last weeks before marathon

I guess marathon training is taking its tool on me as I’m incredibly tired this week after lasts week’s training (70 km in total). I’m behaving like I would after a marathon: running less and taking some rest.

What is bothering me now are…my teeth! One of those will have to be devitalized, I just discovered that and i want to have it done before marathon. I know it’s crazy to schedule your dental care around my race calendar but I don’t want to be on painkillers on the start line.

How was my last long run that made me rest this week? Terrible. My glute was on fire, I was tired, thirsty and slow. And I stopped like a million times. I guess the marathon will go just fine. Honestly, I’m more worried about my teeth than my pace now. Ok, just a little bit more.

The marathon is in less than 3 weeks and I’ve done all I could. It wasn’t perfect but everyday life is like that. You fail but you have to go on #life #wisdom

mud, mud everywhere

On Sunday I ran and easy trail but damn it was muddy like no other I ran.

I didn’t have that much fun: muddy, foggy and cold. Strangely the distance was bearable (30km) so at least I trained the mental part of the race (remember ? the one I struggle with the most)
So each puddle of mud has a silver lining I guess.
And I have a nice colorful pair of Brooks Caldera to run trails.

Trails&co

Last week I went with my friends for a non competitive run in the countryside. It was mostly off road with some uphill parts. I wasn’t terribly fast and it was only 24 km but I ran all the hills, I drank all the hot tea at the refreshment points and I finished happy.

Today I came back even more happy on my normal running route and I realized that for some time I haven’t changed it. So next week I’m running a trail, short one and not very hilly. My legs but also my head need some change sometimes. Overall I like running now and running likes me back.

Time goes by, days are getting longer

Time goes by, days are getting longer

The positive thing about running early* in the morning is that you’re not capable of fully realizing what is going on. Well, you see the pace but you’re not blaming yourself too much for not being at your top form.

And actually I don’t really know how my training is going. Sometimes I’m too tired during the work week, sometimes I don’t care and most of the times I’m focused just at one workout at the time. I hope it doesn’t sound too miserable, I’m just trying to do me best and have some work/workout/life balance. I’m at the ‘trust your training and go with the flow’ stage.

In the meantime I’m reading ‘Alias Grace’ by Margaret Atwood and I’ve seen 5 good films
Darkest Hour
Virgin Mountain
Ladybird
The shape of water
3 billboards outside Ebbing

And a great  exhibition of James Nachtwey’s photos (the photo you see is from this event).

And that counts as something.

*by early I mean 6-6.30 am

not ready yet!

Another week flew by and I have to say I don’t feel any more prepared to the marathon than I was before. It’s going to be my 15th marathon (I think, I lost count) and I still find myself thinking: am I able to run a marathon? I guess you’re always a beginner at running because you have to reset so many times. Running after injury, running in winter, running in summer, it all makes me feel new to it.

So far I’m still struggling to get faster, those intervals ain’t getting any easier. I’d like to speed up and run a half before april’s marathon. Turin, Verona, Lago Maggiore?

Oh, New Year’s goals!

 

I have already registered for two races, Paris Marathon (8th of April) and another one I cannot tell (cause superstition) but still I’m having trouble rolling out of bed on a weekday early morning to go for a run.

I can’t wait for days to get longer, I simply hate running in the dark!

 

Good deeds of the week: I bought a 3 sessions from my osteopath. Just in case. Just to take care of myself in the 2018.

what’s your morning routine?

Roll over and sleep until you’re too late for work.

 

Nah, that’s not me but to be honest I’m always too late, especially in the morning.

 

Lately I became obsessed with time efficiency,lifehacks, anything that could save me some time in the morning. Every time I read articles about morning routine I think I should wake up at 4 am to meditate, run, do yoga, prepare green smoothie and cherish the sunrise.

The thing I find the most upsetting is the claim some people make: I wake up so early because I’d like to have time for myself before the day starts.

Which doesn’t mean all those people live their lives in service of others, it just means they don’t have time for themselves or they think they don’t. I get it, time before work is the time when I have energy and focus to do something for myself but is it right to do so?

 

My focus and self-concentration should be limited to the lonely hours at the break of dawn? Only in solitude can we find our true self?

 

I’m really quite self-concentrated person but somehow it gets me that only the time I spent by myself is considered ‘me-time’. That solitude has gained this supreme value.

 

I guess a yoga class is me time and although I won’t make the conversation with others I still feel their presence is essential to me.

 

Time on my own is often hectic while time with others have different rhythm. I like being on my own but I don’t believe that once you’re in the world you loose yourself. You let yourself to do so but it’s you, not the others that make this happen.

Book review: eat sweat play

I took a liking to non fiction only recently and it was because  of the running related books.

 

I heard about “Eat sweat play” few times from a non running women and admittedly I snobbed it. Because reasons.

 

Well I thought that’s the book about how sports can be fun written for women who don’t like sports. So I never thought of reading it. Months later I read an extract from the book and it wasn’t actually bad. I bought the book and it was one of the more interesting books I read in the last months.

 

What is it about?

 

Women and their relationship with sports. Amateurs or professionals we all have to face the same problems.

Everyday women often think that sport is for men or that they won’t like it (after almost always horrible school experience) or, even if they finally get into physical activity, they still feel bad that they won’t be feminine enough while sweating.

Professional athletes have to face the femininity issue plus the amenorrea or how the period affect their performance. This last issue is still not addressed by the coaches if not by advising a pill to suppres period. Can you believe that Paula Radcliffe has to think about it? Well, we all do.

 

New things I learnt, new things I remember.

Apart from the chapter about period and athletes I will remember that even if you’re a pro it still counts if you’re pretty or not (in the eyes of media and public). When Venus Williams was winning all there was to win it was ….. Who was signing all the major sponsorship contracts. Venus was called names because she was considered masculine.

 

Who is it for?

Honestly: for everyone. At least for every woman. I thought it would be only for women who are reluctant to move but..I was really pleasantly surprised.
More books like this! Go and read it!

A life of a morning runner

I’ve never been a morning runner, rather a ‘before lunch’ type of runner. That’s my thing and in ideal world that’s what I would always do: sleep (not too much, just the right amount), have breakfast and 1 to 2 hours later I’d go for a run.

I still do it on Sundays. Ah, Sundays.

Now I have to squeeze my runs in the morning before I go to work. I still consider myself quite lucky as I start at 9.30 am and i have to go out at 8.45am. And I don’t have kids.

I can plan my workout as I want to.

 

On my running day my alarm sets off at 6am.

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I fight with the feeling ‘fuck it I want to sleep’ for a few seconds and then I dash to the kitchen and I light fire under moka. Then I dress (I have to say that preparing everything the evening before helps a lot). Coffee is ready and I sip it careful not to burn my tongue and I chew on a date or two or on few almonds.

I learnt to do few things in advance or in contemporary so I don’t waste time. Like putting my garmin outside before putting on shoes. None of this would be possible without caffeine.

I go out and I run (writing it is much easier than actually doing it but #Irollwithit), sometimes I win sometimes I just have to be glad that I got out. Sometimes fresh air wipe my brain off the bad thoughts and sometimes it brings out all the things I wish I’d said but I didn’t.

Once I’m done I go back and I drink a big mug of water&lemon, I put my running clothes in the washing machine and I take shower. Yes, I worked out this routine to save time. #efficiency

Then I have breakfast while reading the news on my phone and/or scrolling down my Insta feed. #glamlife

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As you might have guessed now none of this is epic and it doesn’t resemble a nike ad.

 

Why do it then?

 

Once it’s done you don’t have to worry how the day goes.

Sometimes you have to work late, sometimes you’re more tired in the evening or just something comes up.

Strangely it gives you energy for the day or at least for some part of it

 

You’re less hard on yourself.

I’m quite pissed when I don’t hit my optimal pace or the scheduled pace but I know that running is a blessing, managing to squeeze your run into a busy day is sometimes a miracle so why bring yourself down?

 

You feel like a badass afterwards.

I think I should make myself an according t-shirt. #lifegoals

 

Why it sucks?

 

Waking up early. I don’t know about you but I’m a solar battery and I fuel with sun. Getting up when it’s dark for me is a nightmare.

 

Going to bed early. Sometime it’s hard to explain that you have to go to sleep when people want to party/dine/watch films until dawn (when it’s dawn that you have to get up).

 

Planning. I plan a lot and sometimes I really don’t want to think about spreading my clothes out to have the ready the morning after.

 

Energy. Like I said running gives you a burst of energy for a start but there are days that it’s not enough (on the other hand it happens also on non-running days).

 

At the end of the day the choice for me is run or not to run. After work I want to do other stuff, relax, meet with other people and so on.  Sometimes I’m just exhausted and I want to lay on the sofa. It’s up to you, put running into your daily routine based on your priorities. Don’t apologize. It’s your choice. As three-time Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae said:

“Yeah it sucks some days, but you get up and do it anyways.”