What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger (Hopefully!)

Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going well so far.

Backing up to Monday, I had a cross training day scheduled and wanted to get some strength training done. It was late at night before I had a chance to do it, but I got it done. I started with this ab workout from The Blonde Ponytail. I then made up my own circuit workout because it was late, and I just wanted to get something done quickly. I actually enjoyed making up my own thing and will share the workout later this week.

Wednesday’s workout was a 10 mile run with 8 miles at marathon race pace (8:23 for me). My late night workout from the night before consisted of lunges and squats, and my legs were feeling it in the morning. Probably not my smartest decision to work the legs hard the night before a hard run. My legs felt tired, and I could tell within the first mile that it was going to be rough. I told myself that I would be okay and that, yes, it was going to be hard, but this was a good mental workout. You reach the point in the marathon where each step takes effort. That is when mental toughness matters. So each time I felt like there was no way I would be able to finish at that pace, I reminded myself that I am getting a mental workout. I was so happy when it was over, but I was also proud of myself for staying mentally strong. I finished the full 10 miles just under my race pace!

Mind over matter! Running a marathon takes a lot of physical training, but mental training is important too!

This weekend’s long run is 17 miles, so the rest of my running this week will be done at a very easy pace. I ran an easy 4 miles today and a repeat of that ab workout.

Have a great day! As we remember 9/11, take time to be thankful for life’s blessings and take nothing for granted!