This weekend I had a half-marathon to run on my own out on the curvy hilly roads of my hood. The task was to keep a faster pace. Often when training for really long races and runs, I do shorter runs at harder paces to keep myself in shape for shorter distances and this ultimately creates faster longer distances. It rained like crazy. For about 3/4 of the run. I took this pic because this little river developed in a matter of only about 20 minutes. The cool thing is that instead of dread the rain or hate it, I turned my mind to loving it by realizing it was a cleansing run that was refreshing! Awesome huh??? Did you realize that you can DECIDE how to think about something…….even rain during your run. And that if you do this in a positive way it will help you in the rest of your life. I think that that’s pretty darn cool. So next week I have a long run weekend again. I will post about it then but I have to go about 50 miles in a 24 hour period and that will be my last long run before I hit the road for the Across the years race in Arizona. Wish me luck!
Most of you would probably laugh if you could hear what song I was listening to. I only know of one person who knows the song other than me. HAHAHAHA.
Anyway, I am in a place I never would have dreamed I would be. Tonight, I have found comfort in that there are many of you who are at a place where you never thought you would be right now. Life happens, things get all out of hand, and then the dust settles around you while you think, “Damn!!! What the heck happened”. HAHAHAHA. Sometimes we do this to ourselves and sometimes others do it to us. As I showered tonight I pondered on the similarity of experiencing an affair and obesity. I found one common thread, they lead you to a moment in time where you are in a place you never thought you would be. This is how it goes. We eat and we grow and we eat and we grow. We never dreamed of one day being BIG or FAT or CHUNKY! That is not what we aspired to. Nor did I dream or hope for what I went through. I guess I am just trying to say that I had a tiny revelation that me, you, people, often times find themselves not being the person they wanted to be. Or maybe just being the person they didn’t want to be. Or one day we might just have this tiny moment where we see with such clearity that we know we aren’t where we are at but we also see that there is a way to where we are going.
Right now is right now. We are here. What can we do about then! THere is so much hope. There is so much promise for our futures. There will still be many more valleys, and mountains, and hurts, and a pains. But we don’t need to eat over them. We don’t need to give up over them. If you find yourself in the wrong painting or in a circumstance of life that is not anywhere near what you dreamed of, do not give up hope. You may be big right now. That is ok!!! You are you! And I know you don’t want to be big but it will take time. It is going to be ok. THis can be done. You are in a place and now you are going to a place. A new place.
Today was a fantastic run. I am currently in this totally awesome course called MKMMA and this is part of why this run was so awesome today. If you have never put your voice to music so you can listen to your vision in life while you run I highly recommend it. So I was out there on the normal beaten path of the sidewalk I hit most days of the week, when all of a sudden my ipod just came to life. I even shed a tear about this.
It was a super cold brisk sunny day and I was intently listening to myself with some awesome background music tell myself how awesome my life was and how much I am and am going to accomplish. The exertion of running, the cold air going into my lungs, the sound of my voice and the sun all came together and everything seemed so certain, so ok, so RIGHT! Now that is an awesome feeling that beats any runners high hands down. My body felt great, my mind felt great, my heart felt great, and my emotions felt great. Wish all of my runs felt this way but I have a hunch that more of them will be like this in the future.
The basics of todays run was 4 miles slower and easy with the last two miles headed home at a hard pushing pace. Nothing was stopping me today. So while I am on top of the mountain for now, I wanted to share with you that so much is possible for you, so much is in you, SO MUCH. Even if you can’t see it or feel it, it is there. Ask yourself the simple question: What do I really want my life to be? Then just sit there and think about it……when it comes to you……WRITE IT DOWN. Then put it to some music if you can. Ask me how in the comments if your curious. Peace out!
I was talking to my coach today about a few blister spots that I get on the super long runs. So I set out to search for a way to tape my feet as I have never done it before. I found this http://trailandultrarunning.com/foot-taping/ and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to tape feet or endure the torture of ultra-running.
One of the things that I love about my weekend long runs is that I always learn something about life. I have said it so many times……running, especially longer runs that really push you mentally, mimic life. Each long run is unique and each one tests you in a new and different way. There are ups, and downs, and ups, and downs. So this weekend while putting in my 46 miles of training, I learned/remembered these two secrets.
- There comes a time where you eventually have to give up all hope that your negative thinking is going to get you to where you are going faster, get you home easier, and that thinking like this will make it better. (That’s a link to better thinking!)
- During these long runs AND life, you finally get to a place where you humbly bow down to the fact that everything you want in life (and getting home from a run) is gained one step at a time.
- Ultrarunning ain’t no microwave and neither is life. It doesn’t happen easily or fast!
I had a 10 mile variable speed run the other day. Four minutes at 9 minute pace, 1 minute at FASTER pace, then two minutes walking. When you are training for your big race it is ALWAYS important to read your body. Some people cant’ do it and some can I guess. That’s what I have heard but I am pretty good at it. I think the ONLY reason I am good at it other than being an introspective person is that I keep the long term perspective in mind.
Back to that hard run. It was pretty long and had a lot of hills. By five miles my legs had a “pump” like when you are lifting weights, they were burning, and my Achilles were a bit painful. I could have keep on, I could have overpowered my body with my mind, but instead I went the wise route. I READ MY BODY. WHY???? Because I know not getting injured and keeping on the road is far better for my progress than making it 10 miles with an injury that potential could put me out for awhile. It is so easy to get impatient with ourselves or our progress. Just remember, if you lose 20 pounds this year it is really like 30 because you would’ve gained 10 if you didn’t do anything. Long term baby, long term.
Do you feel you are good at reading your body???
I had a most wonderful experience while running today. That’s not so normal for a speed work day hahaha. At the five mile or so mark I was round a corner, I was listening to Les Brown on my IPOD at the time when all of a sudden I heard GLEE!!!!! I head chitter chatter, laughing, joy, contentment, and LIFE. Keep in mine I heard this over my IPOD. That is amazing in and of itself. I looked to my right and there it was, a school playground full of kids kicking balls, swinging, running, talking, and all manner of lively things we all used to do. It brought so much joy to my run today. I even stopped to walk slowly so I could take the sound in and even took a pic for the blog.
DO YOU REMEMBER YOU, WHEN YOU HAD THAT GLEE AND VIBRANCY?
DO YOU REMEMBER YOU, WHEN YOU HAD FANTASTICAL DREAMS AND SMILED A LOT?
I do, but I normally don’t, so my best advice is to be observant…….even during a speed work out LOL. Because something this simple can turn the page in your life if you take it seriously and ask yourself some good questions! Peace out!