Thursday, July 26, 2012

Three Things Thursday

Yea, it is technically still Thursday so I am golden! I love me some bullet posts!

1. I have been trying to get into big time training for the Spokane to Sandpoint relay. Something about knowing others are counting on you really makes you step up your game. Which is exactly what I need. Counting the tri on Sunday, I am up to 5 or 6 days of exercise in a row. I don't know if I have ever put my legs through this much work! They are starting to feel a bit dead today, so I didn't run, just mixed it up with some stair climbing, spinning, treadmill hill walking, and rowing. I may have gotten bored and was forced to keep changing my activities up. My goal is to get down to 12 min miles for my legs. Sounds slow, but a big improvement for me. Yesterday, I got two of my three miles under 13 min, so I am feeling hopeful!

Is it just me, or is my thumb weird? Like really bent. I shouldn't do "thumbs up" anymore. Loving my Bondi Band, so great for sweaty runs and bikes!
2. Sunday I completed my longest Tri to date, which was still a sprint tri, but longer than my SUPER sprint. Of course, there will be a full action packed recap coming, but I wanted it to be known that I finished it! 400 m swim, 13 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. Nailed it!

3. The more I get into training the more I realize, unfortunately, that I have no mental toughness. Like zip. When things start to hurt, my mind convinces me to quit. During my runs (he he he) my ribs, collar bone, or feet will start to ache before my legs or breathing give out. I know these things can be run through without ill effects, but I'm no good at it. Usually, I only last a few minutes past the start of the pain. Tonight, to keep myself going on the stair stepper, I had to repeat (in my head, not for everyone to hear) doughnut, pizza. Step=doughnut, step=pizza. These were the bad things I ate today, therefore part of them must be burned off. What are some of your favorite tricks for keeping yourself mentally tough? I could really use the input! Thanks.

So, I sit here now, icing and typing, getting ready to hit the hay, looking forward to my next workout. Odd, but I am loving to see my numbers go down (both on the scale and on my time.) Have a great Friday!


H Love said...

Congrats on the tri! Not easy at all!! Keep at it....:)

Anonymous said...

Go you! I don't think I could ever do a tri! Let alone a relay! You are amazing!

Colleen said...

Sounds like things are going great!!! And yahoo for finishing the tri - way to go girl.

You know, the mental side of training is the hardest. You have to play mind games. I like the pizza/doughnut one! :)

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Keep it up.. The mental toughness will is a muscle you have to develop like anything else. HUGS!! Wish I could do the realy with you!!

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