I got so excited about the weekend that I decided to start mine on Thursday. First I caught up with Troy from Active Life DC at Kramerbooks. The empty glass is mine obviously.Active Life has some exciting projects in the works!
Then, off to Darlington House to wish my friend Kristen a happy birthday!It was a late night (and by late I mean I had to go to bed past 9 p.m.) so I sure am glad I didn’t have to wake up and run my heart out today. Instead I just did some quick yoga/stretching since I never stretch. Watching a “movie” is pretty much the only way I can make myself do it.Speaking of no running — one question I’ve been asked a handful of times is if I run every day. The answer is no — because that would make me hate running and become a worse (and/or injured) runner.
I’ll share a quick personal story (and some supporting links: here, here, here, and here). When training for my first marathon in 2009, I ran seven days a week. Monday through Friday I would run six to seven miles a day, all at the same medium-effort pace. On Saturday I’d do a long, slow run; and on Sunday I’d be back out there, covering five to six miles again. Though my mileage quantity was high, the quality was extremely low (relevant post). Basically I was covering about 50 “junk miles” per week (and slowly going insane from the monotony of my workouts). Come race day, I made it to the finish line at 4:00.
When my second marathon came around a year later, I did two things differently: 1) Took a rest day every week and 2) Did a track workout every week. Come race day, I made it to the finish line at 3:40 — 20 minutes faster than my previous race!
I attribute pretty much all of my improvement for that second marathon to rest days and speed work — which improved the quality of my runs. Rest days also mean that I don’t hate running or think it is terribly boring/the worst thing ever/want to die every time I put on sneakers.
Lettuce, hardboiled egg, turkey, red pepper, carrot, cucumber, cherry tomato, avocado, craisins, and BACON. I definitely out-saladed my last cobb salad with this one.I kept it pretty basic with this dressing that I make all the time (olive oil instead of vegetable oil). I used to buy pre-made dressings at the store and then realized that they were a waste of money.
- Do you take rest days?
- Any motivation to stretch? Websites? Apps? Routines?
- Do you make your own salad dressing?