So technically I should be tapering this week, but since my longest run was 10 whereas last year it was 22, I am thinking I should just keep going this week. (within reason of course) Reason: something that took a long time for Karin to fully comprehend. She seems to missing the DNA that carries this term in its code. Indeed she may act without again. To which the blogger world and any friends are free to draw me back to reality.
I joke, but I really have learned some tough stuff. Some of which, I have already tried to implement consistently. I have done bootcamp 2 times a week this entire cycle as well as bike riding, spinning and Vinyasa Yoga. Although the last two weeks, I did not do spinning or Yoga. Our weather was crappy and I was focused on surviving my toddler instead of training.
But we survived and pushed through.
We ran our 10 miler on Monday. I trained Logan c25k doing 3 miles on Tuesday. Boot camp was cancelled this week b/c we didn't have a group and my hubs surprised me with David Crowder tickets. Oh so good for my soul. We didn't get home until after 1 am
We felt like total rock stars.
Last night, I ran with Val. Just a short 3 miler in 41.
This morning, I ran 7 in 80 minutes with Tina. Sure had missed her. I was happy with that since I train at a slower pace.
Sunday night, we ran 6 in 81. That was after bootcamp.
My plan is to drink lots of water all week and keep it easy. I am going to do Vinyasa Yoga on Thursday to really stretch everything out.
And oh yea about that marathon. I am in need of major blog prayers. Yea that and an updated playlist. Any suggestions are more than welcome! I feel confident but only by God's grace to help me complete and enjoy it. I haven't really thought about it b/c it just seems so crazy. But now it approaches and I am getting pumped. It is a beautiful course and I checked weather.com. Looks like 55 and sunny. It should be a gorgeous day.
I won't be going into worrying about pace but rather getting across the line....with all those lessons I've had to learn this past year with multiple injuries and one surgery. As cheesy as this may sound, I want to walk hand in hand with Jesus on that day, just enjoying HIm, enjoying my surroundings and enjoying the lessons He has taught me.That will be glorious. I will cross a changed woman. To god
I know a lot of marathons are going on right now. Which one will you be doing? What secrets do you have that keep you positive when you are aching and want to quit!
My girls, Stacia and Val, that I started with at just 1/4 mile running-completed their longest run the other night. The countdown is on and their half marathon is just 1 1/2 weeks away. This is the same time that I will be doing the Full.
They came over around 7 and the temps were perfect. I even wore short sleeves! We set out and just enjoyed the run. I was so proud of them during and after the run. To get all sappy, I even listened to Rocky and watched them run next to me and got all teary.
They have overcome so much. I personally know how much running changed my life and I love seeing it change other lives as well.
Join me in congratulating them and wishing them an unforgettable (in a good way) 1/2 marathon. Monumental, here we come!
I don't know about you but as much as I love to read the stories of Runner's World and the advice, I often find myself feeling a little inadequate. First of all, look at those abs - I mean really? But, besides that I see the term "PR" on every flippin page. Each writer, contributor or interviewee is defined by their PR.
I haven't been a lifelong reader, so maybe there is more of a balance where PRs really aren't the identifiers they seem to be. I recently read an article about a man bemoaning his loss of speed as he ages and I wonder what we do this for. I understand the motivation of competition, especially with ourselves. But, I also know that I took up running for my mental and physical health. To be honest, would it make you crazy to know that I don't even know what my PR is for a 5K or 10K. I sort of remember my first half marathon last year, but I don't know it exactly.
Maybe I'm just a little bitter this week because I've had a bizarre two weeks where my 4 and 6 milers have been a full minute and 1/2 faster per mile than my 7 and 8 miler. It just seems a little weird. I think this time last year my 8 miler was definitely faster, my 4 milers slower, but also remember my 7 miler being an absolute disaster.
Will this body ever cease to amaze me? This week is a bit of a scale back week, so I'm going to try a new route and see if my Garmin is a little out of whack or if my body is. Regardless, though, what matters is that I don't give up and keep putting one foot in front of the other.
I did learn a great tip from Runner's World this week and have been incorporating blueberries, a natural anti-inflammatory, in my smoothies this week which seems to help. But, sometimes I do get a little intimidated, but then I remember why I am doing this and it doesn't really matter if my abs don't look like that :). Running keeps me sane and grounded and that's all that really matters - my personal journey or PJ - not my PR.
Have a great week out there pounding the pavement!
I am so proud of Freeing Sisyphus for using her love for running for one of her other love's-giving back. She sent this email out. I loved it. She shares reasons why she runs and how it has changed her life.
This picture is of her first half marathon last year in November here in Indy. This was right at the finish. She was so elated-her face just shines as all the thoughts make their way through her mind.
So its inspiration today folks.
Apologies for the blast email, but I wanted to let everyone know about my upcoming race and a great cause.
I became passionate about running over four years ago, and it has changed my life in ways that are too many to mention. This year, I will be running the Philadelphia 1/2 Marathon in my new hometown on November 20th. What's good for the body is good for the soul, so I am running this race on behalf of Covenant House who seeks to shelter and feed kids who do not have or cannot go home.
For millions of homeless kids, basic needs like a hearty meal, warm bed, and safe shelter are true luxuries. Instead of knowing the joys of childhood, every day these kids face the life-or-death dangers of living on the streets.
Covenant House was founded 38 years ago with the mission to help these homeless kids. Today, Covenant House is the largest privately-funded agency in the Americas providing food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and essential services to homeless, throwaway, and runaway kids.
Covenant House doesn't stop at offering an immediate safe harbor to homeless kids, they strive to move each young person forward down the path to an independent adulthood, free from the risk of future homelessness.
Please help me in supporting this amazing cause by clicking the First Giving link below. Every little bit helps. Thanks in advance.
Yes, she did it. She didn't give up. She showed up even when she didn't want to. She even ran her first 5k in her PJ"s...crazy lady.
Today, I want to congratulate, trainee Cathy for graduating 1 week early from the c25k program. She ran 3.07 in 45 minutes.
Cathy faced a lot of issues including major back issues along with feet problems. But, she pushed through and is now training her friend spreading the running love.
Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of her final day b/c I had to go on for 9 miles with Val. So, take a look at Cathy's time with me and give her a woot woot for finishing....a lone survivor of her original group.
So even though, you won't let me hug you, here is your big shout out! I am so
How have you guys been? Keepin it whole?
I must say I"ve been eating way ,less veggies as the fall weather sets in but I try to get them in whenever I can for sure.
I have been so busy but its a good kind of busy. but, you will have to forgive me on lack of posting.
Today, I wanted to update you on Val. You will remember I started our with her and Stacia running 1/4 of a mile back in August. Stacia is still running with us as you've seen, but today is about Val's recent accomplishment!
She recently ran 9 miles at 9:30 pm the other night. We finished and came in to crash later than midnight. That is some real dedication!
I am very proud of her. She has worked her butt off and committed herself to running this half in just a few weeks.
Everyone congratulate her and cheer her on as she sweats it out in blood, sweat and tears!!
When I was six years old I had an asthma attack that almost killed me. My parents didn't know what was happening to me. They thought I had a cold or some such thing until one day it became obvious I could not breathe. They took me to the hospital where I was given several shots until my bronchial tubes started to open up. I was later diagnosed with childhood asthma (which I later learned was merely triggered by my parent's smoking). For years I thought that meant that I was handicapped in some way. Although I was a competitive dancer (imagine Bring it On without the gymnastics), for some reason, I thought that meant I couldn't run.
I remember as part of our dance practice we were supposed to run a mile. I didn't think I could do it, so therefore I couldn't do it. Then one day I got sick of being at the back of the pack. I started running on my own on the weekends and realized that I could actually do it, I could run. After years of thinking I couldn't do that, I realized I could.
During college I ran a little bit, but I did more dancing and aerobics. In my early years in New York, walking was my exercise of choice. It wasn't until four years ago that I started to run, and it wasn't until last year that I did any distance over a 10K. Over the past five years I have worked in financial services where things have been chaos to say the least. I remember walking off of one race after running half a mile because I knew my CEO was waiting for me at work. I couldn't focus and decided to just give up on the race.
But, last year I made a commitment to do the 1/2 marathon and despite the craziness I committed to training. Even though my training was not perfect, and I got behind, I stuck with it. The amazing thing about it was that people in my life began to comment on the radical change in me. The changes were not physical, they were changes in my behavior, my moods, my mental clarity and in my optimism. They told me my positivity and my smile were contagious.
I was always a personable and open person, but I now realized that I was much more than that - I was a change agent and I could spread little pieces of positivity like a virus.
I read my sister's posts and see the way that she is helping other people realize this about themselves and it brings an even brighter smile to my face. I see so much pain around me everyday, but I realize how much of it is self-imposed - people focusing on the negative instead of focusing on what they do have. I'm not sure why, but for me running helps me focus on the positive. It pumps me with endorphins that radically change my perspective on life.
In the dark days of last fall and winter I am almost certain running saved my life. I am not the best, the fastest, and even sometimes I skip out on runs because life gets in the way, but I run. And, when I run, I imagine myself as a gazelle who traverses the savannas of Africa in the warm sunlight....I imagine that I can fly. That feeling reminds me of being a child full of wonder and hope which makes all this adult stuff seem so insignificant.
So, Sweaters, I'm not an advocate of being didactic, or telling others what to do, but I am an advocate of leading by example. Share your smiles, share your stories about the joys of running and just watch what you can do.
If you have an inspirational story, please comment by clicking on the comment link to the right above, or email at email@example.com.
So raise your hand or leave a comment if you struggle with body image. I can imagine every hand going up whether or not you leave a comment. And if you don't, then we hate you. Period.
We have people like Leann Rimes who is to the world losing way too much weight. She says "losing weight is just a way of life."
Or take Kate Winslet, she has curves and she is proud of them. She has lost some weight since Titanic-which is a little disappointing to me because in every interview after the movie she boasted about her curves. But, she is still more of a normal weight.
Then, there's us. The regular people. 63.1% of people in America are obese. So, we tend to look like the pic below or worse. But, we constantly compare ourselves to the women in Hollywood. All of their pictures are airbrushed. Recently, in a magazine article, they showed pics like Kim Kadarshaian not airbrushed and you wouldn't believe the difference. Talk about cellulite!!!
I think the most important thing is to throw away that scale, or use it once a month. An obsession with weight, which I've had since 5th grade gets you nowhere but yo-yoing.
I think eating as many as many whole, clean foods as possible and working out 3-5 days a week will keep you where your body needs to be. And yes, you deserve a treat! Maybe just not once a week!! How about once a month.
All of the girls, I am training are losing weight just running and I have lost 8-10 pounds running and doing the AdvoCare cleanse.
So cheer up, we arent the only ones with flabby arms and cellulite!! Just get out there and do what you can.
How do you feel about your body image? What steps do you take to not obsess and hold a healthy weight?
Today I felt tired and like crap. I mustered up the energy to go to spin class that happened to be super intense and BTW watch said burned 853 calories...now way right Then I climbed 63 flights on the stair master. I feel brand new.
This past week has been pretty normal. Monday night,spin alone. Tuesday mornings, boot camp with Summer and Sarah. Tuesday nights, runs with my girls. We mixed it up and Wednesday, Val and I ran a 5 miler. Thursday, I had boot camp, Vinyasa hot yoga and later we ran a 3 miler.
Friday is usually my only rest day but things came up for my runners and we didn't get our 8 miler out until Sunday night. But, they did it! I really could not believe that they did it or me for that matter. I am still coming back from injury. We even did speed drills! In August, they ran 1 mile, now they ran 8. Rock on!
And now the week of pics by my Droid! Seriously, someone buy me a camera!
So, what is your normal workout schedule?
PS I wonder if these random people know I am taking their pictures at the gym?
So, I'm in full-blown half marathon training. With training comes the usual aches and pains. They are like relatives you hope will forget to visit - imagine Randy Quaid in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. They set up camp and refuse to leave, wreaking havoc and are just plain annoying.
I don't know about you, but I spend a lot of time trying to prevent these aches and pains by doing full body training when I'm not running as much. Lots of core training, lunges and balancing exercises.
But, alas, I can't ever prevent all of them. This year my left Achilles is probably going to steal the show, with the left knee coming in a close second. Last year it was my left third toe which was black for 3 months after the race (wearing two pairs of socks has helped that this year) with left knee again coming in second.
How do you deal with your training aches and pains? I ice, Biofreeze, foam roll and try to strengthen all the while attempting to stay away from pain relievers as I've always found they don't help any more than icing. But, mentally how do you deal with them? Do you just accept them for what they are? Try to ignore them and spend a little time in denial land until the race is over?
I've got six weeks to go with my little friends, hoping they don't turn into bigger problems. Would love to hear about your "favorite" (trying to stay positive) running ache/pain and how you deal with it?
C'mon Sweaters, please comment with some tips or a little community inspiration :).
Adventuresses in healthy living.