Friday, September 28, 2012
I'm a long distance runner. Shorter distances are harder for me to do. The only time I ever do a 5K (3.1 miles) is the annual Cancer Research UK Race for Life. It's not really timed and it's for a great cause. I never have to worry about being last because there are thousands of women doing whatever speed they want.
When I sign up for a 10k (6.2 miles) it's has to be for a good reason. Most often they are to help me with my speed for marathon training. I do them but I don't enjoy them. I work super hard running them and yes it hurts! (mainly my lungs!)
Here I am two days away from a 10K race. Sunday 30 September I will be running the Preston Guild 10K race in Preston, Lancashire, England. Just a short distance from where I live and I've done it twice before. I know the course, and can run it in my mind right now.
But running it in my mind will only cause my stomach to go queasy! I know the narrow start line, the run through the center of town and then the loop through again and out to the park, the down hill and left to the footpaths/cycleway along the tree lined broader path, then out to the far end, along the road and back through the park over the river and back up and down a narrow path before heading back up the killer hill out of the park to the town center again and the run in to the finish line.
SREECHHHHHHH! I'm stopping that tape, I'm tossing it.. and I'm going to erase what I know of this race. There is no sense in getting myself all worked up about it! That will only cause stress and stress is not what a runner wants before hitting a start line. I'm going to run with joy!
Therefore...I'm looking at this as the first time doing a 10K. I'm going with the excitement of achieving a goal. I will lace up my shoes with the vision of getting my finisher medal/shirt and wearing it proudly! I will be able to check off two of the four races I need to complete in the Preston Guild 2012 Series of Races. I will look forward to the bling I will receive when all four races are finished. OH yeah..... I LOVE the BLING!!!
The pictures I've chosen are very special. The first is my very first race...the next is me crossing over the finish line of the race I'm going to do on Sunday in a new PB time. the next is my finisher shirt for that race and the final picture is my 10th marathon medal collected at the Liverpool Marathon a year ago and the one I will be running again in just over two weeks for marathon 11 in six short years!!!
Monday, September 17, 2012
I've been thinking about how to organize my Success Plan and the best way for me is to keep it simple and basic.
1. MIND~~I see this as the main focus of my plan. Keeping positive and well focused will mean keeping my mind in the right place. I will do this by:
a. read- finish "Live Fit and Be Well", read The Fire Starter Sessions
b. podcasts- listen weekly to No Excuses Workouts, Marathon Training Academy
c. people- connect with all three of my children each week through phone or emails.
log into SPARK each day and read at least one blog and comment on it.
2. BODY~taking care of my body will ensure I take care of my health and that is imperative
a. eat within my calorie range with whole, clean and healthy foods
b. train according to my plan for marathons #11 and 12
c. get at least 7 hours of sleep 6 days a week
d. drink at least 8 glasses of water per day
e. limit time-wasting activities so I can concentrate on what is most important during my day.
a. reward my hard efforts with a personal me time reward each week
b. do relaxing techniques each day (breathing, yoga, extra rest)
c. enjoy my hobby of cross stitching by completing at least 3 Christmas gifts.
4. BE OPEN
a. listen to others
b. remain curious (there are no failures..just opportunities to learn)
The most important reward for me will be to be a healthier, fitter, more stamina filled runner who can continue to stay off of her high blood pressure medicine and complete the Preston Guild Race Series with the last race 18 November, one week before my 61 birthday!!!
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Today marks SIX big years since I found SparkPeople.
I remember that I had read a post on a running website about Spark and decided to check it out. I didn't jump right into anything as I was confused by it all. The main thing is, I stayed.
I kept showing up, day after day, week after week.. and now year after year!
What have I gotten out of Sparkpeople that would keep me here for six years?!
The great people, it's free, the amazing articles, the food/fitness tracking, and on and on.
I have learned alot about myself through my time here and continue to learn.
I came to Spark about 15 pounds heavier then I am now. However, I have maintained an over 50 pound weight loss for 10 years. Spark has helped me do this as well as my more active lifestyle...my name says it.. I run!
I will continue to stay on Spark because the journey isn't finished. I've got lots more to learn, lots more great goals to achieve, and many more people to help me along the way.
A huge thank you to each and every person that has touched my journey here. You have shared something with me that has changed me in one way or another. I am grateful for you and to this amazing website and all those who work so hard to keep it going.
May each of you reading this be blessed in your Spark and life journey. It's a great ride!
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