Way to Improve

Last week I posted why training has gone so well this time. I think it’s also a good idea to reflect on what I could have done better and – hopefully – will do better next time. (Can you tell I have Taper Madness and am overthinking everything leading up to the race?)

So here’s my list of things I could do better. Some of these are general comments, some are ways to improve specific bad runs:

  • Nutrition. I eat pretty well most of the time. There were times when I ate way too much cheesecake or was so hungry that I ordered pizza instead of making something healthier. But I wish I ate better. I go through phases of having lots of food prepared so it’s easy to grab something great but then the next week I won’t want to cook and may likely eat a bowl of cereal for at least one meal a day.
  • Cross training. I did quite a bit of cross training this time. I wish I could do more. I would really like to swim once a week, bike once a week, and do 2-3 strength training workouts (including a lot of core) every week. Does someone want to pay me to work out? Unfortunately I just haven’t made this a priority so it doesn’t happen.
  • Tempo. I don’t do tempo runs. I started doing more track/speed workouts but haven’t quite ventured into tempo runs. I think this would be really helpful but it seemed like too much to me. A long run, a track workout, and tempo most weeks only leaves one easy run a week. Maybe I’ll be ready for that next time.
  • Routine. I do best when I have a clear routine. At the beginning of training I was working and was really good at waking up before the sun and getting my workout in for the day. Now that I’m not working, I don’t have much of a schedule. I like having a routine but I’m not so good at enforcing one.

Okay…just five more days until the marathon! I think I can, I think I can…