Monday, October 11, 2010
Six weeks, just half a dozen weeks, and my mind does a mental flip! Oh my!! There goes my stomach now. Yes, just 42 days! Geezeee! Ok, I accept those feelings and now I move past them. It's not marathon morning yet, so no need to get the adrenlian racing though my blood and mind just yet. So calming down, and refocusing on this week.
Last week the miles dipped and this week they will be about the same; near 40mpw. I top the week off with a half marathon race. This will be a new location for a half so don't know what to expect other than a bit of an uphill closer to the end. I'm no stranger to hills and I have no choice but every day to experience the undilating roads of my area. I have a longer marathon paced run on Thursday and aim at doing what I need.
I feel the training is going well. Oh there are days when I have to not even let my mental voice start complaining, to just sushhhh it and just roboticly put my running gear, shoes and watch on and get out the door. Once there, I just let my mind relax with the run before me and enjoy the time that is mine. This is my alone time, my time to let my mind wander as I put foot to mile until I reach my planned distance.
I'm watching the need for more sleep and keeping close tabs on the nutrition. With some very high mile weeks approaching these points will be a concern. Today I look down the road to my half and do what I need to prepare well for it.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I'm a little late on the counting this week. Actually, it's now less than eight. Seven weeks tomorrow hubby and I leave to Philadelphia!
I'm starting to see a real improvement in my training. My times are dropping, my endurance is improving, and I'm finding my clothes looser!!
I am now almost 2 months into my training and the half way mark. I have kept detailed records, both paper and from my Garmin in the computer. I compare previous runs and see what changes I can make. I plan each day as an individual block of time, but part of the whole in the training program. For each day builds on the one before, each week leads to the next, and each month gets me closer to marathon #8.
I'm really pleased that this past week I ran another 10K, AND did a personal best. FINALLY I broke the 70 minute mark. Finally I ran three 10 minute miles! I've never done that before. I also did a speed session yesterday where I ran UNDER 10 min mile!! 9.54!! Where did THAT come from!!??? It came from weeks, and months, and years of determination to see improvement, to put the time and investment into myself.
I will reach my "virtual "Basecamp #2" on Sunday and that is a fantastic achievement! I will then be preparing for the most intense and demanding stage of my marathon training, the assault towards the summit with it's longest runs awaiting. But that is another blog.....for now, I put one foot infront of the other, and go just one more mile.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Another great challenge on the CAMO Crew BLC14!
Now that I'm REDie I'm REVd up as well.
I'm zooming, not sitting still, not waiting for things to happen but going out and making them happen.
I've been training hard, eating clean and smart, (95% of the time) and setting goals that are being reached. It's not always this way for me. There are times of frustration, of disappointment, of questioning if what I am striving for is really worth it.
But somewhere from the depths of my mind comes that answer I know all too well, "What is the alternative? What other option do you have? What kind of life do you really want for yourself?" Then I answer those questions by choosing to eat the foods I know will keep me on the track to a healthy life style. I lace up my shoes and head out side for a training run even if it is raining or mid afternoon.
Being Revd up is not sitting and watching my life ebb past like some type of movie, it's jumping into the picture with both feet and taking part. Of getting out there and pushing myself that much harder, that much further, that much faster to see what I am capable of.
It's running a 10K race, like I did today and pushing until I crossed the finish line. It's setting goals and running with all the endurance my training has provided, with all the speed I can find, with positive self talk in my mind and assurance in my spirit and soul to get me though and past the achy bits, the bad patches, into the finishing stretch where the clock is left frozen in my mind with a time I have never finished a 10K in! A personal best today...now THAT is being REVed up!! THAT is being extreme.. and THAT feeling I am savouring and rerunning in my mind, over and over and over and over...and...
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