2016 Goals

Hi friends–happy hump day!  I know I am super late to the party on this, since it seems like every blogger puts out their 2016 goals on or before Jan 1, but I don’t necessarily follow the norm and with that, I need time to think about my goals (no resolutions for this girl!) I have thought long and hard about the things that are most important to me, where I am right now and where I want to be at the end of December 2016.  I have some very concrete goals that I want to achieve this year, and most of them aren’t related to fitness (although there are a few), but more family and work related. I’ve broken them down into these categories, which just helps me focus better when things are bucketed. I won’t elaborate on each, as that would be the longest blog post ever but here are my 2016 goals!

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Family/Home

  • Be more present
  • Travel to at least one new place
  • Find a babysitter so Robyn and I can go on an occasional date night
  • Remodel the master bathroom
  • Create (and stick to) a house cleaning schedule
  • Put away my phone when I get home from work (until Ashton goes to bed)
  • Spend more time with my Mom and sister

Work

  • Find a better balance between work/home time
  • Block time to read industry publications at least 2x a month
  • Get promoted
  • Think about long-term career development and personal goals
  • Formally mentor at least one person

Fitness

  • Log 1,000 running miles
  • PR one race
  • Do 1 new Beachbody training program
  • Run one “new to me” race

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Question of the day

What are some of your goals for this year? What was one thing you are really proud of accomplishing last year?

2015 Goals

Hi friends…how are we doing today?  Everyone surviving the first week back to work after the New Year?  I must admit, as much as being on vacation was great, I love the structure of my weeks when I am at work–yeah, Type A here…no surprise about that.  So I mentioned on Monday I’d have some goals for you today.  I am not big into New Year’s Resolutions, they just don’t really seem real to me and most don’t last past a few weeks, so I don’t bother with them.  Why set myself up for failure when I can focus that energy somewhere else.  While I don’t do resolutions, I am big on setting goals, so I have some goals for myself 2015.  Similar to my year in review, I am going to bucket them into 3 categories, Family/Home, Work and Fitness, so here we go!

Family/Home:

Hire a designer and get the inside of our house finished (new paint colors, window treatments, area rugs, furniture, etc- for every room-we need a total overhaul!)

Spend more quality time with Robyn (in 3 years, we have only been out that many times just the two of us! It needs to change.)

Work on being more present at home (sometimes I get in my own head, worry about all the things I have to do and zone out.)

Spend less time with electronics while with the boys (I am terrible at “just checking” FB, Instagram, etc.)

 

Work:

Successfully redesign and launch our product’s website

Design a brand new visually appealing and functional dual brand booth for our 2015 medical conferences

Meet with my mentor 2x a month to discuss long-term growth and goals

Continue to learn and take on new responsibilities in my new job

 

Fitness:

Drink at least 70 oz of water a day–I am lucky if I was( I am tracking this daily with an app)

Workout 5-6 days a week with at least 3 days of running

Work on more speed work vs. distance

Try and get my 5k time under 21 minutes (this will be really tough)

Incorporate strength, spinning and yoga into my weekly cross training

Do specific core work 3x a week

Try a new Beachbody program

 

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I hope you guys have a great day, it’s literally freezing here and it’s supposed to get colder (in the negatives tonight and tomorrow–eek!)  Be warm and happy!

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Question of the day

Do you make resolutions? Goals?  What are they?

My goals for Boston and some thoughts on training

Happy Friday my friends..the weekend is so close, I don’t know how I am going to get through the day with all the excitement of this weekend looming!   I know I typically do a Things I’m Loving post on Friday, but this week I am going to shake it up a bit since I’m sitting here just 3 days from the Boston Marathon and have a lot on my mind!!!

Keep Calm and Marathon #keep_calm #bostonstrong

I wish I could fully explain to you how I am feeling.  It’s been a LONG road, I have been essentially training since the early Fall, mainly base building and then I started my official training the week of Christmas.  In many ways, 16 weeks flew by and in other ways, especially towards the end, the days are moving at a snail’s pace.  Here are some of my thoughts and stats around my training.

  • I have run a total of 471 miles since January 1 (that’s when I started tracking)
  • My longest run was 19  miles, my shortest was 3 miles
  •  I am on my 3rd pair of Brooks
  • I am on my 3rd training program during this training cycle, this was at first a curse, then a blessing and I have loved the final program I used. Here is some background on what happened here, here and here.
  • I trained entirely alone for this race, a first for me. I learned a lot about myself during this training cycle, and I am proud that I never missed a run and went out  alone when it would have been easier to make up an excuse and give up.
  • I ran in the snow, ice and negative degree temps on more occasions that I’d like to remember, but it did help me perfect my running clothing strategy!
  • I ran with strep throat 3 times!
  • I ran through a brutal stomach flu (17 miles)–not my smartest move but I got it done and felt pretty bad ass afterwards…after I puked that is!
  • I DNF’d my very first run (16 miles)–not my proudest moment, but a learning experience none the less and I realized that I have become a much smarter runner since I first started running in 2010.
  • I cut 2 runs short in the final month of training due to a problem with my left foot (again, being a smarter runner!)
  • I have gone to PT at least once a week since week 8 of training–I know without a doubt I could not have made it through training without Mike and Dan at Central Mass PT.
  • I have tried out some new to me products and found some things I REALLY love (Hydrapak, Soft Flasks, Injinji, ENERGYbits, Ignite Naturals, and FlipBelt)

A lot of people have asked me what my goals are for this race.  Well, I am clearly not a favorite in the books to bring home the olive wreath this year, but you know what they say, “On any given Monday…”  🙂  So, here are my goals:

Finish. Pretty simple right?  The marathon distance is tough, and this course is VERY tough.  The marathon distance can be relentless on the body, so being able to start and finish the race healthy is the #1 goal.

Run a PR. This will be my last full marathon, so I would like to PR over my last full marathon.

Run a Sub 4 hr marathon.  Everyone has to have BIG dreams right??  That would be a 9:09 min mile.  I can sustain a sub 9 pace for the half, but I just don’t think it’s in the cards for me for a full marathon, but who knows?? If I’m going to dream, might as well dream big right?

So there is it friends, this has been an incredible journey and I hope to run the strongest race I can that day, but no matter what happens on Monday, I will be wearing a huge smile because I have not only helped raise money for an incredible cause and organization but I was able to run a race I’ve wanted to run for years.  I want to thank each and everyone of you for your kind words and support over the past few months, whether you know it or not, it has been so greatly appreciated!  I feel so fortunate to have met such wonderful friends and cheerleaders through this blog, so THANK YOU and I love you all! <3

Lastly, a couple of people asked how to track me on race day…so if you are interested, my bib number is 27420 and I will be pushing off from Hopkinton at around 11:25am!  You can track runners three different ways:

1. Download the Boston Marathon App! Available on the App Store, search Boston Marathon, you’ll be able to track me in real time.

2. Text 27420 to 345678. You will get text messages as I cross 4 different checkpoints along the course.

3. Go to baa.org on race day, and you can track my progress there as well!

 

Wish me luck!!

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Question of the day

Any additional words of advice/wisdom for me on Monday?

26.2 miles…my journey to Boston begins today!

I said I would never run another marathon unless it was Boston, and well….I was alerted in late Summer that I have been given the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon in 2014.

bm 2014To say I was honored and shocked would be an understatement.  Last April I submitted an application to run for a very specific charity and was told that they received over a hundred applications for only 8-10 spots.  It was a very competitive process where I had to write essays, etc.  I was notified last this summer that I was accepted!  This race is every runner’s dream and not only do I get to run it, but I get to raise money for a cause that is near and dear to my heart, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF).

MMRF PowerTeam logoMy mother was diagnosed in August 2012 with Multiple Myeloma, an incurable blood cancer that affects the plasma cells in the bone marrow. Although progress has been made in treating multiple myeloma, the five-year relative survival rate remains one of the lowest of all cancers. After many months of grueling treatment, my mother had a Stem Cell Transplant at the Dana Farber/Brigham Hospital in Boston in April 2013. We found out at the end of July that she had achieved a Complete Response!! I cannot tell you what it felt like to hear those words, it was indescribable. However, even though this is a treatable disease, it is still incurable and we know that it will come back.  The MMRF is the world’s number one private funder of multiple myeloma research and their work is dramatically improving the outlook for patients with multiple myeloma.   I feel deeply honored to have been chosen to raise money for and run the Boston Marathon with this incredible organization, with the hopes that there may be a cure for this disease in the future.

With that, I’ve been thinking about this day for quite some time now.  I knew it was slowly sneaking up on me and I have been trying to wrap my head around what my life is going to look like for the next 16 weeks.  I had a clear plan in place, researched for a few months all the training plans out there and then decided on the training plan I would use and even tested it out for a few weeks to ensure I made the right decision.  Then, I encountered a small injury to my foot and I was told the plan I was determined to follow needed to be changed as my Dr. did not want me doing any speed work until March.  I spent the last few weeks in a panic, researching and talking to anyone and everyone I knew to determine what plan I should change over to.  I knew I didn’t want to run more than 5 days a week and I needed to be able to cross train, as I teach Group Power every week and I wasn’t going to give up yoga either.  The last marathon I trained for consumed my life.  All I did was run and I didn’t want the same experience this time around.  After a lot of anxiety and flip flopping, I decided to stop over thinking it (I’m a notorious for this) and just settle on the Hal Higdon Intermediate 2 plan, with some slight modifications.  So, as of right now, this is what my training plan looks like from now until April 21st.  I will likely make other changes as I see necessary, but this is what I’m looking at in a nutshell:

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I’m not going to pretend that seeing a few week’s total mileage up to 50 miles makes me a bit nervous.  I never tracked my mileage for my previous marathons prior to my last half and this full marathon, so I have no idea how high my mileage ever went, as I was training with a running team and just did the mileage they told me to do on the days they told me to do it, so who knows, maybe I was running close to that, but I have a feeling I was more in the realm of 35-40 miles.  This is going to be a challenge for me and it’s going to be important to foam roll and be diligent about keeping my body healthy.  However, running mileage like this is sure to make my motivation jar balance increase nicely over the course of the next few months!! 🙂

So, it’s safe to say you are going to hear a lot about my training over the next few months,. I hope I don’t bore you and I hope you stick around to answer the multitude of questions I am sure I will have for you.  Maybe a few of you out there will also be training for early Spring marathons and we can cheer each other on! Also,  if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to my fundraising efforts, you can visit the page below to do so.  Every dollar counts and can make a huge impact in helping to find a cure for multiple myeloma and I would be extremely grateful.

http://www.active.com/donate/2014mmrfBoston/SaraZwicker

The Boston Marathon is exactly 16 weeks from today, which means, today marks the first day of my training.  I am home with Ashton today, so after Robyn gets home from work tonight, I am going to head out for my first training run of 3 miles.  Wish me luck!

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Question of the day

Have you run the Boston Marathon before? If so, any tips for me?

Are you running a Spring marathon?  Let me know!

Rewarding hard work

A while back I started thinking about how easy it is to become complacent.  Right now, I am not formally training for anything, as my marathon training doesn’t begin until the end of December.  With the weather getting really cold and the daylight getting shorter, it’s easy to slack a bit on workouts.  I have been trying to combat that by setting little goals like participating in the Runner’s World 2013 Running Streak, where I will run at least 1 mile every single day from Thanksgiving through New Years.  Simple enough, right?

run streak

Well, I wanted to take it a step further. I don’t remember where I heard about a motivation jar, but the idea stuck with me.  While it isn’t a ground breaking new concept, I believe that it is helpful in reinforcing healthy habits through a reward system.  It’s a pretty simple activity.  For each mile I run (or bike) and for every other type of workout I complete, I will put $0.25 into this jar.

reward jar

While I wanted to use a mason jar, I knew it wouldn’t be able to accommodate the change I would accumulate, so I washed out  a protein powder jar I had recently finished and figured the was the perfect size for this activity, plus, this is what I drink after every run/workout, so I hope it will act as a reminder so I won’t forget to add my reward.  I am going to be adding to this jar from Thanksgiving through April 21st when I cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon.  I have no idea how much I will end up with, but I know that seeing the change add up will provide me with a lot of motivation to keep running and working out hard. I have no idea what I will reward myself with after I have finished this challenge, but I know that setting small goals like this and following through are the key to making long-lasting positive changes!

 

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Question of the day

How do you reward yourself for meeting your goals?  

Anyone else participating in the RW Streak?  Let me know and we can keep each other motivated!

 

 

 

A month of being thankful

One of my favorite bloggers Cori had a month-long project that I just knew I had to participate in.  We were supposed to fill out a calendar, writing down something everyday that we were thankful for.  While some of these are just normal day-to-day, smaller things, I think it’s important to look back and reflect on all the things we are thankful for.

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Some of the things I am always reminded of and thankful for is that my mom is currently in remission, that I have a healthy and happy son and husband, that we have a roof over our heads and food on the table and that I have wonderful friends, family and co-workers.   After all, those are the things that mean the most in this life.

I hope you are having a great day and take a moment to think about all the things you are thankful for!

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Question of the day

Have you ever written down all the things you are thankful for? Any surprises on that list?

Baystate 1/2 Marathon Recap

I went to bed around 9:45 on Saturday night and set my alarm for 5:00 a.m., but ended up waking up at 4:45a.m., so I tiptoed out of our bedroom to the spare room where I laid my clothes out the night before.

race outfit

I quickly got dressed, brushed my teeth, and got ready so I could get on the road.  I had packed my bag and food in the car the night before so I could get on the road by 5:30 a.m.  I was pretty hungry on the ride to Lowell, so I ate my peanut butter Clif bar and sipped on some water.

I arrived in Lowell at 6:30 a.m.  and quickly found the garage I wanted to park in.  We were strongly encouraged to arrive 90 minutes early due to traffic.  I was able to get a prime parking space since I didn’t park at the Tsongas Arena parking garage.  I got my back and set out on my 1/2 mile or so walk to the Lowell High School so I could warm up.  The school was already buzzing with energy as there were quite a few hundred people already gathered in the cafeteria and the hallways.  I wanted to get in line for the bathroom so I didn’t have to use a port a potty outside, but after waiting in a line for 30 minutes only to reach the front and find they were out of toilet paper AND paper towels, I ended up in a port a potty.  I also made a last-minute decision to switch from shorts into my CW-X tights and that was one of the smartest decisions I made since it was pretty windy and cold outside.

I made my way to the right hand side of the street when the half-marathoners were supposed to start.  They didn’t have official time corals which made things a little unorganized in the small area that was designated for us, rather they had signs for 6:00 pace, 7:00, etc.  My goal pace was to stay in the 8’s as much as I could, so I lined up in that 8:00 corral towards the middle.  I did my dynamic stretches, ate a Gu and wished for the best.  After a moment of silence for those affected in the Boston Marathon bombings, we were off.  It took me about 45 seconds or so to cross the start line .  Mile 1 was pretty good, while it was congested in the streets because of the sheer number of people and the fact that the lanes we had to run in were small, I was thankful for the slower start.  I have  tendency to go out faster than I should, so even though I kept telling myself to slow down, I was happy for the crowd of people who wouldn’t allow me to speed ahead.  My calves felt tight, but not awful.  While I didn’t feel nearly as bad as I had in the past 2-3 weeks of training, on a scale of 1-10, I was probably at a 6.  I was constantly reminded of them with every step, but as I looked down at my Garmin, I was surprised that I was maintaining a pretty decent pace.

The course itself left something to be desired.  It was a double loop.  While I have never done a race with a course like this, I can now say, they are not my favorite.  Seeing an area and knowing I wasn’t even halfway done is not something I enjoy.  It was also tough to see signs saying mile 12 for half marathoners when you are just on the first loop is tough.  The terrain of this race is touted as  flat, however, there are definitely at least 4 hill climbs that I can remember in this course, especially as we ran the bridges crossing the Merrimack River.

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However, while the course wasn’t ideal, the spectators and the volunteers were UNBELIEVABLE!! We couldn’t have asked for better, seriously, those kids who were handing out water and Gatorade at the stops and all the people who were cheering everyone on, not just their loved ones were amazing!  I was so thankful to have them there cheering for me like I was the one they were there for.

My goal prior to my calf problems was to run a sub 1:50.  I ran my last half marathon in October 2010 (I cannot believe it has seriously been 3 years since I have raced) and finished with a time of 1:55:57.  I had the perfect training plan put together to achieve my new goal, but, I had to modify my expectations going into this race.  So, my revised goals were to run a sub 2:00 (with the hopes of every mile being in the 8’s)  and not stop running.  Simple goals that I hoped I could accomplish.  Below is a shot from my Garmin Connect of the race. baystate half splits

Overall, I am fairly happy with how this looks given how I felt.  I can’t say I am thrilled, because I am disappointed I had to readjust my expectations, but such is life.  I stayed pretty consistent in my pace throughout, although I wish miles 9, 10 and 13 didn’t have 9’s in the front, but what can you do?  Between mile 7 and 8 we had to stop running due to a medical emergency.  The cops wouldn’t let us pass as they kept the road open for the ambulance to show up and pass through.  I think it had to be someone on the full course as we had split from them around mile 5.  Nevertheless, I estimate I lost about 30 seconds, but you can never anticipate these events from happening and I hope whoever was in distress is okay.  I was really hurting when I hit the 10 mile marker.  I had taken Gu’s at miles 4.5 and 8.5, so I was hoping my last Gu would kick in, but I never felt that surge I was hoping for.  I just kept telling myself only 3 more miles to go.  The last few miles were the toughest.  I was tired, my calves and hip flexors were tight and I just wanted to be done.  When I took the final left turn to the finish line I was so happy to be almost done.  I passed through the finish line as fast as my legs could muster and was immediately given a bottle of water and my space blanket and walked a little further to get my medal.  My official time was 1:56:16.

email from baystateNot a PR, but I was nonetheless happy I finished, I ran a sub 2:00, I didn’t stop once (with the exception of a forced stop) and almost all my miles were in the 8’s.  That is something to be celebrated!

baystate medal

I made my way down to the food area, even though I didn’t think I could do anything but sip a little bit of water.  I was FREEZING though, so I grabbed a hot bowl of minestrone soup to warm up (what a perfect post race idea) and grabbed a PowerBar for later. I tried to stretch, but at this point walking was enough.  My calves were tight as a rock and trying to stretch them was too much at the moment and my hip flexors were also really tight.  I decided to just head back to my car for the drive home.  After sitting in the car for an hour, I thought I was ready to consume a bit more calories, so I stopped into my favorite place for a tall, non-fat, sugar free Salted Caramel Mocha.

post race treat

Ahhhh, it hit the spot.  When I got home, I was greeted by my two favorite guys. I got some snuggles and kisses before Ash took his nap and I took a glorious shower, iced my calves and got caught up on a few of my favorite tv shows!  I finally felt like some food around 2:30 p.m. so I had a snack and then we went off to pick some pumpkins.  All in all, a great Fall weekend!

 

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Question of the day

Do you like to eat immediately or do you need time before eating post race?

 

 

 

Packet pick up at the Baystate Marathon Expo

Good afternoon!! I just got back from the Baystate expo.  I jumped in my car around 11:15 a.m. to drive an hour or so up to Lowell to pick up  my bib, race packet and shirt.  I got there no problem, it is a pretty straight shot.  The hardest part was finding street parking. I found parking, paid the meter and walked about half a mile to the Lowell High School.  Once I entered the school, I was greeted with the race banner.  I don’t know why, but I always get so excited when I see these in person.

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I quickly picked up my bib.  I was, like usual the last name on the list.  When the first two letters of your last name are Zw, you are pretty much guaranteed to be the last on any alphabetized list.  I then made my way to the shirt table and picked up my race shirt.  I have to say, while it is not the prettiest shirt, I love that it is long sleeve, has the Boston Strong symbol on the shoulder and my most favorite aspect of it, of course, is that it has thumb holes.  I am a sucker for ANYTHING with thumb holes, with about 98% of all of my athletic long sleeve shirts having this little opening.

 

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I walked around the expo for about 20 minutes and picked up 2 extra Gu Roctane’s for the race, since I only have one left at home and I want to be prepared in case I need an extra one on race day.

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The expo had the typical selections of shoes, clothing, accessories.  I wasn’t overly impressed with it, as it was really small (held in the Lowell High School cafeteria) and didn’t have anything that I really liked or needed, but I talked with a few of the exhibitors and volunteers, who were all super friendly and then headed home.

Overall, I am nervous and excited for tomorrow.  I always get really anxious before races.  I think my anxiety is even higher this time around because I trained really hard for a specific time goal and I am not sure if I am going to achieve that goal because of my recent problems with my calves. I know I cannot really control how they will feel tomorrow, so I have to just hope for the best.  I have adjusted my time goal and will be aiming to run negative splits.

The forecast looks absolutely perfect.  Weather.com is saying it will be 51 degrees and sunny at 8 a.m. tomorrow when the race kicks off.  I am still going back and forth on what I am going to wear.  I know the top I am going to wear along with my headband and all my other gear, but I am trying to decide on tights or shorts and compression socks or sleeves.  I will likely bring whatever I decide not to wear with me in case I want to make a last-minute change before we start since I will be getting to the race the recommended 90 mins before the start.  I did make a few changes, mostly additions to my playlist for tomorrow so I can skip songs more if I feel like it.

Well, wish me luck….I’ll be spending the rest of the day hydrating, resting and playing with the family.  I’ll see you sometime after the race with a recap! Enjoy your Saturday!

 

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Questions of the day

Do you get nervous/anxious before a race? How do you handle it?

Does anyone else have a hard time picking out their race outfits? 

 

 

It is not always going to be easy…

This morning I had high hopes for my tempo run. I rolled out of bed, got dressed, put on my favorite black Nike tempo shorts and my pink compression socks and hoped I’d have one of those confidence boosting runs that I so badly need prior to a race.

pink compression socks

But, that didn’t happen.  I had a 4 mile tempo on the plan and it hurt.  I had to stop every mile or so to stretch my calves and I was mad.  Mad at my legs for failing me.  Mad that I am just a few days out from a race I have trained hard for and now it’s looking like I won’t hit what I believe to be very achievable goals for me. Mad that PT isn’t magically and quickly helping me feel 100%.  I finished the 4 mile run in 33:53.  Not a bad pace right? Well, it wouldn’t have been if I didn’t have to stop my watch so many times to stretch.

After my run, I rolled and stretched.  As I was listening to my music, mad at the world, there was a minute when I thought, I’ll just skip this race.  It was only a split second and then I knocked that thought out of my head.  Sometimes a run just sucks.  Sometimes things don’t go as planned.  Sometimes you have to change your expectations.  I immediately thought of one of my favorite Nike sayings.

Running never takes more

This is so true.  Running has given me MUCH more than I could have ever anticipated when I started running, just 3 short years ago.  In that time, it has gotten me through some of the toughest times in my life, it has helped me through tremendous loss and it has taught me how tough I am.  It has supplied me with countless friends and priceless conversations.  It has given me confidence and it has taught me appreciation.  So, while at this very moment, I am upset, I know I will get through this.  I will run my race on Sunday and do the best I can.  I am already shifting my goals to accommodate my current condition.  Who knows, maybe I’ll feel fantastic on race day, but I also know that is doubtful. What I have no doubt about is that I WILL FINISH this race.  It may not be pretty or in the time I was hoping to achieve, but I am not someone who gives up. I am committed and will embrace the struggle, because keeping life in perspective is important, especially when you have small set backs in life.  What I am going through now with bum calves is petty compared to what some of my friends and family are experiencing right now.

embrace the struggle

Okay, I am signing out of this pity party….life is good, actually, it’s pretty great, so I’m not going to let this ruin my day!

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Questions of the day

How do you deal with injury and/or bad runs?

Tell me something good about your day!!

A much needed goal

Back in the beginning of August I started to feel a bit antsy.  I had been running consistently a few times a week along with my regular strength training workouts but was started to feel bored with my running.  I had no plan, no purpose, other than just racking up the miles.  I knew I needed a goal, something to snap me out of my running funk, so obviously the first thing that came to mind was to sign up for a race.  I have always been one of those people who loved to follow a plan.  I find comfort in knowing that my workout is planned ahead of time and when I wake up, I don’t have to think because my plan “tells” me what I should be doing.  I find that it keeps me on track and I’m less likely to back out or go easy, especially on the mornings when it’s tough to get out of bed.  So, the first thing I started to do was look for a local race.  Since having Ashton, my priorities have changed and I have MUCH less time to train and travel to races, so I had to be strategic.  I wanted to find something that was close in proximity so I could easily drive to the race in the morning, something in October because the temperatures would be crisp and cool (my favorite) and had a fast course.   I have heard a million people talk about the Baystate Marathon in Lowell, MA so I decided to check it out.  I bookmarked the site and went back to it about a dozen times before I finally pulled the trigger on August 29th and signed up for it.

Baystate Marathon

 

So, on October 20th, I will run a half marathon, a race distance I haven’t raced since the Smuttynose Half Marathon in October 2010.  I will not pretend that I am not a bit nervous.  I love to run, but racing gives me a ton of anxiety, especially since this is my first half post baby and I have high expectations of myself. I have two weeks left in my training and I hope I have prepared for success.  I did not follow my previous tried and true half marathon plan, rather, I did some of my own research and wrote my own plan that worked for my current situation.  I will share my new training plan in an upcoming post, fingers crossed I’m successful!

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Do you enjoy sticking to a formal workout plan/schedule?

How do you feel about races? Love em, hate em?