Monday, October 12, 2009
I've never heard of Zoe Kiplowitz until today. Somehow I came upon a quote she made "Have a dream, make a plan, go for it. You'll get there, I promise." I thought Zoe Kiplowitz would be another famous marathoner... I google her name & up pops the most awesome testimony of the strength of the human spirit. Here is a copy of a page from her book "The Winning Spirit - Life Lesson Learned in Last Place" (taken from her website) - I just had to share it with you:
I have always believed that each of us has a personal theme song. It speaks of who we are and where we've been , and perhaps more important, of who we may yet become and where the road may lead us.
For many years my personal theme song was "Tomorrow," from the Broadway play Annie. I have always believed that if we can hold on for just one more day, there is always the possibility of change- the promise of reversal and the joy of renewal. Such is the potential magic inherent in the promise of "Tomorrow."
And then, when my marathon adventures began, I found a second theme song. It was "One Moment In Time," the mega-hit originally recorded by Whitney Houston. From the first time I heard it, it seemed as though the chorus had been written just for me.
Give me one moment in time
When I'm more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me.
Give me one moment in time
When I'm racing with destiny
And in that one moment of time
I will be - I will be free.
In every race that I run and every line that I cross there is for me that one Moment In Time - that winning moment of power and pleasure and grace. It's not a snapshot moment to be filed in the recesses of memory. It's a Technicolor moment of self-excedence and self-acceptance. It's a living moment of resource and possibility. A veritable encyclopedia of self-knowledge, a reference point from which to create and re-create that winning moment in all areas of my life.
And so, each year, I continue to cross the finish line. With head thrown back and right arm raised in victory, I shout "Yes" to the morning sky. It is one of the smallest words in the English language but also one of the largest. It is a word of infinite power and possibility.
There is a poster scotch-taped to my bedroom wall. It is the last thing I see before falling asleep and the first thing I see on rising. It is a picture of a nameless, faceless runner on what appears to be an endless road.
The sentiment inscribed on the poster is as follows:
The race belongs not only to
the swift and strong-
but to those who keep on running.
Words To Live By.....
Monday, October 12, 2009
Wow... it's week 12 - time flies when you are out running! :)
This week will also be a WET week but it is also a "fall back" week. I do love my fall back weeks. The "fall back" weeks really do help get me ready for the mileage increase that comes in the following week. I feel my runs are going well. I am happy that the majority of my runs end with a strong finish and negative splits. After this week, I will be increasing my Long Runs into new territory starting with 14 miles. 13.24 miles is the longest I have ever ran. My goal is to stay injury free, so I will be taking it nice & slow...
This past weekend was a very exciting weekend for me. So many of my spark buddies ran their first marathons, first half marathons, and some were just running another marathon/half marathon. I admit I enjoyed every minute trying to keep up with how they were doing. It's very inspiring to me to see them cross the finish line after following their training for months. Way to go running buddies - You all ROCKED those races!
A big "Thank you" to all who donated to my St. Jude fund. I greatly appreciate it! Last week I got an email from St. Jude stating the Half Marathon was sold out - only 8,000 runners running the half. The course is now going to run through the hospital grounds - I only pray that I will not break down crying as I see those children cheering us on... I go to my first Team Jake meeting this Thursday. I already know some people on the team but there are many that I do not know. There are now 77 team members!! Wow - 77 runners! :)
Here is my training schedule for the week:
Sunday, October 11 - REST DAY
Monday, October 12 - run 6 miles easy.
**Ran 6 miles - avg pace 10:39 - got very wet as it poured down rain during mile 6. Completed 50 each: push ups, crutches, bicycle crutches, reverse crutches, and single leg squats.**
Tuesday, October 13 - run 6 miles with fartleks (aiming for 1/2 mile fartlek x 6)
**ran 6 miles but ditched the fartleks due to the heat & humidity - avg pace 10:39 but the effort felt much harder than yesterday's run. Completed 50 each: pushups, crutches, bicycle crutches, reverse crutches, and squats with medicine ball.**
Wednesday, October 14 - ride bike 30 - 40 minutes.
**due to conflict in schedule, did not ride bike**
Thursday, October 15 - run 6 miles easy.
**Raining, Raining, Raining...**
Friday, October 16 - REST DAY or ride bike 30 - 40 minutes.
**Ran 6.25 miles - avg pace 10:34 - a nice, rain free day to run!**
Saturday, October 17 - Run 8 miles easy.
**Ran 8 miles - avg pace 10:51 - a beautiful running day**
Here to another great week even if it does rain everyday!
Monday, October 05, 2009
Last week was a good week for running due to the nice cool temperatures. This week is going to be WET!
I'm so excited about all my spark running buddies signing on to run in New Orleans - talk about motivating me to get out & train. :)
I had a great strong run this past Saturday. Normally I really try hard to run my long runs at a SLOW pace because I do not want any injuries of any kind to hinder me this year. Going 4 months without running this year is enough for me. The weather was just perfect & the day was beautiful. I watch the full bright moon go down & the nice sun come up that morning. Danny (husband) and I decided to push it and just take it easy on the next long run. I had an average 10:32 pace for the 12 miler but what made me really excited was the negative splits I had at the last 5 miles: Mile 8 - 10:35; Mile 9 - 10:28; Mile 10 - 10:18; Mile 11 - 10:14; and Mile 12 - 10:05. I felt I could have kept on running that day... We all know these runs do not happen every day but when it does it just keeps us going with our training. I know you running buddies know what I am talking about. :) That day for the first time, I thought perhaps training for the marathon will not kill me - lol.
Danny & I joined up with a local team "Team Jake" to raise money for the St. Jude Hospital. Might as well as raise money if you are running the race, right? One of the reasons we picked this team is because we knew Jake. He is the grandson of a lady that used to work with Danny. Jake was a sweet little boy that died on Oct. 5th, 2006 - today marks the anniversary of his death. Jake was diagnosed June 1, 2004 with Hepatoblastoma(Liver Cancer) - Stage IV. He underwent 20 rounds of chemotherapy, 15 rounds of radiation, and had 11 major surgeries/procedures that included 3 lung surgeries, 2 brain surgeries, and 1 liver surgery. In February 2006, Jake received a Bone Marrow Transplant as a form of therapy to fight his disease. Jake was the 2nd person in the world to receive this type of transplant for his type of disease. He was a brave little boy and seemed to always have a smile on his face. If you would like to donate here is how to get to my webpage:
1. Go to www.stjudeheroes.org
2. Click on Sponsor a Participant
3. Click on Find a participant
4. Type in my name: Tammy Pennington & click on my name when it comes up. This will take you to my webpage.
Now for my training schedule:
Sunday - Oct. 4th - REST DAY
Monday - Oct. 5th - run 5 miles easy; target goal for calories: 1800
**ran 5.37 miles easy - avg pace 10:41 pace**
Tuesday - Oct. 6th - run 6 miles of fartleks - love these runs! :)
**ran 6 miles of fartleks - avg pace 10:20 min/mile**
Wednesday - Oct 7th - ride bike for 30 - 40 minutes
**was a 'lazy head' and slept in to 6am so no bike ride today.**
Thursday - Oct 8th - run 5 miles easy pace
**ran 5 miles - avg pace 10:57 min/mile. Was a nice relaxing slow run - even stopped to talk to some other runners**
Friday - ride bike for 30 - 40 minutes
**No bike ride today either...**
Saturday - run 13 miles easy pace
**Ran 13.1 miles - finished in 2:19:12 - very happy as this is a PB for me & it was a fairly easy run. Avg pace 10:38 min/mile.
I will continue doing my core exercises & push ups daily - got to keep the streak going!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Time is just flying by... I can't believe it is almost October! Last week, I thought I would have to build an Ark cause it rained so much. This week the weatherman is telling us we are going to get some Fall Weather temperatures... Tomorrow it is suppose to be around 54 in the morning - I'm not believing it until I open the door tomorrow morning. :)
Saturday I pretty much ran my long run in some heavy rain. My husband & I were not the only runners crazy enough to run in the rain. There was another group of runners out there too. :) It's so nice to know you are not the only crazy one in the neighborhood.
I keep tinkering with my running schedule - it is driving my husband batty - lol.
This week I made some of my shorter runs a little longer & cut down my running days to only 4 per week. Who knows... I probably will change it again in a few weeks.
Yesterday I weigh in... I'm happy to report that I am down to 138 lbs - very happy about that!! May it keep going downward.
Here is my schedule for the week:
Sept. 27, Sunday - REST DAY
Sept. 28th, Monday - Run 5 miles easy.
**Ran 5 miles - avg pace 10:45 min/mile. Completed 50 each: push ups, crutches, reverse crutches, bicycle crutches, and squats. Total calories: 1960**
Sept 29th, Tuesday - Run 6 miles with 6 x 2 minute fartleks (or I might do 3 x 1600 meters at 9:50 pace but I'm not sure if I am ready for that).
**Ran 6 miles with 6 - 0.25 miles fartleks. Ran the last 2 miles between 9;40 - 9:50 min/mile pace. Avg pace overall for the 6 miles was 10:10 min/mile. Total Calorie intake: 2016**
Sept 30th , Wednesday - Ride bike 30 - 40 minutes.
**Rode bike 35 minutes - 12.50 miles. Uh oh... as I type this I am eating like a pig... :) Total Calories: 2180**
Oct 1st, Thursday - Run 5 miles easy.
**Ran 5 miles - avg pace 10:45 min/mile. Total Calories: 2072**
Oct 2nd, Friday - Ride bike 30 - 40 minutes.
**Was at my Mom's this morning - so I skipped the bike ride. Didn't track calories today... but I'm assuming it was 2000 calories or more**
Oct 3rd, Saturday - Run 12 miles easy.
**Had the BEST running weather today! Ran 12 miles at a 10:32 min/mile pace. Felt strong to the end.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Stormy Weather came to the area last week. I didn't get all my mileage in last week - at least it was a "fall back" week. I ran my first 5K race last week and was very pleased with my time of 31:41 - not a PR but it shows I am getting back to where I was before my ankle injury. I wish I was able to take pictures at the race, but my DD took my camera to college... :)
Today is really the FIRST DAY of MARATHON TRAINING... It's exciting & nerve wacking at the same time. I have had a lot of "thoughts" to go through my head about this marathon training. I can see why it takes "courage" to even think about training for a full marathon. My goals include making it through the training with no injuries and just finishing the marathon. I would love to finish the marathon in 5 hours but since this is my first one I am aiming to just finish.
No weight loss this week - I am at 139.1. My mistake was in eating 2000 or so calories with a cutback in running mileage. I am still tracking my food intake and still aiming to increase my intake of fruits & vegetables.
Here is my training schedule for the week:
Sunday - Sept. 20th - REST DAY
**completed 50 each: crutches, bicycle crutches, reverse crutches, push ups, and squats. Total Calories eaten: 2140**
Monday - Sept 21st - Run 4 miles easy.
**Ran 4 miles - avg pace 10:34 min/mile. Completed 50 each: crutches, bicycle crutches, reverse crutches, push ups, squats, and completed 3 x 1 minute planks.
Total calories eaten: 1780**
Tuesday - Sept 22nd - Tempo Run - Warm up 1 mile; Run 3 miles @ 10:24 pace; Cool down 1 mile - 5 miles total.
** ran 5.40 miles - avg pace 10:30 min/mile. Avg pace of 3 mile tempo run was 10:19 min/mile. A great run! Total Calories Eaten: 1880**
Wednesday - Sept 23rd - Ride bike 30 - 40 minutes
**Rode bike for 30 minutes. Total Calories eaten: stopped counting at 2300 :)**
Thursday - Sept 24th - Run 4-5 miles easy.
**Ran 4.5 miles - avg pace 10:43 min/mile. total calories eaten: about 2500 - all that birthday cake, etc**
Friday - Sept 25th - Run 3 - 4 miles easy.
**Missed the run due to rain...**
Saturday - Sept 26th - Run 10 miles easy with hills.
**Ran 11.25 miles - avg pace 11:30 min/mile. Total Calorie Intake: 2082
Here to a great week of Training!
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