Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Okay, I want to say bad words, but I guess I have to keep it civil.
I am P^$*& and disappointed in myself and I don't even know what to do.
Here's what set me off: I took a *$&%^# Three Minute Step test to assess my cardiovascular fitness. And honestly, what I was trying to find out was whether I rated Very Good or Excellent. (On the 12 minute Cooper run test, I rate "above average") So what was my score on this test?
Yep, that's what it said. VERY POOR.
Well excuuuuuuse me, but that just isn't %(@*&% true! I run and workout 5-6 days a week. I have been doing this now steadily for 3-1/2 years so this isn't new. Off and on I've been running since 1995. I have ran countless races, including a half marathon. I usually finish about the 50th% for my age group although I actually won my age group in one small race. So I'm not a fast runner, but I can hold my own. I'm not someone struggling to bring up the rear or anything.
I run in the heat. I run up hills. I run 10 minute miles. On the days I don't run I do resistance workouts with kettlebells. On the fitness test I was taking I scored EXCELLENT in every other category - sit ups, push ups, squats, sit and reach. Not just good, but EXCELLENT! Then on the step test I score Very Poor.
I can't even think of words to describe how I feel about this. I guess I am in denial, big time. I thought that if I could go out and do a run of several miles on a hilly route on a warm day (and I do it regularly) that I was in good shape. But then I get the rude awakening which tells me that I am falling WAY short. So why the @) do I even bother? I mean what is the point? I don't want anyone telling me to "try harder" because I put forth a great deal of effort and discipline into my workout routine already - just to reach the LOWEST POSSIBLE level of fitness. :( :( :( :( :(
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Apparently RUNNING the race is nothing compared to REGISTERING for it!
It took me an hour and a half to complete the online registration due to some server issues they were having. At one point I almost gave up and said, "Forget it, I don't want to run it this badly". But since I ran that qualifying race specifically for the Peachtree I kept trying. What a pain. But I got in. Now just wait for my number and hope for TG 2 or 3.
It is funny this time of year everyone is "training for the Peachtree". Then on July 5 they all quit running until next Spring. Ha-ha. Well my "training for the Peachtree" is pretty much same old/same old running routine. There isn't a lot of point to trying for a PR in the Peachtree although my "secret" (okay not so secret) dream is to come in under an hour.
I never give up, do I? lol
Anyway, off to run, I think I will do 6.2 today in to kick off the PRR countdown......
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Actually, I missed my goal by 1 min and 4 secs. 61:03 was my 10K time. While that is the best 10K out of my last four races, it still didn't meet my goal.
It is SO frustrating!
All I'm hoping is that I get a good Peachtree number out of the deal. Today's race was pretty hard core. This wasn't one of those fun run type of events where everyone is just there to have a good time. This was the last chance - and best chance - qualifier for the Peachtree. But on the bright side, the folks out to beat the 55:00 cut off were way ahead of me so I was in a comfortable, less competitive environment (aka the "back of the pack")
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Although I often meet my goals, there are times when I don't even come close. This is one of those times (well two of those times if you count the weight loss goals I've never met!)
Anyway, after my Half Marathon, my new goal was to get back up to speed - literally - and qualify for Time Group 1 in the Peachtree. That would be a sub-55:00 time. Since I actually did it once before (okay it was 10 years ago but I did it!) I thought I had a fighting chance to get there again.
Not so much.
The qualifying race is next Saturday. I will be doing stupendous if I break 60:00, never mind 55:00. In other words I'm not even in the neighborhood. Maybe in a way it lets me off the hook. If I was really close, say I was running 57:00-58:00 in training, then I would be really anxious about it. As it is I have faced reality and given up that dream.
SO...what that means is just run the race, submit the time, and get placed in Time Group 2 or 3. That is all fine and well, those aren't too bad and are more my speed anyway. I guess my accomplishment in 1999 will stand as my all time PR, never to be broken.
I'm trying NOT to get anxious about whether I break 60:00. Yeah, I really hope I do, but I haven't done better than 63:00 in training - although I will have "race day" advantages plus the fact that it is a fast, easy course.
We'll see what happens...............
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Nothing makes you feel old like becoming a grandmother! But it is worth it. My grandson was born yesterday at 10:00am weighing 9 lbs. (Big babies run in our family!)
Next time I'm out running and some 20 year old zips by me, I'll be thinking, "Yeah, you're all that. You can out run someone's Grandma"! LOL
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