First off, have you seen this list of 16 Quirky Runner Types yet? So funny. The one I most identify with:
I also read Sarah Mac's blog post How To Go Faux Pro. Every day I think of how cool it would be to be a professional runner, thinking that is mostly fueled by all of the elite running blogs I read. I assessed my current state against Mac's list. Here goes:
Nutrition - This is an area that I am increasing interested in, fueled by completing Whole30. I have really paid more attention to getting more fats in my diet and have had great results. I eat way less sugar than I used to (but still eat sugar!). I am adding Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition book to me to-read list! (Let me know if you have any recommendations in this area!)
Massage Therapy - This is an area that I do really nothing in. OCCASIONALLY (read never) I will drag out the foam roller. I would LOVE to get a massage on a monthly basis.
Physical Therapy + Body Work - I paid to have an assessment done prior to half marathon training and I have been working on some of the stuff, but not as much as I could be. (Point me back to this the next time I get injured.) I need to do more yoga. This is something that I have really struggled with incorporating back into my routine since switching jobs. (My previous job had Tuesday Power Yoga over the lunch hour.)
Recovery - As I mentioend last week, I am working on running my recovery runs slower. I have also been eating an RxBar or a Picky Bar immediately upon walking in the door from my runs, which is new to me this training cycle. Initially I had to force myself to eat it as I didn't feel hungry, but now I have trained my body and the tummy is waiting for it!
Sleep - I would love to get more sleep. Currently if I am lucky enough to sleep through the night, I get about 7 - 7.5 hours of sleep. I know I do better with at least 8.
Practice Race Day Fuel - I have not been good about this at all. My plan was to try out Gen Ucan products during this training cycle and I haven't yet. There is still time!
Be Your Best You - I feel that this training cycle I am doing this, something I was not doing during Boston training cycle. The more I self-reflect on those four months, the more I am aware of how freakin' stressed out I was, particularly about pace and getting really down if I didn't hit my goal paces.
Speaking of goals, my other goal is to be Gwen Jorgensen. #lifegoals Here are HER next life goals. (P.S. Did you see how she CRUSHED the Twin Cities 10 miler?! http://www.flotrack.org/article/47083-triathlete-gwen-jorgensen-aces-pre-new-york-marathon-test)
That's all for this week. Happy Friday and Happy Reading!