Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.


    ON2VICTORY   47,530
SparkPoints
40,000-49,999 SparkPoints
 
 

Fitness Memories...


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I'm writing this blog to myself to remind me of all of the great things that have happened to me, all of the lessons learned and what it is to find my inner champion.. The weather has been improving to where I will be able to finally get outside and run. I haven't seriously been running since my half marathon in November. There is quite a bit of anxiety that i have been feeling about getting back out there after such a long off season. Much like the anxiety one feels when you have been straying from your dietary goals and you know you should at least weigh in and face what has happened. As hard as it is, one needs to know the truth about where they stand. Running is no different.

Avoidance and procrastination is the classical response for me when I have to face something where I am really dreading the outcome.

My first few treadmill runs were about as expected.. lots of floundering and awkwardness. Thankfully it is true that cardio comes back fairly quickly. Last night I scored my best treadmill 5k yet. Best of all, I found my old running enthusiasm coming back by the bucketload. My time was 38:45 for 5K, best yet this year.

To get myself motivated, I started walking down memory lane, remembering all of the great moments in running, savoring the feeling of empowerment. In spite of all of the setbacks and issues, I seem to have a way of pulling through, sort of like the "Little Engine That Could".

Fitness Memories...

- My first race ever, the local Turkey Trot 2009 - Bumble Bees aren't supposed to fly and big guys like me are not supposed to tackle a 10K as their very first event. At 330lbs, I crossed the finish line last, frozen, shoes soaked with slush, and beaming with a feeling that I will remember for the rest of my life.

- The fist ride on my new bike in 2008, I went for my first bike ride in many years and pushed, sweated, wheezed and finished a ride to my friends house and back, 10 miles! big moment. last year I finished 75 miles in 5 hours. Both victories were equal in my heart, only the distance was different.

- My first half marathon, October 2010. I had to face down my anxieties at the starting line. I did the work but that doesn't chase away the butterflies, especially when I learned that it was mostly a trail run. I didn't do my homework, just signed up for it because it fit into my schedule and it was local. Note to self...read the fine print. The sense of victory was incredible when I got my medal at the end. I earned it.

-My first marathon Sept 18th, 2011, Rochester NY. I never trained so hard for any one thing in all my life. So much so that toward the end, my mind went into full running revolt and refused to run for several weeks. I rode my bike instead. The anxiety was in full swing the night before the race. It melted away when I got to the start line. all of my hard work gave me a settled confidence that this is nothing more than just another training run, you got this. The unplanned event was that my hamstrings got tight like guitar strings at mile 8 and I nursed them for 18.2 miles. The discomfort was intense but I finished. If you have never been there, let me tell you that the feeling of achievement in becoming a marathoner is intense. It reminded me that I CAN.

My first triathlon - June 30th, 2012. I taught myself how to swim. Everything I have done up to that point was just splashing around in the water. I got a DVD and learned basic form. I trained the best I could with my limited access to a pool and went from gasping after a couple laps to being 24th out of the water out of 43 at my first sprint tri. A few weeks ago, I finished 2 miles... that's 88 laps in the pool at the Y.

The first time I finished a half marathon with a time less than 3 hrs. - Fall Classic Half Marathon 2012, Cleveland OH. My friend Jan Frandsen paced me and kept me focused.. even took away my Garmin mid race to keep my mind on task... lol... finished 2:59. Seeing the clock after crossing the finishline was a sense of elation! last half run a month of so earlier was 3:15. That simple medal and that day was filled with meaning.

I could go on but my personal pep talk has done it's job. Within me, there is a champion. I may be squishy, but I have alot of heart and determination. Once I get my focus, i will see it through. I have done it before, I will do it again.

70.3, here I come.

SHARE
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

OPTIMIST1948 4/22/2013 9:00PM

    We all need to pep talk ourselves once in a while.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOPEFILL 4/21/2013 8:58AM

    This is awesome, man! So inspiring, and just the kick in the pants I needed this morning!

Thanks and congrats!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KUTEY5041 4/20/2013 1:02PM

    determination and perserverance are two qualities you surely are not lacking in. I know I have it somewhere in me. I Just have to reach hard and find it

Report Inappropriate Comment
WANNABFIT34 4/20/2013 10:04AM

    It is good to look at the changes. My running has been good mostly because of the focus on my weight loss. Due to weather my training for running has not been as good as I would like but I am light years ahead of past years training and that is really encouraging.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVEDAILY 4/19/2013 10:32PM

    Part of our journey is self-evaluation. Keep up the great work!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLIMLEAF 4/19/2013 4:57PM

    That's right - stay strong and determined!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TREYONE 4/18/2013 9:47PM

  emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUNEAU2010 4/18/2013 8:34PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing and inspiring!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ACTIVE_AT_60 4/18/2013 8:03PM

    Glad I could help and be part of your journey towards your goal.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOBOBOBBI 4/18/2013 5:31PM

    so much to be proud of!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALIDOSHA 4/18/2013 5:02PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LEWILL1982 4/18/2013 3:07PM

    Awesome! It's great to put things into perspective when we start to doubt ourselves. Go 70.3!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNSEY723 4/18/2013 1:59PM

    I LOVE this blog. I love your victories. You are amazing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RUNNER4LIFE08 4/18/2013 1:17PM

    Sometimes we need those little reminders of what our bodies have done and what they are capable of. You are a champion and should be very proud!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ETTEZEUS 4/18/2013 1:06PM

    WTG!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/18/2013 12:39PM

    WOW great fitness memories.

Report Inappropriate Comment
_JODI404 4/18/2013 12:18PM

    Look out 70.3!!! You will definitely be ready. Time off is hard to return from, but you are right -- you do come back a lot quicker than you think you will.

I enjoyed the trip down memory lane of some past victories! It is important to remember those and take the lessons learned and remember what you CAN do, even when you may not have felt certain at that time.

emoticon on your excellent 5K PR, and WoW 2 miles = 88 laps. emoticon I guess they both do sound like a LOOONG distance to me!!

Your training is off to a great start! I wish you well on this fantastic journey you are embarking on towards IRON!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PATTISTAMPS 4/18/2013 11:48AM

    I think you should post this on your mirror, and if you have a locker at work, inside the locker and anywhere else you will see it daily. You ARE a champion!! (bursts into song)

We are the champions, my friend... Well, you know the rest, so I won't make you listen even virtually!

Have a great day

Report Inappropriate Comment
NILLAPEPSI 4/18/2013 11:37AM

    This is such an emoticon blog!! emoticon for the inspiration. I really needed it today. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
REDRUNNERMOM713 4/18/2013 11:03AM

    I love this! What a great way to see and relive all those firsts and the feelings that came with them. You are amazing! Keep up the awesome effort!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDAKAY228 4/18/2013 11:01AM

    Awesome walk down memory lane to bring back the feelings of what you can achieve when you work at it!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CM_GARDNER78 4/18/2013 10:46AM

    GREAT pep talk!!! People think I'm crazy to say that with all the water around here, I don't know how to swim. I never thought about trying to teach myself.......

You always inspire!! Keep it up!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RAINBOWMF 4/18/2013 10:38AM

    Great pep talk, I needed it too.

We can do what ever we set our minds to.

Up and out the door, Mary

emoticon

Hugs Mary

Report Inappropriate Comment
FROMNDTOGA 4/18/2013 10:26AM

    You inspire me! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GINGERHAWK 4/18/2013 8:25AM

    That was a pep talk for me, too! I literally got teary eyed reading through your amazing accomplishments. You're a true motivator and inspiration! Keep sparking!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TIME-4-TINA 4/18/2013 7:30AM

    emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/18/2013 7:38:53 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
TIME-4-TINA 4/18/2013 7:29AM

    You should have had some audio in the background for when we read this blog. Like maybe the "Rocky" theme. It would be a nice touch.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/18/2013 6:29AM

    Oh Robert--you ARE a champion!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERDIAMONDS 4/18/2013 4:13AM

    Thank you for the reminder to stop long enough to track my many victories...

Best of success to you as you continue to prep for yet another milestone in your journey to victory.



Report Inappropriate Comment
123ELAINE456 4/18/2013 2:42AM

  Awesome Blog. Spark On Champion. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Nice Day. Take Care. Go, Go, Go.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WORLDSERIES11 4/18/2013 1:22AM

    Robert, you are proof that anything is possible if you're willing to put in the time and effort.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/17/2013 10:57PM

    Great motivational moments. Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TREE57 4/17/2013 10:53PM

    Excellent advice...to recount our victories.

You have the heart of a true champion!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIFEFOUNDONARUN 4/17/2013 10:49PM

    Wonderful blog! You are awesome :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
L1ZB3TH354 4/17/2013 10:17PM

    emoticon emoticon you are an amazing athlete!

Report Inappropriate Comment
COCK-ROBIN 4/17/2013 10:12PM

    Beautiful!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FAVORITEAUNT84 4/17/2013 10:00PM

    It is such a great thing to be able to look back and remember how far you've come. You deserve great things. Just keep on making wonderful memories, my friend.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GARDENCHRIS 4/17/2013 9:59PM

    you can do most anything you set your mind to.... trust yourself and listen to what your body is telling you. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DUXGRL1 4/17/2013 9:57PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDAK25 4/17/2013 9:54PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ONEKIDSMOM 4/17/2013 9:54PM

    Good reminder blog! Spark on, Champion!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post


Log in to post a comment.