When I was in high school I used to hang pictures of pro athletes all over my bedroom walls. My Dad hated it because I would use tape that would peal the paint away. I don’t even think I knew who all the athletes were, but the pictures looked cool so I hung them up. Most of them were pullouts from running magazines - I can think of think of at least two of them that have been busted for performance enhancing drugs. What a great example for a young athlete.
All those posters ended up in the trash once I left for college. Thanks, Dad... really, I mean it.
Lately I have been really thinking about what/who inspires me. I am not inspired by professional athletes like I used to be when I was younger- unless they are Mom’s/Dad’s, doing something amazing outside of the sport (which many are nowadays). Don’t get me wrong, I would love an autograph from an awesome pro, but if their job is to do a particular sport, then…well…are they not just doing their job WELL? I do my job well too, do you want my autograph?
I recently learned that a running acquaintance of mine turned 80. Eighty years old. Yep. This person runs, is very independent, intelligent, knowledgeable. It never would have occurred to me that he was eighty, until someone finally mentioned it. Wow. An athlete at 80 years old? That’s what I want to be.
Most of the people I follow (blogs) do amazing things outside of running, all kinds of people…some Mom’s, some Dad’s, some working, some not but they are real people chasing very different dreams…running marathons, running 5ks, 10ks, ultras, triathlons, everyone has a very different LIFE and a very different GOAL.
In the end, I don’t think it matters if you are a 2ish hour marathon, or a 6 hour marathon. As long as you are living your dreams…one day you may just be the fittest 80 year old in the state, country, world….and I may just want your autograph.
Back to training…………….
Monday: 90 minutes
Tuesday: 45 minutes
Wednesday: 2 mile w/u, 8X800m on road– 2:35, 2:44, 2:32, 2:36, 2:43, 2:42, 2:42, 2:36) 2 mile jog, 10 minutes at goal marathon pace on t-mill (6:20), c/d (10.5 miles)
Thursday: 50 minutes
Friday: 10 miles
Saturday: 15 miles w/ 6 miles at HM goal pace (4 miles, 6 miles at 6:05, 5 miles)
Sunday: Planned distance run 70ish minutes
So I have a confession to make, I stayed up late watching TV with my husband Monday and Wednesday night so I didn’t get up early enough Tues/Thurs morning. Afternoons are for family so I didn’t get out and run again either of those days. Oh well, if this is my way of getting the laziness out before my new training cycle starts, I don’t think I have too much to worry about.
Wednesday’s workout total rocked. I felt so good I jumped on the treadmill and added a ten minute tempo on the end. The times were not my fastest but they were good enough for the “in-between”.
Saturday’s workout did not rock, it was the exact opposite. The plan was to go out for a 15 mile run and drop down to half marathon pace for about 7 miles. About a mile into the tempo portion, my hip had already started cramping and I could feel my back tightening up. I stopped for about 20 seconds about half way to stretch my back…and at one point during the run, I hit my garmin and screamed, “I can do long runs faster than this!” I have to say sorry to Houston for having to witness my ridiculous breakdown.
And actually, no..I can’t do long runs faster than 6:00ish. It just happened that when I looked down at the ticker on my Garmin it read a 6:23, which was wrong as I actually clocked 6:02 for that mile. I’m not sure why this workout was so important to me. I guess I still can’t get over the fact that my goal half marathon pace is right around 6:00….for 13 miles. And I guess I expect 6:08, my PR pace to be easy. It’s not. I’ve got to work my way back up there. Missing distance runs wont help.
SO the plan is to have a REAL plan…one of paper that I can look at and check off the days/weeks knowing I am doing everything it asks. This plan will be put together today, with the help of my husband/coach/better half.
It will be up to me to execute the training. I’m sure I can/will.