Chicken stuffed eggplant and red peppers
Some people can’t stand to be with their own thoughts for more than 5 minutes. While training for the half marathon and the Ironman 70.3, I’ve realized that being able to spend long periods of time not only by yourself, but without any distractions is a given.
I use this time alone to push harder, to focus on the present moment and to pay attention to what my body is telling me. This is making me a better athlete.
What about you? Do you love spending time alone or dread it?
I had a great run this morning. The hills in Prospect Park are a nice change from the ultra flat loop I ran in Williamsburg.
I’m loving all this green!
Major progress on the swim front
When I first started Crossfit (over 3 years ago), I couldn’t even lift the 45 pound weightlifting bar. Over the course of the next few weeks I improved quickly. I was able to move onto “real” pushups, not only pick up the weightlifting bar solo, but with some added weight as well.
I’m feeling these same extreme gains again. This time, in the pool. I’m feeling confident and strong. Everyday I train in the water, I work with my thoughts and my fatigue. I make every lap count and my body is responding amazingly.
First of all, I just want to take a minute and say (again) how much I love Prospect Park. It never leaves me wanting.
Another day another brick. Yesterday, I did a 32 mile bike ride and a 4 mile run. I felt good on the bike and I surprised myself on the run. I kept my normal, fresh-legs pace. Maybe I need to start pushing a little more on run only days…
All those early morning runs. Those long training sessions. The nights where you go home early to rest up.
You do this for yourself. You do this because you love it. You love how it feels, you love how it makes you push, you love seeing yourself improve.
Next time you hit the road/track/pool/gym. Remember, you do this for you.
Your brain can be your biggest ally and also the biggest thing holding you back. In training, as well in life, we need to learn to turn off the part that says “this is too hard.” Because the truth is, your brain starts its complaining miles and miles before you truly have reached your limit. It’s not too hard. Keep pushing. You can do this.
I don’t think there is a better feeling than running in a summer rainstorm with a friend.
I had two great workouts today. Although, when I got out of the pool this afternoon, I thought the water training was over. But Mother Nature had something else in mind :)
You always have the power to change your situation. And you can do it this minute. You don’t have to wait for tomorrow, next week or next year. The consequences or repercussions will be larger for some, but the choice is always there. You and no one else holds this key.