Happy Easter! A long long extra long weekend is just beginning. Sweet!
What could be a better start to the long weekend than waking up at 5:30am to get ready for a long run with Pauly and Louise? 5:30am pre-coffee I might give an interesting response to that question! Now, post run I can say, There is totally nothing better than an early morning run!
22kms was on the plan for today. Being Good Friday and the traffic much quieter, we chose to run along the Meander Highway out to Exton and back. It was dark and cool but it didn’t take long to warm up. I can’t say any of us really warmed up all that much though, autumn is here.
Part of my focus on preparing for the Great Ocean Road Marathon is to get my race nutrition sorted. After all this time you’d think I’d know what I’m doing! This time around I’m going back to jelly beans and Hammer gels and being more diligent about proper eating and drinking the day before all long runs. So far so good. I’ve found the trick is to eat that jelly bean way before I need it. This is not a new lesson but one that I’m applying with dedication and discipline.
We all loved our run today. Thanks Louise and Pauly!
This week has been week one of a new challenge that I’m doing through work. It’s call Ritualize. I’m loving it. It’s all about making positive changes and the 80/20 lifestyle. This 80/20 lifestyle is something I’ve been trying to apply for over a year now. I’ve never called it by that name, but so far everything I’m learning through this challenge runs along the lines of what I’ve been trying to do. Eating well. Sleeping well. Moving more. Being mindful. Cutting out sugar and toxins.
And guess what? I’m coming first! Who said I wasn’t competitive? (Umm….think that was me).
There is a great set of videos that reinforce the lifestyle choices I’ve made and to say it’s motivating is an understatement.
A big part of the challenge is to establish rituals. One is a simple walk around the block during work hours. I can do this in less than 10 minutes so it’s not a big chunk of time at all. Best part of this challenge is that it’s getting me up off my chair more during the day. I’ve got my own pushup and burpee challenge going on and a few other things. Did I mention that my bio age is -9 years? But let’s not talk about the no-alcohol challenge (mega fail!). There is a great little video about it.
Move more. Sleep well. Eat well. Be mindful. Above all be happy! Simple things but so hard to do and be, this challenge is showing more ways to do all this important stuff.
This Easter I hope you get to have some down time and do the things you like to do. If it’s running I hope you get a really happy, encouraging run in. I so appreciated the run this morning especially the awesome company. I’m definitely one run stronger and one run more prepared for the challenge of running three marathons in 2016.
Happy running 🙂