…um, I have just about three months until the Wicked Half in September. Slight panic attack time? It dawned on me during last night’s #fitblog chat on Twitter when I realized that one of my fellow fit bloggers Heather at ThenHeatherSaid is also training for her first half in October. Um, if she’s already quasi-training, I should definitely be in training mode by now, no?
I mean – I’ve been upping my distance slowly but surely but still haven’t run farther than 6.5 miles or so. I’m aiming for 7 or even 8 on Saturday but we’ll see. Every time I set a distance goal for an upcoming run, I start to get nervous that I’ll flop. I know, silly right? Running is SUCH a head game for me in so many ways. I worry that I’ll get a side cramp or a shin splint will crop up or that I’ll get sore and have to slow or stop or that I won’t be able to run far at all – one of those “off” running days (you all know exactly what I mean, I’m sure!). I know most of these fears are unfounded but still, they get to me and it definitely impacts my running.
This is something I’ve decided I NEED to conquer well before the half-marathon this fall. I want to stand at that starting line and feel READY to rock the entire 13.1 miles. Not uneasy and nervous. I know I can get there, my body will not let me down, it’s my brain I have to learn to shut off somehow. Anyone seen the “off” switch??
So that’s goal numero uno. Goal numero dos? To look at this half as a challenge, yes, but not something totally insurmountable. This is supposed to be a little bit fun, too, right? So that’s my plan – find the fun in it, try not to have these mini panic attacks when I look at the calendar, and plug along, upping my mileage slowly but surely. I got this, right?? <—-note the pep talk to myself…
Anyway, I’ll leave you with a couple of random foodie thoughts before I wish ya’ll luck on kicking “hump day” to the curb…
- Totally in love with the Fitnessista breakfast cookie this week. Damn did it taste especially good this morning with my coffee after a rockin’ Ride class that left me dripping. SO GOOD. If you haven’t tried it – I highly recommend you give it a whirl.
- Is it weird that I’m excited for the salad I made for lunch today? No pictures of it here (sorry, I’m clearly not a food blogger, huh?), but it’s got mixed greens, avocado, blueberries, mango, grape tomatoes and baby cucumber with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette I made. MM. My love of salads has returned – I think Lara over at Thinspired would appreciate that, since her salad concoctions were the source of my inspiration recently!