When I started training for this marathon, I decided to do things differently.
1. Amp up my weekly mileage totals.
2. Incorporate an additional off day into my schedule.
I felt like those two things go hand in hand... I would have more quality runs (less fluff days) and to make sure I wasn't over doing it... take 2 days off a week, instead of just one. Brilliant, right?
Well, it would be brilliant... except... that I'm a cheater. That's right. I admit it. I cheat on my training plans. But, not in the way you'd expect.... I mean, sure we all cheat sometimes and skip a day or whatever... but, I cheat on my REST DAYS. I mean, how sick is that???
All week as I've climbed out of bed at 5:30 or 5:45, I've thought to myself... okay, well, I'll take a rest day tomorrow and I'll be able to sleep in. But then every night, when I go to bed, I say to myself... well... I did have that slice of pizza today or those cookies... so, I'll just take a rest day later in the week... until, it's friday and I've ran out of days! Oops! So, what did I do this morning... I got up and ran 3 fluff miles. Why? Because I had a slice of pizza yesterday for lunch and 2 cookies. It's like when I get into training mode... I become this crazy calorie counting nazi. Which seems like a good thing, right? Except that I don't stop myself from eating things that I want, just because they're bad for me.... I just say to myself... ohhh... well, I'll just run extra to burn that off. But, bloody hell I need freaking rest days sometimes!!
What this boils down to... is that I need a cross-training regime.... some other way to feed my calorie counting obsession. That way, instead of cheating on my rest days... I can just cheat on my running :)
But finding a cross-training regime for me to stick to is nearly impossible. I mean, the thing I love about running is that I get up early in the morning and step outside my door to do it. I don't have to drive anywhere, I don't have to plan around it. I just get up and do it and it's fast and easy. But, I need to buy a bike or join a sports league or something. Uggh.