throwback thursday- Day One of my 10K training.

This could be a fun tradition to start it’s amusing to look back on where it all began.

Monday, February 21, 2011-

Some of you may know that I’ve never been too much of a runner or a writer. I ran XC in middle school thinking it would help with my asthma- it made it worse. I also took creative writing in high school strictly due to the fact that I like my penmanship (Sorry Mrs. Crane). So, tonight I am conquering 2 battles. I have decided to blog throughout my training for OKC Memorial Marathon relay. Not only because it is something I can use to reflect my feelings throughout this journey, but also to keep me accountable. We all need accountability.

So, today started simple with just a mile and a half run. Rachel was kind enough to be my running buddy throughout this venture. (Like how I did that? Now, you guys can hold Rachel accountable too.) We headed out to a trail that she really likes outside of Bethany. Surprisingly, it is a lot easier to run with a buddy than all alone. Maybe, because you guys may have the same thoughts going on in your head or have the same goals in mind, who knows? But, today was a good chilly run.

Tomorrow is cross-training day, so I think that I will go to my boxing class at the gym. Weather permitting we will return to the trail on Wednesday. I will keep you updated.

in training

Whew! So, much has gone on this month. Ran my first 25K, last weekend I ran in the Strides of March Half Marathon, and clocked my first official half marathon PR. 1:57:01. Every second counts. I have to brag on myself a little, because I mean that’s why I have a blog. But, I ran this race without using my watch. As I began to “locate satellites” at the starting line, I got the alert every runner hates to see before a race. “Low battery.” At the point, I could do one of two things, 1) I could start my watch and be completely bummed and thrown off on my pace when it dies, or 2) just run. I opted just to Forrest Gump it, and I’m so glad that I did. I will NOT be doing that in the big race, but for the case of a small, local, half marathon, it worked out wonderfully.

I also received my “IN TRAINING” shirt, and couldn’t open the package fast enough to wear it. One and only rule for wearing your OKC Marathon training shirt: Train smart while wearing it!

In saying this, I will be taking one week off of my running program. I am starting to have some tendinitis in my Achilles, and think that means I should take it easy for a little. Your body doesn’t get strong while you’re working out anyway. Your muscles and body strengthen during times of REST. This is really hard for me to do, but I’m confident I will be alright. I’ve already gotten a 20-miler under my feet, so I think taking a week to rest and focus on my nutrition will do this body good.

Week 9, 10 & 11 mileage:
Week 9-
March 5- 7.25 mile run
March 6- 3.60 mile run
March 7- 2.00 mile bike; 0.50 mile swim
March 10- 20.30 mile run

Week 9 total mileage: 33.65 miles

Week 10-
March 12- 3.00 mile run
March 14- 3.00 mile run
March 16- 3.26 mile run
March 17- 13.10 mile run

Week 10 total mileage: 22.36 miles

Week 11-
March 19- 5.00 mile run
March 20- 4.00 mile run
March 21- 7.55 mile bike

Week 11 total mileage: 16.55 miles

During this week off, I will finally post some new recipes. 🙂 Get ready!

my story

“No one likes hearing stories about things you didn’t do”

This week I have really been challenged to live a story I want to tell. I have been challenged to portray this in my professional, personal, and spiritual life.

Professional: Am I being challenged in my role? Am I happy? What do I want to do? What can I do?

Right now, I am living the “American Dream,” which makes it scary to make big decision because of the uncertainty of the future. I know the people that love and care about me want me to be happy, but sometimes believing that truth is a hard reality to swallow.

Personal: Am I being fulfilled in my relationships? Am I taking care of my health and well-being? Am I growing intellectually? Am I doing this for me?

Recently, I have been on a roller coaster of emotions and feelings about my relationships with friends and family. I’ve really been digging deep about the significance of each of my relationships. What are they bringing to the table and what am I bringing in return? Are they balanced? Are they healthy?

This year, I really want to strive even more to take care of myself. Mind and body. If my whole world is out of control, at least I can take care of myself physically and emotionally.

Spiritual: ???

I feel like this is an aspect in my life that will always be maturing. I need to develop spiritual habits that for true and natural for me. I feel like the majority of my life, I have always tried to fit my spiritually in a box. The more and more I grow, I realize that there will never be a box big enough to contain this.
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Today, I started a new training program. Currently, I have my eye on two triathlons later this year. One is in July and the other is in September- TWU Power Sprint and the Oklahoma City Redman. In the past, I have “trained” for my races, but only enough to finish the race. I really want to push myself to finish with all I have in me. I have completed enough races just to get a medal, but I think I have enough experience and miles under my feet to take it one step further.

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My training plan is a marathon training plan, which will lead up to the OKC Memorial Marathon in April, although, currently I have no plans of running it. I think this plan will help me be more than prepared to tackle the marathon, if I decide to. I like the combination of interval training and cross-training in this plan. This gives me days to swim and cycle.

Week 2 miles:

January 7: 1 mile run, 5 mile bike
January 9: 4 mile run

Finally, I’m over the fatigue of my weekend at home, so time to get to work.

Dad says, “Hi.”

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