Well I have 2 full weeks of training under my belt and I am feeling good. The treadmill is a constant bummer but I am dreaming of the mild spring air approaching. It hit the 30 degree mark on Saturday, so I did get to run my 4 mile long run outside. I ran with my 2 friends who are also training for the marathon and I have to say we had a great time! Running buddies really make the time go by fast. I will be doing a dedicated post to running attire in the next few weeks but here is what scrounged up from around my house to run outside the other day.
I wore a pom pom hat. A Lands End rain jacket. Underneath I wore a running tank and a running long sleeve to wick moisture away. Then I had on a pair of lined nike running pants. They are super warm. I just wore a pair of target finger/mitten combo gloves and a pair of warm boot socks. It did work good for being outside but I would like to get some actual running outdoor gear.
Training this week is still relatively easy. I got my new Runners World in the mail and here are some tips that I thought were helpful:
4 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE
1. SIGN UP, ALREADY
Don’t wait to enter a race until you think you’re fit enough. Register early so you have a goal to work toward and a guaranteed spot in the event.
* I always have to register for the race way before hand. It is what gives me the motivation to train.
2. GO THE DISTANCE
Afraid you won’t finish? Aim to complete three runs one or two miles longer than your race distance. Marathoners may stop at 22.
3. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Tell yourself that you are capable of achieving your goals- and say it out loud if that helps. It may sound corny, but if you think you can’t do something, you probably won’t.
4. FOLLOW A ROUTINE
Do you always race in the same shorts or do the same warmup? Good. Experts say following prerace routines can make you feel more confident and physically prepared to run your best.
*agreed. When I ran my last marathon there was something very comforting about getting up and wearing the same thing I wore for every other long run in training and eating my same Luna bar. You know what to expect and that makes you less stressed.