Monday, February 25, 2008
Another week...another way point in my journey towards London and beyond.
However, before London, there is Liverpool! I've been training hard with the Half on 2 March in mind. I was able to keep to my training program by getting out each planned day and running the necessary miles. I hit a high of 51.17 miles for the week! OUCH! Yes, that IS a lot of miles and I have been attempting to balance that all with rest, massage, and hot bath soaks.
I had some down miles during the long run of 16 miles on Saturday. I was sore, tired, hurting a bit on my periformis and L hamstring niggle and my mind wanted to stop. I so wished at that moment I could have been teleported back home. That is when after adjusting my sock, and retieing my shoe, I came up with a new mantra. (run through......the pain) What ever that "pain" is for that moment...run through it. It might be physical pain, emotional pain, disappointment type pain, whatever that pain is..keep going. Look beyond it, to what is waiting.....
for me in Liverpool, I am looking beyond to see the best half marathon time yet, a new venue to run, a great medal and race T shirt.
for life...I will run through each moment I am given to make it the best possible. To see the sunshine amongst the storm clouds. To keep going, to re-evaluate and learn what it is I need to do for me to be a healthier me.
...so I will run through today, just like in a run/race I have read that you "run through the finish line". You don't slow up because you see the finish line waiting, but you keep on pace, on target and see the course... you finish strong, to be able to run through the next course.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I have found something that I really enjoy. I have found something that is having a positive effect on my blood pressure, my eyesight, my resting heart rate, my skin tone, my weight, my attitude. It's running.
I never was athletic growing up and never felt that I was exceptional at anything. But with running, I feel like I have wings, my heart beats faster, my breathing is even and strong, I smile and enjoy the sites around me. I get to listen to my favorite music or podcasts while I have sometimes hours of ME time.
I have run races with Olympic champions, Commonwealth Marathon Champions, UK National Champions and outstanding club and non affiliated runners.
I have been inspired by meeting Dena Kastor and Stefano Baldini in London prior to my husband running his outstanding London Marathon in 2006. I have great pictures of world famous athletes and lesser known local runners as they have raced past me in 5ks up to marathon distances.
I have been inspired by thousands of women gathering together to better their health while running in Race For Life and Worst Kept Secret organized races. My local Women's Running Network Group has encouraged me to push harder and go that little bit more.
I have achieved medals, T-shirts, mugs, glasses, and other mementos from the over 30 races I have taken part in. I can re-run any one of these races as each are still fresh in my mind. I have a scrapbook of my accomplishments and photos to encourage me onward to my future planned races.
Running has brought me to a place I never imagined... completing marathons! I am not just a healthier person physically, but mentally and emotionally. So each day I go out for a run, I have the larger goal of being prepared for a race, but the immediate benefit is a stronger heart, a healthier body, a happier soul.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
The past couple of days have been a blurrrrrrrrrrr. I feel like I've lost my grip a bit on what I want to get done. I can see it in the distance but somehow the focus got a bit hazy.
There are so many things that make up my day and I just seem to get swallowed up by them. In order to do the things I want to do, other things get put on hold. They then form the line much like those in the deli, where you take a number and wait to be served.
I like to get my meals planned in advance and here I am again today kind of winging it! NOOOOOOOO!!! I don't do winging well!! I like to have it planned, to know in advance what I am going to make. I am behind in logging my day food into SP by FOUR days!! WHATTT!!! is THAT!!???? Not like me.!
I had so much paperwork to do yesterday that I was so tired my eyes hurt. I did get the transcribing done but my afternoon run had to be put over to this morning and now I will be doing a double run with my regular evening Women's Group run. aughhhhhh!! What do I do with myself some times!!
Ok...so now time to get a grip! Refocus...adjust the lenses and make the entire picture sharper!! For today! That is what I will look at....for today, I got the 5 mile easy paced run in...for today, I have planned my food. For today, the clothes are clean, For today, the kitchen is shining.
What will my goal for tomorrow be: 1 PLAN MY FOOD! That is it! nice and simple. Anything else I do will be a bonus for me. I'm going to take it that simple and see how it goes. I don't do blurrrrrrrrrrrrr well!!!
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