"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired." - George S. Patton

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The latest is NOT the greatest

I've been failing this blog. I have been so busy with EVERYTHING that I never have time to sit down and update. The latest is however, I have hurt my leg. I have no idea how serious it is right now, but I do know I ran a mile and a half yesterday.. and cried. Cried from pain and from fear of not being able to follow through with my plans. I am NOT giving up. One way or another, I am running that half marathon in June. I hope my bones are just tired as I have been increasing my mileage. They will get used to it!

How are all of you?

Monday, March 22, 2010

The reason for the delay!

I took a week off from running. Okay, I took 8 days off. Terrible I know. I should be punched in the face. In all honestly, last week was an emotional one and I am still sick. Yes, still sick since the day before the 5k... 10 days ago. I went for a run today and my goal was just a measley 2 miles to get back into the swing of training. It went better than I thought (2.5 miles) but I did have to spit out loogies about 5 times. After the run I had some pretty painful coughing spells and my left shin is already hurting. Oy. No one said this would be easy though. I have to keep on going.

I must say that I am glad I started writing this blog. I am also glad I registered for the Rock and Roll marathon and paid all that money to do it. I might have quit all of this running without these thing holding me accountable. No. I wouldn't have. I'm unstoppable. I swear. :) 3 miles tomorrow! Hopefully I can get up to 4 by the weekend!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The first race...

My first 5k was on Saturday morning. I studied up and made sure I did everything I could to prepare for the big event, and everything seemed to go wrong. The night before the race, I went out to dinner with friends, and passed on anything that might dehydrate me. I went to bed early in hopes of getting lots of rest so I would feel great for the race, and I went over what I thought was the route of the race about 100 times.

The meal I had for dinner was way too fatty and bloating. I woke up Saturday morning and I looked and felt like I was 6 months pregnant. My daughter caught the flu, and ended up throwing up all night so I think I got about 2 hours of sleep total. I figured my sheer adrenaline would still get me through the run with no problem, until we got to the starting line and I realized I had been studying the wrong map. The course had tons of hills. I have yet to train on hills. Oh man. Also, let's not forget that I had a terrible cold and a low grade fever to boot.

I ran the race. I finished the race. I still, despite all of the elements trying to bring me down, had an amazing time. I was so proud of myself (and my fellow novice running partner, Lisa ) that I seemed to forget everything that went wrong. I even shed a small tear or two after I crossed the finish line.

I am so excited to choose and sign up for my next race, I can barely contain myself. I am also pretty excited to train on some hills. I can't believe I haven't done it yet. This was definetly a learning experience, but it's about the journey, not the destination, right? Right.

See you all at the 10k!

P.S. My daughter and I are both feeling much better.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My 50th Post.. how sweet

But you know what is sweeter? The fact that I beat my record again and ran 3.6 miles tonight. You heard me. I bet tomorrow I can beat it. I'm going 4 miles sucka! Woo!

Okay.. So I am not doing the St.Patrick's day dash in Seattle. This week has been catastrophic for so many people in my life and I think it would be easier for my family and everyone cheering me on for me to do something a little bit closer and more convenient. I am going to Tacoma's version of the race, The St.Patty's day run.. on Saturday! This coming Saturday!

I am all registered and ready to go! I even bought my first pair of running tights which are appropriately green in color. Who said a chubby girl can't rock spandex? Not me!

I will be running with Lisa and Mark and have lots of pictures of the festivities! This is a big week for me! My first official crossing over a finish line! Hope to see you there! :)

Monday, March 8, 2010

A little scared..

So I had a great week running wise last week but this week is off to a slow start! I found a short route near my house that I feel safe running, and thought I could just keep doing laps until I got to three miles. Half a mile in my left foot started hurting really bad, my shins felt broken, and my right calve muscle kept tightening up. I finished out a mile and almost broke down into tears. What the hell?! I even took a rest day yesterday.

I figure there a few factors that may have played into this.

1. My daughter has the flu right now, I haven't been feeling great, maybe I have a little virus. Who knows?

2. The last time I ran I really pushed myself, maybe too hard?

3. It was like 20 degrees outside. I haven't run in that kind of temperature and I could definetly tell the difference. I wore capri pants. Bad. Very bad.

Anyhoo, getting out there again tomorrow! :) EEk!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I don't know if you know this but.....

Yesterday, I ran 3.23 miles. Without stopping to walk or anything!! :) I got lost and had no other way back to my car but to jog, so I shall try to lose myself every time! ha ha. It was a great feeling when I got home and mapped my run online. I couldn't believe I did it, but good thing.. since my 5k+ is in a week and a half! I'm not so worried about it now, at least! :)

I am taking the running night off tonight and going to hot yoga. My shins hurt pretty bad and I watched a video about marathons and this woman actually developed stress fractures on her shins from all the running. Now I am kind of scared of that!

I have heard from a lot of people lately that they "can't" run. Okay, I'm saying this. I used to think the same thing.. but unless you have some physical ailment preventing you from running (say only one foot.. or 3 knees.. etc) you can. I am not super human. I am overweight, have a long history of smoking, a heart condition and formerly suffered from asthma. Don't say you "can't". Say you don't want to. There is nothing wrong with not wanting to run just say it. :)

I am learning more and more each day that it is totally mind over matter and no one can convince me otherwise.

How is that for an uplifting post? lol

Monday, March 1, 2010

Just in case you didn't want to go back forty-something posts..

...Here is my reader blog on the Seattle P.I. Run site. It will re-cap you.


Today was a day off btw. I am allowed a day off once in a while. Don't judge. :)