Once again, I have fallen behind on my blogging. It's not like I work an overwhelming work schedule, but something always seems to get in the way... mostly laziness. However, I do find myself opening my blog more often than none to just brainstorm and gather my thoughts. I have so much to say and never seem to organize my thoughts the way I want to. So, I am just going to use this time to update you on the latest news this side of the Mississippi.
- My running has still been suffering more than I would like for it to. I usually always have a harder time around this time of year because I am not a summer runner. Give me cold weather anytime! Also, this is normally a transition time of year for me. I come out of marathon/half marathon mode into 10k training. Like I have said before, it's hard for me to cut back on my mileage and relax. I'm training hard for the 1ok, but since I am not running the weekly mileage of a half training guide I feel like I am losing all my hard work. I know most runners go through some type of mental block like this, but I catch myself obsessing. So here I am, asking you for help! Given my education, work, and running experience I know that I am ok and I will not lose all my hard work. I guess like everyone else, I just need some reassurance. I just need to be told "it's gonna be ok, hang in there." So, if you anyone else feels this way just remember you're not alone.
- It's HOT in ATLANTA! The past few weeks the temperature has climbed into the 90s, some days nearing the 100s! Really, Atl?! It's not even Summer... I have a gut feeling it's going to be a hard Summer running season. This is part of the reason my runs have been suffering. The heat kills me. I've been trying to adjust my running schedule, but the ideal times are before sunrise or after sunset... I can't do either due to my job... Anyone want to suffer in the blistering heat with me for weekly 3-4 milers?! Anyone, anyone? :-) If you can avoid running in the middle of the day, do it! When I get the chance to run early morning (my absolute favorite time to run) I jump at the chance. It's makes a world of difference. I promise.
- I have fallen in love with Spin class! I've never had much to say about cross training. I've studied the effects and negatives of cross training, but never really braced the idea... until now. I've been doing spin 2-3 times a week, usually on an off day of running, and trust me it's so good for runners! When I come back to running after an off day I don't feel as worn out or exhausted. It helps keep those muscles fresh and ready. It's also helped me with adding power to my runs. I always sprint out the last bit of my run (one way to gain speed and endurance), but since doing spin I am able to start that sprint sooner and go longer and harder. Overall, it's been a positive addition and I think it will help when Marathon training comes around. If you are looking to gain speed/power/ or endurance I do advise adding on a cross training day(s) ie: spin, swim, tennis, or any sport that mimics the mechanics of running-- this is in addition to doing hill training, intervals, or sprints. It's all relative.
- National Running Day was June 1st! I wanted to get a blog in before then, but I failed. I hope everyone got in a good run of any distance. The organization launched 3 years ago, and it has bloomed all over the nation. The idea is to just get people moving and aware that exercise is a positive stress for our bodies. Don't just stop at June 1st, continue to run-workout-exercise every day! Challenge yourself-- it's good for physical and mental health!
- The PRR is rapidly approaching! Each race I just always want to beat my previous time by any margin. It can be a millisecond, but I still beat it. I'm hoping to do the same this year. My goal is to get in the lower 40 mins. Also, It's official-- I signed up for my 2nd Marathon! Holy Moly. What did I get myself into, again?! Jesse and I are running the Savannah Rock-n-Roll Marathon November 5th! I know it will be better than the ING Ross and I did over a year ago! Anything is better than that brutal course! I officially start training right after the PRR. It's going to be different this year because not only will the course be flatter (hopefully faster), but I will be training alone for the most part. Having a training buddy last time kept me mentally sane during those 18, 19, 20 milers. Keeping myself focused for 20 miles, alone, is going to be a challenge in itself. Also, I am just going to throw this out there- The Savannah Marathon is a qualifier for Boston. My ultimate goal. I'm serious, It's going to be a test. Sigh. I'll be sure to keep you all updated on the progress and journey. I'm excited, but nervous as hell. It's a lot of hard, hard, HARD work... but the reward and self accomplishment is worth it all!
Training Tips: It's hot and Summer is approaching. Remember to drink lots of water, especially when exercising. Your body will be working harder to cool off, so fluids will be secreted quicker than normal. Have water with you throughout the day and drink even if you don't "feel thirsty". It takes a few days for the water you consumed to reach the cellular level of the muscles to rehydrate them! Also, since it's hot and sunny remember to wear some type of sun protection. I fall victim of this and I will be the first to admit it. I have wicked tan lines from my shorts, sports bra and tank tops. That's my public service announcement for the day.
Training Songs: I've been all over the map with my song choices lately. Feel free to suggest any tunes you are hoarding to yourself! Enjoy!
1. Give Me Everything- Pitbull ft Neyo
2. Girls- Pitbull ft Kesha
3. Color On The Wall (Don't Stop)- Foster The People
4. Don't Wanna Go Home- Jason Derulo
5. Month Of May- Arcade Fire
Training Lagniappe: The FDA has released a new food guide: MyPlate! Say goodbye to the joke of a food guide we have "followed" for years! It has been revised for better health! Sorry sugar, you don't have your own section anymore! It's equally and accurately portioned! Watch the video and enjoy! The FDA website is a great resource for understanding what different nutritants are, what food groups they fall into, and various information. Please bookmark this page and use it consistently! :-)
Jayme Bergeron, BS
ACSM Health Fitness Specialist