Saturday, February 27, 2010
I have been running for 6 short years, however in that time I have accumulated a plethora of shirts; finisher T shirts, wicking running short sleeve shirts, technical long sleeve shirts that almost all of which have some form of motivational message.
The messages range from manufacturer's slogans, race messages, to race finish details. Even though they occupy a couple of stacks in my wardrobe, I can't seem to part with any of them as each one has a story behind it.
I don't wear the cotton race finisher shirts to run in but they are my shirts of choice for ST at the gym. Each one is like wearing a badge of honour that I display when I choose to wear it.
My technical or wicking shirts are for when I am out running. They serve the purpose of "wicking" away the moisture from my overheating body as I am running. With the colder temperatures I layer several shirts to keep me warm enough for the sometimes several hour long runs during these colder temperatures.
I do choose my shirts to not only match the outdoor weather of the day, but also the inside mental weather of my mind. I know that might sound strange, but picking the right shirt to match my mindset gets me in the mental gear of what I am about to face.
I might choose, "From Soul to Sole" or "Running Never Takes More Than It Puts Back", or "Run Like Hell", or "Marathon" or my NYC Finisher shirt, "What does it Take..."or one of the many others!!
Words are just as powerful a fuel as the physical fuel to feed my body. Being Mentally topped up gives me that little edge that when I lace up and head out the door I am in the right frame of mind to push myself to see what I can achieve. Not only am I wearing the chosen message on my shirt, (even if it is covered with my jacket)I am wearing it in my mind and on my heart!
What words fuel you today?
Friday, February 26, 2010
...the teacher appears.
I first heard this quote years ago and feel it is true. Is it the timing, the openness, a new maturity, a last gasp surrendering to the situation, or something else? But whatever it is it happened in relation to the Biggest Loser Challenge and refinding the fire that had been smoldering for weeks if not months.
I knew that I would be starting my marathon training in January and it would run until April 24. I made up my running plans and printed them up so I would be prepared when the time came. However, something was missing, that bit of fire to ignite the passion and determination. I needed a kick start to move me along my path. Enter the BLC and Team Extreme!!
Paired with others who are pushing themselves to achieve goals I have seen a change in myself. The challenges have pushed me to go a little bit further, a little bit longer, a bit faster. work harder. What I can't get over is the timing of all of this!
We started this part of the journey on 13 January, just when the snow was finally starting to melt a bit!! The end date is in April, just 2 weeks before I run the Virgin London (UK) marathon. Perfect timing!
That brings me to these next 6 weeks...and keeping strong to the finish. Just like running, if I stop partway through a run, I'll never get to where I am going. So, it is the same with this journey. I am ready, I am teachable, I am open to try things a bit differently to see different results, I will push myself harder, faster and run stronger, eat cleaner, strength train more regularly and listen to the many "Teachers" that have been here for me. Yes, I am ready....thank you for being my teachers!!
Monday, February 08, 2010
I've kept the prayer going and it's now running a loop in my mind. Kind of like the background music to my daily thoughts...."Please, send an angel...Please, send an angel.....Thank you....."Please send an angel".... the hum keeps going.
Times are difficult for so many of us. Family and friends out of work, problems with children, difficulties with financial obligations, health issues, elderly parents,..and on and on and on.
Being hit over and over with trials and defeats can leave one's emotional and spiritual self bruised and battered. Escape....just wanting some form of relief from the fatigue of fighting the day to day grind...beckons. Does anyone out there hear, is anyone listening, does anyone even care?? What if I....
Then the prayer becomes louder, the plea more urgent....the voice more desperate. An angel....someone to step in....someone to bring hope...someone to just smile..someone to say, "Let me do that"...someone to say, "I thought of an idea and I think this might work"... someone to say " I know someone who needs your skills"...someone to say, "you're hired"..some one to say, "I love you,..... You're wonderful, ...You are amazing".
An angel has skin, a voice, a smile, a hand to offer. An angel is a baby, a child, a teenager, a young adult, an elderly neighbour. An angel lives next door, around the block, across town, in the next state, across the ocean. An angel can reach out by phone, an email, a text, a fax, a letter, a blog.
An angel brings a message, a light, a change of thought, a gift, a purpose..... to those with outstretched hands.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
At last the snow has given way to rain, and the rain has washed the sidewalks clear and the streets show their asphalt. It has been a month since I saw conditions like this. It had been 17 December since I last ran outside!! Today at last, that streak is broken!!
I'm running the 2010 Virgin London (UK) Marathon on 24 April (my 7th marathon and 3rd London) and training started 2 weeks ago! Well, it started with me spending time at the gym, doing various cardio and ST, not running the hilly roads around my village.
With conditions like today, I HAD to get out, I had to once again feel the wind in my face, the chill through my jacket and thrill through my soul. I am an outside runner and I have missed it. The run was an easier paced 4 mile up and down route, but it was a wonderful cloud-filled morning with temps near high 30s.
I can now put my training log to use and begin crossing off the miles that will bring me to that starting line in England's capital city 14 weeks from today! I am sooooooooooooo excited..I'm finally marathon training!!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
This is what I need, but not what I expected! What I had hoped for but didn't anticipate. Not only did I get on the BLC12 team BUT I got chosen for the Extreme Team!! WOW was all I could think and even uttered out loud as I read the news.
Being selected for this team has done a mind click for me. I've redone by page and profile pic to punch things uppa notch! I wanted to put my mind in a higher gear to match this new challenge.
I'm not the youngest or fittest but comparing myself to anyone else is NOT where my mind needs to be. Challenging myself to what I can become is where I am! That is what matters most.
Fellow teammates and sparkers let's all be extreme in our own particular, incredible, spectacular, beautifuly awesome way!
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