With just a week to go before my first marathon last October, I wrote of my Marathon Mind because I really, really had to. It was the first time I wrote a post purely to vent. The hamster spinning that wheel inside my brain was just too hard to ignore- that sucker couldn’t, wouldn’t and didn’t stop: marathon, marathon, marathon, MARATHON!!! And now, with just 4 days to go until marathon #2, my hamster seems to also be tapering… nervousness and panic have now been replaced with confidence and excitement.
My kids’ Sensei giving running advice whether he realizes it or not!
I believe I have finally achieved balance, a sort of a peace, about my marathon training and impending 26.2. Sure, my stomach still leaps into my chest and I feel the urge to pee every time I think about Sunday’s race but those feelings are, this time around, met with a steady mind- I have the right attitude and I am more than focused on my goal.
Somehow my phone died in the middle of the night, so my alarm did not go off this morning and I missed my 6 mile easy run. <sigh> I’ve got 10 days to go until the San Diego Rock n’ Roll Marathon and even though I am tapering (and sleeping in this morning was probably a GOOD thing), I was still pretty disappointed that I missed my run.
Missing one easy run at this point is really not a big deal; however, I realize that what I do and don’t do in these next 10 days will have a tremendous effect on the outcome of my race. There are several other ways in which one (that is ME) could completely and totally ruin a hard-earned taper.
Now, I’m not a super duper amazing fundraiser like some people I know- I’m not raising $10,000 in one season or anything (I wish!) but each time I have met and surpassed my minimum with very different approaches. I have gotten several emails from readers as well as fellow team mates asking me how I did it so I thought I would go ahead and share my personal fund raising process. Continue reading →
Yes, I did actually stick a candle in a Luna Bar… I’m classy like that.
It was exactly one year ago today that I decided I wanted to start a blog and wrote my first blog post ever, embarking on this journey to chronicle my thoughts in and around this hobby of mine- running. Wow. I can’t believe it’s already been one whole year!
A lot has happened these past 12 months. When I initially started Running 4 The Reason, I was in a really weird place in my life- I was just coming off an injury and returning to running, a lot of my personal relationships were being tested, and I knew I needed to start something new, something just for me, something bigger than myself, something that I could sit back and be proud of…. so, I joined Team in Training, decided to run my first marathon, started this blog, and I am so glad I did! Continue reading →
I’ve fallen behind blogging about training for my second marathon but I’ve been totally keeping up with my plan and 26.2 #2 is now just 3 weeks away! <gulp> This past Saturday was our final long run of 20 miles (which I had to cut short at 18) and leading up to it, I was nervous but hopeful and oh so ready to prove to myself that I could do it. And you know what? I did it. And it was truly amazing.
So let’s play a little game during this post- grab a bottle of Gatorade and a shot glass and every time you read the word pink, take a shot. If you play this game with alcohol and then attempt to run right after, you’ll begin to understand how I felt going into this race…
Saturday was Cinco de Mayo or Cinco de Drinko as I like to call it. My BFF Josh’s birthday is on May 5th so he threw, of course, a party. I registered for the Divas Half Marathon in “San Francisco” months ago (really and truly the race is in Burlingame but I guess that’s just not as pink-diva-sexy!) and didn’t give it a second thought! Until I got the invite for the party…
Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend celebrating Cinco de Mayo! I sure did… a little too much fun that I sorely paid for at the Divas Half Marathon yesterday. (recap coming tomorrow) but, that’s okay- it’s Monday and I’m starting fresh and meat-free.
The weather is GORGEOUS in the Bay Area right now, beautiful but pretty warm by 9am leaving my motivation to cook very low. So, after my grocery shopping this morning, I stopped by my local Noah’s Bagels to pick up a quick breakfast- they have a new line of Bagel Thin Eggwhite Sandwiches (under 350 calories and 15g of fat). I opted for a asparagus, mushroom and swiss sandwich on a honey whole wheat bagel and paired it with a side a fruit- a perfect way to start the day!
Just as easy to re-create at home but today I’m lazy and not too proud to admit it!