Saturday, August 16, 2014

Week 2

Today was the end of week two and I have to say that despite this crazy week, I managed to do 80% of the week's workouts.  My father-in-law ended up having some acute health problems and stayed with us for 4 days.  So despite some of my best efforts, there were 2 days that got a little jumbled up.  Saturday is my long run.  It's kind of weird for me since it used to always be on Sundays, but I think I'm going to get used to it.  My long run today consisted of 3 miles and I have to admit that it was way better than I had thought it would go after this long week.  Right now I'm focusing on trying to get all of my miles under 14 minutes.  I'm sure that sounds so slow to another runner and personally, I could seriously walk faster than I can run sometimes.  I'm hoping that by the time the Marathon is here, I'm down to under 12:30 min/miles.  I'm thinking that's actually a pretty good goal.  After all, it's not about how fast I do it, it's about doing it & finishing!  And I know I'm going to have to do the early start and have all kinds of fast people passing me.  I'm okay with that.  Maybe I should make it another goal to get to a certain mile before those Boston qualifiers zoom past me?  After all it's a 2 hour head-start.  Hey, it just occurred to me that maybe I'll make it to some of the cool snack tables before all of the good stuff is gone!   That was always my problem at the other Half Marathons I did.  I'm so slow that by the time I made it to like mile 7 or 8, all of the GU and other sugary snacks were gone and it was the standard Gatorade drinks throughout the run.  I'm not complaining, but really, is there a shortage of GU or something?  You have 13,000 or more runners and only order enough for the first 10,000?  I always wondered this as I run over thousands of packages, but got handed the lovely Lemon Gatorade...YUCK!  
The other day I was telling someone about this plan of mine to run a full Marathon.  We were talking and I happened to mention that hopefully I would lose this 20 extra pounds that I've accrued during my training.  She asks me, "don't you need all of that to help you train?"  Seriously lady??  Look at me!  I'm chubby.  I don't need any of this to help me!  As a matter of fact, I'm sure my knees would like to kiss me with every pound I actually do lose.  People are weird, aren't they? 
Well, 22 weeks to go.  Tomorrow is rest day.  And since it's been such a crazy busy week, I think I'll do just that...REST!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

"If No One Thinks You Can Then You Have To"
Week 1....done!  Only like 23 more weeks to go.  Not too bad.  I can do anything for 6 months, right?  Week 1 was ok.  I am finding that I am having to walk more than I want to, but that's ok.  I will keep doing what I'm doing and working on decreasing my time.  Here was my week 1 plan:
   Monday: 2 miles/20 min Stretching/Strength Training
   Tuesday:  30 minutes Cross Training
   Wednesday:  2 miles
    Thursday:  2 miles
   Friday:  Rest
   Saturday: 2 miles
   Sunday:  Rest
I have started to tell a few people my plan.  I get the same response pretty much from everyone....they give me that look that says "OOOOOKKKK sure".  Which tells me that I don't think too many people have faith in me.  I am doubting myself at this point so I don't really blame them!  But something deep inside just tells me to keep going.  When I trained before I remember people that didn't really believe me until I ran a half-marathon and then they were like "I knew you could do it".  Yeah right, you had faith all  Who knows, maybe I'll go 2 more weeks and realize that this is crazy.  Maybe I won't.  I guess time will only tell. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Beginning of a 6 month journey

"Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going"
The other day it hit me while I was out on a walk/run....What the heck am I doing?  I loved running.  My dream and one of my all-time bucket list items is to run a full marathon.  It's the reason I created this blog.  Why did I go so long without it?  How did I let myself get to this point of not running?  I miss it!  I miss the feeling of awesomeness.  And furthermore, I miss the feeling of getting into my skinny jeans!  I know I can do it!  I've ran 3 half-marathons for crying out loud.  I've become an out of shape weenie. I can do anything I set my mind on.....right? These were my thoughts while I was out that day.  So tomorrow it starts.  My mind is made up.  Am I going to keep going this route and be totally unhappy with myself?  No!  It's time to suck it up and get going.  So I've given myself some goals for the next six months and here they are:

                               1. Listen to my body
                               2. Drink lots of water daily
                               3.  Learn how to incorporate yoga into my training
                               4. Use my muscle roller
                               5.  Don't let others influence negative thoughts about my running

I'm sure there will be more along the way....after all, I'm just getting started.  So, today I'm back from  the cabin resting, but tomorrow it's sneaker time!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Not sure if I'll ever be a Marathoner!

The longer I go on, the more I think that maybe my dreams of running a full Marathon will never happen!  It's been a while since I have ran.  The last time I did, my knees were screaming at me.  I'm scared that I've royally screwed them up!  I keep telling myself to rest and take it easy and time will heal them.  Easier said than done!  Since January 1st, I have been on a low carb, low sugar diet to help me shed the extra poundage that i accrued this last year.  It's working, slowly.  I'm working out in the gym with the elliptical, treadmill & bike.  It's only a matter of time before this lovely snow covered ground will melt away and I will start getting the itch to get out there again.  I'm sitting here now, looking up at the beautiful 3 medals that are hanging on my wall, & it saddens me that maybe that part of my life is over.  Will I fulfill my dream?  I hope so.  It's definitely on the bucket list.  A friend of mine has motivated me to keep blogging.  I know it's been a while, but I'm going to try my best to continue and hopefully blogging will motivate me even more to continue the Marathon journey! 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

If you want to be happy....

So this is my favorite song right now on my Ipod.....Jimmy Soul!  I am such a vintage lover...even in music!  Every once in a while you just need to switch things up, & I ran into this so it's my new thing!  It came in handy tonight too during my 3 miles.  I tell ya, I am having one heck of a time increasing my endurance.  When this song came on it helped me push through and run a little extra than I was really wanting to!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Land of Misery

"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement."
Steve Prefontaine
Every person who has ever been a runner has felt it.  Even people that may not be runners, but have been consistent in exercise, have also felt it.  The LAND OF MISERY.  This is what I call the period when you have lost all of your endurance because you have some sort of excuse, & then try to start again.  It's misery in the beginning.  You can't breathe.  You can't walk without feeling the lactic acid throughout your entire body.  And forget about running, because those 15 pound lead shoes are not going to get you anywhere!  My intercostal muscles hurt from breathing too hard!  So, that's what I'm going through right now...the land of misery!  My first week down & I have to say that I'm not impressed with myself.  I'm pushing through it because I know all too well what happens on the other side of misery.  For the time though, it stinks. 
For my first week, I ran/walked 8 miles and hiked a bit.  I'm not really impressed with my achievement, so I'm just going to repeat the first week before I even begin to increase my mileage.  I'm finally able to jog a full 1.25 miles before I stop and walk for a couple of minutes.  And in the process, I'm going to try & work on this extra 15 pounds of lovin' that I enjoyed putting on.  I say enjoyed because frankly, I love food.  One of the great things about training is that you eventually don't really have to worry about the carbs that you shove in your mouth!  I have to lose it first though because if I start having that attitude now, I'm surely not going to get anywhere.       

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Two Feet In!

"You also need to look back, not just at the people who are running behind you but especially at those who don't run and never will... those who run but don't race...those who started training for a race but didn't carry through...those who got to the starting line but didn't in the finish line...those who once raced better than you but no longer run at all. You're still here. Take pride in wherever you finish. Look at all the people you've outlasted."
- Joe Henderson
This week started my "official" training for my next half-marathon!  I'm anxious that I won't be able to do it.  It doesn't really matter how good I get, I will always be anxious.  Today is 3 miles!  There was a time in my life when I would say, "today is a short run, it's only 3 miles", but that is not the case these days.  Three seems like so far, but I know it's really not.  The other day my friend & I did 3 and afterwards we were giving ourselves a pat on the back for finishing & I said, "just 10 more to go & we would have done our half".  HAHA!  When you put it that way, it seems like 3 really isn't very much!  I'm definitely 2 feet into this training again.   
My first week of training got jumbled around a little because Chicken Legs & I went on a little anniversary get-away to the awesome area of Mountain Home, Arkansas.  Can you say....BEAUTIFUL!  The town is a nice town, but it's what you find on the outskirts that pulls you to this place.  Two great lakes, tons of trails, the White River (my favorite), trout fishing, antique name it, they have it.  Not to mention the beautiful landscape you see.  So, instead of running one of the days we were there (like I was supposed to), we did hike a bit.  We were also so busy doing things that we were exhausted every night when we got back to our cabin.  Time really does fly when you're having fun though, so now it's back to the real world!  I'm so glad we made ourselves go.  That is something we talked about while we were there.  Every year at this time it seems like our funds are a little short.  I blame it on school starting (seems like the best thing to blame it on).  We were wondering if we should spend the extra to go or not & finally Chicken Legs decided that we were, because the last few years we haven't done much for our Anniversary.  So, we decided that we should cherish our marriage & do something important every year.  We know we love each other & that isn't it, but sometimes you get so wrapped up in being a mom & dad, doing daily chores, work, etc....that you don't give 100% to being a husband & wife, mainly because you just know that person is there.  But when you are away from the hum-drum normal routine & you get to be together and laugh with and at each other, you remember exactly why you fell in love with that person, no matter how much you have both changed.  So, I had a great time as you can see in the pics!