A Great Day to run a Marathon

Sorry for my absence… I’ve been stressing about my marathon that happened today so I have not felt like writing.  But as I often promise, I will try to get a little better.  I know, I know… as a therapist  I should follow my own advice but believe me when I say (and have said before) I am my own worst therapist.  I do pretty good most of the time but become overwhelmed when it’s something like a marathon.

Today being overwhelmed actually helped.  I went into the race telling myself to slow down and just enjoy the race and shockingly that is what I did.  I had a great first half and in the second half battled with some leg spasms but slowed down, hydrated, and kept on pushing.

Then I met a new friend, Judy.  I thought she was struggling around mile 22 so I turned around and told her, “you got this”.  (Turns out she was on the phone and was saying “okay, okay”)  Anyway, I had started to walk a little and she came up and grabbed my arm and said, “we got this”.  We spent the next 4 miles, running and walking and talking.  It was the best.  She tried to push me at the end to go on and I said, “No way, we are doing this together.”  At that point she put her arm around me and I did the same and we ran across the finish line as the announcer said our names.  It was incredible.

I love the running community!  We go out as strangers doing something we love together and we push and encourage each other to finish. There were so many times along this course that I was able to run with others, encourage others and be the one that others encouraged.  I am so thankful that I have been given the ability to run as well as the desire to push myself.  I am sure I will do another marathon eventually but have decided that I really enjoy the Half marathon the most (okay other short races are pretty good too).  Today just reminded me that I can set some lofty goals and achieve them if I just put my mind to it (okay now I sound like my motivational Monday quotes, but it is true)!

I hope if you ran this weekend, you met or exceeded your goals.  And remember sometimes the goal is just about getting out there.  I did something I never thought I would be able to do…I had a great time running a marathon, met a new friend, got a PR of 4:34:46, and I’m able to walk today with little difficulty (we will see about tomorrow).

As always, enjoy the pics and have a wonderful week:

 

Very cold and windy at the in the corral.

Very cold and windy at the beginning in the corral.

I don't want to take off the sweatshirt!

I don’t want to take off the sweatshirt!

Here we go!

Here we go!

At mile 13, coming down the hill listening to the crowd and music.  (excuse the big headed man who decided to photobomb my pic)

At mile 13, coming down the hill listening to the crowd and music. (excuse the big headed man who decided to photobomb my pic)

Only 13 more to go!

Only 13 more to go!

Me and my new friend Judy!

Me and my new friend Judy!

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We look so good wrapped in foil!

We look so good wrapped in foil!

The new PR

The new PR

Stick a fork in me, I'm done!!!

Stick a fork in me, I’m done!!!

 

Sunday Fun Day = Long Run Day (Juneathon 8/30)

Hydrating, compression socks, light reading, and a watch cat!

Hydrating, compression socks, light reading, and a watch cat!

What does your Sunday bring?

Well my Sunday is usually filled with a long run and I am glad to say that I am back to keeping that tradition.  Today’s run was like yesterday’s run, HOT.  I even got outside almost two hours sooner.  What the heck!

This was more of a survival run (at least that is what I kept telling myself).

“Just  4 more miles”

“you can do this for another 3”

“you got this less than 2”

And

“finally, yippee, the end!”

Let’s not talk about the first 4 miles that sounded something like this

“what the heck, why is it so hot”

“shade, I need shade”

“on your left” (oh I was on a rail trail with bikers and walkers packing the trail and I did pass one or two walkers not bikers.  I’m not that fast!)

“I could make this a short run”

“please keep that dog from running out in front of me”

“glad I brought this water”

“wonder if I can get a ride on the back of one of those bikes?”

“I hope if I pass out, someone stops!”

All in all it was a good day, mainly because even though it was hot, it felt good to run and I am so thankful that I can.

Hope you had a great weekend!

 Juneathon update:

8 mile run (9:00 min pace, not fast but done)

 Happy 8th day of Juneathon!

Moments of Clarity

clarityI had one of those moments today, one of those moments of clarity that come along every once in a while when you really feel like you need it because you have been feeling off.  Not really sure when it even started except I was driving home after a pretty successful day at work (which basically entails getting all the clinical progress notes written up the way you wanted and submitted by the end of the day and feel like you really listened to the person sitting in front of you.)

So anyway, back to the moment of clarity.  I was driving along with the sun beaming in the car (yeah sun because it was only in the 20’s today) and it hit me.  “I can do a marathon and the training will pay off”.  I know, I know, I’ve been talking about it for a while but really this is the part in the training for something big that the self-doubt is the ruler at the table, the one who dictates your run (or at least my run) and when things go bad it takes quite a few days to get back on track.  Well, hey you self-doubter marathon dictator, “I’m gonna beat you!”  I might be tired due to the 21 miles I ran this weekend and quite frankly a little delusional from legs that feel like rubber bands (thank goodness today was rest day/tap dancing day) but I’m getting my mind directed on the right path.  Yippee.  clarity2

It kind of reminds me of when your favorite sports team is getting ready to enter the playoffs and they are ramping up their efforts and you are excited.  Excited that they might actually pull off a big win and take it all and you feel confident.  You can clearly see their path.  That’s how I feel (not that I can win it all because I am not truly psychotic) but that I’m feeling inspired.  A moment of clarity that it will all pay off in the end.  A moment that all I have worked for is finally coming true.

I guess it really helps that I am loving what I am doing.  I’m loving that I wake up each day to a great job and work with wonderful people.  I’m loving that my family is around and we get to spend lots of time together.  I’m loving that I am able to go the gym when it is just way to cold!  I’m loving that I’m able to make my legs and body do things I never thought I was capable of.  I’m loving that I get to spend some time with some of my oldest friends (24 years of friendship) in about a month and it inspires me to work harder.

A moment of clarity doesn’t just find you.  I think you have to make a moment of clarity happen.  You have to be putting the work and energy out there and be receptive to what is coming back.  You have to be aware.  You have to take it all in and live in the present moment.  Well, here I am, awareness available, happiness and gratitude right at the forefront and ready to go along for the ride.

Have you ever had a moment of clarity?  A moment that it all seemed to come together.  What makes it work for you?  Are you practicing awareness?  Living in the moment?clarity1

Holy Cow!

holy cowIt’s a new month and hopefully a new change in the weather to warmer/please let me run outside without so many layers weather!

As a way of trying to keep me motivated (not that I don’t love running because I do but training does get long at times) I thought I would revisit my goals of 2014 and see my progress thus far.

  1. Complete my first trilogy of half-marathons hosted by BA Events (already signed up for the first one in February.) – completed first one with a new PR and a beautiful day!  1 down, 2 to go! (all signed up for the one in May)
  2. Run my second marathon and make it a much better marathon than my first in regards to preparation. – Made lots of progress on preparation.  Finding some good fuel to use, core work is getting stronger, maybe even see those abs that are there somewhere!
  3. Continue with my at least one race a month so I have a goal for each month to keep me motivated to run. – Jan 1st  10K run done with a new PR, Feb Half marathon done with a new PR – Not sure I can keep that up but completing the races is a huge accomplishment.  Signed up for March 5K with running club
  4. Actively participate in my new running club (all signed up but haven’t done a run with them) – Not so active but will participate in a race in March with my running club.
  5. Enjoy running!  – I do enjoy running!!!

Total miles for February – 119.44 miles

Longest run of 17 miles

Total miles completed for 2014 thus far – 224.74 milesholy cow1

All I can say is “Holy Cow!”  How did this happen?  I think I am on my way for a great 2014.  It’s amazing how just setting some simple goals, stating them to others, and working towards them, makes them come true.  And here I was thinking that I wasn’t doing so well because I was letting the weather get to me.  Well I teach my clients to reframe daily and this was a great way to reframe things for me.  Now tomorrows run on the dreadmill, I mean treadmill, will be a little better!

How are you doing on your 2014 goals?  Completed any?

Motivational Monday 2/3/14

This is my vacation week before I start my new job and I am relaxing or translate to trying to run a lot, hopefully getting a massage, and having lunch with lots of people I haven’t seen in a while.  When I found this quote I thought it was perfect for this transition.  This change is not negative but it is a change and with it does bring apprehension and some insecurity but I know something new and awesome is going to emerge!  Enjoy and Happy Monday!

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Cherish Jar Update

DSC_0663Last January I found this fabulous idea on Pinterest, I called it the Cherish Jar.  That became my word for the year, “cherish”.  Each time something would happen in our lives one of us (usually me) would take out a piece of paper and write a little note about it to be read at the beginning of the New Year.  The idea behind this is to cherish the small moments as well as the big moments and take some time to relive and reflect on them.

A few weeks ago we opened our jar…

It was fun to remember the moments and to see what was important (a moment to cherish) to different family members.  We laughed, I cried (because that is what I do but they were happy tears) and overall it was a wonderful experience.  This is something I would highly encourage anyone to do for several reasons.

  1. Our lives get so busy and it is easy to forget things that happened along the way.
  2. It is nice to look for moments in your everyday life that are moments you want to remember.
  3. Reliving these moments creates a wonderful memory in itself.

We have decided to do it again this year with a few pointers.

  1. Make sure you write the date on the piece of paper.
  2. Put on it as much detail as possible.
  3. Don’t limit yourself to only writing about events where the whole family was present because that is hard to do.
  4. Some of the coolest ones were the everyday moments that we forget about. (ex: we all remember trips taken but do you remember when one of the teachers at your child’s school says something nice about your child)

As we continue to find moments in our lives that we cherish maybe you should give it a try too.cherish4