Whew it has been hot over here! I think summer has finally arrived in the twin cities!
I’ve been so used to running whenever I feel like it during the day, that it was shocking when I went out and felt like I was going to die of heat stroke last Tuesday.
That day kind of put a damper on my motivation for week 3 of half-marathon training.
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Catch up with my half-marathon training here:
Week 2 (Also check out the Justin’s Nut Butter raffle going on now!)
The raffle is to benefit Girls on the Run, an amazing organization focusing on teaching young girls about self-esteem and health as well as training them for a 5K! I appreciate any help! Plus the prize is pretty sweet.
I did, however, get my cross-training in AND do some weight training at the apartment gym. Although it was rough outdoors, that apartment gym is kind of amazing temperature-wise. They have it set to a cool 68 degrees F PLUS I crank up the fans in the room. Saturday I ventured down to the gym and found I had it all to myself while I watched my beloved Big Bang Theory.
It was seriously the best run I have had all month…one of those where you feel like you could run forever with a big ol’ smile on your face.
Since I do count walking for my overall weekly miles, I did manage to come only half a mile short for the 12 mile goal mark even though I only ran twice last week. Not too shabby.
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I was reminded last week that it is okay to:
a. Walk, and
b. Jump on the treadmill.
(since the race will most likely be indoors), having an amazing run that gets me excited about physical fitness sure as heck beats a schweaty, technically better outdoor training run.
Other things I’ve rediscovered to motivate my running include:
a. Delightfully satisfying recovery smoothies
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 6-8oz Silk Vanilla Almond Milk
- 3/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 ice cubes
For more running fun, check out the full post here
b. New gear.
Asics 2000GTs and a Nathan hand-held water bottle. (I’ve always loved Asics, but I’ve never tried a water bottle with a strap before! So excited to get out and use it!)
Is it weird that I get WAY more excited buying fitness gear than normal, girlie clothes?
I have also finally embraced the obnoxiously bright workout shoe trend. I year ago when I got new shoes I got all weird about the purple Asics the salesman offered me, thinking they would not match any of my workout gear. As if that really matters nowadays…
I bought those exact shoes he offered later in the year for my back to school wardrobe (consisting solely of workout clothes). Go figure.
Although I lost motivation early in the week, I found it again and am ready to start week 4 of half-marathon training! Let’s make this a good week, friends!
How do you find your motivation?
Do you own obnoxiously colorful workout shoes?
Would you prefer going on a workout clothes or girly clothes shopping spree? Shopping spree…drool!
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