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Success comes from how you handle set backs

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

hi spark

even though this blog is geared to my marathon training, I think you can relate with any event.

1. I am NOT a robot

I am human! There is a limit to what my body can do, at a certain time frame.
We all have our Breaking Point!

I learnt to recognize it for what it is, and either accept it as current REALITY, REMEDY the situation, or ASK for help!!

ex. I ran without fueling and was fine! at the 14th mile nonstop...omg my body fell apart! which then....made me FEAR of it happening again.
so I learnt about fueling, when, how, symptons, preparations etc.

2. Focus on a sustainable GOAL!

My #1 goal is to loss weight, drop inches.... thought marathon training would do that for me... to my horror it was the opposite!

so I sat down and said, what do i want! i can't have BOTH! some ppl can...I, in reality, CAN'T

forfiet the marathon and focus on weight or con't my training!

so i learnt to focus on a specific goal, get my finisher medal.
i threw the scale, tape, and watch me shrink jeans aside......b/c it was weighing me down.

3. Accepting reality

I quickly abandon my 10 min/mile pace, doing it nonstop.

i started to POWER walk! bef the training my walking pace was 18 min/mile.
i got it down to 13-15 mins!!

which turned out to be my saving grace, b/c eventhough I walked 50% of the 26.2 my overall pace was 13.52!!!!! shocked!

if i had been stubborn about not walking any of it...i would have fallen apart at the race.

4. Honestly assess the REAL issue!

so after my ski trip and getting bad runs after bad runs....fearing the distance.
sustaining injury..... i looked at my REAL issues

It was all MENTAL....i had all kinds of issue blocking me from succeeding.

like...why can't i run 10 min/mile anymore....Duh! not 5k
like....I can't breathe, i can't breathe.....Duh! panic attacks
like....i can't go on, there is x more hill to go....Duh! change a venue
like...today i will run nonstop XX miles.... Geez! pressure no? just run!
like....i can't walk, i can't walk....Duh! Why not! it's not like it's forbidden!

once i hammered out these issues my runs were stress free!

5. MAKE the mistakes bef the race!

thankfully, everything that could have gone wrong did.

i came dead last on the 30k, and 10k with DD. (no biggie) i was healing for 30k
Fueling.....(my fueling at the race was the best i had...i knew how to fuel)
Walking....(realizing, marathon walking is diff than regular walking)
HEAT....(so glad I did a test run in 80 degree, and got tons of advise)
Body Crashes...(be it fuel, re-fuel, recovery, dehydration...you name it, learnt)
Chaffing....(know where i do...and BODY glide)
Prep bef during and after....(fuel, rest, carb loading, etc)
Time.....(5;30 to 6:15 realistically)

this was the most important lesson
make mistake....ask for help....and test solution that fits you!

because in the end! Everything mentioned above came into play at the race,
and i was mentally prepared and knowledgable enough to find a solution!

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so if you aren't a runner, what can you take away.

THERE is a lesson to be learnt everywhere, and with everything.

look at the problem at all angles!
is it physical, is it mental, is it knowledge?
can it be changed? is it a FACT you have to accept?

look and ask for help!
realize what works for others may not work for you!
try it and find what works for you!

then accept the reality of the situation. (accept/change/ignore)

but most importantly

Have FUN! if you aren't what is the point!?

and take a plunge, b.c you never know!

if you asked me 3 yrs ago to run....i would think you were crazy!

i might break something! run....what's that!







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  • AMBER281
    Great blog!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Congrats on completing you marathon!!
    2714 days ago
  • TRAVELGRRL
    You are THE WOMAN! (Not da man!)

    I am hoping to start jogging soon toward a 5K, and your experiences are very instructional to me.

    I was in Asia in 2006-2007 and could not believe what a COW I felt like. In the US I was in size 14 clothes, in Malaysia at an upscale mall in KL I was a size 3x!

    But stay true to yourself, you are beautiful, healthy, and a wonderful woman!
    2714 days ago
  • TRAVELGRRL
    You are THE WOMAN! (Not da man!)

    I am hoping to start jogging soon toward a 5K, and your experiences are very instructional to me.

    I was in Asia in 2006-2007 and could not believe what a COW I felt like. In the US I was in size 14 clothes, in Malaysia at an upscale mall in KL I was a size 3x!

    But stay true to yourself, you are beautiful, healthy, and a wonderful woman!
    2714 days ago
  • 2BOYSANDAGIRL
    Thank you!!!! That is very inspirational! Very helpful!!! emoticon
    2715 days ago
  • MYSPARKLER
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    Great post!

    2715 days ago
  • JAMIELOGICAL
    I love this post! Any of the things you mentioned could have been used as an excuse to give up, but instead you adjusted and adapted and kept going! That is an awesome message!
    2715 days ago
  • NATPLUMMER
    AWESOME!!
    2715 days ago
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