Happy Thursday! Hope your week has included some fitness and fun – not just work!
I ran both indoors and outdoors this week. I was nervously anticipating running on the treadmill yesterday since I took the treacherous (ok, slight exaggeration) second half of my long run inside last weekend. However, once I got going and fought some boredom, my mindset changed. A nice 2 mile warmup, 3X1200m @10k pace and 2X400m @5k pace , followed by a 2 mile cool down later, I was able to check off another speed workout. Only 4 more speed workouts until race day, which is only a little over 6 weeks away!
All of the layers (and a lot not pictured) for outdoor runs!
Although running inside is ideal for the frigid temperatures, the sites you see while outside can’t be beat. I love being outdoors, and although Boston is located close to the recreational-filled north country of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine- it’s tough to escape the city during the week! Running along my favorite running paths in Boston in the early morning hours (with other early-rising runners!) offers me a slight escape from city living. I’m able to experience some beautiful views of sunrises such as this:
I am looking forward to meeting up with some friends tonight at wine night! Although I am deep into training for Phoenix (which will spill into Boston training), I am a huge believer of balance between fun and fitness. I’ve run a handful of marathons, but have always prioritized spending time with family and friends (and work!) while training. I am stepping up my running schedule a bit during this current cycle, but I still think it’s important to put as much energy into the ones you love and your work as you do with running. Everyone does understand my goals and they are supportive if I do have to cut my drinking down to only a glass of wine or have to duck out early. It’s all about balance, and I think having that makes me a better runner. At the end of the day, running is just a fun hobby, not my career, so I have to remind myself to not take it too seriously!
It’s sometimes hard to fit it all in- so in between races, I typically take breaks from running and focus on other aspects of life. Running will always be there when I decide to come back to it!
Saw this shirt and it’s a must-buy! :)
Lastly, I’ve mentioned before that I am a huge fan of SPIbelt running belts for long runs and races. SPIbelt is currently running a giveaway, their #getfitgiveaway. They’re giving away prizes every day and 4 grand prize packages with workout gear worth over $550! Here’s some more info on it: http://bit.ly/thegetfitgiveaway. I’ve been entering this giveaway as much as possible, and you should too!
Good luck and enjoy the rest of your week!!
How do you maintain a work/family/life/marathon training/workout balance?
Readers training for a half or full marathon: do you incorporate speedwork into your training?
What are you most looking forward to this weekend?