❤️ DoubleTap & Tag a Friend below⤵
Following @insta_sports_running for some awesome photos !!!
@nycrunningmama : One year ago I made one of the best decisions of my running "career". After years of feeling like I was working hard but not seeing (or more importantly, feeling) the results I expected while also feeling like I was running myself into the ground and overtraining, I turned to my friend @itsamarython for her widsom and guidance.
In just one year, I saw times drop from every. single. distance I raced while my approach to training changed. I think I got so caught up in what I saw other runners doing on social media that I thought I had to do the same to gain strength and speed. But with Mary we did:
- Less weekly mileage
- Less 20+ milers (I only did one run over 17 miles before NYC)
- More long run workouts (14-16 miles with lots of faster miles and intervals)
- More focus on my health (choosing unplanned rest days over running myself into the ground)
- Smarter racing (I negative split both the NYC marathon and NYC half)
We have goals and I am working hard to run faster (because let's be honest...that's fun to do). But I truly believe Mary has my long term health in mind and that it's not about the finish line time (that's just icing on the cake). She works to safely manage my training load while I juggle family, work, a long commute and a social life.
Mary has also injected an excitement into my training. I wake up giddy to try workouts and anxious to see what the week has in store for me.
I'm not running these races shooting for a time. She doesn't give me finish time goals (only general pace guidelines). Which allows me to focus on feeling happy, confident and strong AF during these races.
Sometimes you have to go so far outside your comfort zone to see growth. You have to trust in the process. Go against what it may seem most others are doing. And sometimes you have to put your complete faith in someone else.
I did that with @itsamarython a year ago and I've never looked back 💗
#running #run #runner #instarunners #runners #instarun #runhappy #tra