Calvin: If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.
Hobbes: How so?
Calvin: Well, when you look into infinity, you realize that there are more important things than what people do all day.
My first literally freezing 5k was a success! It was 29 degrees F when the race started and I can say without a doubt that’s the coldest it’s ever been during a run (mostly because I’ve never run in the colder months before!)
Not only did I survive, but I finished in a decent time (27:20, about 40 seconds off my PR), was 1st of 6 runners in the 20-24 age group, and actually managed to be the 3rd female overall and about 12th out of everyone overall. The girl who finished 2nd overall was 15 seconds ahead of me and the top female finished in 24 and change. Obviously not much competition, but it was still cool to be that close to the front. Made me feel good to do well (by my standards) because it was like validation for my 2 months of getting-back-to-running training after my stress fracture.
K also did well, finishing 6th out of everyone overall and 3rd in his age group. He was a little disappointed in his time (24:20), but he hasn’t been running or training much lately and seeing how cold (to us!) it was, I think we both did excellent.
This was my last race for this year. I’m ready to focus on working hard over the winter to build my endurance and strength so that when spring comes next year, I can make some serious progress on my speed.
My goal for 2014: run a sub 25 minute 5k before the end of the year. I know that is extremely ambitious; my PR is 26:46. But I know having this sort of goal will give me the motivation I need to work hard. I know I improved my strength while I was not running due to my injury (thanks to a lot of cycling and strength training), and I think I can continue making significant improvements over the winter since I won’t even been thinking about racing for months. Strength and endurance is the name of the game until at least next March. By then I hope to have built a super solid base that will then be able handle tough speed workouts and interval training.
I’m feeling optimistic and confident now that I have a practical plan to improve (while avoiding more too-much-too-soon injuries). I’m very much ready to become a better runner!
Good luck to everyone racing today and to everyone doing their long runs. Whatever the plans, hope everyone is enjoying their Sundays!
Most people these days are too afraid to even acknowledge their goal, let alone pursue them. If they acknowledge them then it means that opportunity for failure is there. But what is the alternative? No goals and a life of mediocrity. Most people who have succeeded in an endeavor, failed many times over before they finally succeeded. Failure is a tool to build success.
Do not fear failure, fear mediocrity."
— Layne Norton (via dancewithmydemons)
Had a good hard run yesterday! Did 30 minutes with pretty hard effort the whole time. Still running just for time, but when I run my normal routes I have a pretty good idea of the distance. I would guess yesterday ended up at about 3.5 miles. It actually ended up being excellent race practice, as when I was in the last half mile I heard and then saw someone coming up behind me as well as spotted someone running up ahead of me. I took off because I was NOT about to let someone pass me and I just sort of went nuts trying to catch the guy in front of me before my run was up - and I did! And he wasn’t moving slow, either. Gave me a bit of confidence, which I really needed going into this weekend.
Planning on a nice, slow, relaxing run for this afternoon, followed up by lots of stretching and some core work. Thinking about going for an equally relaxing and leisurely bike ride on Thursday, but Friday will absolutely be a rest day.
Hope everyone else’s midweek runs go well! Anyone else racing this weekend?
Tumblr! I do still exist, believe it or not. I’ve just been so busy that all I’ve felt like doing is scrolling through and reading about everyone else’s adventures instead of sharing my own.
I’ve still been running, biking, working out - and I’ve also been making time for a ton of other fun stuff with friends and family, from going camping and renting cabins in the mountains, enjoying the fall air, to going out for drinks and dinner and other shenanigans and getting to see some of my favorite bands concert. In addition to the fun stuff, I’ve also been crazy busy at work on top of another (more serious, not personal, not on tumblr) blog I’ve been working on building and growing. So things have been great - awesome really - but I just haven’t been interested in updating here so much. Of course, I still love keeping up with all my other favorite runners - you guys are a constant source of inspiration and motivation.
This weekend was a little quieter. Did some shopping on Saturday (including a stop at possibly one of my favorite places on earth, REI) and followed that up with a great run in the evening. Today we got up for a 35 mile bike ride and we’ve just crashed all afternoon since we got home, watching football. Hopefully I’ll get in two more good runs before our next race on Saturday - planning on a rest day for tomorrow (but will probably try and get in some ab work), then a harder run on Tuesday and an easy one on Wednesday, with Thursday and Friday being for more rest before the race. I’m extremely excited about this one, and feeling very confident, too. I’ve done well getting back on track after healing up from that stress fracture, and this is going to be the first race with me being at 100% since before July. I’m ready to kick some ass!
Happy World Vegetarian Day!
Apparently this was actually October 1st, but still. Hooray for vegetarians!
Enjoyed a trail run today! Went about 4 miles total, and had another lesson in being kind to myself and listening to my body. It was extremely hilly so I took a couple walk breaks, and instead of feeling down or beating myself up for it, I went with it and turned in into hill repeats. I’d sprint up a hill, then walk down the other side, and jog to the next hill before sprinting up that one. This took up the middle part of the whole run, and I ran the beginning and end sections at my normal pace. Made for a good workout - and I’m happy I’m at a point where I can not only see that, but that I am now able to adjust a run in the middle of it to get the most out of it without pushing myself harder than I can go. This, to me, is progress! Slow and steady may not win any races immediately - but it’s going to keep me injury free and able to gradually build up the miles, the speed, and the intensity. Just gotta keep working towards the goal.
"I’m so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers."
— L.M. Montgomery (via moonphishh)
Thanks for the book recommendation; I’ll check that one out!