48 Days until I run the Green Monster! I have been training for about 12 weeks now but honestly when I am not training? I got in a good long run on Saturday and pushed it to the limit for sure. Yesterday my left heel felt off not sore just off so I decided to walk and do some yoga in place of another longish run. I am feeling strong but I know this race will challenge me as a runner for sure.
Total elevation climb is 7690 feet. I have been running 3-4 times a week plus working out at Thomas DeVietro Strength & Conditioning 3 days a week and also doing yoga. I feel good about my physical training now I need to crack down on my nutrition and my mind!
The mind is the most powerful thing during a long race like this. I think this is what draws me so close to yoga. Yes I love to be active and move my body but I love the grounding and breathing that I learn through my yoga practice. If you have not done yoga before very often towards the beginning of the practice the teacher will encourage you to set an intention for your practice. This is a word that you will think of often during your practice it can be something for yourself or maybe you want to dedicate your practice to someone else. My intention is almost always peace.
My mind has always been over active ever since a very early age. If we do not get our thoughts under control they can lead us to many dark places which I know all to well. My main goal in life is to be peaceful. I have this peace sometimes but I want it always. I also hope to teach this peace to my children and everyone else I meet.
Life is so amazing. I am truly blessed. I am very thrilled to have the ability to be training for another trail event. I absolutely adore running in the woods. I feel so full of life and carefree while running on the trails. I love pushing my body to the limit and seeing exactly what I am capable of!
Who else is training for an event? What mantras do you tell yourself while you run?