August: Get Back in the Game

standard August 28, 2014 Leave a response

August went by way to fast! I am so ready for cooler weather to eventually find its way to TX. Probably won’t happen until November, but I can hope.

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This month’s running goals were all about rediscovering your mojo and getting back in the game. Summer is a hard time of year for running, especially in TX, and it’s easy to get in a rut. I know I did pretty quickly after moving back here. The heat was horrible. The humidity was worse. And the hills were just torture. Here’s what I did this month to try to get ready for the final stretch into fall (and marathon day!)

Head for the trails. Running on concrete and asphalt is hard on my feet. So is the beating sun. Trails usually mean shade. And new terrain keeps me on my toes, as I have to focus on where I am going and what’s underneath my feet.

Schedule fun. Make sure to include fun workouts. I gave up on hills outside because they were so numerous and long. Moving my hill workouts and speed days to the gym helped me get more excited about these workouts again. I used to LOVE them until the humidity killed all my enthusiasm. And treadmill workouts that change often keep them from getting dull so the time goes by fast.

Set new goals/sign up for a short race. Having a half marathon in the middle of marathon training really helped to break it up. I had a more immediate goal to focus on that kept me going. And now that it is over, I have even more drive now to meet my marathon goal and keep up the hard work.

Mental game. Envisioning how I will feel on race day knowing I did all I could to make it easier to get out of bed each morning. No regrets!

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Any tips on how you get back in the game when you’re in a training rut?

(Psst! Exciting posts coming up next week … Get ready!)

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