Welcome back guys!
Its a beautiful Thursday 1/16/2020 and my mind cant stop thinking about my LONG run day, which is around the corner. So let me ask you, what are you doing this Saturday? to help you stay accountable. Well I hope its something were you are moving and grooving to a beat.
Its funny, when I was younger I loved to wake up early just so I can sit in front of my Television to watch Saturday morning cartoons but now what I find more exciting is being able to drive around my state and find new trails, or route to run. Ever since I fell in love with running my life has been blessed with real friends and has become a place of sanctuary from daily dramas.
On Saturday morning I usually like waking up around 4:15am, so I can give myself about 15 minutes to get ready and wake up. Then exactly around 4:30am I start my stretching before heading off at 4:45am. I normally like to run about 6-8 miles on Saturdays but if my girlfriends works then I have to run about 5-6 Miles, and make sure to come back home within enough time to take here to work. I prefer running early mornings because its nice and quite, not much traffic, and it allow me to focus on my running. You should try it sometimes. So with this being said let me share a few tips to make sure you enjoy your next long run like I do.
If its your 1st time doing a long run, please make sure to stay hydrated, and don't run to fast or to far, make sure to stay at a comfortable pace, and remember that this is You Vs. You, and nobody else. Take your time.
Don't over fuel with Sugar; many runners love to have sports drinks during their long run, but many forget that your body can only take in so much energy thru sugar, after the person normally feels nausea and stomach pains, so stick to H2O or use in moderation.
Run by feel rather than by pace. Being a heavy weight runner has made me learn to pay attention to how I feel instead of looking at my pace constantly. This allow me to focus more on my breathing, my pace, and my running form. You have to remember that this is a race but your not running for time your running to finish. So take your time and remember always put one step after another.
Don't over due it with the running, please allow yourself time to recover,refuel,rest. Then after this is done, then you can repeat, and do it all over again. Just because you can do it doesn't mean you should. Allow your body to re charge its batteries or you will be feeling depleted.
Learn to self talk with yourself so you can give that pep talk that you need to continue fighting for your goal. Tell yourself that your not physically tired just mentally fatigued and you can push thru it. Learn to be positive, learn to stop any negative thoughts on its track, and remember why your doing this. Trust me after completing whatever your doing you will have a feeling of accomplishment.
I would recommend doing some research and find or create a mantra that works for you, to help you stay strong. For example one of my "mantras" is.."One step at a time, Beast-Mode baby!" I keep saying this over and over until I finish. Trust me it will help keep you focused.
I can keep writing and sharing tons of information with you but it better for you to hit the road with your own two feet and see what you run across. Just remember that this is something your doing to help you clear your mind, and get you back into a positive routine, so you can live a happy, healthy and a successful life.
Oh yeah! Welcome back readers. It's been a minute since I've share on my Blog, so its time to change that, and bring you back into my weight loss journey. As you see from the photos above, "The Lake Mead Mead Marathon" Race will be my 1st of 2020, I am happy to be running in "Half Marathon". Thank again Craig.
To get ready for this race I been running since the start of the year or actually I haven't really stop running, you can say I've been running year long. Its crazy to even write that because not to long ago I would be the 1st person to say "F*** that, I ain't running Jack.."
but now its something that just bring happiness to my heart and I love being out there running on my own 2 feet.
So what did you do on your New Years Eve? I ended running and rucking the "Resolution un" which is hosted by one of my favorite running companies, Triple Dare. You guys rock, Big shout out to, Heidi, Aubrey, James, Ryan and all my fellow ambassadors. I also had the opportunity to do this with a new friend. Glen Nevada, it was nice seeing you out there brother, keep up the good work.
Right after this I went back to to get ready for the festivities that would follow that night. I'm happy to say I was able to spend it with my family and enjoy some good homemade food for mom. Then it was back home to get rest, so I can be ready for my next race which was the following day. As you can see from the photo I was able to finish the 2nd race with no problem. This time I was running, I needed to see where my 5K time would be. Any Guesses? It was actually not to bad, I was expecting much worst. I finished the race in 47:31. So as you can see these 2 race made sure to keep accountable for my running and at the same time they are part my training.
Since the 1st of month, I been doing my daily running making sure to run at least a 5K, this makes sure to keeps the doctor away. I do my running in the early morning. This helps me start my day feeling accomplished, motivated, and confident in myself. Here is a picture of my training log from 12/30/19-1/10/2020.
As you can tell Im feeling more motivated than even, I have learned to be happy with the process instead of always worrying on the results. I know they will come when I least expected, so for the time being Im learning to be a stronger and better person. Im also developing an incredible support system around me and wont let me fall as I wont let them fall neither, together we have made our lives better. So come back later when I post the result for this race.
RESULTS ARE HERE!
All I can say is what a beautiful course and Im glad I was able to experiences it first hand on a beautiful Saturday Morning. Im glad to say I was happy to see several familiar face. Thanks for being out there, Sandy, Christopher, Ronald. It was nice seeing you at the 9 Miles marker. Thanks for the photos! check them below! Hope you guys like the video, please leave a comment and share!