Running is easy…running is hard

Today was day 9 of my CIM training. So far I’ve done everything on my training schedule, no slacking. While on my run last night I had a few thoughts going through my head:

1). This run is going to be a good one – even after a day of sun at the A’s game.

2). Running is easy…a few minutes later…running is hard

I’m sure lots of runners go through this. You have runs that kick ass and then you have runs that kick your ass. Thankfully, yesterday’s run was pretty nice (running at 8:30 at night is great! Cool weather, a little breeze…) I have FINALLY realized that what I eat and what I do on my off days really determines how my runs are going to go. Hey, it only took about 1 1/2 years of running to realize!

Actually I have realized this for a few months now. Since I started counting calories, watching what I eat and weight training. In the next couple of weeks my long runs are going to be going from 4 miles to 8+ miles. Like I’ve been saying, this time around I am taking my CIM training serious. I read an article from Runner’s World about ways to extend your long runs. Great advice check it out Runner’s World Running Tips

Today my long run was 3 miles…getting crazy!! πŸ˜‰ I it ran on the treadmill, so here is my run from last night. Also 3 miles:

Marathon Training Short Run – 3 miles by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

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Sorry in advance if you’re tired of reading about my weight loss & getting in better shape. I feel like I’ve been talking about it a lot. I did want to post this picture though because I haveΒ people telling me they want to start running and asking what to do. Sometimes I feel like my advice falls on deaf ears. What I mostly get frustrated with is people wanting to just go out and run. No training schedule, never looked into good running shoes, don’t warm up/cool down, no reasearch on fueling for races/runs. Now, I am no expert by any means, but I’ve been there & done that. The picture below on the left was November 2012. I wasn’t following my training schedule, I was dealing with a knee injury, and I was eating what I wanted (fries, pizza, ice cream, beer, wine). People would say “you just ran 10 miles, you deserve – insert crappy food here-” . The picture on the right is June 2013. Properly training, eating well and injury free. And trust me, I have spent hours researching how to run, stretching, what to eat, running shoes…if you want to be more serious about running like I do it’s best to know what you’re getting into. Running is easy, but it is hard too.

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Obviously there is nothing wrong with wanting to go out and run for the fun of it. But please, at least take it slow at first. Slow pace and short runs. You HAVE to start small if you want to stay injury free and have fun! Running is the best thing I could have done for myself. I love every run I do, even if I hate it while I’m doing it – which luckily for me isn’t often πŸ™‚

Finally, had to say happy Father’s Day to my dad. We went to the A’s game yesterday. It was probably one of the best games I’ve been to. Back to back home runs, 5 home runs in all and of course they won!! Fun times!

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2 thoughts on “Running is easy…running is hard

  1. The last marathon I trained for, I didn’t care about my nutrition. I ate Mexican food like it was my job and drank wine each night. This go around, I’ve been eating better (still not awesome but much better) and have cut the wine out except for Thursdays (I usually cross train on Fridays) and Saturdays (to celebrate my long run day). The result-I’ve dropped 15 pounds and my pace has gone from 8:45 to 7:30. Why did it take me so long to figure this out??

    Congrats on sticking to your program and making those changes! You are going to rock the marathon!

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