I’m back this Thursday for Thinking Out Loud Thursdays with Amanda from Running with Spoons! I guess I just have a lot of thoughts I need to offload right now.
My boyfriend got me the new Samsung Gear S2 for Christmas…I’ve noticed since I’ve started sleeping with it that my sleep habits have improved a LOT from where they were this time last year. Maybe it’s the fact that I no longer have to wake up at 4 am every morning or maybe it’s just the fact that I’m happier and in a better place overall? I’m not sure but I know I’m glad to be getting more sleep now!
Gasparilla is coming up THIS MONTH! I signed up for this race 9 months ago and it felt like a lifetime away at that point. But now it’s right around the corner. My happiness for this is twofold: I’m beginning to feel a bit burnout on the training phase & I’m going to get to meet a whole host of awesome people from the Sub-30 Club!
The Sub-30 Club was started by Ted Spiker from Runner’s World magazine as a group of people who were looking to break 30 minutes in a 5k. It morphed from that into a large group (I think 3000+ at the moment!) of people who support and encourage each other for all their running goals. We have people in the group who run marathons, ultras, triathlons, half marathons, 10k’s, 5k’s, elite runners and back of the pack runners, obstacle racers…the list could go on and on. What’s amazing about the group is the support and positive mindset that’s encouraged all the time. I’ve been a member since mid 2014 when I first became a runner and since then I have met and interacted with several of the members- some in real life and many via the internet. However, for Gasparilla a group of about 50 is coming to Florida! I’m so excited for this because normally most of the large group meetups are centered in the Northeast, where a majority of the group lives. A lot also live on the West Coast- also nowhere near Florida. While there are several who do the runDisney races, it’s going to be awesome to have this big group down in my hometown to hang out for the weekend and #runalltheraces. I’ve been interacting with most of these guys for the last 3 years so it feels like I’m going to be meeting some ‘long lost friends.’ Some people have told me that’s ‘stupid’ but I don’t care what they think- I’m so happy to finally meet a bunch of them in person!
On the flip side, I think I’m ready for a break from running after Gasparilla. A short break- but I still need a bit of time off. Training for challenge races takes a LOT out of you. It’s high mileage and a lot of back to back days of running (at this point I don’t see how anyone trains using the Hanson’s method- 6 days of running a week sounds horrible)! While I know the back to back long runs will mentally and physically prepare me for race weekend, I’m starting to feel burnt out on my training. The last several months have been full of high mileage for me- October (81 miles), November I was injured so no real running for me that month, December (67 miles) and January (63 miles). I think after the race I’m definitely taking one week (at least) of no running- I’ll do cycling still and maybe some yoga, but I need a much lighter schedule. And I need to reset mentally before starting marathon training in April.
Some exciting news: I’m starting a new workout with Tough Mudder! Right now I have a series planned on Wednesday nights at GYM SRQ in Sarasota- it’ll be a bootcamp class that focuses on how to overcome certain obstacles on the Tough Mudder courses. I also have a class that I’ll be doing in April at Live Training Center in Palmetto…anyone who is in the area should totally come check those out! It’s going to be a great workout and there will be discounts for those who want to sign up for Tough Mudder from those workouts!
That’s about it for me today- I’ll leave you with one important question…
Do you get training burnout? How do you deal with it? Have you ever been in an online running group? Would you be excited to meet them in person?