Saturday, March 27, 2010
Reminding myself what I already know and what I am about!!(These words are on my spark page and I just needed to re-read them today and put on my road warrior mentality!....Liverpool Half in the morning!!)
I am thankful for each day that I am given. For each opportunity to begin anew and let today be the day to focus on. Life is too short, but it should be long enough. Long enough to do the things that are important in a life.
I am of the mindset that life isn't about sitting back on the sidelines and watching a sort of "life-parade" go by and cheer those out there "doing it"! NO NO NO!!! It's about being the parade, the band, the enthuisiam, the tickertape, the cheers, the whole thing. It's about not only the events, but the atmosphere around those events. Of not just seeing life, but tasting, smelling, diving into it. Rubbing it all over like a salt rub and then then letting out a primevil type utterance.. YEAHHHHHH!!! That's what I'm talking about..extreme.. extreme... grabbing what you can with both hands and not letting go even if you end up being dragged a bit, just hang on and never ever quit!!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
With all my focus on London in 4 1/2 weeks I've just about skipped over the fact that I have a half marathon in Liverpool on Sunday!!!
This will be a bit of a testing ground for me. I've not raced a half in 2 years and when I did I was told by my physio to RUN it, not race. I was recovering from a hamstring injury and didn't want to do further damage.
This year the hamstring is fine, the training has been going well and yet in the back of my mind is not to cause an injury for London. I will do my best, enjoy the course and soak in the finish miles where the course goes through the Liverpool docks along the River Mersey.
Then when this race is finished, I will look further through the week to my 20 miler and then the taper down to London. It is all falling into place and I'm keeping optomistic! The red shoelaces have arrived and I'm excited!
Saturday, March 06, 2010
The weeks have been melting by, the miles are getting longer and distances further and my body is reminding me...SEVEN weeks!
Oh my! Here I go again with my nerves!! It starts to happen to me when I get into the 40 mile weeks...and that is where I am this week... 46 to be exact!
Just one run left for Sunday to finish out my weekly total. All going to plan it will be 8 miles at marathon pace! My stomach churns with these runs and I have to tell myself that this is just a dry run, not the real thing and to relax and enjoy the feel of the road, the rush of the wind, the beating of my heart, the exhale of my breath, the return of the inhale, the cadence of my stride..and all that makes me a runner.
Liverpool Half is just 3 weeks and the realization that I haven't raced a half in over a year jumps into my mind! Injuries kept me from complete training last year during my Berlin training. There go my nerves again. Breathe and enjoy...this is what it's about for me. See what I can push myself through, what I can accomplish for as long as I can accomplish it.
In the distance I hear the call of London, the place where marathon 7 will take place, the route I could run in my sleep as I have done it twice before and watched my hubby do it previously. The thought of train ride down, the hotel in the Isle of Dogs, the excellent expo, the early morning ride to the start area, the mile walk up the hill to the designated start, the balloons, the spectacle that is London, the line up, the distant start gun, the celebrities, the thousands of participants, the crowds, the noise, the Tower Bridge, the Embankment, the EYE, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the "Golden Gates" of the finish line...the exhaustion, the elation, the satisfaction!!
YESSSSSSSSSS.. I hear it AGAIN!!.. and it spurs me onward to do what I have to do to get to that start line!
BRING IT ON!!!!! I run with all that in my mind and I can't help but smile and push that much harder!!
NOTE: just an addition to this blog; I did the run, did the time and sooooo pleased!! Kept it UNDER marathon pace! Thanks for all your kind messages!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
I'm looking ahead to a new week AND a new month.
Today marks 9 weeks till my marathon. That means I'm getting to the higher number in the weekly miles. I've been a bit short with my distances, so this is the week to step it up to where it should be.
I'm leaping into this upcoming week with these goals marked down to accomplish:
1. run my training miles as my log states
2. plan, log and eat my food to plan keeping within calories
3. Strength Train each day and stretching out after my runs.
4. DRINK that water...I do good job of it already, but more is good.
5. Get at least 7 hours sleep a night. It helps me to be rested the next day!
6. Write my thoughts down if not in a blog, then in the journal option. Good mental searching for me
There, that should keep me busy and focused!
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?
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