Saturday, May 31, 2008
We went to the Expo today and I have to say I was pretty excited to get all my stuff. For a while, I felt a little giddy. We walked around and looked at all the vendors and grabbed all the free stuff we could ;-) They had some great apparel for sale. The one I liked a lot said Rock n Roll Marathon Finisher. Lisa talked about buying one. I said, "you are going to buy that before you finish????" I admit it; I am superstitious. I can't buy something like that until I can actually say I am a FINISHER. I plan on buying one tomorrow after the race! Lisa did buy a RnR Marathon pint glass because she knew no matter what, she would be drinking a beer out of it tomorrow night.
For anyone that is interested, my bib number is 14069. You can track the results online at http://www.rnrmarathon.com/home.html by clicking the "live results" tab. The race starts at 6:30 a.m. Pacific time. They should be giving 5K, 10K, 10 mile, 13.1 mile and 20 mile split times.
I am still fighting a head cold, but it has settled mostly in my nose. I will carry some tissue with me and do my best. No stinkin' rhinovirus is going to keep me from crossing that finish line. Thanks for all the suggestions on how to beat this silly thing....
I AM STRONG AND HEALTHY!!
Friday, May 30, 2008
- Successful career before starting family. happiness.
- Created a family with my soulmate.
- A mother. A wife. A runner. [this one doesn't really describe my life as much as it describes the past five months. I am consumed with running right now because of this marathon, but I don't know if running will be part of my memoir this time next year....kwim?]
- Getting the most out of life [I like this one, but I am not sure I am there yet. I think I could get even more out of life. I just need to push some of my negativity out. I should follow Terri's advice with this one. I need to nag at my hubby less and take things as they come instead of worrying about them. I hope this will be my memoir in a few years. I suppose this is my goal memoir. Is there such a thing?]
So I decided on "doing my best that I can." At first glance it seems like an excuse or a cop out phrase. But when I look at my life, I realize that in every phase of my life I have done my best without holding myself to insane, unreachable standards. Could I have done better? Yes. Would I have enjoyed myself as much? Not even close. So my best is what is best for me and my life... not what is best by other people's standards.
I was a really good student. Could I have been an outstanding student? Sure. In order to have been a better student, I would have had to give up on much of the social and extracurricular things that helped to make me what I am today. I had fantastic grades through graduate school while excelling at my job. However, I really had no life. A relationship crumbled and I remember barely having time to eat. My best, in that case, wasn't really the best for me.
I had a successful career. Could I have gone further and done more? You bet. But to do that I would have had to work longer hours, relocated to undesirable parts of the country and foregone spending quality time with my family. My career could have taken on a bigger role in my life, however something bigger and better came along--a wonderful husband and family.
Doing the best that I can doesn't mean being being satisfied with mediocrity. I need to constantly set my own reasonable standards higher and higher. There are definitely days when I am not doing the best that I can and I just need to do better the next day. Luckily, I am pretty good at recognizing my faults and making adjustments. Kenny's pretty good at recognizing these faults and suggesting adjustments...LOL.
So to relate all this to running.... on Sunday I will run the best race I can. No regrets. No excuses. If there is a next time, I will do even better. That's the way all this stuff works, right?
So now I am supposed to tag other blogs. Like Alissa, I don't have too many other running bloggers that I know who haven't already done this. I will tag my friends with non-running blogs, if they haven't already been tagged. So, Penny, Hilly and Bean-- you are officially tagged. I also challenge my friends who read this to sit down and think of their own memoirs. Laura, Lisa, Jen, Heather, Janet, Emma, Linda....do yourselves a favor and come up with six words. If you are inspired, e-mail it to me or post it here. I am interested to see what you all have to say...
Write your own six word (max) memoir.
Post it on your blog (or e-mail) and include a visual illustration if you want.
Link to the person who tagged you in your post.
Tag at least five more blogs.
Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play
My new mantra for the weekend is "I AM STRONG AND HEALTHY."
I CAN'T GET SICK. I CAN'T GET SICK. I CAN'T GET SICK. Mind over matter, right?
I think I am going to cry. Please send healing vibes my way.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Jen, Laura, Me and Lisa after our last 8 mile run together...
We ran eight easy miles today. I never thought I would type THAT sentence--eight easy miles. It really was easy! We didn't run too fast or too slow (just under 10 minute miles). Ironically, check out the picture from the Resolution Run 15K in March compared to today. We ran the 15K (which is about 9 miles) at a faster pace (about 9:30/mile) but looked much more worn out (but giddy with excitement at our longest run to date)
Friday, May 23, 2008
I know you are "unplugged" on the Cape, but GOOD LUCK!!!! You know I'll be checking your blog to see how it was. I bet you'll surprise yourself.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I am really getting excited. I have been wasting some time today searching for videos of the Rock-n-Roll Marathon. I cry during all of them, thinking about crossing that finish line (ok...so I am a big sap). It really looks like a lot of fun though. I am so happy that this marathon is my first one. My number one goal with this thing is to ENJOY every minute and take advantage of all the entertainment along the way. Did I mention that they hand out beer at the end???
Here is another one in two parts:
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I had a sports massage yesterday with a great therapist and I hope that helps the healing process. My shins (and just about everything else) feel GREAT. I had never had a therapeutic massage before- only relaxation. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I scheduled another one with her the week after the marathon. We decided that we would wait a couple of days after the race so that we could pinpoint any trouble areas rather than just doing an all-over circulation massage.
So the tapering has begun. And thank God...my body really seems to need to recover. I want to be 100% on June 1!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I didn't feel 100% but I felt pretty darn good. I think that ten miles is a good distance for me. I hope I can stay motivated to run that far on Sundays. It was funny.... somebody asked me on Friday what we were running on Sunday and I answered, "just nine." I received a bit of an eyebrow lift on that answer. A few months ago, "just nine" would have NEVER been in my vocabulary. When we did the 15K in early March, it was the longest that three out of four of us had ever run. I was REALLY nervous before the race. Now a nine mile run is easy enough to tack an extra mile onto it. I can't believe how far my fitness has come.
The only bummer was that I didn't have my iPod. Luckily, Jen ran with me and we chatted the entire way, so I never got bored. As we ran along the ocean, she talked a lot about how to swim in the ocean (I am thinking about doing a triathlon). My iPod is missing :-( I took it to playgroup so all the kids could dance. As I was unloading everything out of the stroller into the car, it wasn't there. I went back to the playgroup area and it wasn't there. I am hoping that it ended up with one of the other moms. Kids are known to move things from stroller to stroller. I am SO BUMMED. Not only do I enjoy my music while I run (it is a necessity on the boring runs by myself in my neighborhood), but it had two runs from my Nike+ that hadn't been uploaded. So including the eighteen mile run I forgot the sensor, I have at least 36 miles that won't show up on my Nike log. I was really working toward that 500 mile mark. Damn!
We have two weeks until the big race. I am more excited than nervous at this point (I am sure that will change). I am going to focus on taking it easy and making sure I am 100%. My runs will be easy ones and I won't push myself. I have a deep tissue massage scheduled for tomorrow. I am a little nervous about that because I am a weeny when it comes to pain. It will all be worth it though....
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
So when I get a chance, I will update on my runs this past week. It was a great week. Thanks for all the support, everyone. It meant a lot that I wasn't the only one missing this journal......
Sunday, May 11, 2008
We have kept with the schedule generally, but like I said, we did make some changes. Changes were made for scheduling purposes, health reasons and because we are all moms with families and things happen.... Here is my attempt to show the various changes that I made to my schedule:
Sunday, May 4, 2008
On to discussing today's run.... We ran 18 miles in a little over three hours. We stopped a couple of times to stretch etc. so our pace is right on. My run was not nearly as good as Monday's 17 miles, but not nearly as bad as the 16 miler three weeks ago. I had more aches and pains in the latter half than I would have liked, but I finished relatively strong. My shin/calf started out with a little discomfort, but I barely noticed it later in the run because other parts of my legs were hurting. My legs started aching all over again and I am wondering if it has something to do with nutrition. I tried to eat a bit more yesterday and push the fluids, but I don't know...
I think I am done with long out-and-backs. The last stretch is a killer every time. I would much rather do a loop. Today we ran the Silver Strand http://members.cox.net/sd_run_maps/SStrand2.GIF We started at Tidelands Park under the Coronado bridge and ran along Glorieta Bay down the Strand to Imperial Beach. It was a nice enough run, but it was less ocean than I had imagined, since we ran on the East side of the highway and the ocean was often behind a fence on the other side of the road. The last couple of miles were tough as I was recognizing landmarks and realizing that we had a ways to go.
Could I have done 26 today? I'm not sure. I know I could have done twenty. I bet the adrenaline of the race will help to push me to those last few miles. Did I think I could ever run 18 when I started this whole thing? Heck no. It's pretty cool how far we've come.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
I am having fun with my running playlist. Before my 17 mile run, I rearranged my songs to freshen it up. I also tried something different. I put a couple classical songs right around the two hour mark. I had Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli's Time to Say Goodbye followed by Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera sung by my favorite American Idol *blush* David Cook. Those two songs plugged in between some harder rock selections were the PERFECT thing for my run. Those songs are very powerful and they gave me a new energy and changed my perspective. They are a sharp contrast to some of the other songs I have like songs by POD, Nickelback, Nine Inch Nails and Saliva. I also have Queen, Styx and Alphaville....LOL.... I love my eclectic taste.
While I love running and chatting with my girls, I also look forward to my alone time now. The thought of a long run by myself doesn't send me into a panic anymore. I am officially a runner now. I think that after this race I may run just to run. But I will have to have my music, of course.