Friday, June 22, 2012

Everything I Need

I really prefer to run outside even though I have a treadmill. It just feels a lot more profitable to run outside - same miles but a totally different feel. It also gets me out of the house a little bit which is very necessary for me. But some days the aide doesn't show up which means that I can't run outside and if I am going to run it'll have to be on the dreadmill!

Not long ago I got really frustrated with myself. I was doing a 5K at the OKC zoo. It was for Limbs for Life. I did terrible. I got third place in my age group but I did not perform well at all. It took me forever and I felt like I was dragging. I blamed it on lack of training and not keeping my miles up.I think really there were other factors - but that's what I blamed it on anyway. Well, I made some life changing decisions during that run as I began to ask myself some probing questions. I asked what's your problem?  And why aren't you training properly? I also asked myself if I really wanted to run and many other questions about life situations. And I found an answer.

As I was running and doing some deep soul searching I realized that I have everything I need to succeed. I have a treadmill so there's no excuse to not run - even though it's not the preferred training method. I have a computer so there's no reason to not make a good living writing online. I just needed to suck it up and get it all done.I realized that I really do have everything I need to succeed financially as well as in running.

2 Peter 1:3 tells us that we have everything we need  in Him - for life and godliness. Now just like my situation that does not mean it's all going to fall together in my lap and work itself out. But I have all the things I need in the natural to succeed at running and living - and I have everything I need in the spiritual realm to succeed at living a godly life hidden in Him. But you know what? It's up to me to work it - I must take action and there's really no excuse! Do you have everything you need today to do what you need to get done? Once I quite whining and took a good look around - an honest look - I found that I had everything I needed. It didn't look like I wanted it to; and it certainly wasn't happening the way I had always planned. But I could suck it up and get myself on the right track to success.

How about you? Do you have what you need to get everything done today? How bad do you want to succeed? Chances are you have everything needed - except the elbow grease - which only you can provide!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I Think I'm Ready!

I have been running for three years now and actually next week will be the third anniversary of my very first 5K - runners you know the one when running gets in your blood? Yeah, that one! Well, this spring I did three half marathons in 72 days and I think I am finally ready to go for the full marathon. My goal is next April's OKC Memorial Marathon. I've done four half marathons now and will probably do a couple more this fall if I can find them in my area. Mentally I have already begun training.

This means I really have to change up my diet and training schedule. I pretty well live in that mode anyway but tackling a marathon seems way out there for me and so I have to make a few adjustments. I hope to keep up this blog and share my training triumphs and woes. One thing I have noticed already is that it is difficult to work on everything all at once. When I started adding miles to prepare for half marathons, my speed suffered. It's a whole different mentality altogether. Of course some of that I noticed since I broke my knee cap last year. But I am getting close to my original speeds on 5Ks. (But remember it's all still in old lady speeds anyway - so it's not really all that fast! lol)

So here we go - Yesterday I did 4.2 miles of speed work on the treadmill. Today I will only do a couple of miles and strength training if all goes as planned. It is almost exactly one mile from my front door to the gym. That makes it perfect to make an easy run up there - work out for a half hour - then jog it back home.

So here we go - by the way - here's my latest pic from my last race. I did a 5K Saturday and got 3rd place in my age group! And yes there were more than 3 people in my age group! lol!