Indianapolis Marathon….

Well, I really have mixed emotions today. Today is the Indianapolis Marathon. The marathon I should be running…instead I am at home. I am pissed that I wasn’t able to run it, but I know it was the smartest thing to do right now. I want to wish everyone who is running today the best of luck! My boyfriend is running in Indy right now…I am so proud of him. I am in awe of his determination! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to be there with him but I am cheering him on from home.  xo

I changed the title of my blog to Reaching My Goal…I know I have many races I want to enter in my future, but my ultimate goal is to be healthy! So that’s what I will focus on…

So for today…I will try to not beat myself up too much (notice I said too much). I have other goals I am chasing…SMART Goals.

Until Next Time…Good Luck Indy Marathon Racers!!! You Rock!

“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.”
-Irish Proverb

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Smart Goals

Motivation...

Motivation…

I am a goal orientated person. If I can figure out what I want to accomplish, I usually can figure out how to do it. When something prevents me from achieving my goals…that’s where I have a hard time. I lose my motivation…my drive. That’s where I am at now!

I was hurt and that blew my goal of a full. Now I’ve lost my motivation…my drive. I need to get that back…somehow.

I saw the poster above on FB. It just made sense to me. It is the kick in the ass I needed to get working on my goals. The line that says make S.M.A.R.T Goals is so very true. Making a goal that is impossible to accomplish only makes you feel horrible about yourself; frustrated. It’s difficult to really think about your own limitations. No one wants to think that something, whether it be money, time or physical limitations, could get in the way of achieving your goal. So when it does, it’s hard to accept. We have to learn to forgive ourselves; to know our limitations; to have the ability to push ourselves not to the point of breaking, but to the point of going just beyond where we thought we could we achieve….figuring out our smart goal! It’s a difficult thing to master. One would think by now, at 45, it should be figured out. Apparently not. I guess the saying you never stop learning holds true in this case. I am still learning…still evolving.

My Smart Goal for now is to get back into running; to get back into some kind of routine. I know I will feel better about my self both physically and mentally. I am also going to join a gym. I think adding variety to my workouts will be key to staying motivated over the winter. I still have my big goal of participating in a tri next year, but that’s next year. Small smart goals lead up to big smart goals, right?

I wanted to share that poster with you. Partly because I thought it was fucking awesome…but mostly I hope it helps someone else find their motivation; the kick in the ass they need to get back on track to achieving a goal…a Smart Goal.

Until next time…So long

Temporary Derailment

Well damn…I am completely amazed how a few knots in some key places can be completely debilitating and temporarily derail your training efforts. Tight hip flexors are to blame for this domino effect…it starts in my hip area and extends down the front of my leg.  Any exertion of those muscles causes sharp pains in my quads.  Damn muscles!!!   I usually have a high tolerance for pain…I really do.  But this has taken me by surprise.  Yesterday morning, I was bending down to clean something off the floor and ended up collapsing in pain…not fun! It hurts to walk sometimes…no way in hell I can run right now! So I am benched…temporarily.

Introducing the Foam Roller…

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I have used the foam roller before; just not often enough and definitely not correctly.  Last night, my trainer showed me various foam roller exercises that will help break apart some knots as well as stretch my hip flexors and the rest of my body.  I now understand where the phrase “hurts so good” came from…holy mother of hell that kills! My hip flexors caused some serious pain…I had to use my lamaze breathing while doing it (at least I am using it now…sure as hell didn’t use it while having my kids! Ha!). Some of the exercises felt great…others, not so much! :-/ This video gives you a great visual explanation of the various foam roller exercises my trainer showed me…

I am determined to get back to my training program so off to roll I go!  As they say…no pain, no gain.  In the meantime, I will take long walks with Oz…I think he is the only one who is happy about my setback!

Until next time…so long!

Make or Break You….

I’m talking about shoes…running shoes.  Besides the humidity, it has been my constant struggle.  Trying to find a pair of shoes that work.  I have been to three running stores in the last year trying to find the elusive pair that work….no not just work, that feel fanfrickintastic!  The first store insisted I pronate and were hell bent on getting me into a supported shoe.  I tried to explain to him that supported shoes hurt my knees…I went against him and bought a neutral shoe.  My first pair was the Brooks Glycerin.  They were ok…ran my half in them.  My knee wasn’t hurting but my ankles bothered me some. As I said before, my IT Band decided to introduce itself to me early into my half last October.  I don’t know if that was shoe related or not…who knows.  The second store said Brooks updated the Glycerin so I tried those again.  Felt great in the store and walking was fantastic…lots of cush.  When I started to train again, I thought my legs were heavy because of the horrible winter.  I kept going but was getting frustrated with how difficult it was to run.  When my miles increased, I felt like I was constantly gripping my toes in order to balance (hello…lost toenails)…I had enough.  I decided to go back to the store to explain my situation…guess what he had me buy?  Supported inserts!  He wasn’t going to do anything else because he was convinced I pronated and the inserts would work.  At this point, I was willing to try anything and seriously began to doubt myself.  I was thinking maybe he was right after all.  Maybe I do need more support.  2 miles into my run…I stopped.  My knees hurt, my ankles were killing and I WAS PISSED!!!  Lesson learned…trust your body and your gut.  They are going back this week, and I won’t shop there again.  He lost my business.

I decided to try Barrington Running Company.  Mark, one of the owners, was fantastic!  He evaluated my walk and flat-out said, you don’t pronate…AT ALL!  When the other stores put you in a supported shoe, it made your feet go the other way.  That is why your knees hurt.  He also said my Brooks Glycerin are too much for my foot….plus way too wide. Then he had me do squats…well that my friends, was my downfall.  Weak hips and glutes…Damn it!  He went on to explain when a store only evaluates your walk, they are missing vital information about what shoe works best for you. Besides having weak glutes and hips, I have a narrow foot and high arch.  He had me try on two shoes, and I decided to go with Asics, Cumulus 15. I am going to test my new kicks today.  Cross your fingers…lets hope my search is over!

Made me start thinking…does everyone have this kind of trouble finding the one?  What shoes work for you?

Until next time…so long.

Shoe Update…my first impression of my new shoes….pretty damn good!  I only ran a short distance (4 miles) because I didn’t want to overdo it my first time out.  It has some cush, but my foot didn’t feel the need to grip the sole in order to stay balanced!  My heel wasn’t slipping around either!  Nice! I have a 5 mile run on Thursday then my long run this weekend…The true test!

Reward: Chinese Food and Wine…

Wow!!! Holy craptastic that long run was not fun today! Lack of sleep this week from being sick and having a very sick puppy didn’t help much…poor Ozzy…look at him…he looks as pathetic as he was acting.

Poor Oz....

Poor Oz….

Today was my only run all week…so I made it my long, holy crap, run.  The whines all night translates to no sleep so I was slow moving today. (and no, not wines…although I wish!  That will be tonight 🙂 )  I didn’t start my run until 12:45 PM.  Why the hell do I do that to myself?  I mean seriously, the middle of the afternoon? I was all ready to go…even happy to get out on the forest preserve path today!

Happy Before Run Photo...

Happy Before Run Photo…

Soon after my run started, I began seeing these messages written on the path.  Some were sweet, some were motivating, and some were damn funny…like the one that said “stinky”…well hell, I guess they were spot on with that.  Afterall, I was running in the middle of the afternoon for christ sakes! Stinky was an understatement! I took a couple of pics along the way…they were spaced out about every quarter mile or so around the entire path!

The first of many messages along the path!

The first of many messages along the path!

Why thank you...you too!

The last message of the day…Why thank you…you too!

 

Whoever did this…I thank you!  You Rock!  You made me laugh a couple of times as well as kept me going during my run!  I was glad I did my run today because by tomorrow, it would have been washed away from the rain!

 

 

Like I said, the run was hard, but it’s done.  I think a good reward will be Chinese food for dinner and wine…lots and lots of wine!

 

 

Until next time…so long!

The Path of Laughs…

It was a beautiful night last night.  In the 60’s, the humidity finally dropped to 68% and there was a slight breeze.  Perfect night for a run so I hit the bike path near my house.  It was packed…which translates for me…excellent people watching opportunities!!!!

I am a nickname person.  I tend to give nicknames to people based on who they are/what they do/how they act, etc.  In my neighborhood, I have Party Guy, Rug Lady, and Mr. Know-It-All.  All perfectly nice people, but I gave them the nicknames when I first moved in the neighborhood.  Party Guy is an easy one…he literally has parties 3-5 times a week during the warmer months (been to a few over the years too).  I think Rug Lady has a touch of OCD.   She is constantly shaking out her rugs on a daily basis.  I mean seriously…how dirty can they be?  Then we have Mr. Know-It-All.  He isn’t one that feels the need to top you (you know the type).  He is the keeper of all knowledge about everyone.  He knows the comings and goings of the neighborhood! Want to know any gossip, contact Mr. Know-It-All.

So why am I explaining all of this?  On my run last night, the path was packed and holy crap did I run into some interesting people!  First there was Guy Smiley!  He clearly was a runner.  He was about 6′ 4″ and lean.  He had his shirt off and was dripping sweat so it was obvious he was on a long run.  Why did I name him Guy Smiley?  He had the biggest shit eatin’ grin on his face!  Seriously…who is that happy running some serious miles?  Then I came across the Normal Guy.  We actually passed each other two times on the path…coming and going.  He was running with his dog and smiled and gave a little wave each time.  Smelly Guy…I don’t think I need to explain this one…blech! Deodorant works wonders pal!

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The Barbie Jogger

 

Then there was Barbie Runner…you know exactly who I am talking about.  The hair is perfect, the outfit is tight, not a drop of sweat of her…yet she was pretending to be a serious jogger. You are not fooling anyone sweetheart!

 

Cute Couple was out on the trail…wife was jogging while pushing the jogging stroller and hubby was riding his bike next to her giving her encouragement and support.  Good for both of the them!  For her…training for something or just trying to get healthy and for him…being supportive! Rock on!  Probably the funniest person of the night was this older man.  You can tell he was from Europe by the way he was dressed.  He was running in short shorts and this khaki buttoned shirt.  He gave a Joey Tribbiani, “How you doin’?” head nod both times I saw him.  Cracked me up!  The Stoner Couple came out of no where from the wooded area.  I am surprised the girl could even walk.  She was dazed and confused!  Lol!  The sweetest thing I saw was this old couple walking slowly hand in hand.  I hope that is me one day with my baby! ❤

Overall, the run was great!  I laughed out loud numerous times, and I felt fantastic for the first time in a couple of weeks.  Made me realize this damn weather is a HUGE problem.  Damn humidity!

This is me before my run…clearly not a Barbie runner!  LOL!

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Until next time…so long!

 

Music On…World Off!

I have always loved listening to music.  It can change my mood in an instant; pump me up for the day, or mellow me out after a long day at work. I can completely tune out everything while listening to music. When it comes to running,  I have to listen to music. PERIOD! It can get me through a mile when I didn’t think I could make it any further, and it gives me a boost to run a bit faster.  When we ran the half, it was pouring rain.  Obviously, my phone stayed in the car.  I thought I was going to struggle the entire time.  I have never run without it!  I seriously was stressing out a bit before the race began.  I vaguely remember telling my trainer to sing to me at one point but the scenery was fantastic so we just talked the entire time.  The race took you through a state park and the leaves were beautiful!  So I really didn’t miss my music…surprisingly.  I still can’t train without my music.  I need that motivation.  If I run with my trainer, Lou, we usually talk…but if I am by myself, forget it!  Music is cranked!

I have added a some songs in the last year, but to be honest, I am starting to get sick of some of them.  I need some new music!  I am the product of the 80’s  but have a variety of music on my playlist.  Below is my running playlist…Feel free to comment and tell me some of your favs!  I have a long training schedule in front of me…I need some new motivation and clearly this list won’t get me through 26.2 miles!

Until next time…so long!

Playlist: Running Music

  • Jane’s Addiction: Been Caught Stealing, Mountain Song, Superhero
  • Black Eyed Peas: Boom Boom Pow
  • Kid Rock: Bawitdaba
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Can’t Hold Us
  • Maroon 5: Daylight, Love Somebody, One More Night, Payphone, Lucky Strike, Stereo Hearts
  • Cheap Trick:  Dream Police, I Want You To Want Me
  • Taio Cruz: Dynamite
  • The Cure: Friday, I’m in Love, Just Like Heaven
  • The Goo Goo Dolls: Give A Little Bit, Slide
  • Pitbull:  Give Me Everything, Back In Time, Feel This Moment
  • Bon Jovi: Have A Nice Day
  • Train: Hey, Soul Sister
  • The Lumineers: Ho Hey
  • Motley Crue: Kickstart My Heart
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Relax
  • Sublime: Santeria
  • King of Leon: Sex on Fire, Use Somebody
  • Justin Timberlake: SexyBack
  • Fun.:Some Nights
  • Kelly Clarkson: Stronger (my theme song!)
  • will.i.am: #thatPower
  • Coldplay: Viva la Vida
  • Rihanna: We Found Love
  • Katy Perry: Part of Me, Firework, Hot N Cold
  • Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines
  • P!nk: Blow Me
  • Ozzy Osbourne: Crazy Train
  • Usher: DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love
  • Enrique Iglesias: I Like It
  • Modern English: I Melt With You
  • Lady GaGa: Applause
  • Tom Petty: Free Fallin’, Learn to Fly
  • The Who: You Better You Bet
  • Right Said Fred: I’m Too Sexy