Friday, February 28, 2014

Fitness Friday: Long Distance Running

Happy Friday!
It's the last day in February. I know this month is short, but it really did go by super quickly. It's March already.

Today I decided that I would focus my post on long distance running. I still consider myself a novice to running. Its been almost 5 years, but I've not really gotten into the sport of running until recently. Prior to that it was more about competition and PRing every time I ran! Now I'm really working on that "push," that is needed in those long miles.

So far I've my longest mileage is 16, which is a big number, but then when I think a marathon is 10 more miles, I'm so discouraged. I unfortunately break a few rules when running.

1. I don't stretch as much as I should. I usually go for my runs at about 5 in the morning and getting out of bed is a task, much less stretching. This is something I know I need to work on.

2. I run without water. It's a bad habit that I can't shake. I've always trained without water, but I know I that isn't the best. Staying hydrated is especially important in the long miles. I haven't yet figured out how to run and hold water. I think I'd just rather stop and get a drink at a high school or something.

3. I don't wear shades and sunscreen. much as I hate to admit this it's so true. I lather up my little one and try and keep her shaded, but I lack the energy to do it myself (ha energy, and here I am talking about running long distance:). I am currently in search of a good sunscreen that won't just be like rubbing a bunch of chemicals into my skin to "prevent skin cancer."

So there you go. I confess, I'm a loser when it comes to proper care when running. My goal this week is to do better. Luckily it will be raining most of my runs so I still have a bit of time to find my pure sunscreen.

What running/workout rules do you break?

This week in fitness:
Saturday: 2 mile run, 1 hour barre class
Sunday: 13.1 run on my own
Monday: Set the Bar (Tone IT UP BEach Babe Workout DVD) and Kettlebells With Katrina
Tuesday: Karena's Holiday Arm routine (3x) a little cardio yoga.
Wednesday: 6 mile run
Thursday: Beach Barre ((Tone IT UP BEach Babe Workout DVD) and A few youtube Barre workouts:

Friday: 5 mile run, some more barre or yoga!

I'm so excited about completing a marathon. Although it is discouraging at times. I just created a 26.2 route that gives homage to my start and training in running. I couldn't find any local races that were marathon length, so I just made my own and am hoping others will come cheer me on. I hope that's not too weird?! :)

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  1. How do you run without water?! I'm not a big water person in general. But when I run I die without it.

    1. I don't know. I've always run without it. Sometimes in races I'll grab a water cup. But I usually just amp up my hydration during the week. EEK! Thanks for linking up!!


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