Now that the Holidays are over and I have returned from my runDisney Marathon Weekend, I feel like I am getting somewhat back to normal! The stress of the gift buying, cooking, parties and travel is almost overwhelming!
In a previous post, I mentioned that I would be running 48.6 miles over the course of four days at Walt Disney World Resort. I ran all of those miles and amazingly, I felt fantastic at the end of the fourth day!
I ran with my friend, Carrie Burrows. We did not stress about having the fastest finish time. We focused on having a fun run and not getting injured! However, we were trained to run the 48.6 miles just a bit harder if we had wanted to.
In 2013, I ran the same races (3.1, 10.2, 13.1, and 26.2 miles—AKA Dopey Challenge) but did not feel as great after the finish as I did this year. I think there are a few reasons why….
- I’m in tune with my nutrition. I have almost given up all unnecessary carbs, am drinking my breakfast (protein shakes) and do not eat sweets, fast food, soft drinks.
- I’m very aware of my sleep patterns. Since I have been taking Food for Sleep, I have been sleeping soundly at night and have a ton of energy in the daytime. It’s amazing what a good nights’ sleep can do for you!
- I have been taking lots of classes in the gym. Working on my core, strength and cardio is paying off!
Training to run a marathon (or multiple races at once) can be exhausting all in itself but trying to balance everything else in life is even harder to me! The things that I struggle with (kids, family, housework, sleep, diet) are the things that I have to stay on top of all of the time, not just while I’m training for a race. I am finding that taking control of these issues makes the training just a little bit easier.
I’ve got another fun weekend of running down at Walt Disney World in my near future so I am gearing up for that now! I’m putting in the miles, the nutrition and the sleep to get trained. 🙂
Kristin is a busy Mom to three sporty kids, wife to a husband who is ALWAYS coaching, a 7-time marathoner and is always “ON” but never on time! Read more of her posts at bamagirlruns.blogspot.com.
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