A New Beginning

January 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Posted in Attitude, blogging, Change, Goals, Happiness | Leave a comment

It’s been nearly 3 years since I wrote in my blog, far too long.  Truthfully, my life was so chaotic that I found it difficult to write about anything.  But it’s the beginning of a new year and a beginning of a new book for me, the book of joy.  This year I am dedicating every cell of my being to finding joy.  That doesn’t mean finding wealth or finding herds of friends.  To me, finding joy means digging deep within my heart and seeking that missing piece that I’ve wasted so many years pursuing.  I’m realizing that I need to let down the curtains that have hidden my feelings and be vulnerable; I need to open up myself to God’s purpose for me.

This blog will continue to be about my training adventures but it will also include my endeavors toward finding joy.  That’s my most important goal in 2013…find joy and shine it brightly for all to see.

This song spoke to me, changed me, broke me.  Maybe it will speak to you.

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Training Week March 22 – 28, 2010

March 30, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Posted in Boston Marathon 2010, Goals, Marathon training | 1 Comment

This week I backed off of the cross training due to time constraints.  Boy, do I feel the difference!  When I incorporate biking and swimming into my training, I feel much stronger and less achy.  When I add a dash of yoga to the mix, I feel even better!  Anyway, my main focus this week was running, not purposefully…it’s just the way life worked!

Here’s what I did:

Monday, March 22 Easy recovery run 5.25 miles at an 8:40 pace This run followed a tough weekend consisting of an 8 mile run Friday evening, a 10 mile run and 30 mile bike Saturday, and a 12 mile hill run on Sunday.

Tuesday, March 23 – No time! 😦

Wednesday, March 24 – Hill Repeats.  9 mile run consisting of 8 hill repeats.  1500 yard swim immediately after.

Thursday, March 25 – Fartlek run 7.25 miles

Friday, March 26 – Rest

Saturday, March 27 – Long Run.  20.25 miles with the last 9 at 8:57 pace.

Sunday, March 28 – Easy recovery run – 4.25 miles.

 Goals for the week of March 29 – April 4

  • Swim and Bike more
  • Run less with more emphasis on quality runs
  • Get more sleep
  • Eat fewer jellybeans!!
  • Work on keeping my mind positive

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!

Tuesday is Hill Repeat Day

January 15, 2008 at 5:40 pm | Posted in Goals, Hill Repeats, running | 1 Comment

Happy snowy Tuesday!   When I left my house at 6:20 this morning, I couldn’t help but think how pretty the newly fallen snow looked.  Then I thought about how very tired I am of winter!  How I long for the warm sunshine!

Tonight is my hill repeat night at Cobbs Hill.  Last week, after a 2 mile warm-up, I ran 3 x 1 mile hill repeats followed by a 2 mile cool down.  Tonight I think I’ll shoot for 4 repeats.

Well, that’s all for now.  Have an awesome day! 

Jingle Bell Race Report

December 2, 2007 at 9:25 pm | Posted in Goals, Racing, recovery, running | Leave a comment

Winter has arrived full-force in Rochester, NY, and the weather for yesterday’s Jingle Bell 5k helped to create a feeling of Christmas.  Cold, windy, snowy, slippery are just a few adjectives that describe the environment along with festive, cheerful, motivational, and friendly.  There’s something so merry about hearing 800 or more jingle bells ringing through a crisp December air.

Although I enjoyed the course (it’s one of my local favorites) and the runners and spectators, I will admit that I had a terrible race.  My time was 25:08 (one of the worst 5k times I’ve ever run), and it earned me 8th in my age group out of 66 women.  Eighth is a tough pill to swallow, but I knew going into this race that I wasn’t in racing shape.  The injury that I sustained to my left hip is still hanging around (believe me, I’ve sternly told it to pack its bags and get lost) but at least I’m still able to shuffle along and run a few miles.  I’m just not taking home any medals.

Eating humble pie is good for me every once in a while.  My plan is to continue to slowly build up my mileage and gradually reintroduce a little speed work and hill training.  This injury has taken a lot out of me, so I’ll also focus on stretching and strengthening.  If any of you know of some effective stretches/exercises for hip flexors, adductors, and hamstrings, please send them my way.

Thank you, everyone, for your encouragement.  I’m so glad I ran the 2007 Jingle Bell 5k; it was a blast!

Countdown: TWO DAYS!!

November 9, 2007 at 2:38 am | Posted in Goals, Gratitude, Richmond Marathon | 5 Comments

Two days remain till I hit the roads at America’s Friendliest Marathon in Richmond, VA!!  This will be my final post until Sunday or Monday as I’m leavin on a jet plane first thing tomorrow morning.

My final thoughts include:

“Ohhh!!! I’m so excited!! Can’t wait to see Richmond!”

“Damn! I’m scared!  Hope my leg will let me finish!”

“I wonder if I’ll make any new friends?”

“Okay.  Focus.  When the going gets tough, remember your 10:1 strategy.  After 10 minutes of running, allow yourself a 1 minute break.”

“Remember to whisper a thank you for the strength to run.”

“Send positive energy to your friends.”

“Never, never, never give up!”

“You can achieve anything into which you put your heart, mind, and soul.”

“Enjoy every step of the journey and SMILE!”

Thank you, BRFs, for your encouragement.  I’ll send a post on Monday. 

Training Reflections for the Week of July 30 – August 5, 2007

August 5, 2007 at 12:17 pm | Posted in Goals, Marathon training | 2 Comments

While reading one of my favorite book of quotes this morning, The Quotable Runner edited by Mark Will-Weber, John Treacy‘s four principles of training spoke to my soul.  Treacy says, “Believe in yourself, know yourself, deny yourself, and be humble.”  For me, I think, the most difficult of these principle is believing in myself. 

For a the past year I’ve held a private wish, goal, desire (not sure what to call it) to qualify for Boston.  I train fairly hard and very consistently and according to my 10k times this should be in my reach.  However, somewhere in the back of my mind there’s this little voice saying, “You’ll never qualify.  You’re just not good enough, strong enough, fast enough.”

This past week a couple of my posts were devoted to the strength of mental will.  As part of my new training plan, I will be practicing (teaching) my mind to think differently about my abilities.  Also, I will enter a new physical training plan as prescribed by a local elite runner who qualified twice for the Olympic marathon event.  I’m excited to begin both new trainings!

The following represents my training for July 30 – August 5.

July 30 – 8.2 miles at 8:34 pace.  Semi-long run.

July 31 – 5.12 miles at 8:23 pace. Recovery run.

August 1 – 8.2 miles in 1:07:56 (didn’t calculate the pace!).  Semi-long run.

August 2 – 5.2 miles ? pace and time. (Ran with my son and just enjoyed his company!)

August 3 – REST

August 4 – 16.0 miles in 2:18:21, 8:38 pace. Long run.

August 5 – REST

Total miles run this week = 42.7

Total miles run this year = 1068.90

Mind is Everything

July 31, 2007 at 6:20 pm | Posted in Goals, Marathon training | 4 Comments

It’s true:  your mind is everything, especially when it comes to running.

Yesterday, my marathon training schedule called for an 8 mile run.  Feeling a bit trepidacious because of my intestinal issues, I set out.  Pay close attention to what I’m about to say:  my mind had convinced my body that I wouldn’t have a good run.  Guess what?  It stunk.  I ran the distance but I felt like I weighed 300 lbs.  When I finished I was discouraged.  Is this what I’m destined to?  Struggling to maintain an 8:34 pace for 8 lousy miles when I used to fly effortlessly over this distance at an 8:00 pace singing as I flew?

As the day progressed, I began to think about the power of the mind and how it has carried me to the finish line in 6 marathons.  (Let’s face it, few of us feel super at mile 23!)  I came to the conclusion that I would take extra careful care of my health and focus on feeling well. 

With a new resolve this morning, I laced up my shoes and set off on a new running route around the city of Rochester.  I decided that I would just focus on the pleasure of running instead of pace.  Guess what?  I had a great run!  Although I didn’t run fast, my body felt good for the 5.12 miles I covered at an 8:24 pace, and I finished with a smile on my face. 

It occurs to me that mental will needs exercise, just as legs and hearts do.  From now on, I’m going to train my mind just as carefully as I train my body!

Training Week for July 15 – July 21, 2007

July 21, 2007 at 7:39 pm | Posted in Goals, Marathon training | Leave a comment

Wow! After reviewing my running log, I can’t believe how much I ran this week! The following is what I did.

Sunday, July 15  – 13.2 miles, 3.1 miles (race) at 8:04 pace, 10.1 miles at 8:31 pace. 

Monday, July 16 –  8.2 miles at 8:26 pace.

Tuesday, July 17 – Speed work – 5.25 miles at 7:37 pace.

Wednesday, July 18 – Morning5.4 miles at 8:09 pace. Evening – 3.25 miles at 8:28 pace.

Thursday, July 19 – REST!!

Friday, July 20 – Hill Workout – 5.4 miles at 8:31 pace.

Saturday, July 21 – Long Run – 14.35 miles at 8:47 pace.

   Total Miles this Week = 54.95 (That’s a lot of miles!)

    Total Miles this Year = 994.05

Race Results

July 16, 2007 at 2:04 pm | Posted in Goals, Racing | Leave a comment

Yesterday I ran the Jungle Jog 5k in 25:05 earning 7th place in my age group of 38 women, 119 place overall out of 662 runners.  I was very disappointed.  Although the course was challenging, a 25 minute 5k is not even close to what I typically run. 

Prior to the race I ran a 3.1 mile warm-up and felt tired.  As a matter of fact, I came close to not even going to the race.  I’m glad I went, though, as many of my friends were there and that made it a fun morning.

Following the race, I went to the Canal Path and ran another 7 miles.  So, my total mileage for Sunday, July 15 was 13.2 miles, and my total for the week was 39.4.  Currently, I’m training for the Columbus Marathon, October 21.

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