Monday, August 25, 2008

catch up time

I sure am behind on my blogging. Not sure why - guess I haven't been quite as fired up on my running - and i know why - and i know it is a dumb reason. I'm doing the age old no no of comparing myself to others. Things are still going well - but i'm starting to wonder if my goals are truly attainable or if i'm chasing something that's still out of my reach. I'm doing exactly what the trusty training program says i need to do - but rather being pumped up about the fact that I'm running better than ever - and better than i thought i could - i'm looking at other people - and saying wow - this is so much easier for them - than me - who am I kidding? I know that you need to have a positive attitude - believe that you can do something and you can - believe that you can't - and you won't. At the same time I don't want to be the fool that's walking around saying they are going to do something - and everyone else is looking at her - thinking - what is this crazy girl thinking??? she'll never be able to do that - she's not that good. So I start to tell myself - well if I don't make boston at the towpath that's ok - and it is ok - running a 3:40 at towpath will not be make or break my life - and i don't want to be too disappointed if it doesn't happen - but at the same time - telling myself it's ok if i don't make it - is not the motivation one needs to do well. So enough - enough negative - enough of other people - i'm going to focus on the positive.

Since my last blog - i've done lots of stuff. Ran the twilight trail run. It was a lot of fun - ran into a girl i use to run in high school with - i think we pushed each other a little too hard in the first mile - but it was fun. I started off that race not sure how i would do - my stomach was angry all day - i even threw up at work that day - so i wasn't sure how the run was going to go. I didn't want to use that as an excuse to not push myself though - so I ran the first mile with my old high school buddy and then gained a little on her - my goal was to just stay with her or a little ahead of her since i figured she would be running at a pretty good pace. Well with the staggered start of the race - the further i got into the race - the more people started to come up behind you - well in a normal race you don't get passed by people moving this fast - so you just pick it up - - i think this was the first time i've ever run negative splits in a race - maybe all races should be like this! However as i mentioned - stomach was not happy - but i kept pushing it - got to about a half a mile out though and I had to slow down the pace just so i could finish with out throwing up - and with the way my stomach was that day - i figured the chances of me throwing up were pretty high. So i finished in 41 minutes - not to shabby - next time i run this race i want to break 38 - i think it can happen. You could tell i gave it my all though - b/c when they tried to hand me a beer at the finish - i said no -- yes folks - bridget turned down a beer - so you know she was not feeling great. I got some water and waited for steve to come in - wasn't sure how he would do since he was still sore from the half ironman just four days earlier... turns out he did awesome!! beat his last five mile trail run by ten minutes!!! way to go steve!

ok that's enough for now - i' ll pick up with the pedal to the point recap here shortly...

4 comments:

Brian said...

hey! your running has improved so much in the last two years. Trust in your training. Running truly meets the cliche of 'you get out of it what you put into it'

EVIE5000 said...

Seriously, every runner with high goals for themselves feel like that. You wonder if you are the schmuck with some pie in the sky goals....I do, sometimes/many times. I honestly believe you know what you can do, even if it's a slow journey or you hit bumps. Keep on working toward your goals. Along the way you'll surprise yourselves and learn a lot of things. Sometimes it's not even about the end goal....it's the journey. You are doing so awesome and always getting better. I really enjoy reading your updates on your blog!! :)

EVIE5000 said...

Seriously, every runner with high goals for themselves feel like that. You wonder if you are the schmuck with some pie in the sky goals....I do, sometimes/many times. I honestly believe you know what you can do, even if it's a slow journey or you hit bumps. Keep on working toward your goals. Along the way you'll surprise yourselves and learn a lot of things. Sometimes it's not even about the end goal....it's the journey. You are doing so awesome and always getting better. I really enjoy reading your updates on your blog!! :)

solarsquirrel said...

I agree with Brian. Trust the training. You have been running so well and injury free! I know that you will have no problem at towpath - block out those negative thoughts and fill them with positives! You are so strong and capable - we are gonna ROCK that race!