Have you seen or heard about Lauren Fleshman’s new Believe Training Journal, which was just released last week? If not, you are in for a treat. I am doing my very first giveaway and was inspired to do so after receiving the journal and instantly falling in love. But more about that in a moment.
This past week was a tough one, and somewhat of an eye opener. I really hate to admit it, because I can typically just suck it up and keep moving forward, but the truth is, I am starting to feel a little burnt out. Yes, I said the B word. The spark that was once really bright is now starting to fizzle into a chalky smoke. This has nothing to do with my love for running, because that will never expire, but it has everything to do with my readiness to have a little free, unscheduled time.
I have had a training schedule since February, with no real breaks aside from ten days after my last marathon in early October. I’ve gone from training for my first triathlon and half Ironman, to training for another, to training for two marathons. That is a LONG season and I am exhausted. I did it to myself of course, making sporadic last minute decisions and wanting to continue my training late into the season, but now I can officially say that I am ready to not have a race-oriented schedule for a few weeks.
This past week I was able to get in a couple shorter runs outside, and do a 14-mile speed workout on the treadmill, but otherwise I have to admit that I entered my tapering a bit early. On Sunday I attempted a 16-mile run, leaving my house a little after 7am, and the roads were covered in ice. Black ice. I was slipping all over the place and was unable to run at goal marathon pace as was scheduled. Furthermore, I fell a couple times on the downhill, which made me frustrated and mentally drained. I called my husband after nine miles and my “long-run” was done. I can’t remember the last time I quit in the middle of an important training run, but it was the right decision.
My mind knows what needs to be done, but my body has just wanted otherwise. When these forces are at odds with each other, it produces a lot of doubt and uncertainty. What is best for me? I’ve come to the conclusion that my mind and body are both ready for this marathon no doubt, but are growing impatient. Just 12 more days! Hopefully the anticipation will calm itself over the holiday weekend and I can hold in the excitement until race day.
I texted my coach, not knowing how this lower mileage would affect my training or endurance leading into the taper, and wondering if I should “make it up” the next day. It was a relief to receive this as a reply:
“I would not do a makeup run today. Remember, you still have a recent marathon “in the bank.” I would run 6-7 miles. Don’t push the effort too hard. If your body is telling you that you’re tired or unmotivated, stop your workout.”
For now, I just have to trust that I am well prepared for the marathon and give it all I have. I already have exceeded my goals and expectations this season and have no reason to doubt that I can run CIM with confidence. More than anything, I am excited to see what I can do out there and to have my husband cheering me on from the sidelines, as he was unable to do so in Portland.
For those of you who asked about the screws and whether they damage the bottom of your shoes, the answer is no. I was worried about this too as my husband started drilling a dozen screws into the bottom of each of my beautiful Brooks Glycerin shoes. He assured me that everything would be OK, but I still wanted to see it to believe it. Sure enough, after removing the screws the bottom of my shoes remained in tact and looked untouched. Ta-da!
One thing I am really excited to start using is my new Believe Training Journal, created and written by pro runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas. I listed this as one of my gift recommendations for any runner or athlete. As someone who likes to schedule and plan, reflect on my training, set goals, and learn as much as I can along the way, this journal was MADE for me.
Lauren, whom I have seen multiple times lately running around Bend (so fast), and Roisin do a remarkable job of catering this book to all levels of athletes. The book is filled with knowledge and insight from their own personal experiences as runners, and is built to inspire, build confidence, educate, and help athletes prepare and challenge themselves.
Not only are there multiple pages designated for designing and writing out your weekly training schedule, there is plenty of space for writing about race reviews, race day plans, habits, nutrition, thoughts and personal growth. There are opportunities to set short-term and long-term goals, as well as reflect on those goals each month, noting progress and setbacks. There are even a couple quizzes throughout that help you discover a little more about yourself. And, who doesn’t like self-discovery quizzes?
The book is very well laid out, and aside from all the pages full of space for writing, there is information about nutrition, body image, mental training, overcoming setbacks, racing, recovery, and building community, scattered throughout, along with colorful pictures. Everything about this book is perfect.
Because I am so excited about and in love with this journal, I wanted to have the opportunity to share it with all of you. So I am going to be giving away a journal to two lucky winners.
Want your own personal Believe Training Journal? Just enter below by following me on twitter, instagram, or commenting on this post. This is only open to US residents. The giveaway will end on Tuesday, December 2, and winners will be selected at random and notified by email. This post was not sponsored and all of these opinions are my own.