Monthly Archives: June 2011

Monumental

Hold on to your hats with this admission, my friends.
My dream vacation?
It’s not Italy. [though I’ve heard it’s fabulous.]
It’s not Madison. [because, let’s face it, I love it already. I’ve lived there and I still feel like I’m home each time I’m there. You can’t dream vacation a place that feels like home.]
It’s not Hollywood. [regardless of my self-proclaimed Pop-Culture Princess status.]
It’s not the Bahamas, or Cancun, or any white sandy beach. [Because, umm, and I hate to admit this [make that two “hold on to your hat” admissions, I suppose]: I don’t really care very much for the beach.  I mean, it’s “okay.”  I guess. But, ehhh….]

My dream vacation?
It’s Washington, D.C.

Okay, so maybe that doesn’t necessarily surprise you, that much. But usually when I mention that I’ve yet to visit our nations beautiful capitol, people look a bit shocked. 

“What? You? You’ve never even seen the White House?  Never been to the mall?  Never seen all there is to see? You?….YOU!?”

No. I haven’t. But I’d love to. Maybe we should take a road trip. Together. and, you know, see the sights. Tour all the museums. Eat a few cupcakes.  Stand in awe, gazing at each of the monuments and memorials for approximately an hour each, with mouths a gasp and tears in each eye. Who is in?  I’ll provide endless entertainment via Presidential Fun Facts.  And The West Wing quotes. [you know it’s true. and you know you’d like it.]

All this to say, I shared another monumental little thing on Savvy Eats recently.

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What’s your dream vacation?

Changing Goals

My original goal for the Boilermaker 15K [Sponsored by BranAppetit], was to try and finish in 1 hour and 47 minutes.
Then my 10+ miler last weekend happened.

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It was rough.
I knew it was time to re-evaluate my hopeful finishing time. Especially because I am a bit terrified of the first four miles of the Boilermaker course…..ahem….

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New goal, after skimping on a few weeks of training: 9.3 miles in under 2 hours.

 

This weekend I’m running the Firecracker 4 Mile in Saratoga for the second year in a row.
Last year my family was in town visiting and  I ran the race with my brother and sister.

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In 2010, I finished four miles in 50:47.  Early this year, while there was no doubt still snow on the ground, Jen and I sat in the coffee shop and discussed our race goals for the coming months.  I decided that I wanted to try and run the Firecracker 4 near her 2010 pace. I set a goal for running 4 miles in under 38 minutes.

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Apparently I am a fool. 
I am no where near trained well enough to run four miles in under 40 minutes.

I’ve been thinking long and hard about this, and I realize that for me, it is important to focus on one type of goal at a time.  The problem with my pre-race season goal settings is that I was trying to massively increase my distance and majorly increase my speed at the same time.  FOR ME [and I can’t say that enough] it is best if I work on one element at a time. 

Over the course of the spring, I have made running longer distances a priority. I know that in order to prepare for the much longer distance races I am running this year in comparison to last year, and the year before that, that I needed to just do it.  I had to run five miles. Then six miles. Then eight miles. And last weekend, ten.  I had to do it, or I wouldn’t be able to complete the 10K and 15K races I have already registered for in a healthy way. 

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In paying attention to distance, rightfully, speed training was NOT a priority for me.
Did I manage to run a speedy 5K, crushing my previous race PR the other day?  sure did.
Did I manage to run the fastest mile of my adult life a few weeks ago? you betcha.
Did I do any dedicated “speed” days? nope. not a one.

So this Forth of July, I plan to run the Firecracker 4 Miler. [Sponsored by Poise in Parma]
I plan to run faster than last year.
I plan to consider my race a part of my Boilermaker training.
And those two plans are enough for me for this race.

I also plan to continue to set goals and to be beyond okay with re-examining and re-setting goals as necessary. 

It’s important to remember there is no shame in saying, “oops. let’s look again.”
Saying, “I’m not where I thought I would be, or could be” is a lot like saying, “My eyes were bigger than my stomach.” 

Even more so, being able to say, “I’m not ready to perform at that speed/intensity” is a lot like saying, “I am putting my health and my attitude first and foremost.”

I want to push myself.  I know that growth and success in that growth comes right beyond my comfort zone.  I understand that I need to set big goals in order reach big goals.  But I want to do so in a healthy way.  I want to enjoy the process as much as possible.  And I want to be able to say, “I did it,”  no matter what “it” is this time around, or the next.