"When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race." Jay Foonberg



Weekly Running Log

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Winners Don't Quit & Quitters Don't Win


When I heard this earlier it really struck me...it actually made me realize that that had been my way of living for the last couple of weeks of me fighting my allergies/sinus issues. Now I have words to put with my status. If you think about it, there is absolutely nothing to relegate to the fact that you must win "some thing" in order to consider yourself a winner. This is absolutely bogus! Winning in and of itself is not giving in or quitting! Look at the many people who are in wheelchairs, disabled or overweight that never quits. This actually holds a deeper meaning than what's on the surface. Yep, I'm saying...it's what's in the heart.

I am not a walker and when I have to walk some, it is the hardest thing in the world for me to do. I'm just not a "happy camper" doing this. But I'm also in a learning curve with my running. With that in mind, here are a few things I'm learning:

1. Walking is helping me become a better runner
2. I can break up a run if I am struggling
3. Break out of a "have to" mindset
4. Be creative in workouts and/or runs to ward off boredom
5. No one is watching nor probably cares
6. I don't HAVE to run hard every time
7. Find a balance with health and fitness
8. Stop being so hard on myself (this is a lifelong challenge!)
9. I don't have to PR on every run or race
10. When discouraging days hit, either watch a program that encourages me (Biggest Loser) or remove myself completely from the "pressure" of running by taking a rest day

I'm glad that I am a learner. I'm glad that though I may get discourage off and on that I know deep down that I will come out of it and overcome. I'm glad that I'm always subconsciously finding ways to break out of "the norm", improve or alter my running. In the past, I've always done the same thing. I'm learning that it's good to NOT go by my watch on every run. I'm still struggling with this one because I'm always wanting to see my pace and if I've improved. Pace may not be something that needs working on in every run. Strength and power, mentally AND physically, is the best way to run. It will help ward off and prevent injuries.

For the last couple of weeks, I've really been struggling with my allergies which have caused a LOT of headaches. This week, though they weren't as bad, they rose to the occasion every time I ran. The movement of my body when I ran caused them to re-surface. Though I had to do a little walking in my workouts, I didn't give up but did whatever it took to pull a run out of my hat. For once, I'm beginning to feel like I'm successful and not defeated just getting a run eked out. It's okay! It's better than nothing and I'm learning to accept that. Doing anything on days that I'm in a slump is better than doing nothing at all! This is why this post is titled as it is. Even if I am unable to accomplish something, I know it's just temporary and to start looking for bigger and better things around the corner.

I'm getting so stoked to start running distance again. I'm trying to watch my weight again and with those two things, success is beginning to woo me. Oh, how I love this! I've re-focused and am previewing different programs to get me on the ball to a better running season.

Afternoon shadows on the ground are beginning to look like fall and it won't be long before the temps begin to follow suit. Until next week, remember: "Winners don't quit and quitters don't win!"

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2016 Races

  • 10/15/16...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/16...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 03/19/16...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/13/16...St. Pat's Leprechaun 5k
  • 03/05/16...Bay to Breakfast 12k...1st trail race
  • 02/20/16...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/13/16...Double Bridge 15k

2016 Goals

  • Run 1,000 miles-Done
  • Bike 300 miles
  • Half Marathon-Done
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Push through the hard times-Done
  • Cut back on refined sugar

2015 Races

  • 12/19/15...Make It To The Line 4 Miler
  • 11/21/15...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/14/15...Oyster 5k
  • 10/10/15...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/15...PHind a Cure-W/D
  • 05/02/15...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 04/18/15...Zydeco 5k - W/D
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Remember the Fallen 5k
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Boston Strong 5k
  • 04/11/15...Magnolia 5k
  • 03/28/15...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/07/15...Circle K 5k
  • 03/01/15...Gulf Coast Lulu's 10k
  • 02/28/15...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/07/15...Double Bridge 15k

2015 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Overlook past failures
  • Push through the hard times/things

2014 Races

  • 12/06/14...St. Jude's Half Marathon
  • 08/16/14...Pinky 5k Virtual
  • 08/15/14...Howl @ the Moon 10k Virtual
  • 02/15/14...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/01/14...Double Bridge 15k

2014 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • 700 Running Miles
  • Strengthen my Upper Body
  • Recuperate, Recover, Renew
  • Get active in WW
  • Eat Fruit Daily
  • Start Clean Eating
  • Begin Eliminating Sugar from Diet

2013 Races

11-30-13...Stennis 5k
11-23-13...Turkey Trot 5k
11-08-13...Run For The Kids Virtual Half [St. Jude's]
10-12-13...Shrimp Festival 5k
09-22-13...Talladega Half
07-04-13...Wesson 2 Miles
06-29-13...Emz Liverpalooza 5k
05-18-13...Pursuit of Fun 5k
04-20-13..Warrior Dash
04-07-13...Gulf Coast Half-Pensacola
03-23-13...Azalea Trail 10k
03-10-13...Leprechaun 5k
02-24-13...NOLA Marathon
02-02-13...Double Bridge 15k-Pensacola
01-13-13....Gulf Coast Half-Lulu's

2013 Goals

  • 3 Half Marathons-Done-Plus 1
  • 1 Marathon-Done
  • 1000 Running Miles-No, due to RC Tendonitis & Broken Shoulder
  • Eat fruit daily-A little aggressive but better
  • Maintain weight in 130's-Did NOT happen!

2012 Races

12-08-12...FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k
11-24-12...Jingle Bell 10k
11-17-12...Turkey Trot 5k
10-27-12...Jazz Half
10-20-12...OS Rotary 5k
10-13-12...Race for Grace 5k
09-29-12...5k For Katlyn
07-04-12...Wesson 2 Mile
04-15-12...Gulf Coast Half...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
04-14-12...Diversity Dash 5k
03-24-12...Azalea Trail 10k
03-03-12...MS50 20k...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
02-25-12...Kids Need Heroes 5k
02-11-12...Sweetheart 5k
02-04-12..Double Bridge 15k
01-14-12...Pensacola Half



2012 Goals

  • 1 Full Marathon-Marine Corp filled up
  • 3 Half Marathons-2 Down-Sick had to drop 2
  • 20 Miles-Wkly Mileage-Bronchitis kept me from this
  • Cross Training 2x Week-Poor Commitment
  • Weekly Weights W/O-Again Poor Commitment

2011 Races

  • 11-26-11...Kaiser Half
  • 11-19-11...Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11-11-11...Thumbs Up for Bill 5k
  • 11-05-11...Senior Bowl 10k
  • 10-22-11...Running the Streets 5k
  • 10-15-11...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 10-08-11...Mullet Run 5k
  • 09-24-11...Waiting for a Cure 8k
  • 09-05-11...Labor Your Legs 5k
  • 07-04-11...Wesson 2 Miles
  • 06-04-11...Bay Fest 5k
  • 05-14-11...Stargazer 5k
  • 04-30-11...Fiesta 5 Flags 5k
  • 04-16-11...St. Benedict's 5k
  • 04-10-11...Gulf Coast Half
  • 03-26-11...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03-19-11...St. Patrick's 5k
  • 03-05-11...Eco 5k
  • 02-13-11...Mardi Gras Marathon

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