Monthly Archives: December 2010

Evaluation

Hey there! Hope everyone had a great Christmas. Now it’s time to start looking toward the New Year, and everything involved with that (yeah, those pesky things called resolutions….).

I’ve been reading through my blog list and this post got my attention. In it Robin (the author) was talking about her feelings toward running. How, while she enjoyed it, she could not say that she was passionate about it. She went to list the things that she enjoyed about running. It’s an interesting, thought provoking post, and you should go read it.

It got me thinking (see, I said it was thought provoking). What is MY attitude toward running. What space does running fill in my life. What space do I want running to fill in my life. What am I passionate about? Do I really want to go there? Questions, questions, questions. Sometimes it’s easier not to answer the questions.

Here’s a dirty little secret… I usually avoid making resolutions at New Years. It just takes the pressure off. Lazy? Safe? I don’t know, but it is what it is.

But this year I do have a couple of goals I’d like to at least attempt to meet:

1. Possibly run 1000 miles in 2011. In a 52 week year I would have to run approximately 19.23 miles a week. That’s roughly 4 more miles a week than I currently run. While I believe it’s possible with my three day a week running schedule that really doesn’t give me any time off. So we’ll see. I WOULD however, like to run more miles than I did this year. My total miles for this year (strictly running miles) is right around 622. I know I can do more next year!

2. I would like to run at least one more Half this year. Since Beth won’t be able to run this one with me, I’d like to run one with her!

3. I would like to run more 5k and 10k’s this year.

4. I would like to keep on running.

There you go. Those are my running goals for 2011. Pretty simple, and pretty attainable.

In other news, it is now officially one month and a day until the Miracle Match Half! Here is what the rest of my weekends look like:

  • This week I ran 12.5 miles on Tuesday for my long run
  • 1/8- 4 miles
  • 1/14- 14 miles
  • 1/22- 5 miles
  • 1/30- HALF MARATHON!

Do you see that 14 miles in there?? YIKES! But AFTER I run that, I will have no doubt that I can finish the half. So it’s all good (this schedule is taken from the Jeff Galloway website for half marathon training).

I hope you all have a great New Years celebration! Be safe!

 

 

 

 

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TAG!

Crystal over at Am I a Runner…or Just Crazy (click on the blog name to go check out her wonderful blog) tagged me! Thanks, Crystal! So now I have some questions to answer.

1. What are you most fond of accomplishing in 2010?
I am most proud that I have run this entire year! I’ve taken off a week here and there (mainly to rest potential injuries and what not), but I have stuck to this running thing. And I admit, my attitude about running has completely changed. I’m glad I started (thanks, Beth for the push… or just the encouragement), and really think I’m going to stick with it. I’m committing to another year, and we’ll go from there!

2. What was your favorite race in 2010?
Well, I’ve only participated in one, Jingle Bells for Jimmi, so I’m going with that. It was a fun 5k fund raiser for a local family, so it was a relatively small race. It was fun though, and gave me an idea about what it would be like to run with other people.

3. What are your running goals in 2011?
The first and foremost goal is January 30th… the Miracle Match Half Marathon! This is the race that started all this crazy running in the first place. Beyond that, I’m not sure. I know I’d like to run at least one 6k and another Half (because I still have to run with Beth!). I think having a couple of “races” (I call them races, although I’m not really racing) to aim for will help keep me focused.

4. What is your favorite holiday guilty pleasure?

My favorite holiday guilty pleasure… hmmmm. Let me think about that one. I’d have to say it’s probably being pretty lazy around the holidays.

5. What is your most embarrassing running moment?

I’m not sure I’ve had any truly embarrassing running moments. I usually run alone, so if I do something stupid, there is no one around to see it. I might have a story after my Half, but I hope not! Okay, there is one, but I’m not sharing it on THIS blog!!

I’m not sure there is anyone left who hasn’t been tagged! So here are my three, and if you’ve already been tagged don’t worry about it:

Lindsay over at Chasing the Kenyans

Steve over at Run, Forest, Run

and Courtney over at I Can Do This!

If I don’t get back on until after Christmas, I hope all of you have a Very Merry Christmas!!

A Winner is Me!

YES!

Today was my 11 mile run. It was AWESOME! I felt sooooo good. I mapped out my route. Drove my route. Rehearsed my route mentally. I ate sensibly the night before (even though we went to Bruno’s and their pizza is to die for, I only ate 2 small slices!). I got up. Drank some coffee. Pooped (sorry, but I did and I was thankful, empty bowels are happy bowels on an 11 mile run). I GU’d and hydrated before leaving. I prepared my water bottle for Phil to meet me with at mile 6. I had my Bondi hat. I was ready!

I had a plan, and I was DETERMINED to stick with that plan. My intervals were 3/1 and I stuck with them religiously. I kept my pace slow at the beginning intentionally. And it all worked. As Hannibal would say (from the A-Team… not Lecter mind you.. HE would say something like “with fava beans and a nice Chianti” and it really wouldn’t fit this blog post at all…. )”I LOVE it when a plan comes together!”

I finished today in 2 hours and 9 minutes (11:46). Even better, I finished and was able to WALK! WooHoo! I mean my legs were tired, but I didn’t have any cramping like I did the last time.  IF I am able to do this in January, that should put me finishing the Half at a little over 2.5 hours. Today, at mile 9, I picked up the pace and finished with an empty tank. For the Half, I’m going to wait a while longer before doing that, and hopefully finish as strong as I did today.

Here are my A, B, C goals for the Half:

A Goal: To FINISH!

B Goal: to finish with a 12:00 pace

C Goal: to finish with an 11:00 pace

 

That’s it. Keeping it simple.

 

Well, that’s it for today! Hope you all have a great weekend!

I’m Ready (I Think)

 

(this image has nothing to do with this post. I’m not on my computer so this is from my library. Chocolate makes me happy)

I’m ready for the Half (at least I’m pretty sure I’m ready). It’s been a year of running and conditioning and I feel really positive about the whole thing! I don’t really have much to post. Just felt like I wanted to say that out loud (or at least out loud in type).

I have 11 miles scheduled for tomorrow. I had looked at the schedule wrong, and when I’m in Waco I only have a four mile run to do. I will probably start at the beginning of the course, as I’ve kinda run some of the end portion with Beth already. I’m hoping for some nice weather (and Beth, since it’s a short run, are you in??) (nothing like pressure, right?).

I’m excited. I’m ready to go. I just hope my body gets the memo my brain is sending out! I’m trying to figure out if I need a fuel belt of some kind. I want to carry some GU’s with me, and I can’t decide the best way to do that. Anyone out there have any recommendations? I know that some races have gels available, but I don’t like the idea of not having what I’m used to during the Half. I figure if I’m going to get one, I need to do it soon so I can get used to it. Ah… decisions, decisions!

Okie doke. Well this post was a little all over the place. Kinda like the laundry in my house right now! I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday, and Merry Christmas!

Life….or Something Like It

This made me laugh.

I was going to get out and run this morning. I got my new Bondiband hat in yesterday, and was stoked that I was going to get to try it out in “cold” (UM… remember I’m from TEXAS…anything below 60 degrees is “cold”) weather. But, that has been put on hold for just a bit. My girly woke up not feeling well, and is sacked out on the couch as I type. I don’t feel good about going out to run and leaving her on her own….just in case she wakes up and needs me for something. From the way she’s snoring, I doubt that will happen but you never know. I’d rather be safe than sorry.

I took yesterday off, since I ran on Sunday. So of course, now my mind is going into overdrive about slacking off. Get over it. That’s what I’m telling myself, let’s see if it works. I’m not counting today out completely, since there’s a lot of day left. I hoping that after she wakes up, she’ll feel a ton better and later this afternoon I can either hit the road or go to the gym. BUT, if that doesn’t happen, it’s still all okay.

It’s just a little over a month and a half until the half marathon! I don’t think it’s sunk in yet, that it’s actually going to happen, and that I’m actually going to run it. My next really long run is scheduled for 11 miles (there’s a shorter long run before that one), and luckily (if that’s a word that can be associated with running 11 miles) I’ll be in Waco and can run the course they will use for the half. I’d like to run it at least once before the event, just so I know what I’m in for. I should be able to get most of it completed that day, and it should give me a good feel about what to expect. I’m also hoping for nice weather on race day, but being Texas it could be 80 degrees or -20. Who knows.

Well, I guess that’s it for today. I know this post didn’t really have a point, and was a bit on the boring side, but so is doing laundry.

Hope you have a great day!

 

Slump?

I’ve felt in a slump lately. For the month of November I logged a whopping 40 miles (some log that in a WEEK)… October? 67 miles. Slightly more respectable. I do have my excuses for November. We were in the final throes of Oliver! and lots of late nights, meant lots of doing nothing the next day. Then there was the week after Oliver! (the exclamation point is necessary, to get the full feeling of the play) was over, when I pretty much just sat on the couch (this was the week of Thanksgiving too). BUT, I did run a 5k Turkey Trot ON Thanksgiving day… which I should get some bonus points for (it also happened to be my fastest non-treadmill 5k run…. running on Thanksgiving AND a PR?? I rock). It was a virtual thing, so I was only able to print out a participation thing, but it was still fun.

All this to say, I’ve still been running, just lately I’ve felt a little blah while running. I’m sure it’s normal, and I’m sure it will pass, but it’s been there. I really hope that registering for the Half will start to bring me out of it.

In all of this a question is bothering me. Can I stay motivated to run without a race in the future? How will I stay motivated if I choose just to run for the fun of it, and because it’s good for me? I’m not sure that I want to be in the place where I need a race to motivate me…. I want to run for the joy of running. Hmmm… all these thoughts.

Well, the Mavs game is in it’s final throes, and they are leading and about to win their 10th straight game, so I’m going to sign off!

Keep on keeping on!!