I really never put enough of a priority on having a strong core. I would rather run than anything and doing sit ups gives me hives. At one point I had a very strong core because I was cross training and swimming and running. This was just before my first half marathon which I finished in 2:02 and change. After that race I cut down on all my workouts and stuck to running only. I gained back 20 of the 50 lbs that I had lost which wasn’t all fat but it wasn’t all muscle either. My pace slowed down and I got lazy. It showed in how tired i was after a run, how slow I became (pushing 10 minute mile from 9) and how snug my clothes became. Recently I finally managed to work Tabata workouts into my running routine. I’ve worked arms, abs and butt. it’s only been 3 weeks but I now see it in my run stats. I am running faster without running harder. I thought that might be from running more but it is most assuredly from doing my core work and now I’m obsessed with a six pack again. I’ll take a 4 pack but getting a core of steel as much as I can at 47 is my goal. Sometimes you need to see it for yourself to understand it and believe it. Whatever it is, go get it and do whatever it takes to get there. You can do it!
It may sound strange but running slower always makes me want to run a marathon. I feel good and strong and happy when I run slower. I feel like I could achieve big things, great things, amazing things. It’s an infusion of motivation that kind of makes me laugh because slower should be de-motivating but it’s not when I think of it as training. 5.3 miles today after not running more than 3-4 in a few weeks. Now 5.3 might not be much in the grand scheme but when I finish and I’m not gasping or wanting a nap I feel like I could run another 5 and let’s face it after 10, 26.2 isn’t that far. LOL.
So a big shout out to my friend Barbara for not complaining as I pathetically tried really hard to not give her a heart attack. She never throws out the anchor, she just keeps chugging and probably more like wheezing as I drag her along. We’re good for each other and she is good company with realistic expectations and opinions of running that mirror my own. Besides she turned me on to these great running skirts that I am addicted to and can’t wait to get another of. I have spent much time thinking about what I want do do with my running this year….too much time in my opinion because I should have laid these out already but whatever, I’m having a good time not tied to a goal so this will be the year I wung it which is SO NOT LIKE ME. It’s good to be outside of normal once in a while. So back to the point..did I actually have a point here? Oh yeah, running slower with my friend is something I look forward to because I dream of what will come and how much I can still do.