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."
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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... www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
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 practice...so 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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