Getting Back My Shine

March 24, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Posted in 1 | 2 Comments

Up until about a year ago, I went to Power Vinyasa classes at a wonderful yoga studio in Pittsford, NY at least twice a week.  When I initially began these classes, I quickly noticed my body changing.  My core became strong and legs and arms toned.  More importantly, my mind underwent some very necessary transformations:  I began focusing on the present and on joy, peace, and contentment.  I learned how to shine from the inside out, and  I never felt better.

Now, the yoga is gone and with it went my shine.  My runs lack enthusiasm and strength.  I find my thoughts drifting often to my inability to improve instead of staying present and accepting my body’s current ability.  My joyful, cheerful disposition has been replaced by a sullen, insecure being I don’t recognize.

I need to will get my shine back.  I need to will find my joy.  I need to will focus on the positives of running.  Today is a new day and a new opportunity to shine on.

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Two Weeks Before Race Day

November 1, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Posted in 1 | 1 Comment

Actually, 13 days before the Richmond Marathon!  Here’s what I ran this week so far.  Some say it’s too much, some say not enough.  Since I’ve never been good at tapering, I really don’t know.  What do you think?

Tuesday – 10.6 miles

Wednesday – 6.o miles, pace run

Friday – 8.6 miles easy

Saturday – 6 miles, including 400m repeats

Sunday – (will run) 15 miles

Weekly Total:  46.1

Training and Tapering

October 29, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Posted in 1, Cross Training, Goals, Marathon, Richmond Marathon | Leave a comment

fl triOver the past 3 months, I’ve been training for the Richmond Marathon.  This will be my second time running this course and I’m really excited!  Richmond is a beautiful, historic city, and the race is friendly, fun, entertaining and challenging.

In previous years, I devoted myself to marathon training like it was my job.  I ate, slept, and drank my training.  I dreamed about the race.  I contemplated which strategy I would adopt for race day.  I set 3 different goals…the dream goal, the realistic goal, and the please-just-let-me-finsh goal.  For this race, my 12th marathon, I’ve adopted a whole new training plan.

With my new focus on triathlons, I haven’t run the number of miles I once did.  Instead, I swim and bike much, much more.  I’ve noticed that the crosstraining has kept me healthier and hurting less.  Hmmm…must be something to this!  That is, until this last month. 

 During October I’ve picked up my running considerably and backed down my crosstraining.  Guess what?  My hamstring on my left leg is hurting and my legs feel heavy and tired.  Coincidence?  I think not.  I firmly believe that the addition of the bike and swim have made me a healthier, stronger athlete. 

Next week begins my 2 week taper.  I’m going to taper like it’s my job.  Bring it on!

Hands of Time

October 1, 2009 at 7:39 pm | Posted in 1, Happiness, running | Leave a comment

October 1st is here.  To me, October signifies vibrant colors, crisp autumn morning, pumpkins, first frosts, happy runs with good friends.  This year, October means so much more.  It means a time to heal.

At times, life can be challenging, emotionally draining.  Certainly, running and other physical activities do so much to help lift bruised spirits.  But sometimes long, challenging runs aren’t enough.  At these times, what works?  I’m still searching for the answer to that question, although I think I know of at least one thing that helps.

I’ve discoved that focusing my mind what gratitude tends to relieve stress and unpleasant feelings.  If I stop the negative, self-defeating thoughts and replace them with thankful ones I almost always feel better.  I also find that visualizing what I want for my life fills me with a sense of peace.

I think it’s true:   time does heal all.  Now, it’s my time to open up my heart and allow the love and healing to begin.

The Muddy Sneaker 20k Trail Race

April 24, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Posted in 1 | 1 Comment

Hello blogging friends!  It’s been a very long time since I’ve written.  No excuses – just haven’t sat down long enough to write.  But last weekend I ran a race that I just need to say a few words about:  the Muddy Sneaker 20k trail race.

Without question, this was one of the most difficult races I’ve ever run but I do love a challenge.  It takes place in picturesque Naples, NY  where the views are spectacular.  Here’s the low down on the race.

Elevation:  Over 4,000 feet of climbing up very steep hills.

Distance:  20k or 12.4 miles

Time:  2:20 (I know, S-L-O-W!!!)

Description:  A kick A***, mother of all that’s difficult course.  In otherwords, IT’S A KILLER!

As I was driving to the race with my friends, I felt the familiar pang of pre-race jitters charging through my belly.  When I arrived and saw the monster hill I had to immediately climb at the start of the race, I felt nauseous.  When I started my second mile and realized that the course was incredibly technical with tons of single track, I began to relax.  Afterall, I’m not going to win the race, why not just enjoy it and soak in the surrounding beauty?  That’s just what I did.

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Is it REALLY true?

December 31, 2008 at 4:55 pm | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

Is it really true that 2008 is nearly a memory?  Would someone please tell me where this year went because it seems like only yesterday that it was just beginning.  If only I could run as fast as the days seem to go…sigh!

During my workout yesterday that has now progressed to a multi-sport workout instead of just a run, I thought about the goals I set for myself in 2008.  Rarely do you speak with someone in the month of January who hasn’t set a goal for themselves.  So many of us set the bar too high (like my goal to read a book a week) and abandon the resolution quickly.  However, there are always those goals that we desperately long to accomplish and, some how, find the courage and discipline and strength to achieve.

Last night I realized that I achieved nearly every athletic goal that I set for myself this year.  I wanted to run four half marathons, and I did.  I wanted to learn to swim, and I did. I wanted to run trails, and I did.  I didn’t run two marathons, though, due to health issues.  That’s okay…I did the very best that I could do with what I have…average athletic ability but a lot of heart and desire.

I guess that’s the key to achieving anything:  you must have the burning desire to get there.  Without that drive, it’s damn hard to make yourself do the work.  Heck, even with the desire it’s hard to do the work!  But the end result, the satisfaction you feel when you finally complete your goal, makes all of effort seem easy.

Happy Mother’s Day

May 11, 2008 at 3:59 pm | Posted in 1, friends, Mother's Day | 4 Comments

She is very touching in her sweet little marks of affection.

 

Once or twice, when I have seemed unhappy about little things,
she has come and held up her little mouth to be kissed.
Last night I was in pain, and made a sort of moan.
She was lying by me, apparently asleep;
but as if her gentle instinct of love prompted her even then, she pressed to me, saying, ‘Kiss, Mama,’
These are trifles, but how very precious may the remembrance of them become.
Elizabeth Gaskell

  

When I read Gaskell’s poem I remembered the many precious memories of my children when they were small.  The butterfly kisses, the dandelion bouquets, the “I love you, Mommy” whispers as sweet sleep settled on their little beings.  Where have the years gone? 

I miss my daughter so much today it hurts.  My son is home but working and busy with friends, just as a 19 year old boy should be. 

Flowers are nice – so, too, are cards and gifts.  But nothing can replace the time you spend with your mom.  Today, more so than ever, I wish that I could have a day with my children. 

If you’re a mom with little ones, cherish these days.  I know that they’re challenging at times, but someday you’ll long for the moments of little kid maddness. 

 Happy Mother’s Day to all.  If you’re able, hug your mom today. 

 

The 3.3 Mile 5k Race

May 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm | Posted in 1, friends, Racing, running | Leave a comment

This morning I set out to run my first 5k race since my surgeries.  Admittedly, I was feeling a bit trepidacious about it.  I’m certainly not the fastest runner at the races, but I can usually do okay (that is, depending on who shows up!).  I knew that today would not be a PR for me, not by a long shot, but I also knew that I needed to overcome my nervousness about racing.  The best way to do that is to race!

The 5k for Kenya was held in my town and the money collected was going to help build schools in Kenya.  That sealed the deal for me; I would run no matter how slow or fast I did it.  So, I lined up at the starting line with my friends Jean-Paul and Karin and with a few butterflies zipping around in my stomach.

The village of Fairport is such a quaint, peaceful little place, kind of reminds me of the town in the musical, The Music Man. While I enjoyed running around my town, I’ve got to tell you that I was seriously slow. I’m talking turtle-pace slow. Almost never do I run at anything over an 8:00 pace for a 5k, never. Not today, though. It was such a challenge to get my feet moving!

When I came down the hill to the finish, I couldn’t believe the time clock – 27:23! WHAT!! This was by far the slowest 5k I’d ever run! My mind was immediately flooded with disappointment. But then, my friends told me to look at my Garmin. The actual distance was 3.31 miles, not 3.1. It may sound silly, but I breathed an audible sigh of relief.

Later on I thought about how much importance I place on fitness. To some, it may seem ridiculous and self-centered. But after a lifetime of giving to everyone else on the planet and placing myself dead last, I think it’s time for me to do things that I enjoy, too. Racing is one of those things. While I know that I’m not the best on any course, I love working hard to be the best that I can be.

Next week, and for the next several weeks, there are many races in Rochester. I’m going to get back out there and try to run a little faster. If I can just keep working and remembering to be patient with myself, I’ll see improvement. Really, there is no hurry – I have a lifetime!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

October 31, 2007 at 11:42 pm | Posted in 1 | 1 Comment

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Training for September 17 – 23, 2007

September 30, 2007 at 11:16 pm | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

It’s true:  you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone, like two healthy legs!  Running with an injured quad this week renewed my commitment to taking care of my body and listening to it when it says STOP!

Monday, September 17, 2007 – Rest after Rochester Marathon.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 – Hill Repeats – 10 x 1/4 mile hill repeats run at a hard pace uphill, easy effort down.  Total mileage for this workout = 9.1.  Great workout, but sore quad.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 – Easy Run – 7.2 miles.  Right quad is KILLING me! 

Thursday, September 20, 2007 – Rest, Stretch, Chiropractor for sore quad.

Friday, September 21, 2oo7 – Rest and Stretch quad.

Saturday, September 22, 2007 – Easy Run. 7.2 miles in 1:02:10.  Chiropractor and lots of stretching.

Sunday, September 23, 2007 – 5K race and 20 miles with last 6 at marathon goal pace.  Phew!  Busy day of running!  I didn’t race the Northwest YMCA 5K as quickly as I normally could due to my injured quad.  My time was 24:08  which earned me 3rd in the 40 – 49 age group and 9th woman overall.  Finished my long run along the canal path wearing my quad brace.  Touch day of running.

Total Miles for the Week = 43.4 miles

Total Miles Year to Date = 1398.12

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