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Running- ways to stay ‘on your game’

Earlier this week my good friend Franzi and I talked about those inevitable destructive thought that pops up during our runs. We both have them, and I assume that most people do. They normally come towards the end of my run. When I’m stating to feel slow and tired I think I might as well  just stop now, or walk for a few seconds.

When it comes to the short runs I’m not to bothered if I walk for a few seconds, (Though I normally don’t) some days I’m just off my game. But with the long runs it’s a bit different. Personally I feel, that if I stopped and walked for a min or so in my run, I didn’t actually run the full distance. Not that it is not a great achievement in itself, but I have 2 reasons for me thinking like this.The first and most important: I’m training for my first 1/2 marathon. I need to know that I can run the distance I set myself to do. If I have walks in all my runs, how will I know that I can do the 1/2 marathon distance on the race day? Secondly, it’s a major motivating factor for me. Thinking of the first point It’s a way for me to push myself and don’t stop until I’m done.

Franzi motivation board

Franzi's motivation board.

I always want my runs to be amazing. Most of the time they are really good, but there will be those runs when we all struggle a bit more. It could be part of the run, or the entire run, sometimes you’re just off your game, and that’s ok. I decided to write down a few bits that keeps me going and helps me to push through. The first tip is for me more important than any other self motivation.

1. BEFORE my run I decide the distance of today’s run. Only if I break a leg or my trousers split will I stop. By having this pre run statement, my mind and body prepares and gets ready for the challenge ahead. I mention a little bit about this in my post about keeping your NY resolutions. The point is simple: If you tell yourself you will try, you might as well give up now. You program your mind to try, not do.  When I tell myself I will run 11k tomorrow, I program my mind to do just that, and by doing so I will go that extra length to make it happen. Nothing will stop me.

2. Be prepared- you know hard runs will come. I sometimes feel like stopping 2-3k before planned, and walk for a bit. Maybe the run got a bit boring, I’m tired, my knee is niggling a bit, got fed up with the music, it could be anything. If you are prepared for the hard runs, and know that the discouragement will happen, it will be easier to deal with. Find out what motivates you to keep going, keep this in mind when you become discouraged. When you are aware that discouragement can come, it will not completely throw you off your game.

3. Think about why you are doing this, and the good feeling you will have when completed. This is a good one. When I’m out running I often imagine how amazing it will be on race day when we run over the finish line. This always make me smile and push harder. Think about what your ultimate goal is, short-term or long-term. Use this as a motivation factor.

4. Have you managed to fight the discouragement before? Think about what you did last time. What motivated you not to give up? Was it changing it up a bit, like doing some jog/run intervals? Did you take another route than first planned? Did you think of something that motivated you? Or did you tell yourself: run…just…to…the…next…rock, the next stick, and then the next and next until you were finished? Whatever it was, do it again and keep in mind that you know it works. This will reinforce it and make it easier.

So what motivates you? If you have any tips and tricks you’ve tried out, put them in the comment box.

*Waves*

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Half marathon update – It’s BERLIN!

I think a quick update is in order, first and foremost to tell I have now registered to the Berlin Half Marathon which is to be held at the 1st of April 2012.

Woohooo *claps hands*  OH YEAH!!

Secondly to say, that because of  some misunderstanding with dates we will not be running the Potsdam run. I first thought this would be at the end of April, it isn’t!  It is at the beginning of June, which is slap bang in the middle of my exam period. So even though I’m pretty sure that come exam time I wish I had a proper reason to be outside running rather than being cooped up inside studying. (That was a long sentence-sorry.) I’m being clever in deciding now that my education is more important than doing a run. But there’s no reason to whinge, I’m doing the Berlin one instead, which is just as amazing as Potsdam.

This is the course of the run, going right through the city of Berlin. I’m really looking forward to run through the park and past the river. I might jump in for a cooling swim after the run – if it’s legal.   I hope it’s legal!

That’s it for now, more updates on training, preparation and whatnots later on.

Running a Half Marathon!

So OMG, it has now been decided! My good friend and fellow ‘ToneItUpSister’  Franzi and I are running our first half marathon. This will be happening in Germany at the end of April 2012. More direct, in Potsdam just outside Berlin.

The rest of this month we will be reading up on tips and techniques, and get all prepped for our training. We will also find a running schedule that fits us. A good schedule is crucial for a good and steady training. It will be very hard and difficult at times and it’s then important to have a well developed schedule, that we feel comfortable with, to follow. To have someone to train with is essential. Even though she lives in a different country than I we will still have daily contact of our process, keep each other motivated and push each other whenever that’s needed.I think there will be a lot of pushing and butt-kicking. There’s no slacking through workouts.  🙂

When 1st of September arrives we will both be prepped to start our training. I’m imagining sleeping in running clothes and shoes, popping out of bed to rush out for a run in the early hours of the day. This is our official start of the training, it will give us 8 months to get ready for the big day.

We can do this, lets power through!

Daily activity

I used to bike to work, but as of now I don’t have one (eye-ing a new bike) , my car is hurting and can’t move, and the bus is utter shite, so therefor i decided the other day to jog the almost 13 km home from work. When i say jog i mean my interval schedule with jogging, running and walking.  And with Franzi’s interval mix it’s all much more fun.  🙂

You may get home a bit later than usual, but for me that’s not a problem, my working hours vary anyways,  and i don’t have kids i need to come home to quickly. Other than my boyfriend, but he can make his own food if he gets hungry. He’s good that way.  But the benefits from it are so great, so I put together a little list of some of the positives:  ( NB! There are no negatives. )

  • It gets me in a good mood and gives me energy for the rest of the day.
  • Brings me out of that lazy slump I end up in at the end of the day.
  • Work out is over with and there’s no chance of pushing it aside for other things.
  • Gets me into better shape 🙂
  • Saves money on fuel, and boyfriend can get the car. ( his suggestion)
  •  The feeling of fresh air, which is good for both body & mind.
  • Really really healthy and refreshing.
  • Other – what do YOU love about biking or running to or from work?

So there we go.  Now go do it!

‘You’ll never regret a workout’ – ”Tone It Up