumpkin pillar candle, and voila! I love all things coffee beans/wheat/burlap/jute/tin/wood/rustic/mason jars, etc, so this goes perfectly with the rest of our house. In fact, the coffee beans are leftover from our wedding when we filled our I-N-G-L-E mugs with coffee for our coffee bar! The coffee beans let out a slight aroma that mixes perfect with the pumpkin candle. Since this has been sitting in our house for about a year now, the scents are pretty unnoticable, but I figure once I add fresh beans and maybe a stronger candle we’ll be good to go! Think something similar to this…but with a pumpkin candle and detail on the vase. Thanks Google, you’re always there for me in a pinch.
Before our friends came over, Adam and I took Truckee to the lake and we all got our sweat on. Adam took the monster truck around the lake one way, while I ran the other. I think all three of us underestimated the humidity. Come. On. Fall.
I did 4 miles total, right in line with my weekday training plan. Miles 1-3 were at a pace I was satisfied with, but mile 4 I took it easy and enjoyed a run-walk effort. When I wrapped things up, I realized…
I have a problem with running, and I need to figure out how to fix it!
That’s right. I have a problem with running, and I need to figure out how to fix it. Here’s my problem: I think I trained so hard this summer to get my 5K time down that now my body thinks I only have one speed, and the capacity to only go 3.1 miles at said speed, then mentally and physically I’m ca-put and done.
Now, naturally I KNOW I can’t maintain this pace for the entirety of a half marathon, let alone a full marathon. (At least not right now!) I KNOW I need to get out of my head that I have to go out so fast, and I KNOW if I just slowed it down and got over my pride that I would be much better off. Obviously, I would like to still be in the 8’s for my average pace over the course of my half and full, BUT, I just CAN’T kill myself over the first 3 miles, and I’m trying to teach myself to get over that. I know full and well that I could bust out a 6 or 7 today just fine at a little slower pace, but because I’ve trained myself now to run 3.1 so hard, it’s been hard getting myself out of that mindset, and conserving my energy for the long haul! Running a 5K and running a half marathon are completely different ball games. You run with a completely different strategy, and they take completely different training!
Anyone else have this problem? Running has always been extremely mental for me, and if I think I can, I can, and if I think I can’t, I can’t and I won’t. I think my plan of attack is going to be to turn my Garmin around when I head out on a long run, and MAKE myself run at a pace that feels good, instead of constantly check in on my splits. Then, I’ll slowly work back into noticing my splits and make sure I’m still making progress towards my goal finishing time.
What have you done to battle training problems? Have you ever had to teach yourself to slow down in order to maintain longer miles?
Tomorrow morning I might meet up with the local marathon training group and try to do a 6 or 8 miler. However, the appeal of sleeping in for the first time in weeks is sounding great!
In case you missed yesterday’s post on 10 ways to be happy right now, here are a few links that had me smiling this morning:
PS. I was nominated for the Sunshine Award recently, and I promise I will get that post up asap!