Friday, October 21, 2011

no running this week

wow, i didn't realize it till i just wrote the title. i did not run this week. sunday was my last run. i did do a bootcamp class on thursday but that was it. tomorrow i have bootcamp and then coaching - so will get 4miles in then. sunday i am running a 5k with my sister. her first race !!!

need to plan out my next week of workouts. i feel like i need to make a decision soon, about the gym. to stay or go ? i have other options outside of gym now and trying to figure it all out. i don't think i will quit b/c winter and they have a pool. i just don't think i can pull the plug on it.

Monday, October 17, 2011

first times

so we have a couple of firsts going on here .....i raced on sunday with my friend pacing me. I got a 26.39, was very happy. we left right away, it is a very small race. i thought - maybe i should stick around to see if i won, but said nahhhh. sure enough i took first in my age group (trust me it was a small race) but still. i won first place, this may never happen again and i missed hearing my name and getting the award. i actually emailed the race director and asked for it. it was a hard race, and i still had negative thoughts but it was so helpful being pushed by my friend. she was great and had just the right tone and words and i swear i have more to give. i need to figure out how to move to the next gear and get over the fear that is hold me back.

next up, and this is NOT a good first is LICE. i got the call today, my 7 year old has a few eggs. i am currently doing laundry, spraying stuff, bagging stuff and overall trying to figure out my game plan. i have a shower cap on as i do this. arghghhghghgh

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

speed work & mental toughness

today i did some speed work

i did half mile warm up 

then 4 x 800's 

half mile warm down

i really tried to work on the mental side as well. I said the mantra I am strong over and over. On my last one I tried to pretend I was passing someone in a race, which I could feel the kick. It is so hard b/c my MIND just beats me down. I am huffing and puffing and then my negative thoughts creep in. My legs never hurt, it is my breathing and my mind. But I am happy that I tried the mental stuff b/c I am realizing how much I really need to be working on that side of it.

So seeing my speed work - what time do you predict I run my 5k on Sunday ???

Sunday, October 9, 2011

running with daughter and racing or pacing

today my 7 year old came out and did the 1 mile fun run that went on before the 5k, I ran along with her and it was great. she never complained and she just kept trying. I loved every  minute of it. she had a kick at the end. 12.33 for a mile. I was so proud. then it was mommy's turn.

i was planning on helping some of the ladies i am coaching out, pace them, stay with them, talk to them. but since this is NOT the race they are training for, I was not held to that. There was really only one woman who expressed a YES would love the help. She is pretty fast so i said ok, and we stuck together, she was rocking it, and soon me pacing her really became me racing. she pulled ahead about half way and  she locked so strong i told her to go ahead and try to catch up to then next coach who was out there on the course a few in front of us. I was so proud of her, but I was getting pissed at myself. I have been working out and running, but i have not been dedicating major time to speed work for myself. that showed. I came in about 27, just shy of 9 minute miles - last year i did 8.14 min miles. so i am curious if my mental game was not there since i really didn't know what i was doing, then to see a mentee pull ahead, or am i not in the right shape to PR in a 5k.

When I look back, i do think i had more in me, and I do think i had some major negative worry thoughts that i was not fighting off. racing is so hard, i feel like i lose my guts, and hold back. i wish i could go into with - i am strong and i am going to rock it and push myself.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Smile while you run

Today I wanted to do 7 miles. I took a look and realized I have tough mudder second weekend of Nov and that is 12 miles. Granted I know we won't be running it all due to well, MUD and other things like fire and electrocution but i figure i should at least prep for a 12 mile run.

I had a hard time getting out there. But a friend took my younger one for me so I had some extra time. I got out there and loved every minute of it. I was grinning ear to ear, I like to smile at the people in the cars as they pass me. I want them to know that I am lucky to be out there and I know that. A trucker actually honked at me, probably due to my silly grin. It was great.

The brokens are doing ok. The NON brokens are doing ok.

Tomorrow boot camp.

I have made a friend and she is super fast, like the type of fast where she wins the local races here. She offered to help pace me for a 5k coming up b/c i want to get a pr. I love the idea of it. Have you ever had someone pace you ???

Sunday, October 2, 2011


one broken arm for my 7 year old

one broken foot for my husband

one tired mama