Hi, friends! It seems like it has been awhile. I would love to blog more frequently but I’m finding it difficult to fit everything in! I’m now at peak marathon training, so that’s time consuming. My work has also taken up some extra time and mental energy because I’ve just been assigned to a new project. I know many of you readers live incredibly busy lives yourselves, and I applaud you for balancing your family and personal lives, work lives, and running/marathon training/fitness goals.
At least my week hasn’t only been filled with work! I’ve fit in a few good runs, both before and after work. Boston has seen some incredible “winter” weather lately, and it’s been in the 40’s-50s for much of the week. No complaints here!
Evening & dawn running pics!
The weather almost reminds me of springtime in Boston. The sun is still setting around 5 but that’s getting later by the day. I cannot wait until the weather truly warms and I can head outside in a tank and shorts. I barely remember those days in my home city!
View of my favorite city during during even warmer times!
I was able to enjoy a great meal with a friend, and her very cute cat. I am not the biggest cat person (sorry cat lovers!), but this little fur ball might be an exception.
I am looking forward to the weekend ahead and getting through my last long run! This will be my last big “test” before my goal race. If it’s warm enough, my coaches recommend that I wear my race gear- but the forecast isn’t looking like it will be in Phoenix at the end of February! I will also plan to eat the breakfast that I plan to eat on race day (bagel, half a banana, and peanut butter, along with one packet of generation ucan). My coaches also recommended that when I hit the last three miles of the run, I should do some visualization—getting through that last 10k takes a lot more than physical strength!
I’ve found that positive visualization truly helps me get through a race, particularly the second half. It often boosts my self-confidence and allows me to toe the line feeling excited- perhaps because due to the culmination of countless mental thoughts! Visualizing crossing the finish line and being able to report back a certain time I’ve hit or goal to Mark, my family, and friends keeps me strong until the end. I am not alone in visualization- many of the world’s top athletes often practice mental visualization in their training and competitions.
Fortunately for me, I’ve found a video of the Phoenix marathon course that will help me prepare for the race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N0gJsTPYog
One piece of running gear that I will be using during my long run this weekend is my SPIbelt (link here) and H20 companion (link here). I’m a huge fan of SPIbelt, but have also recently discovered the great H20 companion, an on-the-go hydration system. The bottle clips on to SPIbelt, and much like the belt- there is no bounce when you run. The design of the water bottle is one that fits well against my side, and I barely notice the bottle being there. It’s a nice change from carrying water in my hand with a handheld! The H20 companion is perfect for training runs (there will be water along the marathon course).
SPIbelt is giving away one original belt and an H20 companion to a lucky reader—color of your choice!
To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment letting me know whether 1) you use visualization to get you through a race/tough workout/competition, 2) what is one thing you are looking forward to this weekend, or 3) anything else you want to say!
Giveaway ends Friday! Good luck and happy running!