I never thought it was possible, but I did it. I trained while on vacation at the beach. I only got in 3 runs during the week, as opposed to my normal 4, but I was just glad to have … Continue reading
Week One Training Report
So this is truly my first training report; bear with me, I’ll try to make them better as I go along. That said, week one training for the Dopey challenge is complete. I didn’t really start training until the middle of the week on Wednesday so I didn’t get very many miles in, but I am getting my body back in shape for training season. This week really seemed like more “mental training” than anything. After taking time off from running, sometimes it’s hard to get your head to adjust back to enduring the pain, whether it be 4am wake-ups or struggling to finish the last mile. My pace has slowed down significantly, but I only see that as opportunity for improvement, which is always a good thing.
So here you have it:
Wednesday: 3.08 miles/Time 36:57/Avg Pace 12:00 per mile. Started this one at 5:45am.Weather was cool, overcast with a slight drizzle. I could tell I was out of shape on this run. Stopped and walked for about 10 seconds 3 times and then kept it going. My pace had slowed significantly but that’s what taking several months off does to me. I chose to not feel discouraged, and instead focused my whole run on thinking about how much better I am going to get over the next 8-9 months. Wore my Altra Torin’s originals (pink, not 1.5) and my feet were in heaven. I’ve had these babies waiting in the closet for a while; I have to say I prefer them over the newer model. In the last weeks the newer model has been causing foot numbness, but I didn’t have that at all today.
Thursday: 4.00 miles/ Time 47:02/ Avg Pace 11:46 per mile. This was just a rough day for running for me. Thankfully my friend, Larry paced me through this. Having someone talk you through a bad run is no doubt one of the kindest things I’ve experienced. I’ve had a hard time getting back to my daily running, but Larry was determined to get me through at least 4 miles. I could tell I was really dehydrated and the last 1/2 mile felt like puking. As we finished the last 1/2 mile Larry started telling me a story about a man who survived the Japanese death march; 6 days marching with no food or water. Nothing like a little dramatic motivation to kick your butt in gear and get you to finish, lol. So thankful for good friends who help each other thrive.
Saturday: 4.01/48:49/ Avg Pace 12:10 per mile. Took it a little easier today. Started out with my running club but I ended up going off solo. I had moments where I felt like I was flying, and could tell I was starting to get my groove back. Walked for a few seconds a couple of times because my foot numbness was starting to return (even with the pink Torins). All in all, this was a beautiful morning and I enjoyed being able to get out and run.
I’ll quickly say that my nutrition this week was anything but great. That’s the next big change I’m going to have to make in order to be successful in these next 8 months. Having said that, it’s important to remember to strive for progress, not perfection.
There’s a long way to go friends, but I’m taking it a day at a time and trusting in the process. I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to be able to experience joy in every run. I can say in all honesty that in every run this week I experienced joy. As I ran, though I was slower than I used to be, I praised God for blessing me with good health and the ability to run. Never take it for granted.
Until next time,
There have been many days that I struggled to get out the door and go. But there has never been one day where I regretted going.
Is that not the rhyme and rhythm for so many of us? As the Dopey Challenge approaches (264 days to be exact) I am afraid. I am not prepared, but I hope that in the next 264 days God will equip my body to run those 48.6 miles. I hope to mark this event as the first of many ultras (even though I suppose this really isn’t an ultra since they are individual back to back races).
Over the last 4 weeks I have been down in the runner dumps. Those questions and negative thoughts that sometimes circulate, “Is this even good for me? Am I damaging my body? I don’t even like doing this.” They began to take my mind captive. This morning I was on the race website gathering info, and after a bit of planning and a good cup of coffee began to feel myself finally snapping out of it.
“If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
It’s important to remain consistent even when in a runner’s funk. I keep reminding myself of this. Despite the doubts and fears, I’m continuing to press on. I heard some great advice the other day; we need to not make the prize our main focus, we need to learn to love the process. Learn to love the training, the dedication, the day in and day out grind. Love it. The prize is just a momentary bonus, and as Corinthians says, the prize will not last. We have the prize of eternity in Christ, which is far more valuable than a medal.
I am learning to love the process. It’s hard, but with Christ all things are possible.
264 days. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do during this training time.
Today I decided to take my girl Molly on a run. We have been working with her on walking fast paces and incorporating jogging, but today was her first full run. She did great! We went slowly, but she got in … Continue reading
So, I’ve taken a 3 month hiatus. I’m not proud, but hey, it happens.
This morning I went on a 5 mile run with some friends. I in no way knew whether or not I was going to be able to finish that run. But being the runner I am, I was excited to be back on the roads. The run itself was a little rough, but I’ve had worse. That’s one of the reasons I love running, our bodies so quickly adapt to it!
Running aside, it was a comment made after our run that got me to write this post. Several of my running buddies just completed their first half-marathon. I commented on one of them already having slapped the “13.1” sticker on the back on their vehicle; I was proud of her and glad that she was proud too. Then we noticed another friend who completed the race hadn’t put a sticker on the back of her car yet, and we were joking around with her about it. Then she made a comment that struck me:
“I think I’m going to wait until I lose some weight before I advertise that I ran a half-marathon. I’ll get out of my car and people will see me and be like, ‘Yeah, right!'”
I was so sad to hear her say this. She finished that half-marathon fair and square, and with a decent time.
We are so caught up with not just being runners, but “looking the part.” It’s true, I’ve done it, and I know others do it too. I’m running to get in shape. I too need to lose some weight, and that’s ok, but we shouldn’t be so ashamed of what we look like that we feel the need to hide our passions.
When I got home I examined myself, my motives. I realized that on social media I do the exact same thing that my friend is doing; I hide. I don’t “look” like I runner so I avoid posting pictures of myself. I talk about my runs, but I too am afraid someone will see me and think, “she’s not a runner.” Wow. I truly am ashamed that I do this! You know what I have to say about that?
I run long distances. I am doing it to better my health. My body is slowly changing, becoming stronger. Who the heck cares what we look like? There needs to be a change. We need to take a moment to be proud of our accomplishments, not constantly beating ourselves up because we haven’t yet achieved our ultimate goal.
Be proud of who you are. Be proud of what you do. Whether you’re a runner, lifter, cyclist, swimmer, or whatever it is that you do! Be proud of it. There will always be someone who is better than you, but don’t focus on that. Focus on being better than you were yesterday. That includes our attitudes about ourselves.
Love yourself as Jesus loves you. See yourself through His eyes.
30 miles per week, that is my goal. Despite having run long distances, I don’t consider myself a runner. Why? I’ll be honest, I don’t look like one. I don’t have the habits of one. I’m often the slowest in … Continue reading
Yesterday morning I went on my last run of 2014. It was an incredible year. I ran my first marathon, first half-marathon, found a new group of local runners that hold me accountable to 5am runs and push me to go further.
This year my husband and I also completed our home restoration that we began in 2013. It is so nice to no longer be living in a construction zone. In addition we gained a new family member, Molly, who is a black Labrador retriever and is such a joy!
The year also brought about many challenges as we learned that my mom had cancer in late May. This experience has humbled us and brought us closer to God, and closer as a family. She is doing exceptionally well as she continues to fight this disease. We believe she will make a full recovery!
As we welcome in 2015, I welcome in new challenges. This evening my husband and I sat down and wrote down our resolutions. Here are a few of mine:
1. Read the bible every day. I’ll be using this app to read the Bible in a year.
2. Lose weight. Sounds pretty general, but this is something that’s a work in progress. To be a better runner I’d like to continue losing. This is one step on the road to better health.
3. Run another marathon. I fully plan on running another marathon in 2015; it’s going to be part of my training for the Dopey Challenge that I’m doing in January 2016.
I feel that these goals are realistic, yet still very challenging. I am so excited to see where this new year will take us, and what the Lord has in store. Next week I will be starting school back up and am looking forward to that challenge. Many of you know that theatre is my passion; this semester our school is starting a theater arts program and I am thrilled to be one of the first students participating in that. Balancing college, running, and married life is always a challenge for me. I am praying that God will help me keep priorities in order and handle my stress in a healthy way.
Before I sign off, I thought I’d share one last resolution. I decided to choose one word to focus on for the year. A theme, so to speak. This year I have chosen joy, and will try to continue to choose joy every day. Only Christ brings true joy. In joy, we are free of all worries or cares. Joy uplifts not only us, but others around us.
So that’s my piece. Here’s to 2015! May God bless your year and bring you great joy.
This week I got off to a great start after quite an accomplishing day on Saturday. Saturday morning a local group I’ve been supporting for a while held their annual 5k to raise money. I headed down with the … Continue reading
I’ve mentioned in previous posts that during my marathon training this time around I have a goal other than to “just finish.” In January I had zero thoughts of a time goal, I just wanted to get through the race in one piece. I took my time and had fun; it was Disney World! It ended up taking me (don’t laugh) 6 hours and 20 minutes. This time around I have a goal in finishing under 6 hours. That sounds impossible considering most people struggle to take just 2-3 minutes off of their marathon times, but at Disney I spent 20 minutes waiting in line for the bathroom several times. My time was slowed way down because I didn’t really know what to expect. I didn’t push myself because I didn’t know if my body could actually do it. This time around I have a better grasp on bathroom breaks, water breaks, nutrition breaks. etc. and find every minute to be valuable.
This week my training is getting serious. I am to the point in my training where I need to start logging approximately 30 miles a week, and I’m almost there.
My training this week will be as follows:
- Monday: 4 Miles
- Tuesday: 5 Miles
- Wednesday: 3 Miles/Cross Train (weights)
- Thursday: 4 miles
- Friday: Rest
- Saturday: 9 Miles
- Sunday: Rest/Cross Train (cycling)
My marathon training last year looked something like this:
- Monday: Rest
- Tuesday: Run 45 minutes- 1 hour
- Wednesday: Rest
- Thursday: Run 45 minutes- 1 hour
- Friday: Rest
- Saturday: Long Run (eventually working up to 20 miles)
- Sunday: Weights
Looking back, I really wasn’t running enough last year. Even now I’m still building up my endurance; I would eventually like to be able to run about 50 miles per week. Little by little I will get there.
This weekend I was really encouraged and inspired by a woman that I run with. She is 71 years old and can outrun just about anyone I know. She’s been running for 40 years and is simply one of the best. She wasn’t naturally a great runner, she worked hard to become one. It’s very humbling to run with a 71 year old woman (when I myself am not yet 25) and have her smoke you. It’s not just humbling, it’s incredibly inspiring. And with that a thought hit me, “I am young. I am capable. I can push myself harder and I can be great.”
With proper nutrition and dedicated training, I know I will become better. My 71 year old running partner gave me some wisdom this morning: “It’s not the pounds that get heavier, it’s the years.” I have a few more good years in me, and I’m going to put them to good use. I want to wake up at 71 years old and be able to outlast a bunch of 20-some year old runners myself.