Month: April 2013

Treadmill

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Treadmills. Always hated them. I went to the rec center in college and ran on the treadmill because that is what you do in a rec center. I would run but I would get so bored that I (if there were no good looking women to stare at) would quit and go find something more interesting to do like picking lint off the carpet .
I have started training in ernest for the marathon/ultra/triathlon and the treadmill is integral to this program. Why? Training needs to increase in miles per week and running out of the house is not always feasible. Training in days per week needs to increase and I find that there are days/weeks when I am not able to go running. But I think the treadmill itself is integral to training for long races because one needs to get used to being bored but still performing. Even running with a friend, we would not be talking much during a race and we would be left to our own mental gymnastics. I am firmly good at dealing with long times of being left to myself for entertainment but in recent years, I have gotten used to having something to do constantly like online games and blogging. Heck, I will probably still be blogging, tweeting, or facebooking during those long races. I will still bring an iPod with music and audiobooks but I still think that keeping my mind on the race is the best course. In the past, I have focused on the numbers and monitoring my body during those long miles. I will still do this in these future races but those really long ones will tax my attention and I will need to get used to not doing anything for long periods.
Anyone out there run long races? What do you do to cope with the long down time?

Versatile Blogger Award

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The Gothamite has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I am honored for the nomination and I honestly am not sure how to respond. I have seen a few of these responses so I will give it a go.

First, Thanks! I am grateful that you like what I read enough to put my name on the list.

The rules for the Versatile Blog Award are :

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award.

5. Notify these bloggers of the nominations by linking back to one of their specific blog posts so they get notified back

7 things about me:

1. I sometimes read comic books (in my 40s).

2. I have lived all my life in Phoenix, Arizona.

3. I watch, and enjoy, Phineas and Ferb cartoons.

4. I work in a public school and, although I do not like the job, I love working with children.

5. WTH? are any of these things really about me? No, they are things about my life. Number 5? Coming up with 5 things to post on the Internet can be tricky. Maybe number 5 is that I tend to be a private person unless someone asks…

6. Related to the last one is that I have ADD.

7. I love blogging and I love even more the fact that people read the things I write and comment back.

Most of those I nominate probably already have this oth other awards but I find that they deserve the awards. I will try to nominate people who do not have this or the other awards I will be nominating but it gets hard because I like to think I don’t just sit and read a zillion blogs because I am bored have decent taste in the blogs I read 15 bloggers who I feel deserve this award:

Some of these are hilarious, some are informative, they are all entertaining and usually find a way to combine the three together making them extremely versatile.
The Jiggly Bits
Mommy Verbs
knocked over by a feather
Free Range Cow
Ironic Mom
Meditating Mummy’s Blog
Irish Katie
Ramanda429
The Blonde Hair Blue Eyed Runner
Juicing and My Life
Beautifully Vegan
run+breathe+be
Miranda Runs
Balanced Fitness for Life
Sarah’s Brand New Chapter

This is by no means an exhaustive list but I am exhausted looking through all the blogs I like to find people to nominate. I want to say that I love every one of the blogs I follow. I love the bloggers and their blogs. I could have included a couple hundred blogs in this list and this is why it took me so log to finish this post. I had the top part written a couple weeks ago and I have been going through my list of blogs to choose 15 for this award nomination. I guess I took this seriously and personally in getting and giving this nomination.

Martin Richard

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My love and prayers go out to the Richard family.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/16/us/boston-boy-killed/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
Martin Richard was killed yesterday. His mom needed surgery and his 6 year-old sister lost a leg.

Again, I send prayers to the victims, survivors, aide personnel, and the bombers. We all need love and prayer. Call me an optimist, tree-hugger, hippie, whatever but, Perhaps if those that did this and other heinous acts received prayer and love, less of these events would happen.

Running

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I love running. That being said, I do not appreciate explosions while running. I am saddened at the 2 dead in Boston as the result of explosions today. I will not stop running nor will I stop running in marathons as a result of these explosions. I do not care if these were intentional or accidents, I will not stop. That is the nature of the sport…we. do. not. stop. I watched the footage of the people as they neared the finish line both as the explosions happened and after, they did not stop. They rubber-necked like 95% of drivers here in Phoenix when anything is at the side of the road (car crash, police with a speeder, small piece of trash, etc) but they did not stop. I figure the race officials had a contingency plan to route people to an alternate finish line and the rest went on to finish in relative safety but those in the immediate aftermath kept going. They figure, I am in the Boston Marathon and I just ran for 4 hours, I am crossing the finish line and nothing will stop me. I pray for those who were injured and I send mega prayers and love to those survivors of the deceased. But this type of thing will not stop us from running. It might stop the casual runners but those of us who run to run will keep running. Those of us who run in any weather and look at something like the Badwater Ultra (135 miles through Death Valley in July) and think “I wonder how big the medal is for that one?” will keep going. Running is what we do, who we are, and we do not stop. I will pause, however, and say a prayer for those who have come before me and those who were taken from us for whatever reason. For their sake I will keep running. I know I would want the same.

Award posts

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I did not meet my goal this weekend. I was hella tired because I got little sleep with my children waking up I the middle of the night (one each night) for a few hours. When they were awake, they kids needed extra attention because they always do this when I need to do something. I got housework done but little else. I did get started on the Versatile Blogger nomination and will post that once I get all my own nominees entered. The others will come shortly after.

Ugh

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I want to apologize to those that have nominated me for awards. I have not gotten to them (obviously) (is there a time limit on these?). I was going to get to them last night but other things I have been putting off got in the way like cleaning house so the mice and roaches do not move in and evict us. You think I kid but there are mice living in the neighborhood and they are just looking for any excuse to take up residence where food is readily available.
My goal for this weekend is to finish those awards. I am grateful for the nominations but life has really gotten in the way lately.
Updates.
Holding steady at 175.
P90x has not started yet but I am still lifting weights and running. I have succeeded in changing my form to a forefoot strike and I feel it is faster for me. I am getting back into the groove cardio wise.

I love the minimalist shoes. I have always been more of a minimalist with my shoes anyway. I ran around without shoes when I was a kid and I rarely wear shoes now. Stronger feet is the key to where I want to go athletically and this is how I will get there.

I meditate over an hour each day. Not the best times but before sleep and when I wake up are when I manage it with my current schedule.

I have it been able to visit many blogs lately but I will catch up this weekend as well.

My kids are doing a Tryathalon this Sunday. Run, trike, swim. That will be really fun.

Thanks for reading! Love and light, namaste.

Are you struggling with any personal goals? Is your personal schedule constantly interrupted by external factors? How do you deal with it?