Happy Monday! Last week wrapped up with 61.26 miles. Solid! I know, I know I broke all the rules with the Hanson’s Marathon Method …but for my long run my body was craving a long 18 miler. And it felt pretty darn good. With my past marathon training cycles I’ve always had tremendous success with the longer runs so I’ll be keeping those as I always have. I say “know thy body and trust yourself”. So I suppose I won’t be able to give you a total review on the book since I’m shaking things up a little bit. I’ve always done that though. I like to follow training plans but, I always seem to make things up as I go. I’m innovative like that. Or just a terrible rule breaker.
Anyway, I had a lightbuld moment last week during marathon training. I was reminded of my first race back in 2011….4.5 years ago I ran my first 5k in 27:07 with an average pace of 8:44 minute per mile. I recently just ran a marathon (26.2 miles ) at a faster clip than that. So 23.1 more miles at almost a minute per mile faster. And my regular long runs are now faster than my first race pace. I would say this is progress.
This summer has been tough for whatever reason and I’ve been tempted to cut myself down. Personal training hasn’t worked out…I ran a slower 10k…work has me totally bogged down…Trying to “coach” hasn’t been working out too great… So when I’ve been tempted to beat myself up I must remember those incredible past accomplishments. Focus on growth. Maybe simplify my goals….
At church yesterday I was reminded of this verse:
“Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.”
Ecclesiastes 2:11 NIV
The sermon wasn’t really on the book of Exclesiastes but it was on wisdom and applying it to our lives. And suddenly I felt a genuine peace. I do NOT need to strive for “worldly” excellence. Just do an internet search on workouts, motivation, 6-pack abs, get post baby body back, business, entrepreneur and you will find a host of things to pick and choose from. Having options is most defiantly NOT our problem. We are bombarded with “news”, information, tips and tricks, plans, goal methods…really it’s overwhelming. When I took a moment to step back and realize that it is more than okay to just be. Just be.
Goals are great. Workouts are awesome. Businesses are super. Being your “own boss” is admirable. But, if I were to be honest there really is nothing new under the sun. You don’t need me to hop on here and give you new workout. Just follow someone’s Pintrest board. You don’t need me to give you “motivational” pep talks that’s just going to leave you feeling wiped out or “less-than”.
Maybe I’m wrong but I’m thinking for those of you out there who read this blog all you need from me is to be a real, open, raw book.
So this is me. This is my life. I am a wife, mother, runner, pharmacy technician with a passion for wellness. When I find a super great recipe I will share it. When I come across valuable information I will present it. If I create an exercise routine that I deem new or beneficial I will share it. I’m so over being #momboss. Y’all can all keep those hashtags. I’m beyond over it. When people read this blog or look up at me I just want them to see a genuine woman who’s just doing her best on this planet. I’m just going to live my happy little life. The way it’s meant to be. I was created to worship and love a mighty God and to enjoy the life He has given me. I’m going to be a mom, go to work, love my husband, blog and run my happy little butt off. Because these things make me happy.
OH, and another thing that makes me happy is giving back—I just launched a tee shirt campaign for my St. Jude Children’s Hospital Rock n Roll Nashville marathon fundraiser. It’s going on for only 21 days. Please, check it out HERE and be apart of the run pink mission by sporting being beautifully fit inside & out! Because this is what I’m all about….
Maybe I just rambled on a little bit here. Maybe someone will understand this post or maybe not. Whatever the outcome I feel better. I feel relieved. And I thank God for running…because with this sport I don’t feel the need to “work on my figure.” I just feel the urge to feel my figure come alive…
What’s On Tap This Week
Monday: impromptu rest day
Tuesday: 8x 800m w/400 ri (11ish)
Wednesday: easy 8 + yoga (ps-i LOOOOOOVE my yoga)
Thursday: tempo (total 13ish)
Friday: easy 7
Saturday: easy 8
Sunday: 16 miles w/12 at GMP (goal marathon pace)
Total miles: 63