So excited…

vegasThis week I have been counting down to my big adventure to Vegas this weekend.  Back in May my sister gave me a wonderful running gift of buying me the Rock’n Roll Vegas half marathon.  I have been counting down ever since and now it is here.  I’ve been restless all week for many reasons:

 

  1. I get to see my sister who I haven’t seen in over 2 years.
  2. I’m excited about ending this wonderful year of running with a fun half marathon
  3. I just found out that Meb (winner of the Boston Marathon) is going to run a pace group in wave 6. I’m running in wave 4 so there is a chance I will be able to cross the finish line with Meb.  How cool is that! (Maybe I will finish before him and get to be there when he crosses.  No pressure there!)

 

 

Anyway, this is why I have been absent.  I have been planning my trip and getting a few extra hours in at work to not have to take to many vacation hours.  But tonight at 4pm, vacation began.  I’m excited and looking forward to the time away.

 

Are there things you are looking forward to this weekend?  Follow me on Instagram and you can keep up with my pics from my crazy Vegas adventure!

2 months to go to reach all my running goals…

goalI took a few moments last night to look at my goals I set for the year in January here.  What I found out is that I’m not sure I was tough enough on myself.  I set a few challenges that I thought would be tough and they were a challenge but I stayed away from a mileage goal.  I was never sure really how far these two legs (and let’s confess sometimes hands when I had to crawl to get finished) could take me.

In the back of my mind I was thinking I could try to make a goal of 1200 miles in a year but I never wrote it down.  I guess you can say I just let things happen.  Well last night I took a look at my miles.  I was shocked.  I never thought I would run as far as I have.  As of today (after my 10 mile treadmill run at the gym because there was no way I was going to get outside in the cold, windy conditions) my grand total is 1054.59 miles.  Holy crap!  If I stay with the goal of 1200 miles, I should be able to actually hit that by the end of the month or close.  Then I can take next month off right?!  Well, we all know that will never happen!  Life is too busy and crazy for me to stop running!  How will I process all the crazy?  goal2

Here is how my goals have gone:

  1. Complete my first trilogy of half-marathons hosted by BA Events (already signed up for the first one in February.) – Completed it at the beginning of October! Can’t wait to get my “free” jacket in February.
  2. Run my second marathon and make it a much better marathon than my first in regards to preparation. – Well the second marathon was not so good and in fact it was my worse time ever but my 3rd marathon that I ran (and didn’t include in my goals because I didn’t plan on doing it until May) was my best marathon ever! So much fun, found a new friend and now I’ve signed up for OKC in April and hoping for an even better finish.
  3. Continue with my at least one race a month so I have a goal for each month to keep me motivated to run. – 3 more races planned – 2 for November and 1 for December.  I did pretty good with this.  I did not run a race in July or August due to how hot it was but I did 3 run/races in June and will still finish the year 14 races in the books!  I would say that’s pretty good and I am motivated to keep going.  Already looking for and signing up for races next year!
  4. Actively participate in my new running club (all signed up but haven’t done a run with them) – I did a few races with them this summer which is not great participation but I will keep my membership up and see if I can be involved with a few more next year.
  5. Enjoy running! – OH yes I do.  I am having a lot of fun, learning to relax at races and not take them so seriously and wonderful things are happening.  I love the running community!

I guess I will add on with number 6: 1200 miles for the year.  What a crazy number!  I wonder what next years will be?

Do you ever set running goals for the year?  Did you set some for 2014?  If so, how are you doing on them?goal1

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!!!

 

Don’t let someone take your happy!

happy4Today I was standing in line at Walmart and the person in front of me was buying something to eat from the deli.  I am assuming it was his dinner.  Well his card was declined.  He asked the cashier to put the transaction on hold while he went to the ATM to check his account.  I was the next customer in line and the cashier was struggling with how to end the previous transaction.  That is when I told him to just put his purchase on my tab.  The cashier was confused but I said don’t worry about it, I don’t mind paying for it.  In fact for me, it was a great opportunity to “pay it forward”.

I’m not saying this to brag and say look at me.  I’m more telling you because I felt really good, really Happy after I did this simple thing and then it happened.  I was driving home and this person driving almost hit me and then came roaring up and around me honking.  I started to get really upset.  I was driving with the flow of traffic and I was just the one he chose to pick on.  And I let him almost take my happy. happy3

I think there are moments in our day when we let others affect us so much that our once happy moods can change quickly.  We give others the power to change our thoughts, our enjoyment.  But the good news is, we don’t have to.  We have the power to control our thoughts, our reactions to things/events.  We have the power to not let someone take our Happy!

Today I just thought about the moment at Walmart and put into perspective that maybe the person driving so crazy needed to be somewhere fast for an emergency (at least I hope it was one because he was driving like it!).  No one was going to take my Happy!happy2

 

10K running club race day… 24/30

10KI almost didn’t do it.  10K, that’s crazy when I was struggling to breathe due to allergies and I already sound like a frog when I talk.

But somehow my body won out over my brain who kept saying “stop”, even while I was running.

I’m not going to lie and say, once I started I relaxed and it felt great.  In fact once I got started I just kept thinking, you can stop and turn around if you want.  Then there were the hills.  Oh the hills!  I am

Nothing like an evening run with scenery like this.

Nothing like an evening run with scenery like this.

starting to think the only places my running club likes to run is up and down the hillest towns in all of Massachusetts.

Today was hard and by the time I got to the end all I could think was “you will be stronger because you did it!”  I’m not quite there yet but I am glad I went.

Overall, I came in 26th and 5th or 6th woman overall with a pace of 8:16 and finish time of 50:42.  Not bad for not feeling all that well.  And even better, I know I will sleep well tonight!

Happy 24th day of Juneathon!

Extra thick chocolate frappe, my version of a glass of chocolate milk after tonight's race.

Extra thick chocolate frappe, my version of a glass of chocolate milk after tonight’s race.

 

Cross training… 23/30

cross trainingWhat does it mean for you to cross train?  To me it means anything but running.  So tonight that is what I did.  I began the cross training things I did when I was training to run my last marathon.  I do know that this time I will have to spice it up a little more because quite frankly I began to hate cross training days.  So if you have any great cross training routines you do, please, please, let me know.

Here is what I did for my cross training tonight:

5 mile stationary bike ride

3- 1 minute planks

3 sets of 15  – clam shells each leg, leg lifts each leg

3 sets of 10 – alternating leg bridges

3 sets of 30 – crunches, side crunches

90 squats – 30 no weight, 60 – 5lb weight

3 sets of 12 -(arms) – bent-over rows, bicep curls, some other arm exercises that I can’t remember the name of!

3 sets of 30 alternating legs – walking lunges (10lbs in each hand)

3 sets of 12 – leg presses (140lbs, 160lbs, 180lbs) and calf raises (same weight)

And some stretching and cool down at the end.

Wow, it looks like a lot when I write it down but I was only at the gym for an hour.

So give me your cross training ideas so I can spice things up a little!

Happy 23rd day of Juneathon!

Oh wait, look at the cool new medal I got in the mail today from my May 4th virtual race I completed.  So cool isn’t!

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