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D Wagner's Blog

July 24, 2010

Well, again I have been slacking in the blogging department. I am happy to report I have been staying on track with my training and I have no injuries to report. I am up to running around 25 miles per week at this point in my training. I am running 4 days a week, strength training 2 days per week, and resting 1 day per week. I am very happy with my training group, Chicago Endurance Sports! I have developed some wonderful friendships in the course of my training.

 

I have also begun seeing a nutritionalist. So far I have dropped from 28.9% body fat to 26.8% in a matter of 5 weeks. I am continuing to drop body fat and I have seen an improvement in my running as a result.

 

I am running Chicago's Rock and Roll Half Marathon next Sunday (08.01.10) and am mentally preparing myself for the race. This race will show me if my body is holding up and I should be able to put out my marathon pace without being completely wasted at the end of my run.

 

I am getting massages about 2x per month focusing on deep tissue massages for my legs. I have extemely tight leg muscles that need to be worked on on a regular basis to keep me injury free.

 

I'm trying to maintain a positive mental attitude and look at each run I complete as a "good run". Some runs, of course, are a lot harder than others and I find myself at times stopping to walk and shaking my head to try and mentally get back into it. I think the mental game of running is proving to be a lot harder than the physical aspect of it. I'm actively trying to be more "zen-like" and not looking at my watch to see how fast I just ran the last split. It is a hard thing to do. I am fiercly competitive by nature.

 

Until next time....

 

Happy Running!

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