Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Every step moves me toward my goals......

 
A friend shared this on his FB wall, and it really hit home today.   I have successfully been a coach potato when I should be training.  No wait, I have not been training to my level of expectations and opted for the ‘object at rest’ part of the program.   
 
It has been a tough two weeks.  Houston was COLD.   Not that I haven’t seen cold before, but it was COLD!   Below freezing temperatures and a non-heated, not insulated apartment contributed to my attempt at staying warm, and not my purposeful training.   
 
And so today, I headed out to tackle three-miles. 
 
This was by far one of the most difficult runs EVER!   Not because 3-miles is tough, but because 3-miles is tough.   Or can be.   My feet hurt, my body hurt, i was hungry, i was thirsty, i was tired.............
And knowing I needed to reteach myself how to be comfotable being uncomfortable I ran.   Slowly.  But I ran.  
I focused on tackling this, one step at a time.   I focused on foot placement and picking up tempo and slowing down, and doing mini-sprints or strides randomly down the street, AND the last half-mile, I purposefully and intently picked up the tempo to challenge my run to the finish.   
 
Because I am chasing down a BQ.   And while the entire run was far from perfect, I was teaching myself to endure, to challenge, to commit and to make it happen.  
 
It is a process.   And tomorrow is another day to learn, amd to train.   All of this will get me to the finish line.  Even with socks!  
 
 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Looking Toward 2018.........

...........as I reflect on 2017.  
 
Tomorrow is Monday, the first of the New Year.   It brings a new page, of a new chapter of a new book.   Having built on the previous chapters, I am excited about the adventure coming my way.  
 
I am afterall pursuing a #BQat50.  Thr good news is:  I can run a slower marathon, needing a 4:09 to qualify.   9-minute miles.  Yes, I have it calculated.   And I am running the Jack and Jill Downhill Marathon on 28July. 
 
And the training resumes tomorrow.   I have chosen a program through an APP, that will keep me on course, but can deviate from.  Game plan:  Hot Chocolate 15K 28Jan, RodeoRun 10K 22Feb, and a half-mary in May to serve as a check up.  
 
Regardless of the end result, this will be a wonderful adventure.  I look forward to sharing it with you!  
Keep in mind, I firmly believe that, Respect is Earned when Noone is Looking!  
This means I will share what I am gaining from this process, not necessarily the process itself. (Which can be a challenge in the social media trap). It is my hope you will enjoy amd learn from this, to commence your own journey.  
 
Will you join me? 
 
 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Santa Hustle

This morning 3000 or more Santas descended on Galveston for the Santa Hustle.   There was a sea of Santas running and walking through the streets.  
 
 
And I was one of them!  
 
 
 
 
This morning, I fell in love with running all over again.   After some serious stuff and struggles and a week of fighting a cold, I was out there participating in the 5K.  I walked a little, ran a little, walked a little more and remembered why I love running.   Amd remembered that not every run has to be so serious!   As I embarking on the pursuit of a BQ at 50, my training is taking a serious turn.  But today, it was fun!   Singing and laughing and enjoying the JOY of the SEASON!  
 
Tomorrow, the serious-side resumes.  BUT today reminded me that we need silly run days.  It keeps training and competing real.  
 

Monday, December 11, 2017

And so it begins.......

  As I am embarking on an adventure preparing for the Jack and Jill Downhill Marathon, I am reminded that in order to move forward I need to look forward.  Clinging to those things that have brought me to this point, will only keep me at this point.   I have learned from the experiences and carry that with me as I step forward and challenge myself.     What challenge are you planning to tackle?   What is holding you back?  Will you run with me?  

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bulldozing those Excuses!

It is now 8:15am, and I have already prepared meals for later today, eaten breakfast, read, read some more, returned a library book while out for a run/walk............  And the point?    The point is............  because I chose to wallow in feelings of self-pity instead of taking action, I have spent a lot of time sitting on my bottom and feel8ng exhausted because of it, and feeling fluffier with every passing moment.   Today........ I chose to BULLDOZE the EXCUSES! 
It actually began earlier in the week, and yesterday, I wemt food-shopping using coupons and buying my weekly needs except meat and cream for under $40.   I think I like coupons!  
 
This morning, my training schedule dictated a 5-mile pace run.  UMMMMMM....... I have nothing to pace from, and two weeks before my 10K.  YIKES!?!   
I got up out of my bed into the cold.  (It was 50degrees this morning in Houston!) and I dressed appropriately.  Walking a route to return a library book, amd finish near Starbucks for coffee, I completed just 7nder 3-miles of brisk walking, tempo-running and overall enjoying the quiet of the city on a Sunday Morning.
 
Why ever did I stop this? Good Question!   It is easier to be lazy, than to be active....... 
            but somehow I always feel better when I am active.  
 
 
I wamt to feel and look great and enjoy life!    And I will not permit those pesky little excuses to stop me!  
 
What’s your excuse? 
 

Monday, November 13, 2017

And so it continues........

How many times can I say, I have been here before?   Because I have been here before.    And in each reflection, regrouping or resetting....... my LAZINESS prevails.     Today, Monday, I decided this is it.   I do not like looking or feeling squishy, like an old lady who has spent too much time in the sun.  I want to walk taller because I feel good about myself. I want to feel good about how I see myself in the mirror.     For me, my image......... reflects who I am.  And I do not like where I am right now.     And today, that changes!    ‘Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity to act despite our fears.’ —John McCain I asked myself what am I afraid of.......  honestly, I am not sure it is fear, but instead the choice to be lazy. And as a result, the self-dislike spirals.........   And so today, I began again.  No judgements, just a new beginning. And so today, I stretched and did abs with the help of my cats.......
And so today...... i begin anew.    

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My Birthday is Coming!

Stop the Presses!!!!   My BIRTHDAY is coming!!!!! On the 15 August, I will celebrate 50!   Wow!  When did that happen?   And as I take inventory of where I am, I reflect back to what I said a year ago........ of all the things I wanted to do. My intent is not to beat up on me, but how many times have I promised myself I would do........ and I didn't.    Why?   I mean,  why do I do that to me?   Perhaps, my thought, goal or desire is too lofty or unrealistic, and I have no real desire to take ownership of it.  Perhaps, it is summer and it is just too hot?!?   Or maybe I am just too lazy?   Perhaps, i need a sign.........
I drive by this sign weekly.  I finally stopped to photgraph it.    It struck me as true.  How many times do I find myself waiting?  And waiting?  And still waiting?  And I make no progress.  I am stuck.   Or am I comfortable with being comfortable?    
And so today, I am stepping outside my box.   I am stepping out sk I can demolish the box, so I can operate outside my comfort zone so I can pursue excellent health, and a much more active lifestyle.   Because I have realized that my body physically hurts when  I am idle.   (I know you are scratching your head, because my work is active!  I must be!  And yes, your are right, and lately I have chosen to be lazy.  I have not been chasing my athletic goals).    In this, I am setting my goals for the next three months:      -- continue my high quality eating.  I feel better with more fruit, more veggies, minimal animal products and little to no processed foods.   (The bars I love are processed).       -- start running after my half-iron.   I have concluded after overwhelming myself, that I have NO desire to do an IRON again.  I like the halfs.  And I am OK with that.     --- take the time to stretch.   I forget or overlook this.  I feel better when I stretch after a workout.     With this, my first task of the day is to run 3miles.  I have the Sand Crab 10K on the 12th.  I plan on having fun regardless of how fast or slow I may run!  A d the second is completing a bike--- 40minutes.    Care to JOIN Me?