The twenty seventh day of marathon training

Got up at six and ran six miles at slow lumbering pace. My right foot was still a little tender from my weekend fifteen miler. Thankfully, my marathon training schedule has me running lightly this week, thank God.

Barefoot Boring Marathon Training Day 16

Fitness is a sexy bitch: Shit’s getting real! My right foot has been giving me slight problems. I’m running in the 4mm connect Xero shoes. They offer absolutely zero support and no cushioning whatsoever. They merely prevent the rough Oregon roads from chewing and stripping the skin from my soles. The thin sandals expose my soft toes to the sharp stone spikes cemented with clay into the trail. The angled rocks brutally smash into the tender, bruised point between my toes like a medieval morning star. When they strike, sharp bolts of agonizing pain fire my straight into my cerebral cortex forcing me to shout and curse, but not to limp. Luckily, my marathon training program offers plenty of recovery days, so the pain  isn’t stopping me from achieving my goal.

In other news, I bought a hydration pack for my upcoming long runs. Last week, I ran twelve miles, which is about as far as I can run without taking water and carbohydrate gels. The unwatered twelve miler brought me a little too close to my danger zone. After my run, my arms and legs were caked with salt, I could literally  scrape off the white crystals. They sparkled in the sun’s light. In the kitchen, I felt a little woozy and had to steady myself by clutching the sink.  My stomach was queazy.  Fortunately, it wasn’t anything that an orange, a banana, and a glass of water couldn’t cure. I recovered enough to work a full day afterward.

By the way, I ran six miles today.  Twenty minutes of my run was at 85% to 90% of my max heart rate. I felt great, but I was a little disappointed over the laggardly pace. I’m well within my target marathon pace, but I secretly I want to run much faster. I know I’m training for a sub four hour marathon, which I know I’ll achieve easily, but a part of me believes I’ll run the marathon in under three hours. 

All this marathon talk has me excited for tomorrow’s early ass morning run. See you then.

Want to Discover 5 Killer Secrets that Spark the Urge to Run?

I never regret running around, I always regret sitting around.
Motivation is as simple as saying "Yes!"

You’re tired, it’s hot, and you just don’t feel like going for a 10 mile run. It happens to every runner at some point.

Luckily a friend of mine stumbled upon some tricks to jump starting motivation. I have used these tools to achieve one of my running  goals: a weekly 10 mile run! That’s double of what I usually run. How did I go from dreading 10 milers to loving them?

  1. Pre-run snack.
    Jack told me that he discovered that the lack of energy was a major factor in discouraging him from endurance training. He told me to nibble on a Tarahuarma Corn Cakes just before going out. The extra energy pop ignites the urge to hit the streets.
  2. Pre-run drink.
    Jack also gave me his secret recipe for his 100% all natural energy electrolyte  concoction. It’s a mixture of Coconut Water, Lemon Juice, and Stevia. It tastes like what I imagine a kick-flip with the shoes flying off into the airs above a skatepark in Portugal would feel like if it were a flavor for the tongue. The drink rapidly hydrates, and it turbo charges the cells with electrolytes. I drink the energy juice before, during, and AFTER my long runs (anything over 5 miles in the heat is a “long run”).
    I have noticed that charging up before a run makes a world of difference. I enjoy my runs much more when I start off well nourished and hydrated.
  3. Handheld Cheerleader
    Since I only run for pleasure, not competition I switch to DISTANCE Mode on RunKeepr (Runkeepr is the smartphone app I use to track my mileage).  I set RunKeepr to update every .5 mile. Her sexy vocal updates keep me focused.
  4. Pre-Run Music
    Jack doesn’t listen to music when he runs because it takes away from the experience. He does, however, rev himself by cranking some tunes up before he runs.
    Here is my personal list of audio adreline:
    Circle Jerks Wild in the Streets
    (Good Song to have running through your head. I will make you wanna run wild.)
    Suicidal Tendencies Institutionalized
    (It’s NOT about running, but it makes me laugh and gets me revved up.)

     Agnostic Front Gotta Go
    (Has a great cadence that makes me want to pound the concrete.)

    Coffee Project I Will Run
    (A slower song, but the “I will run” lyrics loop nicely.)

    Hansen MMM BOP
    (This song is an empty calorie ChocoTaco for the ear drums. But it lifts my mood.)
  5. Sleazy Car Sales Tricks
    My best friend was also a successful used car salesman. He gave me the Holy Grail of sales tricks.  At first blush, sales seems far away from running motivation; it’s not. Sales is about overcoming customer’s tendency towards procrastination.  The trick my friend would use to get his customers past procrastination was to get them to agree with him on a small matter. For example, if the customer expressed interest in saving money at the pump. My friend would say something like, “With gas pricing climbing this summer, you’re only going to love saving more and more money with each fill-up. Saving money at the pump makes sense, doesn’t it?” The customer would agree.
    I wasn’t sure what that trick had to do with motivation for running. My friend told me that the magic is in breaking up the big scary process of buying a car into smaller chunks, gaining small agreements all of which build comfort and lead to the closing of the sale. He suggested selling myself on running too. He urged me to break-up the running ritual into easy steps, and then to sell myself on the steps. For example, he said selling myself on putting on my running clothes, then selling myself on warming up, and so on. Once the clothes are on, I’m running. It’s weird how small steps always lead to something greater.

Do you have any motivational tricks?

Post in the comments section below.

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