Julie Warren

Julie Warren

 

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It hit me this week that the Great Wall marathon is only four weeks away. After I splurged and ate a chocolate bar, I got to thinking and realized maybe I need to adjust some of my own expectations.
All this down time after the LA Marathon has had me worried that I've lost all the fitness I've gained. Fortunately a long run today confirmed that it's done a lot of good!
With just eight weeks left before the Great Wall marathon and a crazy packed schedule, I've spent the week figuring out how I'm going to balance work, life, and training.
Last weekend was the LA Marathon and it was the most enjoyable race I've done in a long time, if not ever. I set a PR for the course and met all the goals I had hoped to achieve.
This week I'm finishing up my taper week for the LA marathon. I've never done a short taper like this before, so I'm curious to see what the results will be on Sunday.
Finally this past week, I received quantifiable verification that my plan is working. It came just in time - only two weeks until the LA Marathon!
This week I decided to leave the GPS at home, take off my watch, and just run. With all that freedom to just enjoy myself, I think I fell in love with running all over again.
I ran a 10 mile race last weekend. The results were not what I hoped, but what disappointed me most was how I handled the race mentally. Now I'm trying to focus on positive thinking.
No injuries to report this week, thank goodness. However I did face some mental battles this week and my biggest struggle has been getting outside my own head.
This week's lesson: listen to your body. If you feel pain, take a few days off and give your body the rest and recovery it needs. Chances are, you'll come back stronger for it and be grateful you did.
I got great times on my 5K and hill run this week. Unfortunately I also experienced some of worst lower back pain in my life. Forecast for the coming week: lots of heat, ice, stretching and yoga!
This week I focused on my short-term goals and I think it really paid off. These baby steps will go a long way in preparing me for my bigger, long-term goals like the Great Wall of China marathon.