Every time a race rounds the corner, I begin my little prep-plan. I watch what I eat a day or two before. I make sure most of my calories are from veggies, fruits, potatoes and stick with water for my beverage of choice. Then I stretch and make sure I’m in bed at a decent time so that I’m not tripping over myself in exhaustion while I run.
I take care and put a lot of effort into my planning before race day no matter if it’s a 5k, 8k or 10k.
But what about my runs throughout the week? I mean, I’m putting down anywhere from 6 to 8 miles a week. Am I putting forth the same amount of effort in my weekly training runs as I am my races?
And the answer is a chagrined no. I kick at the dirt and scuff my toe when I realize I don’t take half as much time and effort during the week when I’m just running to exercise and improve my pace as I do when a race rolls around.
Once I realized this, I thought to myself how foolish of me not to make more appropriate plans during the week for each run I schedule with my sister. No WONDER I’m freaking tired and unable to get through a simple 3.5 mile run. I’m not properly fueling my body and I’m probably loading myself up with food that only slows me down instead of pumping myself full of the energy I need.
So back to the drawing board I go. I gotta make better plans surrounding my food and my running schedule during the week so that I can properly train without a hitch.
If anything I’ll give it a go and see how I feel.