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Running a Race - first 10km ever!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

2 days to race day gorgeous woman!
I know you are full of nerves and feel you have not prepared enough and know you could have done better if you hadn't self sabotaged this month.
You will go with the flow on Sunday. You will run that race, your first 10km, and learn this:

Routines are the backbone of my successes in life.

A busy month travelling interstate and regional has left my training schedule in tatters! Not to mention celebratory drinks. I let myself down and feel bad about it. :(
I am anxious about being exhausted before I even start the race.

I need to believe in myself, know that I have trained for 3 months and not trained much for 1 month.
So I am not as fit as I was a month or 6 weeks ago, this means I'm going to run a hard race.

It doesn't matter. Kick out that perfectionism!
Because this year I ran an 8km race & this 2 km more is doable.
Because this time two years ago I could barely run a block, not even 1/2 a km.
Because this time last year I was happy to say I run, I run 5 kms!
Because I know I am going to finish and achieve this years goal of running my first 10 km race.
Who am I racing for? Myself. My health, my body, me!
Will I enjoy this race? Yes. It's in a beautiful bush town. I get to run up a mountain to a gorgeous waterfall.
I get to run down a river path, in the bush.
I get to enjoy a rainy run in nature, not too hot, maybe windy.
I get to run with my partner and we both get a break from parenting & pet ownership thanks to a supportive grandma, uncles, aunties & dog-sitting friends.
I am grateful to have legs that run, a body that feels, good health and great community.
I think my strategy is to take it really really slowly up the mountain and then fast as I can down the track.

"There are only three winners: The one who competes with himself, The one who crosses the finish line first And the one who finishes the race."

Sri Chinmoy

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FRENCHIFAL 11/30/2011 4:24PM

    I hope your race went well! Happy belated Thanksgiving!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 11/26/2011 11:38AM

    Great blog!! Hope you have a fantastic run!! emoticon

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JOAN_HEO 11/26/2011 7:03AM

    You will be great!!!! Go get 'em!!!!

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LIBBYFITZ 11/25/2011 11:45PM

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AGREENSLADE79 11/25/2011 7:50AM

    Great!! Enjoy the run!!! :) You'll be great!!

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ME_HERE_NOW 11/25/2011 12:52AM

    you know you can do it, and you will do it! cannot wait to hear some descriptions of the lovely nature path. if you run with tunes make a playlist of your most energetic faves & enjoy the day! pump up on the way to the race with those tunes, sing along, feel the joy of all you and your body can do! :D

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LOOSEIT57 11/25/2011 12:18AM

    emoticon emoticonYou are going to smash it.

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SHEILA1505 11/25/2011 12:12AM

    Well done for all the prep you've done; life happens and it's not always in our control so cut yourself some slack - you've come a long long way and you are still enjoying yourself. Isn't that what it's about?

Hugs and strength

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APED7969 11/24/2011 11:56PM

    Have a great run! You'll do fine even if you haven't been training much :)

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TEMPEST272002 11/24/2011 11:24PM

    Love it. Kick perfectionism to the curb. Just running the race makes you a winner. How fun that you & hubby get to do it together as a couple.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 11/24/2011 11:00PM

    Yeeaaaaaah so exciting!

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JAZZEJR 11/24/2011 10:48PM

    Ah, Sri Chinmoy--he could really remind us of the fundamentals, couldn't he? Well, I'd say you have a mighty fine plan there, Smart Girl, and with that determination, you'll run light-hearted and happy (don't EXPECT it to be hard and it won't be--no matter the last few weeks). Look forward to it with great expectations of enjoyment! And you know you're a winner before the gun even goes off, right? Right!! We're proud of your win! emoticon emoticon

Right after reading your blog, I saw this article:


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Achieving IS about consistency but I feel Blah!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I notice a pattern whenever I reach a goal (like complete a race or buy some gorgeous new clothes as a reward): I slip with food and exercise for a while.

This year I am training for my first 10km race and sadly I twisted my ankle in June (winter in Australia) and was just about ready to run again when I slipped on some snow in July (of course, the same ankle!).
I have fully recovered now but it took a while!

Simultaneously, I stopped utilising my YMCA membership just when I moved up a fitness notch AND began a new plan AND was seeing results in gaining both muscle and confidence.
SO the reason I stopped the strength training is I lost my license (ahem!) for 3 months due to driving and talking on my mobile phone as a policeman cruised next to me for an entire block!

I have learned my lesson, and I have actually enjoyed the challenge of taking care of my family using my legs, my bicycle and the awesome Tram & Train system here. For example, my Wednesday training run is to the local Farmers Market to get our organic fruit & veggies that I can afford because we grow lots of our own.
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So I am now 5 only weeks away from my race, and excited, but have hit the doldrums this week. Might be the change of season but who knows?
Last week I had a cold and did not run at all (I did walk a few times though) and this week I just don't care or something.
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What is going on here?

I read Nancy Howard's blog this morning "The Art of Recovery", about runners and the need for rest, and she describes me to a T : moody, tired, I am so tired when I wake up even though I have good sleep habits now-a-days! SO maybe I just needed to rest?

I feel really motivated from reading a Brian Willis quote in sparkfriend Juliabelanger blog:
"WIN: What is Important NOW. Who do I want to be today?"

Today I get past this Blah and today I WANT to be a runner - so I run!
Just a short run, just to blow the cobwebs out of my blah brain.

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My 6 word mantra today: "I run, it gets me energised!"

My first 8 km race, the Mothers Day Classic May 8 2011:

I did it! I can do 10 km too!!!!
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TEMPEST272002 11/9/2011 10:28PM

    I have that same pattern. I'm starting to see it as a natural part of the process. We put so much into meeting our goals. It's not reasonable to think we can go 100% all of time. I'm There is a place for rest. I just finished a planned rest week. It was surprisingly difficult to not exercise & I was chomping at the bit to get back to it. When I started up with my workout this week, I was surprised to find myself stronger than when I left off.

Maybe a 3 or 4 day planned rest might be what you need - or maybe you just need to push through. Listen to your gut - what does it say?

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INSPIREBYNATURE 10/19/2011 10:44AM

    Honey you are amazing! The ups and downs are's the ebb and flow of life. You are going to rock that 10km!

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CRYSTALLULLABY 10/19/2011 10:10AM

  I do the same thing. I get to a goal and then I seem to disappear from my exercise and eating habits for a few weeks until I find another goal.

I'm glad you rested and feel better - take care of yoursel.

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APED7969 10/19/2011 6:27AM

    I'm running a 10km on sunday. I'm also hoping it doesn't make me slip much since I'm off for a holiday the next weekend. I also find I slack after reaching a goal. I think it's important to have rest time, that sure seems to help. Good luck with your training! You can do it!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 10/18/2011 9:28PM

    You can totally do this! Perhaps you are right and simply need a little reboot! We can't go all super hero all the time... or can we? Let me know when you figure it out... ;)

I couldn't help but chuckle at your comment about losing your licence because the officer followed you for a block before you realized he was there... too funny! Although... I get the seriousness of the law.

Anywho... I hear ya! My momentum has fizzled somewhat too... and I am working desperately hard to get it back... and I am definitely making progress! Because remember... one of our favorite mantra's... PRACTICE MAKES PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION baby!

You know this! You also know you are just 'temporarily' struggling! And... You will get it back! That fitness life mojo we all so desire!

Hang in there!

Love your new mantra too!

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Every day of the week, 6 words of success:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

7 sentences of 6 words of success:

1. Look at me- I can RUN!
2. Progress, not perfection, is my mantra!
3. Eat more variety, eat small portions.
4. I move into action more often!
5. I reward myself for reaching goals.
6. A strong woman is so sexy.
7. I choose to nourish my body.

What six word sentence inspires you to succeed in your goals?

PS: Just found this spark article...

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JUSTDUCKY1405 10/13/2011 8:50PM

    My sentence: My past does not define me!

Whoops, meant to add! Thanks for sharing! Very timely!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 10/12/2011 5:38PM

    I like : Eat more variety ; eat small portions !
All the best to us all, on our SparkPeople journey ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 10/12/2011 8:34AM

    I love who I am! Oops that is only 5 words!

I love me and am proud! emoticon

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SM-ARTGIRL 10/11/2011 7:53PM

    Wow! I feel super inspired by everyones responses, emoticon

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MCJULIEO 10/11/2011 2:04PM

    "Go, Me, just a little longer!"

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ESBELL 10/11/2011 12:58PM

    My mantra will be:

I am strong, I will heal!

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CRYSTALLULLABY 10/11/2011 11:16AM

  This is great! Thanks for posting.

My sentence: I can be who I am.

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ANGELOO29 10/11/2011 8:03AM

    Love "Eat more variety, eat small portions"!

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JAGRIF 10/11/2011 7:57AM

    Love this!!

My sentence: I am stronger than I know.

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JAZZEJR 10/11/2011 7:27AM

    All inspire me, but "I move into action more often!" should get me to my goals more quickly. emoticon

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CAT609 10/11/2011 7:05AM

    Mine would be I move into action more often! Great job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Motivate Me - how do you do it?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

cityzozo...I am grateful you asked this coz it helped me figure out my process & I plan to apply this to my ART here it is! I felt I could blog this...

1. A passion that keeps me interested, the fitness and body shape is a natural by product of my passion.
For me, I discovered running at the end of 2009. Never ran much before then.

2. Create a goal around that passion.
First I wanted to run a 5 km, now I want to run a 10 km.

3. Mini goals that are tracked and, most importantly, rewarded along the way...So I schedule x 3 runs a week ( 1long, 1 short, 1 mix).
This also gets my running partner very happy...(scout)

4. Did I say rewards? Hmmm- I got that covered for my 10 km race- a weekend away in a gorgeous natural place, son staying w his uncle n aunt (see .5) but don't forget weekly or monthly rewards too (I have to schedule mine or I forget!). See Mojo_risin has an awesome calendar w collage, stars & notes to inspire-I am so happy to see that idea for tracking my rewards!

5. Community: Letting others in on your goals allows them to encourage, support or be inspired by your AWESOME Fierceness at taking on something for YOU! That means Spark friends & teams, my family and a few friends.

6. Fueling my goal. I can't run without proper nutrition in my body, I just run out of energy. Same for thirst. It took a fair bit of practice but drinking water is a habit now, our whole family carries steel water bottles everywhere and for Christmas my partners family gave us an awesome benchtop filter! (see .5)

I am also very into yoga but find I work best in a class situation, I'm not very good at yoga but been at it for years. Wish I could feel good enough to get a teaching qualification in it though.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 10/3/2011 12:43PM

    Facebook check-in status challenges are keeping me going lately!

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LIBBYFITZ 9/30/2011 8:58AM

    I love yoga as well. Just feel so good after it.

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SM-ARTGIRL 9/26/2011 7:51AM

    Omg!! Blaize, Liz: this yoga teaching thing is really whispering to me even though I trully am appallingly bad at yoga, I love it and I hear what you are saying about learning from people of different capacity.
So I am going to look into qualifications- spark goals way- one step at a time!

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    Ooh yes!!!! Be a teacher! That would be amazing! you are so beautiful

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ESBELL 9/25/2011 10:12AM

    I say go for the teacher certification in yoga. I have learned so much from instructors who weren't the traditional bend-like-you-have-rubber-hoses-for
-muscles types. They showed me that honoring my body by respecting my boundaries, but still doing my best, was the true spirit of yoga.

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ANDYLIN90 9/25/2011 2:32AM

    Excellent blog and I enjoyed reading it and certainly agree. I would add kill the negative self talk. It's very hard to be motivated when one is beating themselves up for less than perfection.

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ME_HERE_NOW 9/25/2011 1:33AM

    hey girl, i love it, you cannot sustain a lifestyle unless you are truly enjoying it, doing what works for you, and consistently challenging yourself. you have to take advantage of the resources around you and be your own biggest cheerleader, you are in the driver's seat, i am excited to see where you take us!

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SM-ARTGIRL 9/25/2011 12:35AM

    Yes! That is a good suggestion! Thank you!
Pimp My (p)ride; Done Girls; Artists & runners ; vegetarians & veggie growers ummm ya know - it is the individuals in every team that ROCK my world.

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PEPIPOI 9/25/2011 12:08AM

    Sounds like you got nearly everything covered. Looks like you haven't got your teams in there with the members who can help and support you. Maybe just add them to your list. You will achieve all that you want because you have the passion to do it. Well done and congrats on all you do.

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My future self, making good choices today, says:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I am strong enough to hike the mountains, swim the oceans and dance for a week!
I am beautiful, curvy, unique.
I can wear anything I choose and look edgy & authentic.
I glow from all the healthy natural foods I eat.
I run, I run 10 k, I run a half.

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STARTSPARKING 9/24/2011 2:45PM

    Thank you for sharing your positive attitude! emoticon

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CITYZOZO 9/24/2011 11:53AM

    you glow anyway...long time, how's it going, i'm feeling really good about about you? zo

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ESBELL 9/22/2011 1:44PM

    Beautiful affirmations! You are simply amazing!

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ME_HERE_NOW 9/22/2011 1:37AM

    YES! shine on friend!

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CAROLYN1213 9/21/2011 2:17PM

    You are an amazing creation, prepared to do great things and receive awesome opportunities.

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