4 Weeks Fit

I saw that Erin announced this link-up on Friday and I wasn't going to participate...I had a different post planned for today and everything...but then I had a big wake-up call this weekend about how I've been treating my body lately so I wanted to join in. I have my third marathon coming up in 3 weeks so the timing couldn't have been more perfect!

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So, for the last 10 weeks, I've been training for a marathon. I run in the neighborhood of 30 to 35 miles a week, about double what I'd be running if I weren't training for anything, so that's a lot for me. I also try to cycle for an hour every week, fit in strength training once or twice a week, and do yoga to complement all the torture exercise I put my body through on a weekly basis.

I haven't been feeling my best during workouts lately, and it came to a head this weekend when I had to stop before I even got halfway through my 20-mile run, my last big long run of my marathon training cycle, because my blood sugar was low and I was feeling too dizzy and lightheaded to continue on. I had eaten breakfast like normal, but looking back at the week, I realized that eating breakfast that morning was about the only thing I had done right for my body all week. Too much takeout, too many late nights (most of them spent studying), too much alcohol, not enough water...I couldn't think of anything I had done to really prepare my body for the big run I was going to put it through over the weekend. As I was writing my weekly workout recap and thinking about what I needed to do not only this coming week, but the next few weeks leading up to my race, this linkup popped into my head. 

With 3 weeks left, I have no significant workouts left on my training plan; there's no workout I can do that will make or break my race. The purpose of this time tapering is to get my body rested and recovered so that it's as strong as it can be on race day, so I'd like to spend the next few weeks taking care of my body properly.

Go to bed by 11pm. 
I don't think my quantity of sleep has been severely suffering, which is why I didn't make this goal to get a certain amount of sleep. What I need more than quantity is quality. My natural sleep cycle is to fall asleep around 10 or 11 and wake up at 6 or 7; even if I go to bed at midnight and get up at 8, meaning I still get 8 hours of sleep, I find that I wake up feeling like I didn't get a good night's sleep.

Drink at least 100 ounces of water a day.
For a long time I had a 1L Camelbak that I would fill up at least 3 or 4 times a day, no problem. I lost it in December and replaced it with a .75L bottle, but I just lost that bottle too (a big reason why I didn't drink enough water last week). I ordered another 1L bottle like I used to have so I can get back in the habit of easily taking in 100+ ounces of water daily. 

Cut out alcohol until after Shamrock. 
I used to be a lot more diligent about my alcohol consumption when I was training, especially for long runs. Now it's not at all unusual for me to have a beer or wine with dinner a few nights a week (or more, if I'm being honest), even the night before my long runs. I used to be too afraid to drink before big runs because I thought it would make me feel like a hot mess; when I did it once and still had a decent run, I guess that fear went out the window? But just because it hasn't completely ruined my running doesn't mean it's helped, either. I'm sure I'm continue to drink at points through other training cycles, but seeing as I'm in the home stretch of this one, I'd like to just stop completely and see what happens. 

Make breakfast smoothies in the mornings. 
I always eat breakfast in the mornings, usually a piece of toast and an egg, but I find that I'm starving an hour or two later (second breakfast is a staple in my marathon training, don't judge). I don't see myself drinking just a smoothie for breakfast, but I'd like to start making them so I can take them with me and drink that when my 10am hunger pains kick in.

Drink a recovery drink after workouts.
I don't know why I never do this. I have a recovery drink, but I probably drink it after about 5% of my workouts - that's not good! I'm so bad at recovering properly from workouts so this is one step I want to take to hopefully make it more of a habit.

19 comments :

  1. Thanks for linking up with us!! ;) I need to do better about drinking recovery drinks too, that is a really good one! Jared ALWAYS does and is always getting on me to, but a lot of times I feel like I can't eat for awhile after I workout. That needs to change! Good luck with all your other goals too- I'm excited to cheer ya' on this month!

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  3. I just tried commenting and it wouldn't let me! Let's try this again! I'm excited for you and these goals!!! I think getting a new water bottle will make your water goal way easier! I also need to start drinking a recovery drink after workouts. Do you have any good ones you recommend?

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  4. I needed to read this today, especially the first point. I have *never* been a good sleeper, ever. But I need to try harder. The past coupe of weeks have been particularly bad and I'm sitting at my desk right now, feeling like utter hell and fighting to keep my eyes open because I'm so tired. Guess how easy a time I'm gonna have getting through a few miles this evening? And I agree on the alcohol too — I'm not even a big drinker, but even one drink can be a migraine trigger for me, and I need to stop even remotely messing with it when I have an important run coming up. It's just not worth the pain of the headache OR the pain and frustration of the missed or bad run. Oh and I never, ever, ever have a recovery drink after a run. Ever. What do you like/recommend?
    Love how I just took your post and made it all about me. Oops. But I think you're super smart to have the revelations that led to this post and these sound like great goals for the coming weeks. Rock on, Tracy.

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  5. I really love your goals, do you need a buddy? I always tell myself I'm going to do the water / day thing and it never happens all the way. And the go to bed by 11pm is solid - something I definitely need to consider or work toward! Good luck my dear! Make March yours!

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  6. Smoothies in the morning is a must for me. I signed for for the Simple Green Smoothies 30 day challenge a few months ago for free and got so many awesome recipes. I know they are doing one again in April, but if you follow them on Instagram, they always have good recipes posted. Good luck with your training!!!

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  7. I think you have some great goals here! I have been making chocolate peanut butter (PB2) protein shakes for breakfast each morning the last two weeks and it has really helped my hunger.

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  8. I need to pick up the water intake myself...
    I was doing the smoothie thing but ended up starving 2 hours later ... at least an egg & toast keeps me going up to 4.5 hours later

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  9. Awesome goals! Good luck this month!

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  10. I like how you included sleep on this list... so important but something I frequently don't focus enough on

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  11. I'm so glad that you're doing this too! It's a little extra motivation for me to stay off the booze this month. Although I might want to have a celebratory drink for you on the 22nd haha Last month was a wake-up call for me because I got sick (and still am) right at the end of the month and I'm sure it's because of the way I've been treating my body. Our trip back home sort of took it out of me with too much drinking and eating out. March is a super busy month school wise and I'm hoping the lifestyle changes will make it a little easier to manage. Good luck!!!

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  12. Good luck with your goals!

    I should have cut out alcohol as one of my goals! I never usually drink much during the Winter but lately a glass of wine (or two) a night has been the norm

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  13. I am the same with sleep - if I get the same amount, but go to bed later and wake up later (which doesn't happen during the week because I have to get up at a certain time regardless), I feel groggy and messed up.
    I'm honestly not a big drinker (I know when I go out, or talk about the mimosas it doesn't seem like it lol) but I can't imagine I'd feel the best if I drank one or two before a run either. I haven't ever had a recovery drink (oops) but I do love a good smoothie - I have obviously never trained for a marathon, but even without that, it's not quite enough to fill me up unless I chuck some protein powder in there.
    I think it's awesome that you are recognising what you need to do to treat your body right for Shamrock :)

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  14. 100 ounces of water a day is impressive! I'm lucky if I get the standard 64 in. The biggest thing I learned about marathon training and long runs was the effect of alcohol - just like you, I couldn't drink anything or I'd experience horrible side pains! If you can do it now and still crank those runs out, then I don't see the harm. Unless you just want to cut back in general :)

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  15. I can't relate to this in the sense of training for a marathon, but I came to the same conclusion a couple of weeks ago when I wondered why I never had energy-- and then looked at what I had been eating. Not putting any food in my body until 2pm most days because I don't feel hungry is clearly a poor choice! And isn't it crazy how having a water bottle makes the biggest difference in how much water you drink during the day??

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  16. Breakfast smoothies! You might have already seen this post, and if so, forgive me. But seriously, this changed my life: http://www.theladyokieblog.com/2014/04/mind-explosion.html

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  17. I've been wanting to get into breakfast smoothies too! I'm going to check out Amanda's link above! I also need to be better about recovery drinks. If I'm at the store and thinking of it I'll usually pick up a chocolate milk but better than nothing right? :P

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  18. With the exception of a vodka soda here and there I have largely cut out drinking for now to lose some weight. I also find that drinking tons of water helps my body feel good and I drink smoothies for breakfast. The only think I continue to struggle with literally daily is the going to bed by 11 thing. I just cant get that right!

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  19. These are awesome goals! It's crazy how much what we are eating and drinking effects our workouts! Monday is always 10x harder on me than any other day of the week. Thank you so much for linking up with us, you are going to rock these goals!

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