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The Spirit of the Marathon

Posted Jul 26 2010 11:27am

Training Calls for: Rest (yogAHHH)

Miles Run So Far: 101

Days Left: 77

I’m finally at the point with my schedule this summer where I will openly admit it: I over-scheduled myself.  Oops.  (Yes, you were right, Mom.)  I’m not usually one to bite off more than I can chew because I always find a way to balance all of it, but right now, I’m choking.  Just a little.

It’ll be okay.  No need for the Heimlich yet.

I’m balancing two online summer classes, a full time job and marathon training.  Add that to a normal life where I normally want to spend normal time relaxing and hanging out with my husband and friends and things are getting a little tough.  The thing is, I can’t really let go of anything just yet.  I’m past the point where I can drop the classes and there’s NO WAY I’m going to stop training, so I just have to keep plodding along, doing what I’m doing to balance it all.  I will be very excited once these two classes are over…and even more excited when I can call myself a marathoner and just run whenever I feel like it and for how long I want and not adhere to a schedule.  Yay.

Because of all this, yesterday, when I felt tired and lazy, I went with it.  I took naps, watched a movie with Sam and generally did nothing productive except grocery shop.  I needed it.  It felt good. :)

I hope I don’t come across as a whiner.  That’s not my intent.  I just sat down to sum up yesterday and thought, “how do I explain I did NOTHING?”  With a little background info, I guess ;) .

It was back to the grind this morning!  I hit the snooze just once and made it down to my own personal yogAHHH studio (the basement) by 5:45.  I was surprised when Sam joined me for about 15 minutes.  YogAHHH is not his thing.  It was cute.  After only about 20 minutes myself, though, I turned it off in favor of some deep stretching and foam rolling while keeping one eye on the Today Show.

Breakfast this morning:

Behold!  The return of Oats in a Jar!  This peanut butter jar has been patiently waiting on the counter since the middle of the month.  Since I swore off all possibly-portable breakfasts after having to eat so many at work, it got lost in the shuffle.  Today’s mix was the fabulous cottage cheese oats (equal parts Trader Joe’s Steel Cut Oats, water, soymilk and cottage cheese — to protein it up!) and blueberries.  See the berries peaking out from under the oats?  Hello, blue!

Berries also populated my salad today:

This is one of my favorite salads, ever.  Period.  Spinach, strawberries, feta cheese, walnuts.  Dress in EVOO and balsamic vinegar.  Inhale.

A sidekick bananner also contributed to lunch:

And an apple and four o’clock yogurt round out the meal.  Sam and I have a date night planned tonight (BBQ!) and I want to save my face stuffing for later ;) .

The movie we watched was a documentary called The Spirit of the Marathon .  Wow.  It came highly recommended from a new friend who has run several half marathons and multiple marathons.  She said it was incredibly inspiring, and she was dead on.  If you haven’t watched it yet and you’re a runner, I think you’ll appreciate it.  If you aren’t a runner, you’ll probably just think all the people are crazy.

The Spirit of the Marathon follows six runners as they prepare for the Chicago Marathon: two are elite runners (world record holders or Olympians), two are already established marathoners (one who is trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon) and two who are running a marathon for the first time.

I was in tears by the finish line.  It was so neat to watch the culmination of those peoples’ efforts and it gave me a boost and re-invigorated me for training this week.  I’ll probably be a wreck when I cross my own finish line, judging by my reaction to these strangers’ stories.  Really great movie.  The best part?  They interview Hal Higdon, who’s training plan I am religiously following.  He’s such a nice guy ;) .

The movie served as a wonderful way to pass a day when you just needed to do nothing and rest AND revved my running engine for training this week.  Go rent it!


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