MAF Update- Week 6 (Delicious Fish, Bumblebees, and Horses)

Chilly temps, delicious fish, some cheap straps, as well as bees and horses are on tap for this week.

Click here for the video recap for the blog.

MAF Update:

Fall weather is my jam.  I love the cool temps.  There is no better thing than to go for a run in the fall.  My Saturday run was on the lovely Dakota Rail Trail where you can still find a canopy of leaves to run under.  As the weeks roll on, this one seems no different; just putting in the work.  There was slight improvement in the times again this week.  I will take a MAF training break for the upcoming week for reasons I will update you on next week.

Here are my run distances and paces for the week:

Tuesday- 5.09 miles at 7:48 pace

Wednesday- 2.6 miles at 7:27 pace

Friday- 2.63 miles at 7:35 pace

Saturday- 7.51 miles at 8:00 pace

Sunday- 2.62 miles at 7:23 pace

Food Highlight:

Sunday breakfast is one of my favorites.  I get a great mix of healthy fats and veggies.  That combination is done through the help of sardines, which are a great way to get some Omega-3.  I did a complete blog post on this wonderful little fish.  Click here and check it out.

Workout Highlight:

Perfect for rows, dips, and other exercises

One of my favorite things to do is take an expensive workout tool and find a way to do something similar for a fraction of the cost.  That is what I did with this week’s highlight.  I took the idea of a TRX suspension trainer that can run you around $200 or higher and make something that cost me less than $20.  I bought truck tie-downs and anchors from my local hardware store that now hang from my ceiling. With them, I can do almost any exercise that the more expensive training system can do. Check out the video, linked at the top, for information and ideas.

Wisdom of the Week:

There is a mindset that I want to share.  I am not sure who to give credit to, but I found it in Joe Friel’s The Triathletes Training Bible.  The idea goes like this: “think like a bumblebee; train like a racehorse.” 

Be a bumblebee and believe

Let’s start with the bumblebee.  Anatomically, the bumblebee should not be able to fly.  It has a fat body and little wings.  The problem is that nobody told the bumblebee this.  It believed it could fly.  We need to believe we can do things.  At the first sign of trouble, we quit.  Be a bumblebee and believe you can; great things will happen.

Be a racehorse and put in the work without comparison

A racehorse, like other athletes, puts in a ton of training.  The thing that racehorses do, or don’t do in this case, is complete the training without question or comparison.  So often we have something that is going to take work and we look for an easier way to do it.  We also look around and compare our situations to others.  In an age of social media, we look at what others are doing and think they have it better.  Others don’t have to work as hard.  They get things handed to them.  Basically, the grass is greener on the other side.  Be like a racehorse and put in the work without worrying about others.  Every situation is different and you don’t know the circumstances behind the story.  Stay away from comparisons.

So, this week, be a bee and a horse.  Put in the work and trust the process.

That’s just a bit of my experience.  Have a great week.

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