Tired from work and Saturday’s track ½ mile repeats catching up, went for an 8 mile slow roll around the pond in the park. Overcast skies couldn’t decide whether it wanted to rain, remained so for much of the day and the run. People out enjoying these midsummer afternoons and the neighborhood setting up for its free Tuesday classical performance in the square, the mellow run helped ease in the end of the day.
1) eat at least 2 hours before running. If it’s something light and carby, it can be less but at least 45 minutes
2) stop drinking water 50-60 minutes before running. It causes cramps
3) 3+ liters of water daily
4) sleep is your BEST friend. Sleep is as/more important than the work you’re doing. You will stay where you are or get worse if you don’t sleep enough, it is the body’s opportunity to rebuild what you broke down during running/training
5) always eat *enough (*= however much until you feel full and satisfied. Try to stick to whole foods and fruit&veggies, but the world won’t end when you eat something processed. Treat yourself often, you deserve it girl!). Also note that your fitness is what’s inside of you and not entirely aesthetic
6) don’t spend too much energy on nutrition. The best athletes have a general guideline of what to eat during training, but you should never restrict yourself if you’re training at a high volume. Or even if you’re not. Just eat freely you’ll feel better while running, guaranteed
7) enjoy every single run. There will be times where you can’t pound the pavement due to injury or something else so never take any run for granted
8) trial of miles, miles of trials. There will be a daily grind that isn’t always glamorous but it’ll always be there and there’s comfort in that
9) workouts are the place to get better. In order to get better, you need to push your body into discomfort. Be honest about what that means to you
10) LEAVE YOUR NEGATIVITY AT THE DOOR. Being negative is a choice, no matter what. Don’t choose it!!!!!
11) trust that process. You’re doing everything you do for a reason. Trust that it WILL get you where you want to go.
12) shitting in the woods is okay and even encouraged!!!