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!
Don’t let Dean Reinke run away with your hard earned money!!!
I have only been blogging for about a year but even I, a blogging rookie, realize it’s probably not the smartest thing to virtually make enemies. If Reinke Sports Group ends up making good with all of the runners, cities, and charities they have scammed, I promise to eat my words and post an apology.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a giveaway and even though my feet aren’t terribly happy right now (read: bruised toes, nails falling off), I want yours to be! So let’s talk socks…
When I first started racing in 2009, I suffered from major blisters usually on my left foot, right on the inside of the sole- the spot that (if my form is correct) hits the ground first when running. Yeouch! As a racing newbie and doing 5K after 5K when I started, I would typically push through the pain, keep on running, and complain to anyone who would listen about my painful, bleeding feet afterwards. I finally realized that the cotton socks I wore + the amount of sweat I produced = the dire need for an authentic athletic sock. Continue reading →
In an effort to overcome the trauma that I experienced during the US Half Marathon, I signed up for the Presidio 10 hoping that running across the Golden Gate Bridge would, finally, be an enjoyable experience. I’ll save you the suspense- it was! It really, really was!
Since I counted Race Evils in my post about the US Half, let’s count Race Awesomeness in this one…