Thursday, August 09, 2012
A fisherman would say...A bad day fishing is better than a good day at the office.
From a runner's view it would be.....
The weather here has been horrible...rain, thunderstorms, high-heat, humidity, yuck - so I have been on a short hiatus from my running. 10 days of no running, OMGEEEE, that was the unthinkable. I don't think I could have made it another day without getting in some running. Weather is not an excuse. [I would gladly trade the heat for some cooler weather, no snow though]
I donned the running gear last night after work and hit the pavement. It was about 90 degrees, with 80% humidity, a real steam bath. Started out slow and decided I was just going to do whatever I could for an hour, mileage didn't matter, just getting out there to do it. About half way through my Garmin battery died (DUH Lisa, you're supposed to charge it) so I was mad that I couldn't track my run and my HRM wouldn't work either, dang it. (NOTE TO SELF: charge the darn thing beforehand). Whaa, whaa, whaa - my fanny pack kept getting twisted, the volume button on my iphone headphones is broke AGAIN, and I just couldn't really get comfortable and settle into my run, until about a 1/2 mile from home. I should have just kept going after that but I was just in one of those "moods". When I got home and tracked the run the old fashioned way (how barbaric) I ended up just shy of 4 miles and only about 40 minutes, how did I ever survive without my Garmin anyway?
During my run I thought about my good ole SP buddy BOILHAM (Vic) - he runs in the heat of Florida (not envious of that). We have a little inside-joke about running like a chick when it's hot outside (and in NO WAY is that meant to insult women, lol), While I was slogging along I thought "Gee I'm running like a Vic ChicK", hahahahaha. Hey Vic, we could patent that saying and come up with t-shirts and all sorts of merchandise, just include me as a partner in your new merchandising business. I can see it now...a sea of t-shirts at races and sports shops with the logo.....
I finished up my run, a little disappointed at the things that hadn't gone right, but I had done it, no excuses. I kept my pinky promise to SAMI199 and just got out there.
A bad run is better than NO run at all.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Quick blog just to let everyone know I'm still here and that I haven't quit Spark, etc. Life has been crazy busy, big family wedding with lots of relatives in town for the upcoming weekend and week. Hope everyone is well, I'll stop in when I can. My love to you all.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
"A journey of a 1,000 miles begins with a single step"
Lao-tzu, Chinese Philosopher
Celebrating 1,000 miles. Saturday I hit the milestone of running 1,000 miles. I can't remember when I officially started tracking mileage but I'm guessing it's been since Sept/Oct 2010. It's been a long road to rack up this many miles, but I am proud to say that I have accomplished it.
I was first introduced to the running community when I was a kid, probably about 8 or so. My dad was a runner and I went to all of his races as his cheerleader. He ran track in high school, then moved on to running with a local running group, then on to ultras, even 250-mile mountain races. I always wondered "why would anybody want to inflict that kind of torture?" He was always running, he even carried the torch for the Police Olympics back in the 80's. Dad was quite the runner back in the day.
He would sign me for to run the one-mile fun runs at all the races he ran, and I absolutely hated running, I mean HATED IT !!!!. I was never any good at it, but I did these one-mile runs to keep dad happy, but he never really knew how much I really HATED IT, lol. I grew clever as I approached the teen years, hmmmm, how could I get out of running these silly little one-mile fun runs? I volunteered. I would volunteer at all his races - from packet picket to water girl to clean up crew, I did it all and I didn't have to run, pretty smart eh?
Now fast forward 32 years....
At 246 pounds, dad suggested I start walking to get the weight off. So I walked, and walked, and walked. I would walk night after dinner and every day on my lunch hour, even walking and reading a book at the same time, just to keep the ole body in motion. Then dad mentioned the nasty word...... RUNNING. Are you kidding me, a fat lady running? So I decided to give it a whirl, just to see if by some chance I would like running now, I mean I hated it as a kid, but I took a stab at it.
I'd walk for 3 minutes, run for 30 seconds, dang...I wasn't getting anywhere doing that, or so I thought. But I kept at it until I could actually run for 30 seconds. OK, this is not too bad, I thought.
So now I'm up to attempting to run around the block - 1.5 miles around the block. Took a while to conquer this with the 3 minute walk, 30 second jog, oooh how I would be out of breath and my legs burned like someone had set them on fire, feeling the quad/hamstring burn, youch. WOW, this was really hard. Do I quit or keep at it?
After months around this same 1.5-block, I did it...I could actually jog the whole way without stopping, that was quite an accomplishment. I had made some serious progress for a 246-pounder.
I kept doing this same routine a couple times a week, worked out at the gym and dropped about 70 pounds. Dad then told me I should step up my running game, it was getting a little easier since I had lost the weight, so what the heck, I'll keep at it.
My first 5K was in Sept. 2010.... I can't believe I ran the whole thing, yeah. Now should I do another 5K to see if I can better my time? I guess, so I ran a couple of 5K and the time started getting better. Ohh, there's a cool 10K race for Halloween, you get to run in a Halloween costume, that sounded like fun, so Sis and I took the challenge. We did it - a whopping 6-miler, running the whole way without stopping, dang....WE ROCKED IT !!!
A Valentine's Day 14K, should I do that one? There are supposed to have hot firefighter dudes passing out flowers to the ladies at the finish line, hmmmm could be fun. So I trained and trained and trained. I had never run anymore than 6-miles during training and by the time I hit mile 7 I couldn't feel my legs anymore, but I kept going - I DID IT !!!!!!!!!! 9-miles and a cheesy carnation given to me by a "woman" firefighter, what the heck? where was the shirtless muscle man firefighter dude?
Kept up with my running after the big 9-miler for a while, but I was losing interest in running, it was starting to get hot outside and knew I didn't want to run in the heat, so kinda took it easy for a while. Ended up having foot surgery, so that forced me to take a break. I remember I couldn't wait to get the clearance from the doctor to run again. Then another setback - gall bladder surgery, uggh. But I kept getting back out there, I had missed running. [Did I really just say that?]
I set my sights on my first half-marathon in Nov. 2011. Sis and I made a pact that we would do this together. About 4 weeks into our 12 week training, she injured her back, so no running for her. So I kept on training alone, boy was that lonely. Should I forget about it or keep going, could I do it without her? All kinds of doubts starting filling my head....13.1 miles is way too far for me and I just don't think I can do it. The more I doubted the more resolute I became, I kept at it. I'm gonna do this. Then about 2 weeks before race day, my knee started collapsing on me, what the heck was happening. I tried to run the training plan best I could but still was having pains. Race day came and I ran the first 10 miles ok then the pain hit, I dragged myself the last 3 miles in tears, why???? Because I want to be a runner and I wouldn't give up. Finished the race, and I thought I was finished with running, 13.1 is far enough.
The injury sidelined me for about 3 months, but back at it again, and have been since January of this year. I've got a full race schedule for the next few months and a repeat of my first half-marathon again this November, looking forward to a RE-DO. After that it's on to training for a my first full marathon in March 2013, have I totally lost my mind? My answer to this question follows:
Running keeps me always challenging myself and keeps me believing that I CAN go further and faster (not as fast as I would like). I push myself beyond where I thought I could go, it helps me see and know what I made of. A feeling of accomplishment. I look at people around me and I see some who have started running and then quit, some that used to race that aren't racing now...but I'M STILL HERE, taking pride in what I do, one run at a time. 1,000 miles behind me, always looking forward to the runs ahead of me.
Never judge a person til you've run a 1,000 miles in their shoes and remember they have started their journey with...one step at a time.
Monday, July 30, 2012
I am a proud member of the Toby Keith Warrior Nation and I am a proud finisher of the Military Challenge 5K.
It's been an exciting past few days, I attended the Toby Keith concert last Thursday. He is such a super entertainer, he never disappoints, this was my 10th Toby concert, I never miss a year. Best of all was that my BFF and I went together, so glad we get to enjoy quality time together drooling over Toby, lol, Mr. Super Hawt Toby.
My SIL, two grandkiddos and I participated as a team on Saturday in the Military Challenge 5K. Team TSA is the local chapter for Tourettes Syndrome. My GS has Tourettes and he is very active in promoting awareness and is in the mentoring program, what a great way to raise awareness - wearing a Team TSA shirt in local races. I will be donning that shirt for my marathon debut in the spring also.
I must say that I was really nervous about this whole deal, I was more nervous for this 5K than I was running my first half marathon. I was worried about my abilities to do the obstacles along the course and I was worried about the heat. Last year I was a spectator at this event and it was 100 degrees at 8:00 in the morning, so I was really hoping the weather would be different this year. Race day it was 75 degrees, overcast, and the humidity was a little high, but after last year's weather - this was considered perfect. It didn't start heating up until about the last half mile. And for the past week it has rained every night so the course was super muddy, swamp like even.
We all started out as a team and the guys were supposed to hang with us ladies to help us over some of the obstacles but when the gun went off, us girlies (my GD and I) were left on our own, figures. We decided we were going to stick together and help each other. Super fun race - 3.3 miles and 25 obstacles hardest three miles Ive ever run and the most fun. I would definitely do it again wading in ditches waist deep in mud, mud tires, rope webs, climbing over hurdles, hay bale mountains, plank walk, a lake crossing, army crawling thru mud pits, and climbing a two story cargo net. Thanks to my GD for helping me out of some of those mud ditches. We stuck together and finished together - what a proud moment to cross the finish line with my GD.
The course was super muddy, and I was so worried about slipping or twisting something. I was so careful the entire race, taking my time to avoid injury. I am happy to say I made it to the last obstacle injury free. We were on the last obstacle, the giant slip-n-slide. I sat down and went about 3 feet and a tree root under the mat caught me square on my tailbone, ouch. Boy did that hurt and it still hurts, but it could have been worse. I have a small cut on my knee, who knows where I did that, but I am lucky to have walked away without discombobulating anything, lol.
My DH was at the finish line and the first thing I asked was if we beat the boys, and guess what???? We beat the boys, oh heck yeah, except my GS, he was the first on our team to finish. Girl Power, woo hoo.
We enjoyed an after race shower, lol - I got blasted in the ear with that super hose, but it was refreshing since the temperature was rising and it was nice to be able to wash off some of the mud.
After party wasn't so fantastic...hot dogs, ugghhh.
There were 68 finishers in the Female 40 to 44 age group I was 31. 1480 finishers in the 5K+ Run division - overall finish place was 910, my gender finish place was 344. "Chip" time 49:03.30. Team TSA finished 11/18 woo hoo.
Thoughts during the race....it was super muddy and warm - but our military members who train hard and are in far away places don't get to pick their conditions - they serve where duty calls. Thru mud and heat our military warriors continue to fight and serve for our freedom - shout out to the men and women in the military who are the REAL Warriors.
From a runner's view....
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I want to introduce you to my Cousin WILL. Some of you have met him, some haven't, some want him around, others not so much.
I've been thinking a lot about Cousin WILL. I used to enjoy his company every day, but lately it seems like he's been a little more absent than present. How can I mend this semi-broken relationship?
"Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body" - Lynn Jennings
1. You need skills to control your thoughts, improve your concentration, and to become the boss of your mind. The stronger these skills are, the more inner strength you possess.
2. Being the master of your mind you enjoy inner peace and happiness. External events do not sway you, and circumstances have no power over your peace of mind. This might sound too unreal for you, but experience will prove to you that all the above is true.
3. These skills are vital for achieving success. They give you more control over your life, help you change and improve habits, and are essential for self improvement, spiritual growth and meditation.
[Just couldn't resist this one]
Have you seen WILL???? Do you have the POWER??? Let's pump up the will power SPARKERS, we can do it.
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