Five Things Friday: Duh Edition

It’s been a minute since I did a five things Friday and this one has been bopping around in my brain for a while.

Here are the five things that everyone has always told me to improve my running that I really wish that I would have adopted before this cycle.  What can I say, I’m a slow learner.

youstilllikeme

you still like me

1.  Consistency will make you better.  Pick one plan, stick to it and make sure to hit all the workouts.  In the almost 8 weeks I’ve been on this cycle I have only missed 5 miles.  5.  And so far my running has really improved.broads

these broads really help

2.  Cross train.  I’ve always been sort of wishy washy with my cross training.  But since I’ve sustained two pretty serious injuries in the last year, I’m taking dialing down my junk mileage very seriously.  I can’t ONLY run 3 days a week so weight training and biking is the perfect way to augment my runs.  I will say that in the last month I haven’t been weight training as much in the last month but I’m still doing push ups and core work 2-3 times per week.  Once MB gets back I think I’ll be motivated to tag along to the weight room.

weighttraining

3.  Foam rolling and stretching really makes your training better.  I have very little pain related to my old injuries — which I sustained by not foam rolling and stretching.  So, the foam roller, the stick and the really cool stretching ball Mara gave me are my new BFFs.  I really wish that I had listened to um, everyone who told me to take care of my body with stretching.

4.  When it’s summer, and you’re training for a marathon, wear shorts.  Back in February, Mandy and I were talking about how I don’t wear shorts because well, I have a lot of real estate from the waist down.  I felt like I just wasn’t fit enough to be wearing shorts, I’m a chubby girl.  Then Oiselle’s CEO got involved and asked me to stop calling myself chubby.  It was really mind altering.

So, when the weather started steaming, I wore shorts for the first time.  LV  told me I looked great, totally unprompted.  Then I bought 4 pairs of distance shorts.  And I’ve stopped talking shit about my athlete’s body.  Not Olympian but whatever.

flystyle

#flystyle

The other thing (and then I’ll shut up about this one) is that no one is looking at me.  Like no one stopped me on the trail and was like you’re gross, wear tights.  Having the right clothes in these summer months has really changed the way my training has gone and they way I see and talk about my runner’s body.

5.  Stay positive.  Surround yourself with positive people.  Write down positive thoughts.  Dwell in positivity (thank you Fleshman Flyer).  You’ll become a self fulfilling prophecy.

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it’s so easy when this broad is by my side.

I promise, if you, too follow these age old, time-tested well worn pieces of advice are followed you too can have a flawless (probably) marathon cycle.

Any of these tips you know you should do but you just don’t?

5 thoughts on “Five Things Friday: Duh Edition

  1. M @readeatwriterun says:

    Is that Maria the amazing ultrarunner in the photo with you? Nice post. Good for you with the mind shift (and you do look great in those shorts – love the whole look especially with the huge grin, best accessory ever) It’s always hard to realize/remember no one is looking at you and judging you….they’re more likely worried you’re looking at them and judging them! 🙂

  2. Sara Welle (@swellecat) says:

    I’ve had the same thoughts about wearing tight, short-shorts, and like you and @readeatwriterun, I’ve realized that everyone else is worried what you’re thinking about *them.* I’ve always run in skorts (for similar modesty reasons), and tried a pair of the Stride shorts recently. A-MAZ-ING. I honestly think having less fabric makes me faster. Kudos to you for gettin’ after it! Great post!

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