I never hear anyone use the word “super.” When I ask someone how they are doing, they never say, “I’m doing super!!” No one ever says, “This froyo is super,” or, “I saw a super movie last night.” I don’t know why…It’s a great word (even if it is a little on the dorky side). It’s positive, fun to say, and you can make it sound better by adding “duper” at the end. All I know is I’m going to start saying “super” more often and I’m starting now.
I had a super duper 10 mile run yesterday! Last week’s 9 mile run was bad and I whined about it in my last post. I’m glad I whined about it because Kat from Travel. Garden. Eat reminded me that occasionally, a bad run is going to happen while training for a half marathon and she is right. I did not want a repeat of my bad 9 mile run so I adjusted a few things to make sure my 10 mile run was…say it with me…super:
- Hydration – 9 mile run: I did not hydrate the days leading up to the run. 10 mile run: I made sure to drink plenty of water all week long…which I should do anyway.
- Food the night before – 9 mile run: Pizza for dinner and a couple glasses of wine. 10 mile run: Teriyaki chicken and rice and no tasty alcoholic beverages. Just water.
- Food the morning of – 9 mile run: I tried out a new oatmeal. It was a sample that we received in the mail…who knows how old it was or where it came from. I think it had a bunch of sugary junk in it and it was a bad breakfast choice. I knew better than to try something new the morning of a long run (yes, 9 miles is a long run for me). 10 mile run: Toast with peanut butter and bananas plus a cup of coffee. This is a breakfast I can count on.
- Attitude – 9 mile run: My attitude was fine until my hips and feet started to hurt. At that point, my head just wasn’t in a good place, I didn’t feel great about the run and I was focused on the wrong things. 10 mile run: I made sure any chatter going on in my head was positive. I had some upbeat songs on my playlist, and when things started to hurt I just focused on putting one foot in front of the other. I reminded myself that this is not rocket science…I am certainly capable of moving my body from Point A to Point B.
- Post run thoughts – 9 mile run: “This sucks. How will I be able to continue for 4 more miles? I’m sore. Somebody call me a “wambulance.” (Any Modern Family fans out there?) 10 mile run: “This rocks! I did great! I feel great! 3 more miles will be a breeze! I have enough energy to run to my car!”
There were some big differences between my two runs and I now understand I cannot underestimate the importance of my food, water and attitude choices…especially as race day nears. I have a feeling that May 19th is going to be a SUPER day!