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Goals are Scary

26 Oct

Since Halloween is right around the corner, I figured I’d write about something that is scarier than I thought it would be.

GOALS!

That’s right, I said Goals. They’re scary things, goals are. Here’s my thoughts on this.

I’ve never been real big at setting goals — sure I throw some New Year’s Resolutions up once in a while or, I promise I’ll blog more (that’s a goal, right?) and I most definitely have an “ideal weight” goal.

Goals = Commitment. Goals are promises we make ourselves. I am NOT at all good at keeping the promises to myself.

With running, my ‘goal’ has always just been to finish. To not quit. To not get pulled from the course. And honestly, that’s done by me being stubborn more than anything else.

This year, I’ve tried something a little different. Since about mid-July, I’ve set time goals for most of my long training runs and half marathons. They line up with my expectations for the Marine Corps Marathon in 4 more sleeps (yikes!). It’s really very helpful that the Marines give us some very definite cut-off times for certain points on the course. Clock times along with a pace per mile limit.

MCM has some hard cutoff/diversion times on the course.

This year the kind folks at MCM are also enforcing “The Gauntlet” – this is a spot around mile 17.5-18 (15.5 this year) as you are about to enter The Mall. If you miss this ‘cutoff” at 12:38 you will be diverted to a spot further along the course and will not be considered an official finisher. I’m guessing you can take a medal if you want but you would know you didn’t run the full 26.2

If you’re familiar with the Marine Corps Marathon at all you’ve definitely heard about Beating the Bridge. The Bridge in question is the 14th street bridge, usually around Mile 20, but pulled back to 18 this year. In the past, in my experience, as long as you are *on the bridge* before the cutoff, you’re good. Apparently, though, you actually have to be *ACROSS* the bridge, which adds another mile + to the equation! If you don’t make this cutoff, you get on a bus and you get a ride to the finish. No running up the hill to the monument. No medal. (Edit: I found this on the MCM App after I’d written up this post – All MCM participants must reach the intersection of 14 and D Streets before the 14th Street Bridge by 1:15 p.m. This is located just past Mile 18. So yay, looks like we’re good here!)

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Started making notes…

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Mile by mile breakdown…

My goals are based on the original mileage/timing and are dependent on me crossing the start line no later than 8:08 am – this year with the Metro not opening early as in years past, the start line will not close until 8:55 at which time the 14 mm pace will be calculated/enforced. This start time should give us a little cushion (I am running with my friend, First Time Marathoner, Debby!)

As you know I am no speed demon but my goal is to hit my original times  and not think about any cushion built in.

The whole point of this post is this: I’m always kind of surprised when people talk about being nervous before an event, even if they’ve run it many times before. The ‘race nightmares’ (mine is getting lost on the course or not having my shoes!) , not able to sleep the night before. None of this has ever been my experience. HOWEVER, now that I have these goals I’m starting to get nervous.

Even though I’ve run more than 13 miles for training runs. And even though this will be my SIXTH time running with the Marines.  All these numbers are making me crazy and making me second-guess myself. I’m fortunate to have a TON of supportive friends around me to remind me that this is not an impossible journey!!

I guess this means I’m finally taking this running thing a bit more serious. Which is a good thing. I mean, it’s about darn time amiright? Let’s not get crazy, I’m not one of those “Oh my gosh I *have* to run today” people…but I am actually kind of enjoying it. So I have that going for me 🙂

So — What are some of your goals that might be trying to scare you these days?! 

Let the Re-Capping Begin!!

26 Sep

As I mentioned Friday in my ‘return to blogging” post, it’s is Fall Race Season. Or as I like to call it, “Sunrise Season” – on account of how many sunrises I’ll witness in the next few months!!

In my quest to stay on top of my race recaps (and get back in your good graces) I present to you – the 2016 Hogsback Half Marathon

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Kathy came over Friday night for an early morning drive up to northwestern CT – and it was an early, wine-free night of reality tv.

Got up dark and early to make my oatmeal and have time to digest it before hopping in the car. It’s really a pretty drive, once the sun comes up. I was aiming for good parking, if I can be honest! And, whaddayaknow, I got it! #Rockstarparking.

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Picked up bibs and shirts and got back in the car since it was chilly out! We had signed up for the early start (which is an awesome benefit to this race!) so didn’t have long to wait before we headed UP THE HILL to the start line. We picked up Kim and Tom on the way. Kim was starting early and I figured I’d see Tom later when he passed me  (spoiler, it was around mile 11.5!) It was a pretty decent group of early starters and we had our own pacers. 2:45 and 3:00. I was going to try to keep 2:45 in my sights but stick to my 30:30’s as long as I could hang in there.

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I managed to keep up my intervals and everything felt pretty good most of the way. I’m working on breaking in the shoes I plan to wear for Marine Corps but they are causing me some issues…so we’ll have to see what happens. If I need new shoes I need to get them pronto!

This is a beautiful ‘country’ course — an out and back of sorts along a river. This year for the first time there were a few families out in the yard cheering runners on. The run takes place on country highways but there isn’t a ton of traffic. The first finisher passed me around mile 5 – the next runners showed up when I stopped at mile 6 to take off my jacket! There was a HUGE gap between them – amazing!!

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Course elevation – first half is my favorite!!

Tom caught up with me about mile 11.5 and stayed with me a bit but he had a plan and took off after a few minutes. At some point, I had managed to let the 3 hour pacer catch me. Ruh-Roh!! Picked it up again but she passed me for good on “the hill” – about a quarter mile incline. That I walked up. I had given up on my goal apparently.

Heading across the dam to the finish line I passed Kathy! I don’t think I’ve ever beat her in a half!! Though, in her defense, she said her hamstrings were tightening up..whatevs, I still beat her!! haha And then I saw Kim and Tom waiting on the side of the bridge so stopped for a second – mainly to point out that I was beating Kathy! Then, ta-da!! The finish. And it turns out that I only missed my goal by 48 seconds.

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Small sample of the post race eats! Ziti, chicken, meatballs, cornbread muffin, TWO kinds of Rice Krispie Treats!!!

Post race is one of the best ones out there!!! LOTS of homemade food – chicken, pasta, cookies, muffins…NOMS. And great raffles. And time to hang with friends. And puppies. Did I forget to mention that there are puppies? The charity partner for this race is Running for Rescues and there were a few puppies visiting and hoping for a furever home. I don’t think I’m ready for 2 dogs yet…

And now I’m going to try something new for these recaps – maybe it will stick and maybe it won’t!

Welcome to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good
1. Early start ya’ll! When you register, there’s an option to register for an early start if you think you’ll take more than 3 hours. And it’s been a couple few years since I’ve finished under 3. The only caveat is that you get disqualified if you finish faster than 2:20 since this is the RRCA Championship event
2. The outfit. Please. (Tantrum Jette Skirt and Tantrum Lotta Love  top – converted to Eclipse Tank in Marine when I took off the jacket!)

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3. The post race party. The RD and her family do all the cooking and baking. Plus this year there was a new baby!! Congrats Kelly!
4. The medal.
5. The charity. Running for Rescues. Dogs dogs dogs. My house loves the dogs!!
6. My time – only missed my goal (per my MCM plan) by 48 seconds

The Bad
1. Newer shoes that I’m breaking in for Marine Corps. Found a bruise at the base of my Achilles tendon post-race. Need to figure out what to do
3. My time – missed my goal by 48 seconds.

The Ugly
1. This Hill. Mile 12.5 ya’ll.
2. Post-race crampy legs. Walking around helps
So, I really had to reach for the Bad and the Ugly cause this is really a well-run, fun, small race with a great family-like atmosphere

Except the Ugly. I really do hate that hill.

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March Goals!

4 Mar

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I am, once more, throwing my goals for the month out here – with the intention to be a lot more accountable. So please feel free to ask/nag me about them! I’ll tell you right now, the first 4 days have been a wash so let’s not talk about the past… 🙂

So, in March, I plan to

** Drop 7.5 pounds. Seems like a pretty big goal given the last few months, but if I put my mind to it things should be all good. Plus, I have all o’ ya’ll making sure I stick to it!!
** Run a minimum of 50 miles. I have a darn half marathon coming up in something like 45 days so…yeah…And I am so far behind on my 1000 miles for the year I need to really get to work!!  It helps that I’ve got my annual St. Patrick’s Day 5Ks coming up this month too – which is always motivating for me.
** Hit at least 20 Bikram classes and if I don’t start RIGHTNOW then there are going to have to be a couple of doubles weekends in there!!

This year, I’m once again a Skirt Sports ambassador so I am working to perk up my running wardrobe a bit with a couple of new prints that have come out!

Emerald City just might become my most favorite ever (as if I could choose a favorite!!) There isn’t a lot of non-neon green out there in the running apparel world!!

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And Free Love — yeah. Love it!

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Along with last season’s Tantrum, I’m really getting into the prints!

You can get into the new prints – and some old favorites too!! And, with my ambassador code, you get 20% off!! Use coupon code ORF20 when you check out!!

So, let’s all get to it and show March who’s boss!!

 

 

Weekly WrapUp!

22 Feb

I’ve made the executive decision to make Saturday the day I wrap up my week…which, makes sense right? So that’s why this is going up on Sunday morning 😉

It’s been a super cold week here, but at least the snow has stopped – not that *I* don’t like the snow (cause I love it!!) but I know it’s a hassle for people! And, for the record, I’d rather have cold and snow than bitter cold and no snow!!

Anyway – after making my declaration earlier this week that I needed to, for lack of a better turn of phrase, poop or get off the pot, I made a very concerted effort to get out to the gym/treadmill and to Bikram. And to eat better. AND to drink less wine.

And now for the update on that other stuff!

Well, I made it to the treadmill on Tuesday and Saturday….tendonitis was acting up, even with taping so trying to not aggravate things too much.
Made it to Bikram Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday — and, seriously I already feel tons better!

Had a second job interview this week too, and so far I’m still in the running — hopefully will hear more early in the week. There’s one more step before they’ll offer me the job!

And…starting Monday I’ll be doing a 10-day Cleanse – not your typical cleanse where you drink some nasty liquid for an interminable amount of time but a cleanse that includes actual real food. And, judging from the menus, 90% of it is something I’ll like – the rest I’ll substitute/repeat meals. The focus is not on what I’m giving up, but on the good I’m doing for myself. Over the last couple of days I’ve been cutting back on coffee (gasp!), wine, and sugar, refined flours….all the things that we know aren’t really doing us any good! A few of those things I don’t eat much anyway. I did the first of my shopping yesterday and will do more today.

The most difficult part of this cleanse, I think, is “no strenuous exercising”…and I have a marathon coming up in what? 6 weeks? So I’ll do some slow treadmill miles and keep going to Bikram- which should be just fine!! And it’ll be great for my tendonitis too, to take a break

My goal for this coming week is to keep getting more consistent with my Bikram practice as well as getting in as many miles on the treadmill as i can without my foot falling off!! I’m not going to hit my mileage goal for the month but I will get in as much as I can in the next 7 days!! And I’ll also start deciding my mileage goal for March.

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It Just Keeps Getting Bigger!!!

30 Sep

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And no, I’m not talking about my rear view 😉 Note – if you are trying to find a picture of someone’s rear end, google will show you a lot of nekkid ones….

I’m talking about my list of upcoming races – or as I like to call them “events” (since I don’t actually race much other than my own self!). And since I’m doing all this training I thought a good reminder was in order.

So, in Order of Appearance, here we go:

Hartford Half Marathon – I’m actually also doing the new “One Mile Friday” which is, yep, a One mile run in Hartford followed by a beer 🙂 After the half I’ll get this beauty:

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Hershey Half Marathon – I’ll be doing this one with my friends Kathy and Jennifer. And, we will of course be headed to the park on Saturday before for Roller Coastering! And, I think for this one, we don’t know what the medal will be ahead of time so it will be a delicious surprise!!

Marine Corps Marathon – This is the ‘biggie’ for 2014! You know, the one you can show your support of my efforts by donating to the Tug McGraw Foundation! C’mon! It doesn’t hurt!!

runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon – This one we do for “fun” — and the training miles 🙂 And after the miles and before the Food and Wine-ing I’ll get this around my neck (bonus – it spins!!):

2014 Wine Dine Half Marathon Medal

Santa Hustle Half Marathon –  This was a new add (like Hartford) since I’m getting to the point of having some really long weekend runs, I *know* it will be tons easier for me to get them in if I have an event. Not that I don’t love circling my town a few times to get my long runs in…Plus SANTA!!!

TXU Turkey Trot 10K – Everyone should do a Turkey Trot at least once!! This is a nice one – I’ve done the 5K before. And, really, it’s probably best to start the holiday eating season by moving a little!!

Then…after Thanksgiving I’m taking a ‘break’ – from organized events! That is, until I get to the Main Event:

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Dopey Challenge – 4 Races, 6 Medals (Okay, one of the ‘medals’ is a rubber medallion but still…) 4 Races? 5K on Thursday, 10K on Friday, Half Marathon on Saturday and Full Marathon on Sunday –  I had planned to do the Goofy Challenge this year since it’s an anniversary year and then they went and added that crazy 10K in there!

Aramco Houston Half Marathon  – I deferred this one in 2014 since I was having so many issues even walking! I’ve done this one a few times and it’s a nice course and a really great event! They’ve also added a 5K on the day before so of course I said “What the heck, why not?!

Publix Georgia Half Marathon – So now I’m entering “what was I thinking” territory! This one was registered for when I saw that I could get in for something like 34 or 40 dollars! Really. That’s it. Plus, it’s one I’ve often thought of doing so….there ya go!

The next Biggie — Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris – Another one where I entered a lottery on a whim, et voila! Making this into a fun trip with a friend. She’s even decided to do the Paris Breakfast Run the day before!

And then, my pal Jackie applied appropriate pressure to get me to sign up for the Brand New! runDisney Pixie Dust Challenge! So new it isn’t even up on the runDisney page yet!!

So there you have it. And all I can say is WHOA! If nothing else, I am definitely feeling way more motivated to train than I normally am. Which is to say, I am feeling motivated to train 🙂

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Hold on to your Hats folks!!

12 Aug

There’s a shocker coming up!

The Galloway plan for the week called for

Tuesday 45 minute run/walk
Thursday 45 minute run/walk
Saturday 7 miles

What actually happened is:

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So, yeah…nothing. That’s right – Nada, Zip, Zero and Nil. And as you might be able to imagine I beat myself up quite a bit for missing out on all of my runs for the week. But, Saturday, for the first time in a VERY long time, I spent the day with nothing in pain. Not even a little. Not even the standard “old lady getting out of bed” creakiness or stiffness.

Back on the train this week though because the miles, they are going to only get bigger from here on out!!

I need to remind myself that I have a pretty busy schedule coming up the next few months too and the more I do now, the better I’ll feel then!

To Recap:

Hogsback Half Marathon  – Sept 27
Hershey Half Marathon  – Oct 19
Marine Corps Marathon – Oct 26 (oh, and hey! Wouldn’t it be cool if you made a donation here? Think how motivating that would be for me!!)
Wine & Dine Half Marathon – Nov 8
#Dopey15 (5K+10K+HalfMarathon+Marathon)  – Jan 8-11
Houston Half Marathon – Jan 18
Georgia Half Marathon – Mar 22
Paris Marathon – Apr 19
and, the newly added (insert eye roll at my lack of self-control here)
Pixie Dust Challenge (10K + Half marathon) – May something…

See? I really need to get going!! Or, I need to get some help 🙂

Hope everything is going great for you all! 

 

Weekly Wrapup – Sunday Funday!

13 Jul

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So,

Week 2 is in the books —

I actually started the week writing down my goals for the week, on an index card. This included my runs and other workouts. Something to know about me is I’ve never been so great at setting goals (other than – do NOT DNF this race! so you see they’re mostly made on the fly…) I think having things written down and keeping track throughout the week helped a lot!

So let’s see what happened 🙂

The Galloway plan for the week called for
Tuesday 45 minute run/walk
Thursday 45 minute run/walk
Saturday 4 miles

Tuesday — I actually ended up doing this one on Wednesday morning. Tuesday morning whilst doing my 30-day Shred my Achilles/calf tightened up so I wanted to wait it out. It wasn’t 100% on Wed so most of my 45 minutes was walking. I threw in a few intervals to see how things felt and did alright. 3 miles.
Thursday — Did this one after work on Thursday. 3 miles again
Saturday — Saturday morning I did the Hartford Marathon Foundation Red Dress Run for Women — recap here!! Not the 4 miles on the schedule but I got out there! 3 miles (Well, 3.3 according to Map My Run
I’m 1 mile short of my Galloway goal for this week. Debating making this up tomorrow.

I also didn’t get to the Jillian/Firm workouts as much as I’d hoped but, frankly, got to them more than I have recently so that’s a win, right?

I realized a biggie this week — that getting up and getting it done first thing in the morning makes my whole day better. I am also guessing that this will help it become more of a habit than a chore!

Other than the workouts, I didn’t get a whole lot done. And I have a whole lot that needs doing!! So time to spread the motivation to other things too.

Finishing up my goals for this next week and looking forward to another great one. On my list for this week is to re-engage in some Bikram. It helps with so many areas of my life it seems kind of nuts to not go back!!

Hope you’re all making big plans for the upcoming week!!

How frequently do you set goals for yourself? Do you think it helps to write them down?

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