Thursday, June 26, 2008

Setting Realistic Goals

I'm feeling pretty confident about my bug eating goal. I'm not even half way through my training and I'm making progress without even trying.

On the other hand, I got a great big dose of reality on my ten mile "run" on Sunday. Maybe it was the 90degree plus weather, but it didn't go well. And when I say it didn't' go well, I don't mean: "I wanted to run 8 minute miles, but I ran 9 minute miles." I mean: "I wanted to run, and I had to walk." The funny thing is, the majority of my walking was done in the first 4 miles, after that...the sun started to set, I found my rhythm, and felt fine. I felt like I was back in Chicago--but without strangers shooting their water hoses at me, and without people yelling "YOU CAN DO IT TULSA!!"

Someday soon, I feel a long "Chicago 2007" post eeking its way out.

Until then...I'll trudge forward, eating my buggy protein

Friday, June 20, 2008

Grab a Kleenex!

Thanks, Laura for sharing this.... If anyone was needing any inspiration, this sure does it!

A son asked his father, 'Dad, will you take part in a marathon with
me?'. The father who, despite having a heart condition, says 'Yes'.
They went on to complete the marathon together. Father and son went on
to join other marathons, the father always saying 'Yes' to his son's
request of going through the race together. One day, the son asked his
father, 'Dad, let's join the Ironman together.' To which, his father
said 'Yes' too.

For those who don't know, Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever.
The race encompasses three endurance events of a 2.4 mile (3.86
kilometer) ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike
ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the
coast of the Big Island. Father and son went on to complete the race

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Intentional Living

I heard a radio broadcast today. It struck me. Why is it that the most potent words of wisdom are often the most obvious statements? It was on American Family Radio. The Dr. was talking about the importance of intentional living. I was tired of "perfect living" by the time I was 17. For the last 20 years, I have been looking for the replacement for this unachievable goal. Instead, I was challenged today to be intentional in five areas: Faith, Health, Relationships, Finances and Work. I can't be perfect, but I can be intentional.

My training for the marathon is the same. While I (deeply) hesitate to make public my goals, my desire is to run the marathon in under 4:30. This means I must consistently run 10 minute miles. Right now I am running a fairly consistent 9 minute mile. Hal Higdon gives the best advice: To run fast, you need to run fast. While I have been working to improve my speed over the last month or so, I've discovered I can actually run an 8 minute mile (though only one at a time!). The point is, the second time around, instead of just "getting through the training," I plan to run the race with a bit more intentionality. My goals have changed. While I don't expect personal perfection (which for me would mean qualifying for Boston), I do expect myself to be intentional.

I plan on transferring this lesson to my personal life- to run the race set before me with intentionality. I have given up on perfectionism, but I can make daily choices that move me closer to my goal of finishing the race of life well.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tom-Foolery, Adios!


All of the 18 week training programs start today! No more time for tom-foolery! I'm glad, because frankly I've been feeling a bit glum, and during my run tonight I all of the sudden felt very energetic and happy. Yes, psychotic I know. Honestly--it's like Prozac for me.

Forget about the blues for the next 18 weeks. The pressure of the "official training period" is just the thing this non-athlete needs to keep motivated.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

This is what keeps me going...look at the goofy smile on my face as I was coming in to the finish line at KC. 26.2!!! Training is hard now, but I have this elation to look forward to again. With the right training, I will be in better condition this year. I'm starting my am protein shakes tomorrow. My daughter (seen here) ran about half of a mile at the end with me...she was SO excited! How many times in your life is your kid REALLY proud of you?

WHAT is my mother reaching for? After the race, KC treats you with all sorts of water and food to munch on. I was still pretty "high" in this picture... the pain hadn't set in yet. It did about one hour later...with a VENGEANCE. This is why God invented Advil.

My husband is training with me to run Chicago. It's SO fun to do this together! We ran five tonight, and BOY does he have a runners high! The last time he ran five miles was when he was 17 years old! Ha Ha.... we may not finish looking like Ken and Barbie, but we'll have a good time trying!