Anyways, I was saying earlier how excited I am for my upcoming 10K race this Sunday, Dec. 6. It seems so surreal that it's finally almost here! Only 6 more days baby!
To prepare myself physically for the run, I ran my longest run the other day (7.5 miles), and now I'm slowly going to taper aka reduce my mileage runs and cross-train more. I ran 5 miles today, and I'll do simple 3 mile runs for 2 days this week. The remaining days, I am going to cross-train, whether I jump-rope or ride my bike, and on Saturday, I am just going to REST and sleep early to be fresh for the race! Sounds like a plan, doesn't it? Booya~
It's crazy how 5 miles does not seem like a long run to me anymore. Just back in October, I though running for 30 minutes was such a challenge. But now, I am able to mentally push myself further. I love that! It's so true how running is more of a mental challenge than a physical one. My friend Megan was right: If you can run 3 miles, you can definitely run a marathon. You just need to train yourself mentally. I'm hoping to run a half-marathon in the spring. Here's to a-hopin'!
My knees have been feeling weak for a bit. I need to start doing knee exercises! Here's one I found on this website (http://www.bigkneepain.com/knee-exercises.html):
Quad Strengthening Contractions:
Sit in chair. Extend legs, heels to floor. Keep knees straight (or as straight as possible if you have arthritis.) Tighten thigh muscles. Hold for count of 10. Relax for count of 3. Do 10 repetitions. You can do this several times throughout the day. You can build up to 2 or 3 sets of 10 repetitions at a time.
And for this week, I have lots to do. I must finish immediate homework assignments, catch up on reading, study for Clinical Nutrition Intervention & Assessment quiz, and start assignments for next week. Can I do this, or can I do this? YES I CAN... I just need help on focusing from the big G =)
How do you guys try to concentrate on your work? I wouldn't mind some tips from y'all!