Marathon Training 2019 Day 10: Inspiration

January 23 2019 trail running film festival medium“A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot.” – Joe Vitale

Running in Colorado can be truly inspiring because of the natural beauty. This morning’s run/hike was no different, especially with the falling snow. In addition to being inspired by Colorado’s natural beauty, I was also inspired by last evening’s Ledlenser Trail Running Film Festival in Boulder. One of the films that was presented was “How to Run 100 Miles”, which was the story of two friends (Jayson Sime and Brendan Leonard) who train for and run their first 100 mile race, which as the Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile Endurance Race in Steamboat Springs, CO. If you’re wondering, no, I’m not changing my goals for this year and running a 100 mile race! 🙂

This film portrays the adversity that the two friends each had to overcome in their training and in the actual race, while still supporting each other as friends, and crossing the finish line together, ahead of the 36 hour cut-off time. I highly recommend watching this film, if you haven’t seen it.

Another film that has inspired me in my training for several marathons is “Spirit of the Marathon.” I can’t watch this one enough! Whenever I feel not so inspired with my training I’ll watch this film.

Today’s snowy run/hike was for ~60 minutes. Immediately afterwards I performed the following exercises:

  • Leg swings forward and back with both straight and bent leg (10 repetitions of each for each leg)
  • Leg swings side-to-side with both straight and bent leg (10 repetitions of each for each leg)
  • Single-leg stand (~30 seconds for each leg)
  • Prone planks (~30 seconds)
  • Side planks (~25 seconds)
  • Supine planks (~20 seconds)
  • Clamshells (20 repetitions on each side)
  • Quadrupeds (15 repetitions on each side)
  • Double leg hip bridges (10 repetitions)
  • Toe yoga (10 repetitions times for each foot)
  • Fire hydrants (10 repetitions on each side)
  • Knee circles forward (10 repetitions for each leg)
  • Knee circles backward (10 repetitions for each leg)
  • Single-leg balance (~30 seconds for each leg)

After these exercises, I performed static stretching; holding stretches for one minute.

Recommendation: Today, I recommend aerobic cross-training at a low to moderate intensity for 20-45 minutes.  Choose a form of aerobic cross-training that you enjoy.  After cross-training, I recommend performing the following exercises:

  • Leg swings forward and back with both straight and bent leg (10 repetitions of each for each leg)
  • Leg swings side-to-side with both straight and bent leg (10 repetitions of each for each leg)
  • Single-leg stand (~15-30 seconds for each leg)
  • Clamshells (10-15 repetitions on each side)
  • Prone planks (~20-30 seconds)
  • Side planks (~15-20 seconds)
  • Supine planks (~10-15 seconds)
  • Double leg hip bridges (5-10 repetitions)
  • Quadrupeds (10 repetitions on each side)
  • Toe yoga (5-10 repetitions times for each foot)
  • Fire hydrants (5 repetitions on each side)
  • Knee circles forward (5 repetitions for each leg)
  • Knee circles backward (5 repetitions for each leg)
  • Single-leg balance (~15-30 seconds for each leg)

Then, perform either active isolated stretching, foam rolling, static stretching, or yoga poses for a cool-down.

Tip of the Day: Consider what inspires you. Is it natural beauty, or hearing of someone else overcoming a significant challenge? We can all use some inspiration, especially after weeks of tough, fatiguing training. Whatever inspires you, I strongly encourage you to incorporate it frequently in your training and in your life.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if I can be of help in any way.

For today, be inspirational!

Your friend and coach,

Brian

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