It Gets Easier, I Promise


How do you run so much and do everything else?

Ummm, I just do.

No really, if things need to be done, I just do them regardless of how tired I am or how many miles I ran that morning. Your body does adjust to the workload. It’s pretty remarkable the way it adapts to the challenges you present it with.

I remember when I first started running and was training for my first marathon. I was worthless after a 20-mile run. The run was a struggle and I hurt the next day. Now, 20 miles is my favorite distance to run. It’s long enough that I can relax into it and let my mind and body go, but it’s short enough that I feel great for the whole run and then afterwards my head is cleared of cobwebs and my body is ready for whatever comes that day.

Sunday I ran 20 miles in the morning, did laundry, cleared out the garden, went to the grocery story, and cleaned house. This used to wipe me out, but not anymore. My body has adjusted. I have plenty of energy to complete all of this without being grouchy and irritable toward everyone. In fact, I get grouchy and irritable if I don’t get the 18 miles in because I have so much pent up energy that I feel on edge.

Training is hard, there are always days where you don’t want to get out there. The hardest part is always getting out the door. Once you’re out there, you will be thrilled with your choice. And the next time you don’t want to get out there, you will remember all the times before that when you didn’t want to but did anyway and how amazing it felt, and it will get easier to choose.

There are three things that you need to make any training program work: Determination, family/friend support, and keeping your priorities straight.

The balancing act comes in not because of the energy (which will adapt), but the time. We are all limited to the same twenty-four hour day. I recently put together my Iron-100 training program, which begins November 10, 2014 and goes through June of 2015.

It combines an ironman training program with a 100-mile program. The two events will be three months apart allowing me to peak for one, recover, and peak for the next.

I will admit it is a little daunting. It is going to require support from family and friends along with setting and sticking to my priorities. I can post it if anyone is interested, just leave me message in the comments.


5 thoughts on “It Gets Easier, I Promise

  1. thedancingrunner November 10, 2014 / 3:36 pm

    Love how you go for short and easy *20 mile runs*…haha even 11 marathons later 20 miles still is quite a bit of distance for me. I love it but it doesn’t feel short…you are definitely a true ultra runner!! One day soon I’ll be like you. 😉

  2. sarahdudek80 November 10, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    I am no where near where you with training but I too love 20 mile runs. I am happy to do any double digit distance. Absolutely awesome that you are beginning your training for the 100. Congrats to you!

    • Nicole Lowe November 11, 2014 / 12:39 am

      Thanks Sarah! What are you training for?

      • sarahdudek80 November 11, 2014 / 4:18 am

        Hi Nicole. Im just running for right now. I just coached 135 runners for the Chicago Marathon and ended up running 34 miles on race day. So for the winter I am just resting my body and enjoying nice easy 6 mile runs 5-6 days a week. I do miss long runs though!

      • Nicole Lowe November 11, 2014 / 4:20 am

        135 runners wow, that’s fantastic!

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