Thursday, October 11, 2007
What does that word bring to the mind. I close my eyes and I see someone standing proud and tall, shoulders back, eyes penetrating, focused, concentrating. There is an energy from every fiber of their being. They are ready, anxious, but quietly confident. No need to speak loudly, they know, they have a peace, an energy, a strength.
The warrior is poised and can move in a whisper.
There have been times that I have entered into that warrior mode. The picture I have chosen is one of those times. Even though two years have passed since, I can recall the concentration, the energy, the determination to finish that race in a record time and with power and energy blazing from my feet. I was assured that I could do the task at hand. No questions, no doubt, no fear!
Yes, I DID do a record time and I savoured the entire experience. So I will bring that warrior out again this Saturday when I run another Half Marathon. This will be a race that I will be running on my own course, in my own area. It will be up to me to stay motivated, focused, determined. I can call upon that warrior within me at any time and when I do, I am empowered!
Monday, October 08, 2007
Coniston Trail Race 2007 was great! The weather was perfect, I was pumped up and ready to repeat the distance from last year, BUT do another PB!
The course is beautiful, challenging, 15K in distance, well marshalled, and fun. I had been working each week doing hill repeats and speed sessions to be ready for this day. I wanted to see how far I could get along the course before the faster partcipants in the race caught up with me. Both years past they had got me at the 8K point where there is a shale quarrey and the underfoot is quite tricky. The incline is steep, lots of shale bits about and not much room to manuver through.
I am so pleased with the outcome! I got a good start, tired a bit for mile 2 and 3 (steepest bits) and by the time the first racer caught me I had cleared the shale and was at 10K! I even passed some others in the challenge and felt like I was dancing as I needed to leap over some of the rocks.
My finish time was a fantastic 17 minutes under last year. AND, I had the honour to see former Commonwealth Marathon winner, Boston Marathon winner and a man who has a running streak of running every day since 1964....Ron Hill... finish his race. I even got a picture with him before he got surrounded by well wishers. (his achievements are much more than I listed) I've caught up with Ron at other venues and he's such a nice man it was great to see him again.
Doing these Trail Challenges/Races up in the Lakes gives me a wonderful change from running around the streets. I'm looking forward to next month and the very first Ullswater Challenge/Race.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
Progress keeps happening as long as I keep moving. To stand still is to stop, to not proceed, to be motionless. If I stay motionless, the world keeps moving and I may start to slip backward. I don't ever want to go in that direction again.
I like the signature I have gleaned from a book I read. " Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just NEVER give up! There are many times I have crawled, and I know there will be many times I will crawl again. However, I am NOT going to put up the white flag and surrender. I'm not going to be a captive ever again. I have come too far to just stand still and stop, or even sit down and wait.
No...a forward motion, no matter how slow, how tiny the steps are, WILL get me to that goal. It is like the races and runs that I do, as long as I keep going, I will get to that finish line, that mile marker. It may hurt, I may have to slow down, the hill might be too steep or I am too tired to run, but I can walk. If the trail becomes to cumbersome and I can't even walk, then I will pull myself along, I will crawl until I reach that finish.
I maybe able to walk again, or even run to the end, but that really doesn't matter, as long as I crawl, I am going ahead, I am going to finish. I will NOT give up!
Monday, September 17, 2007
...starts with a single step.
How true. Just getting anyplace takes some type of movement. Setting a goal 1,000 miles away and actually arriving there is an achievement.
That is how I felt while out on my run yesterday. Somewhere up on the moor I passed that line, stepped beyond the marker and into another set of goals. I didn't change visually, but internally I knew I had stepped through some type of barrier and left behind a part of me, to become someone changed.
I have run this distance other years, but not kept track of it. This year I had set a goal and recorded it for my benefit. I wanted to see what I could achieve, what I was capable of. I know that if I was in fall marathon training I would have passed the mark before now, but that is not the case. I've attempted to keep my weekly totals in a range of 25-30 miles to just keep me moving. I want to now lean more towards the 30 miles. I have also added hill repeats to my weekly or at least every other week workouts. I'm attempting to keep my mind questioning my actions to see if I truly have the mindset of a runner.
There is so much I want to do, so many things I hope to achieve. I want to see improvements, challenges, goals met and then reset. This is done a step at a time and perhaps a journey at a time. This 1,000 mile mark is not an end, but a waypoint as I continue along my route. There are other places I am headed, other paths I will trod. I reflect only briefly, and then continue on.
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