Sunday, January 31, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
So true. I was able to complete Satan's rows about a million times last night. The whole incident left me thinking about all the times I let my mind convince me that I just can't do it any more. In almost every race, I have a moment where my brain takes over and says, "slow down and walk, you are too tired." Sometimes that voice wins.
I want to train myself to have a strong mind. Two ways I can think of: keep doing workouts that I think are nearly impossible (hello, Satan's rows) and replace "slow down and walk, you are too tired" with my new mantra, "you are stronger than you think you are." What do you do to stay mentally strong?
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I broke the streak of short runs with a 10 miler this morning. I was more than happy to leave the house, as Sophie had been throwing up on me for about an hour. My husband, on the other hand, was not so excited for me to leave. The run was slow and slippery. Even my yak trax were no match for the icy dirt roads.
I had been feeling a little bit apprehensive about the long runs on my training plan, but something about breaking that double digit barrier restored my confidence in my ability to run long. I definitely need to speed up a little, but at least I know I can go the distance.
Friday, January 22, 2010
1. Help with the housework.
3. My great running partner, Jim.
4. The excitement at the start of a race.
5. My super funny daughter.
6. My friends.
7. Dressing in matching clothes with my sister.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Me: "I don't want to get up. I'm tired."
Also me: "Get your ass out of bed, you will feel better once you start running."
Me: "But it's cold out."
Also me: "It's not that cold. Shut up and get out of bed."
Me: "I'll run later."
Also me: "Yes, you will run later. And you will also run right now. So get up."
You get the gist. The added bonus to getting up early to run is having time for my favorite breakfast - oatmeal with blueberries and brown sugar. Delicious! Now I am energized and well fueled for my full day of traffic court.
Monday, January 18, 2010
I never thought I would run a marathon. When I was younger, I was the nerdy, indoor kid - give me a book or let me practice the piano and I was happy. I could not finish the one mile run in gym class without walking. Even once I started running, I assumed I would be happy with 5k's and 10k's. I remember saying, "I know I'll never want to run a full marathon."
Fast forward to today: I've completed three fulls and am registered for my fourth. I'm planning on getting in my fifth and possibly my sixth this year as well. I don't see an end to my marathon days. Why wasn't one enough? I think there is something a tiny bit magical about the marathon. It's not just the race itself. It's the months of anticipation and planning, picturing myself crossing the finish line as I cross off all my training runs. It's the mix of fear and excitement at the start line, and knowing there are thousands of people standing around me feeling the same way. It's having those moments where I think there is absolutely no way I will be able to finish and then running one more mile. It's finding enough energy to "sprint" across the finish line.
Why do you return to the marathon?
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I was tagged by fellow Minnesota running mom Julie to share seven things about me. Here I go:
1) During college, I worked at a city police department. The real glamorous part of my job was observing women giving urine samples. During one such observation, a drunk woman threw a tampon at me. A used tampon. I did not get paid enough at that job.
2) That job (and the movie Legally Blond, of course) inspired me to go to law school.
3) I have never smoked a cigarette (not even one puff).
4) I like to drink a Diet Mountain Dew at 10:00 every morning. I have a problem.
5) I hardly ever wear makeup (except for masacara - can't leave the house without that).
6) My husband and I met during the summer of 1998. We both worked at the same state park - I was a camper registration girl and he was a park ranger.
7) When I was in high school, I was a terrible driver. I hit our basketball hoop and knocked it over. I also hit a post at the tennis court parking lots, which caused my bumper to fall off. There were cute guys playing tennis, so my friend and I just threw the bumper and the post in the back seat and took off. Oh, and when my car started on fire, I pulled into a gas station. Smart, right?
Thanks for the tag Julie! Anyone else who wants to play along . . . consider yourself tagged.
I'm looking forward to getting the weekend started - snowshoeing, scrapbooking, cross country skiing are all on the schedule. Have a great weekend!
Instead, I think I'll just say $80 on the Visa and I am registered for the Madison Marathon on May 30th. Isn't it amazing how just registering for a race can give you an adrenaline rush that cures all sorts of ailments? Well, that, and a couple of peanut butter cups.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Monday was the first time I've worn my Garmin since my last 5K race in November. That's more than a month of runs with no real purpose! No wonder that little tiny tempo run felt so hard. I'll keep up with the mimic workouts and by February I'm sure I will be more than ready to jump into the plan.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
- Participate in one race (or event) every month.
- Run a sub-2:00 half marathon.
- Continue getting 350 minutes per week of exercise. I started this in September (and maybe fell off a little bit in December), and find that it really helps me get in the cross training.
- Run at least one marathon. Probably two. Possibly three.
- Be more consistent with healthy eating. I tend to do good for a couple of weeks, and then fall off the wagon.
I have a couple non-fitness related goals too: spend less money (tough since I love my retail therapy) and read at least 50 books (I read 47 in '09 - so close!).
I went out for my first run of 2010 last night after work and it was pretty damn cold. I was happy that I had the guts to get out there and that I managed to avoid slipping and falling during the entire run. Not an easy task.