Marathon Training: Rest days

This morning I woke up and made one dang delicious breakfast of cinnamon french toast with strawberries:

Cinnamon French Toast for One

  • 2 pieces of bread (I used Aunt Millie’s 35 cal)
  • 1 egg white
  • splash almond milk
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • cooking spray

Heat skillet to medium heat and cook on both sides until brown. Top with strawberries and your choice of syrup (I used low-calorie cinnamon – mmm!).

Following this breakfast I read up on some scripture, drank some coffee with a mud mask on my face, and then did some fantastic spring cleaning! It feels so nice to have everything so clean!

Tomorrow is my first race since the tough mudder and my first half marathon since the Indianapolis one I did in October where I PR’d. It’s just a local race put on by the Ohio River Road Runners Club (ORRRC). It’ll be an interesting one since it’s local and probably pretty small.

So, two things:

1. Use other races to train for your marathon. When you use races to train you are training in the atmosphere that is most-like the atmosphere you will be in on race day. When you are training regularly there’s nothing like actually getting in a race, surrounded by people, aid stations handy and being timed. It’s great practice for the real deal – plus it’s fun!

2. Rest. I am so bad at resting – I tend to feel guilty if I skip more than one day a week. I know this is a bad way to look at things. It really is. It is so important, however. I did TRX again two days ago for the first time in probably a month and my whole body was sore. I needed some time off to let my muscles rest before trying to push out a great run on Sunday. Taking the time off gives your body the chance to repair and also prepare.

Read up on the importance of rest for runners and athletes, here:

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Rest up, friends!

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Sabbath

During summers in high school, I recall staying up all hours of the night.

On AOL Instant Messenger. That just happened. 

Remember good ‘ole AIM? Well, I loved it and remember spending countless summer nights in middle and high school chit-chatting away with all my “buddies.”

Anywho. I normally am in bed before midnight, usually 11p. I get up daily around 5 so sometimes its nice to actually sleep, you know?

But last night. Last night. Phew. I stayed up until after 3a with some friends… and then went to church at 930a. Yikesabees.

Still around the same amount of sleep I normally get, but my body feels wacko.

So after church I just laid around watching the Cincinnati Reds play some ball and checked my online classes. Note that I just checked them. I’m feeling that lazy that I didn’t even do any school work (I’m working on my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, FYI), I just checked some discussion posts and made sure I was on the ball. Or ready to be on the ball, come tomorrow.

But then! I walked to this outdoor mall that is about a block or two from my dwelling and ate this:

Patriotic fro-yo! No sugar added ‘nila with blubes and strawbs. MMM, yum!

with a friend! It was delightful. We sat outside and watched all the kiddos play in fountain and talked about God, life, relationships and all things sticky. By sticky, I mean the things that just stick with you, you ponder them often. And by sticky, I also mean I had sticky fingers from the fro-yo, but we didn’t talk about that…

Welp. Planning on taking a walk (nope, still not running…) with a friend in a bit. I should probably try to actually do some homework…

No physical health tip for you. No delicious recipe. But something better to leave you with:

Open your hands and your heart to receive this day as a precious gift from Me. I begin each day with a sunrise, announcing My radiant Presence. By the time you rise from your bed, I have already prepared the way before you. I eagerly await your first conscious thought. I rejoice when you glance my way.

Bring Me the gift of thanksgiving, which opens your heart to rich communion with Me. Because I am God, from who all blessings flow, thankfulness is the best way to draw near Me. Sing praise songs to Me; tell of My wondrous works. Remember that I take great delight in you; I rejoice over you with singing. (June 25)

Just a little passage from Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young.