This morning I had two goals: 1. Don’t puke. and 2. PR - I can proudly say - I accomplished both today!!!! 1:42:02 for a 1:01 minute PR and for sure the the strongest and smartest half I’ve ever raced!!! I wise friend beforehand told me to run the first part smart, the middle miles strong, and to have fun the last few miles. The “fun” never kicked in haha but I was all smiles afterwards knowing that I pushed until the very end. Thank you all for believing I had it in me!!!
It’s been one week since I toed the line at CIM for my sub-3.
My heart was ready. My mind was ready (which is usually the last thing in place). But a late training cycle injury made it so that my body wasn’t ready.
There are so many lessons that running teaches you. And just like life, they ebb and flow. Some are learned the hard way and some are no brainers.
And as I spent the first few miles running the beautiful rolling hills towards Sacramento, I knew something wasn’t right. I played a few mind games to see if I could salvage my goal, but when your body talks...you should listen. And I knew I wasn’t going to make it to the end.
When I saw my mom at Mile 10, I slowly hobbled my way to her in tears. I was calling it. And while I knew it was the best decision I could possibly make...it wasn’t easy. My ego was crushed. My heart was sad. And my confidence was shaken.
I spent a few days processing the weekend and dealing with the fact that I had all this energy to run a marathon that all of a sudden had no where to go. But when I woke up Monday morning I looked at my running future as bright. I am just in a healing phase...which leads to a recovery phase...which leads to much stronger me.
So I’m looking at this whole thing like this...How special is it to be at the beginning of something? And in the meantime, rest isn’t such a bad thing ❤️
Oh man, this was not the day before the race day I had planned. I was supposed to take my kiddos to visit Santa, cheer on my oldest at his soccer game, and then go to a birthday party afterwards. Instead, we rescheduled Santa, bowed out of the bday party, and Adam shuttled both kiddos to the soccer game while I stayed home and tied to sleep of my horrible stomach ache and head cold that hit me hard late last night. To say I’m disappointed by the horrible timing is an understatement, but I’ve gotten sick a lot this training cycle, even fighting though long runs with fevers and severe throat pain (not recommended, but I did them irregardless because you never know what race day will bring you - #truestory ). My body is strong and capable and I know I’m still going to give tomorrow everything I’ve got, and who knows? Maybe all this extra rest and time off my feet today will pay off in a big way tomorrow? After all, (my sweet husband reminded me), Micheal Jordan did score 38 points in an NBA finals game when he was super sick so athletes can achieve great things even when they are ill. Hoping I don’t have to pull a miracle MJ moment and instead wake up with a pep in my step, ready to RACE, because that’s what I’m prepared to do!!
What a week it has been. “Normal” looked a lot different, even our meal schedule (who eats tacos on Friday?!😱) My 26 year old self would have probably FLIPPED out by mid-week, but my 36 year old self is proud to have rolled with the punches. I spent a good bit of time at @cchpcarolinas this week (thank you @drclayg) for a minor back issue and used ALL of the treatments (stim, aqua recovery, ice, @kttape massage) so that I could just keep moving. Training didn’t look like what it should have, given I’ve got my final race of 2018 (with a hopeful PR) next weekend. But I couldn’t change any of those circumstances this week. You just pick up the pieces and you fix the puzzle, even if it looks differently than you imagined. So, I’ll choose to celebrate all the miles, even though they weren’t fast, they were still miles. I GET to do this, so I’m just gonna keep on doing it. (PS: so thankful for @jbghent tackling the rose bushes that seemed to have died overnight😘)
“The most vulnerable thing you can do as a runner, and perhaps as a person, is to stand on the starting line and admit to yourself that you are in the best shape of your life, and if you don’t hit your goal, there is nothing to blame except your own mental weakness....But we must dare. We must try. Eleanor Roosevelt could not have put it better when she said, ‘We must do the thing that we are afraid to do.’ Do not let the fear of greatness be what keeps you from it.” - the profound and uber talented @sarahcrouch1989 ✨ Last year at this weekends race I PR’d my half marathon time while pushing little Taylor in the stroller. Thinking about that finish line still gives me all the feels. I can’t wait to run hard and do great things this Sunday!
V. fitting that it started raining during the last mile of my run this morning, because I have been moved to tears quite a few times during this training cycle. I’ve pushed myself harder than ever before, breaking though some huge mental and physical roadblocks. I am so ready to give that course everything I’ve got on Sunday, smash my PR, and prove to myself that I have what it takes to secure that BQ in February.
Last race of the year (maybe?) on Sunday so it called for testing of my layering strategy after my OrangeTheory workout. I wore an o snap tank (high neck and long which was perfect for all the burpees this morning), then a wazzie wool half zip, an older athleta hoodie, vigor vest, lux beanie, aero tights and silver Balega socks. Took it nice and easy and threw in some extra hills for fun. My core and feet were warm, and my legs were chilled but not cold. I already plan on wearing 2 pairs of tights (because oddly Christmas themed leggings are NEVER warm.) I’ll need to do some tweaking clothing-wise, but I should be good to go on Sunday! 🙌
That feeling when you absolutely nail your last workout before race day!!! My plan had me down for 6x800s and you guys - I ran them all at 6:37 average pace, what!!! Splits were: 3:21, 3:22, 3:21, 3:13, 3:17, and 3:16 - almost lost the contents of my tummy in that last one. What a HUGE confidence booster this was going into this weekends half!! Man I’m excited to see where these legs and this heart can take me!
All that talk about “rest reduces your risk of injury” yesterday....well, would you believe that on my rest day, I actually tweaked my back somehow and it completely locked up on me?! 🤦🏻♀️I called in an emergency visit to see Dr. Clay @cchpcarolinas and while it was a painful, it was the first step to getting less crooked and tight. 👌 Y’all- this is the FOURTH time I’ve had a spaz moment as such just this year (and it has NEVER happened from actually running)- so bizarre! 🤔 I’m so thankful for the quick treatment I got yesterday and the strengthen/stretching I was able to do this morning with a bit more mobility. Maybe I’ll do a test run later today to see if loosens up anymore. 🤷🏻♀️What a wacky month post-goal race it has been. Progress....not perfection. 🙌🏼 #LIVEfearlesslyinJOY#nuunlife#mavibandz#aviaofficial#cchpcarolinas#staybalanced#balegaimpi#momentumjewelry
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It’s half marathon week, but since my bigger picture (and #goals ) are all about marathon training, I still had 9 miles to do today. That meant 5 miles at 6am, a quick break to drive the oldest kiddo to school, and then coming home and loading up the youngest in the stroller so that we could tackle the last 4 together. Im not a big fan of splitting up runs, but since this wasn’t a tempo or long run I felt okay about it. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do, right?! Make your running plan work for you! .
My goal this week is to hydrate!! It’s been cloudy and chilly here over the past week and when I’m already cold it makes it so challenging to drink lots of water. I read one thing you can do to help is to literally chug your water bottle whenever you see your kid drink from their cup if sipping water all day isn’t your jam in the wintertime either! I’m going try that this week and let you all know if it works for me!
Grand Cayman Marathon... you, my dear, tested me in every way possible and just about took me out. I love my little island, but this race was horrendous. I’ve put this one off for 4 years for very clear reasons... the dreaded double loop, going under the finish line then having to run it AGAIN, battling the insane heat, and virtually running the second half solo with nobody in sight. BUT! I am happy to have done this race as my (what I say now) final marathon. For such a small race, the crowds and water stops were amazing. Also having my friends scattered along the route with signs, playing soca music, and cheering the whole time was tear jerking! I hate my time but I don’t care. I’ve got a nice hobble today and a big smile to accompany it. 😃 #caterpylaces#balegaimpi