A little night reading

Today is the anniversary of when I ran my first (and only) marathon in Toronto.

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This past Sunday was the Toronto GoodLife Fitness Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K.  My sister and her hubs ran their second 5k.  So proud of them!

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I had a 12 mile long run planned on Sunday, but I had a popped tire last Friday and ended up having to replace all my tires.  So my head was in a funk from the stress of it all, and runners know that mental roadblocks are the worst.  Especially when you have a long run.  I ended up running just under 3 miles, slow, and sluggish.  Which kinda blows because the weather was an amazing 61°.  Stress will do that to you.  It’s funny, because usually exercise/running helps you alleviate stress.  But when training becomes something you need to be intense and focus on, mental stress can de-rail you.

I ran a short 3 miler after work yesterday.  Since I was bummed about losing my long run, I decided that I would be a little more focused on this one.  It was 86°, sunny, and miserable.  But I just pushed myself through the heat.  It was a decent run, and I felt really good after.

I also bought a book yesterday:

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The Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training

I tend to be a Kindle or Audible.com type of reader.  But those types of books often get forgotten.  Also reading something on a screen may affect you falling asleep at night (so I hear).  And there’s just something about having a book in hand to read, to highlight, to bookmark.  I read some decent reviews on Amazon.com about this book.  I looked at a few different options for a marathon training book.  But I found that this was the most basic.  Since I have a nine months to prepare for the Disney Marathon, and run a few half marathons later this year, I figured it was time to take a few steps back.  Bring my running back to basics and have somewhat of a foundation or knowledge to build the training on, even if it’s repeated info.  I did like some of the information I learned from Run Less, Run Faster, but I find that their approach is a bit too intense, and too technical.  Running, for me, is supposed to be fun.  The little goals and challenges I set for myself are meant to be fun.

 

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I'm a nurse who loves to run.
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6 Responses to A little night reading

  1. dawn @ running the dawn says:

    i’m so interested to hear how you like the book! i love reading about running, it lets me focus on it even more than i already do :)

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