Re-Prioritizing: March Training Recap

March was a big month. The first weekend I was supposed to be running the One City Marathon and I could not be more thankful I pushed my race date back – although I was feeling strong after several HIIT classes at various gyms, my running time was not where I would want it to be.

My first big run of March was a 5k test. Eric didn’t put a goal on it but I had this secret in the back of my mind that I wanted to run all 7:30 miles considering I had done it the past two weeks at a longer distance. As soon as I started the treadmill though, I knew I was in for it. I never hit my stride and continued to huff & puff my way through 3.1 miles. Although I finished with an average 7:49 pace, a minute and 31 seconds less than my 5k in January, I felt extremely discouraged and the anxiety about my marathon in less than two months was like an elephant sitting on my shoulders. I pinged Eric no less than 6 times that night (sorry for being crazy) at which point I treated myself to a little retail therapy and bought a “Chasing Boston” shirt as extra motivation.

Yesterday was a day. On the schedule I had a 5k test to see where I stood post-January 5k and pre-Wisconsin Marathon. I went into it pretty confident after some solid tempo runs the past 2 weeks but then I got started and just couldn’t find my groove. I had an unsaid goal of a 7:30 pace so I started a bit conservatively but dropped down about a mile in, working my way back up during the third mile. I never found my stride, I had a terrible cramp, and I couldn’t get out of my head but I finished at 24:16 (7:49 pace), 1 minute & 31 seconds faster than the @f3eventschicago 5k. So tiny win for that but TBH I was beating myself up about it last night and hardcore stressing about the major work I need to do over the next 57 (holy f that’s soon) days. Today though, in honor of #internationalwomensday I’m practicing praise for my body, my (most of the time) strong mind, and the progress I have made thus far. So here’s a 🏋🏼‍♀️/🍑 picture to celebrate that and cheers to every single one of you bada$$ ladies conquering your own goals 💪🏼 #runtheworld #theforceisfemale #goodvibesonly #roadtoboston #marathontraining #constantlyontherun #bibchat #runchat #chirunblog #nikechicago #asweatlife

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Waking up the next morning, I was still feeling the stress weighing down on me so I took a much needed mental break that weekend, visited a few breweries in Norfolk and watched about 6 movies (balance people!).

When I was back in the running groove that Monday, my poor performance was still weighing on me and to top it all off, my body absolutely hated me. For the majority of the beginning of the year, I had been winter hibernating and not drinking. However, the past couple of weekends I had been getting on the champagne train a bit more often. I began to notice how it was negatively impacting my training so after much debate, I decided to go alcohol-free until the marathon on May 5. My announcement was greeted with an unbelievable amount of support which reassured me even more that I had made the right decision. But I also got a lot of questions. People didn’t understand why I would give alcohol up or why I couldn’t just drink it in moderation. And the simple answer to that is I tend to take things to the extreme. However, when I really thought about it, it didn’t make sense to only half give it up. Having one or two would still affect my performance,  so go big or go home, amiright?

It’s been a little over three weeks so far and although I’d love to say I executed it perfectly, I definitely took a shot at my boyfriend’s deployment party and another at my best friend’s bachelorette. However, I’ve stuck to my training and put the maximum effort into each workout I complete. Qualifying for Boston is my biggest running goal (thus far) and if I’m going to go as far as giving up my love of breweries & mimosas for two months, I better try my damn hardest at every single workout.

So I turn this back to you, what short-term changes have you made in order to achieve a goal?

PS. A tiny shoutout to my mother. You may know her as the one behind my iPhone snapping pictures or the toffee queen but I’ve also been working with her to run a 10 minute mile and possibly start training for a half marathon this fall. Congrats to homegirl for killing it at the Shamrock Shuffle! Hollaaaaaaa


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