Why do we have a fear of being the last one. You put in the effort, your out on the course longer (which takes lots of endurance) and some how we feel like we’ve failed. Over the weekend I ran a half marathon and in the process crossed the finish line with a PR, as wonderful as that is, It wasn’t the highlight of my day. There were several of us that made the journey to this race and after I crossed the finish line they were still out on the course. A friend that had competed in the 5K event while we did the longer course and I went back out walking the course in reverse to give support to our other fellow athletes. A long the way we met lots of new friends and cheered them on as well. Once we made sure all of our group had come across the finish line we took part in group pictures and recalled the ups and downs of the race (in this particular race there where a lot). We had just started walking away to leave when they announced that there was runner(s) coming in and the last runner(s) had crossed the 12 mile marker. At that moment we all turned around went out on the course and formed two lines in front of the finish line to cheer. The looks on their faces of seeing that finish line, smiles so bright it pulls at you. Then several minutes later at the top of the hill with the golf cart and lights going behind them the very last bunch of runners. At this point the clock read 4:34:02, we all screamed, cheered, clapped them in from the top of the hill to the high fives right before they crossed the finish line. I don’t know about them but my emotions ran over for them. It has been one of the most amazing experiences for me as runner to be able to see the determination on their faces and those huge grins when they crossed that line. There is no shame in ever being the last one out, the only shame is in never getting out there and giving it a try.
The season’s are changing, weather is getting warmer. How many of you are getting out your spring running gear? Have you got races already scheduled on your calendar? What will you run for this year? Is your training bumping up a notch?
It is that time of the year where everything is at a non stop pace. Especially if your a runner, biker, or triathlete. So many races and training sessions it’s hard to keep up. How do you motivate yourself to keep going? Personally I schedule races, as long as I know I have a race coming I’m able to keep myself motivated to get out and train. That brings me to another question, which I’m full of in this blog today. What’s your training schedule like? Mine is 7 days a week, every other day weight training and the off days running and swimming. I do short runs in the week and a long run on Saturdays. Sunday is saved for my least liked training because I’m not that confident on it, and that is biking.
We all have families, jobs, and other things going on besides our racing past time. How do you manage your time between everything else you have going? My answer it’s not that easy, you just do what you have to do. Kids athletics, dinner, homework, etc. There is only so many hours in a day and sometimes training has to take a back seat. I don’t mean missing it you just have to reschedule it, maybe for later that night or get up at the crack of dawn before work.
I would love to know what motivates you, how you train, what races you have on schedule, what races you want to do but haven’t signed up for yet. If your just starting out and trying to find a race from kids run to your first 5K. Message me if you have questions about running. I started out with running my first 5K in June of 2012 out of shape and not a runner at all. I survived and you can to.
I blogged a few weeks ago about my 8th marathon coming up. It is now completed and several days after. I’m still trying to determine what made this such a good run. Was it the weather, atmosphere, clothes, shoes, music, course. Probably all the above and then some. I completed this marathon and finally got myself a new PR taking 47 minutes off. It was a out of state run, humid, sunny to cloudy the whole day, two turn around, split from half was at approximately 12.5 mile marker. At the split off we ran right in between where the half was finishing and the bus stop was to take finishers back to the start line. Mental, I forgot to add mental. Running is such a mental / physical sport and I think that is where I lose myself sometimes. It’s so easy to talk yourself into things when you are mentally and physically exhausted. When you are running so close to the finish of others and you know you have to complete the same amount of miles you just ran to be done is a mental game. Normally I’m fine once I’m far away enough not to hear or see but, until then it’s a struggle to talk myself into not stopping. Walking is another struggle when your trying to stay on pace especially when the majority of the field is walking around you. Normally I do run with at least one person that’s at my pace and we seem to talk ourselves into what ever craziness pops into our heads. This race however it was just me and me alone to deal with all these crazy notions that popped up saying you need to slow down, you need to walk, you just need to stop. I ran this race for me, my way and well I will never tell you it’s easy because it’s not, but the satisfaction when you cross that finish line and you know you’ve given it everything you had is an amazing feeling! As I said before I’ve been doing a special challenge along with lots of others. It’s called My Peak Challenge which is to motivate us to get fit and in turn it benefits Bloodwise which is a charity that supports people living with blood cancer. I’ve only started with them at the beginning of this year, what a difference just a few months can make. The program is still going if anyone out there would like to take a look at it. There is such a great support system with this group it’s just been a unbelievable experience. Exercise videos that are what I would call cross fit, but angled to if your new to exercise you are still able to follow along and menu’s that are terrific. This program is the first time I’ve attempted anything close to cross fit and it’s made a world of difference in the activities I was already involved in. I am so much stronger now than what I was and my time on this race proved it.
#Marathon 8 Life’s Journey
In less than two weeks I will be on the course running my 8TH #Marathon at the Rock N Roll series in New Orleans. I am hoping for a new PR on this one, if not that’s ok to, just as long as I cross the finish line. I have been on a long journey for the last 1-1/2 years coming back from a back injury, which slowed me down, and in consequence I gained all my weight back that was lost when I took up the sport of running. I haven’t been a runner all that long, but have succeeded in crossing the finish line several times in the last 4-1/2 years.
This particular marathon coming up though has extra meaning for me. The fact that I’m coming back, losing weight, doing more than I ever thought first possible, being stronger in mind, body, and spirit. Before the back injury I thought I was doing all I could, but that wasn’t true. This journey back has been full of ups and downs, turns and curves, showing me there’s still room to improve and push to do more. Changing up how I train and what I do in between races. Not only running during the week, but weight training as well. I am still not down in weight as I was for my first marathon, it doesn’t seem to matter because I feel stronger.
This marathon coming up is just the beginning for this year. I have scheduled 2 more marathons, 1 half marathon, inside sprint triathlon, outside sprint triathlon, my first Olympic distance triathlon, and my first half ironman 70.3 distance triathlon. That’s only my schedule to the end of June. This years journey is just beginning and can’t wait to get started.
I would like to mention a great charity Bloodwise. I have currently been doing a program that the proceeds benefit them. The program is called #My Peak Challenge, it involves people making a difference in their own lives while helping to raise awareness for blood cancer research. A wonderful and giving actor Sam Heughan along with lots of help started this program last year to raise awareness, funds, and promote healthy living. I have been amazed at how well this is managed and distributed. You have menus, work outs and the best inspirational community imaginable. You don’t have bad days they won’t let you. Right now it’s linked up to a special face book page, there are all different ranges of people from just starting out, to exceptional health, to people trying to get back to where they where or better. Please check it out for yourself, It has changed my life these last couple of months and kept me on track and accountable.
With all of this said, I hope everyone of you that read this, will follow me on the rest of my journey. It’s not easy, it’s life changing, in the end IT WILL BE WORTH IT!
Wanted to share with you the results of the timed Oilers Arena Challenge I had mentioned in previous blog. At that time I had only participated in a trial run of the course. I had been told in all was approximately 2 miles in all and to expect to run it in or about the same time as a 5K. I was already sure after trial run my time was to be way over my 5K times. It’s amazing how much faster we tend to go when we know there is a clock ticking at the finish line. I started in the second heat 30 seconds behind first and 30 seconds in front of the third and last heat. The beginning run was great, hit first set of stairs ran down and to my surprise ran most of the way back up. Continued to run down to what they call the arena bowl. At the bowl which I’ve included a partial picture is where you begin the majority of stairs each set separating the sections in the arena. The stairs as you can see are very narrow so you have to take them single file. I did what I could ran down, ran up about 3/4 way then walked the rest all the way around. Finished with muscles quivering, but kept going. The last part of the race was a repeat of everything excluding the arena stairs. Shaking and exhausted walked a couple minutes before went back into run, crossed the finish in approximately 7 minutes longer than my most recent 5K. By the way My Garmin that I did remember read 2.44 miles at the finish. I was very impressed with my self because as I said before I’ve never incorporated stairs as part of my training. I am however looking forward to next year in the hopes of beating this years time.
Have you thought about signing up for your first fun run or 5K? What’s holding you back. We all have our struggles and what if’s. What if I start and can’t finish, what if I walk instead of run. I would like to know what’s holding you back, what’s your what if. I’ve been there, a lot of my friends have been there. I just want to encourage all to ask me questions, voice your concerns. If I can’t answer I will get the answer. Don’t give into the what if’s though, you’ll be missing out on so much. Running/walking is a great way to get exercise, meet new people, go to new places, and see new things. I just want to encourage anyone who it’s ever crossed their mind to sign up, even if that person had never thought about it until reading this blog. You’ll thank yourself later.