Friday, October 22, 2010
Ok, well, not physically... yet. I am starting my training now, and I am super excited to get started. The nervousness that stole my sleep a few nights ago has subsided.... at least for now!! I know I will be going CRAZY once the race nears.
But after having a few days to really let it sink in...:
I have had to give myself several pep talks. Really, what it comes down to is good training. Good and safe training. And what's the worst that could happen at the race? I have to walk a lot, more than planned? I can handle that. It's finishing that really matters.
...And after analyzing what really made me back out of the marathon I had planned in August and started training for...:
Since I HATE backing down from ANYTHING, even if I wasn't officially registered, I feel it necessary to make sure this wouldn't happen again. During June, I had so much on my plate - I was in the process of quitting my one-day-a-week-but-stressful job, kids' birthdays, surprise get-away with my husband... It was just too much to try and focus on getting the long runs in. I was tired. I wanted a vacation from EVERYTHING. But things are quieter now. And I think if I just manage my time well, I should be able to pull off a good training plan as well as a decent first marathon.
...And after pin-pointing my challenges:
Time is the biggest challenge. Yeah, I am a SAHM, but that doesn't mean I just sit around all day long. In fact, I don't even "have time" to really be sitting here writing this, but I am. I am a mom to 4 kids, one of those being a special-needs boy who requires a lot more attention and help than other children, and 2 being twins who are 2 years old. Keeping house, cooking, and trying to get everything done is challenging enough. Plus, I am going to school, which will be challenging. I need time to study and prepare things for my school. Not to mention, I am quite involved in my church, and have several obligations there.
After looking at all these things, I thought about why I really want to do this:
This is for me. It is for my own personal benefit and gratification. I want to be a "MARATHONER." I want to achieve that. As I started looking for races to do this last weekend, I found this marathon. I thought about what an amazing experience it would be to cross that finish line after TWENTY-SIX MILES of running, after all the hard work I will have put in. Just thinking about it gave me butterflies.
It's not about weightloss, since I am pretty much where I want to be. It's not a goal TO motivate me, but because I already AM motivated - there is a difference. It's not about really impressing anyone. I simply feel inspired, thanks to several of my SparkFriends! And I want to achieve it for myself.
So, here are my goals:
*To enjoy the new heights I can achieve with my running, especially with long runs. As I trained for my HMs, I ran several runs 15-16 miles, simply because I loved seeing how far I could go! The distance challenges were so fun to me.
*To keep the training safe and reasonable, but also effective.
*To stay fit throughout the winter months.
*To balance my time well with my family while I pursue this.
*To finish in under 4:30. (I am basing this goal on my own ability that I have seen in previous long runs, and also on a SparkFriend I knew who had a VERY comparable pace as me, who trained with the same plan I am training with, and finished in 4:15. So, I believe 4:30 is a reasonable goal.)
Here is the start of my journey. I AM READY.
Tomorrow, I will do a slow, easy 13-miler. Next week, I will kick off the official 18-week training plan. Over the next 18 weeks, I will give it all I've got.
I AM READY.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
This morning, it was just plain nasty outside. Not terribly cold, but raining and very windy. I decided to go back to bed, and try to get my run in when my twins go down for their nap. I definitely prefer to get it out of the way first thing in the morning, but I do occasionally leave me son "in charge" if they are sleeping well as a backup plan.
So, everything went good. Girls went down and were totally quiet, so I headed out... And since I am pretty tickled with the photos I can take with my iPhone4, I took some along the way!! My iPhone4, what a great little contraption! I use it as my iPod for my Tunes, my phone (OBVIOUSLY!) so Mikah can reach me easily, my stopwatch sometimes if my Garmin is low, my map to see where I am if I am on a new trail, and now a camera. Not to mention a camera that can do videos too... ok, I am an iPhone fan, what can I say?
I first ran along the main road, on the bike trail, and then I turned down a back road.... I will only take the loop when its light out, because there are some wooded areas, and its very secluded. I am not worried about crime, but about wild animals! Fox and deer are harmless usually, but we have wild boar here!
This was the road I took.
Running through the trees. The sun came out and it was so pretty!
Cows in the pasture. Some of the pastures were empty that had cows in them a couple of weeks ago, so I guess the farmers are starting to take their cows into the barns for the winter...
Ahhh, my street, Ippensen Farm... Home at last. LOL
Me, all happy and sweaty from a GREAT 8km run!!
Monday, October 18, 2010
I pulled a double again today!! No, not a double work shift. Double cardio! I had already gotten up this morning, and ran a great 10K run!
Right after breakfast, Mikah (My 9-yr-old) was making a telling me a list of things he wanted to do today, and a bike ride was one of them. (He's on fall break from school last week and this week.) Since we had SOOOO much fun on Friday, and I DID need to go to the store again, I asked him if he'd like to go on another little excursion with me and the girls. (This one wasn't as big of a loop - only 13.8 km there and back, vs. 18 on Friday.)
So, I looked out the window, and said, "It looks like its going to be a beautiful day!"
And he said, "And cold-iful, too!"
It was cold!! I had 30° F this morning for my run, just under freezing. And I think it was only 35° F when we left for our bike ride to the store. So here are a few pics I took of our little trip this morning!
Eliane did NOT like her ear cover or gloves I put on her this morning!! She was NOT happy!
3 out of my 4 little knuckle-heads!
My grandma-wheels and me
Mr. Mikah himself
A quick snap of our bike trail - I LOVE GERMANY!! I find it so beautiful here.
We stopped briefly on the bridge going over the Autobahn... This is Mikah's favorite part!
You know what I find so cool about doing stuff like this?
First of all, I get to spend quality, active time with my son. I can tell he really loves doing this with me, and we get to chat and have a great time - doing something HEALTHY!
Secondly, it isn't practical maybe time-wise, but it saves gas (and hopefully spares a little bit of air polution), and I get some fresh air (again) just getting out and fitting exercise into my daily life.
Thirdly, I burned just as many calories on my leisurely 68 minutes of bike riding (time including the quick stops), as I did in my 62 minutes of running this morning... hmmmmm.
Here's to fitting in exercise into our every-day lives!!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
... to get secretly irritated and disappointed when friends of mine, who say they want to run races with me and seem really excited and determined, continue to not train consistently, and are often making excuses???
My friend has been a pretty long-time runner. But she is really inconsistent. (I love her!! And I really don't mean to be harsh here.) She always comes to me and talks to me about getting in shape, especially losing some extra weight she's been gaining, and about doing races with me. She always seems so motivated and ready to get going! So, OF COURSE, as a HUGE running fan and also someone who has experience losing weight, I offer her my advice, and I must admit, I get a little excited about the possibility of running a race with someone... Not just to run with someone, but I think sharing my passion for running with someone else appeals to me. And I really like helping other people lose weight.
But every time I talk to her, it's something. There is some reason why she hasn't been at it consistently. I try not to be pushy or judgmental or anything. I really don't want to make her feel bad.
Why can't people just stick to what they say they are going to do? I mean, I am NO goddess or super disciplined person. But I am committed to my running. And I was just taught that when you say you are going to do something, you do it. Or maybe it's part of my personality. Each morning before I leave my house for my run, I have already pre-determined my mileage goal. I don't even have to TELL anyone - I just have to THINK it - and I already feel OBLIGATED to do exactly that amount, if not more. There has seriously been very very few times I have cut my run shorter than I had planned.
I really don't expect everyone to be like me, though. I really don't. And I am not meaning to be harsh or judge her. And I am really not mad at HER per se. I simply just wish I could believe what she says.
Maybe part of it is that I really just would like to have a running friend that was as committed as me... My husband says I should try to find an adult running team (for hobby runners) or something in my area... Maybe that is what I should do.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
That's right, I had a fight this morning. My lazy inner-girl stuck her ugly head up, and tried to give me lip, and well, I just had to take her down! She hasn't given me too many problems lately, but I was going on only about 6 hours of sleep this morning when my 5:30 alarm went off. I'd let the hubby talk me into watching Iron Man 2 last night....
On that subject, is it just that I'm getting harder to please with films as I get older, or was Iron Man 2 a little boring? Ok there were some funny parts, the acting was ok, but the dialog often seemed very fast and "campy" (not serious) to the point where it didn't seem convincing... Not that the story is realistic or anything... But when it came to the final battle in the end??? Lu-HAME! Way to overdone! I spent 2 hours watching that junk, and coulda been resting up for my run.... Oh, well.
Still, I got up without a problem. I was determined to get in 8 miles this morning, even in spite of all the biking I did yesterday!!
So I went downstairs, did my normal "routine"- change into running clothes, then eat a little banana and drink a coffee, while checking SP. Then I decided it was time to go... And this is where Lazy-Girl came in...
I got everything ready, shoes on, unlocked and opened the front door.... And what was that that I heard??? Pouring rain?? I stepped out away from the house and stuck my hand out. It was BARELY drizzling, but it was REALLY windy, hence the noise I had heard! Yuck.
So let's see, reasons not to run this morning:
1. Very little sleep? Check.
2. Muscles possibly fatigued from yesterday? Check.
3. Dark outside? Check.
4. Cold? Check. 7 C, but not winter temps yet, so that excuse was no good.
5. Windy? CHECK!!
6. Wet? Check.
At first, I thought, "Nope, I'm going back to bed." I turned, locked the door again, shut the lights off, all the while rethinking, replanning when I'd run later today. Hubby had to work this morning, so it was either afternoon or evening, both of which I DID NOT like. I hate taking time away from my family to run. I wanna be able to sit and relax with them, and it takes about 10x the determination for me to get my run in when I have to leave them behind to go out for my run! Truth was, I'd run plenty of times in slightly drizzly, windy weather, and even way colder than this morning. I knew, deep inside, my excuses were not worth going back to bed for.
Just then, for a split second, I visualized myself finishing the 8 miles (12.8 km actually) I'd planned to do, and how good it would feel when I was done and walking the last little bit back to the house. If for no other reason, the feeling of gratification would come over me simply for accomplishing what I'd set out to do.
I knew right then that now, NOW, was the time to do it! And that's just what I did!
Actually I had an AWESOME run. At 4 km, I took a short 100-m walk (approx. 1 min), and had planned to do 2 more little breaks, one at 8 km, and one around 10.5. I didn't really worry about pace at all, just ran what I felt was comfortable. At 5 km, I did feel a little fatigued, I thought. But then I checked out into my own little world, and blew past 8 km. For the rest of my run, I didn't feel I needed a break at all, and my pace was actually really good in comparison with my more recent runs! I was very pleased....
And when I crossed 12.8 km and stopped my Garmin to walk the last little stretch home, I felt really, really good, just like I imagined!! I WIN, Miss Lazy-Girl!!
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