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



Weekly Running Log

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Slow, But Sure

I know it's been a while since I posted but we've not run any races in a while. Seems one thing then another would pop up, all beginning with when I got sick back in March, that has knocked me back a notch. I know you're probably tired of hearing about it. Being sick was terrible but has been good in one sense. It's made me appreciate the hard work I put into my running; although it is really easy to get down when you can't seem to pick back up quickly. This is teaching me something and I'm not exactly sure what. I do know perservance is high on that list. Mentally, well, I'm working on that part. Being a while, it's taken its toll on my thinking even wondering if this "running" is for me. But I still can't get out of my head all the races I want to do...longer races.

My interest in 5k's has waned and that's about all you find now until the end of August. And, I really believe that those longer races in the south is just not good for you. I mean even racers in the Boston Marathon struggled this year. It's so hard on your body to push and there's a fine line between "good" and "bad" decisions to run hard in the heat. I really hope to find more PR's in me this fall, including 5k's...but more specifically 10k's and half's.

Starting to run after 50 has not been my best decision. But, of course, I started out just running and not racing. Kent has been the racer since I've known him and so I got into it before I knew it. I'm thankful for that because it has given me the push to improve that I would not have done had I just run on the streets or the treadmill. My running started out in my quest to lose weight which went hand-in-hand with Weight Watchers. Lost pretty fast and felt great. Then before I knew it, I decided to run a marathon. It was the hardest thing I'd ever done. Oh, NOT the distance...the slowing my pace down. It just about killed me!! If it had not been for my Garmin's alarm I'd have never done it. But since then, I've not run well and I'm not happy about that. One thing I found out is that I really love longer runs. I already knew that since I had done a couple of half's but when I hit the 15 mile mark, I knew this was for me.

My new adventure is swimming. Well, learning how to swim is more like it. I've known how to swim underwater for a long time but I've never been able to swim on top of the water. My sweet husband, Kent, has taken upon himself to teach me how. He's patient and has really helped me. I'm improving and can tell a difference every time I swim. My breathing and strength are getting better, too. Though this is nothing to most everyone, my favorite moment of the week is when I swam across the pool for the first time [yesterday]. Not only that, I did it several times!

For now, I'm running what I can and fighting those "don't want-to's" fiercely. We both win at times. With all of that said, I'm actually doing better and better in my weekly mileage. Maybe when I maintain it, I'll get a fresh outlook [mentally] and start moving forward. I'm looking ahead to better swimming, too. I'm not exactly sure why I'm wanting to learn how to swim. Maybe somewhere deep inside I'm wanting to do a triathlon. I have several friends who do them but it's too early to decide now.

My negative thinking lately has made me question my running. But I KNOW I love it and I KNOW I will return stronger than ever. I will NOT let this time get me down and I will win. I will work through my frustrations, weaknesses and laziness. There may be days when I may elect not to run, but I will work through those, too. Running has been a big part of my life in the last couple of years and I can't see how that will change. Thank you, Honey, for helping me through this new endeavor of swimming to be added to my running. It is such a nice thing to do when my run is finished. I know I'm not the most patient person but to make things even, I'm as hard on myself as I am on others...so we're all paddling as fast as we can.

So for now, I'll whip out my checkbook and pay for next year's subscription to Runner's World, Women's Running and my Running Journal cause I just can't put them down and pull out my new pair of shoes cause I love dreaming of new goals. Nah, I know I'm not through yet. And, with a nice mileage week, I'll leave you for now and will continue to

Run 4 It

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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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