Friday, March 18, 2011

Who will be #500?

Will you take a gander at that!!!!! 499 followers!!!

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Who will be #500???

That is pretty exciting! I better check and see if I have 500 yet…Nope, not yet.

Yesterday didn’t turn out as I had planned. I wanted to take LB with me to the track after school but that just didn’t work out. One thing I have learned is that you have to be flexible when training AND parenting. Sometimes, no strike that-usually things don’t go as planned and I just have to adjust or get over it. Adapt, if you will.  Do you adapt very well when things don’t go as planned? I’m 50/50 on that. But at least I got my swim in.

I went to the pool earlier than usual due to something known as work. Normally that early time is reserved for unit training but I got lucky. It was way less crowded and I got to swim in my own lane for most of the workout. My workout called for 1700 yds. 500 yd warm up/ 1 x 100yd with 15 second rest 2 x 50 yd with 10 sec rest (repeat that 5 times)/ 200 cool down. I ended with 1750 yds because I opted to swim my equipment (kickboard, pull buoy, paddles) to the other end and put them away then swim back, instead of walking.  I thought about that and equated it to finishing a track workout on the opposite side of the track than you parked. Instead of walking across the middle of the track you would  just walk or jog around the track to the other side. Same thing. It is funny how I can totally relate my swimming to my running workouts.

Then there was no run. I had my St. Patty’s Day run outfit all picked out too. But it just didn’t happen. Now I am in a conundrum. Do I run today? I think an easy 3 or 4 miler would be fine, good, wise actually. Then I rest tomorrow.  I have taken the entire week off from spin! I didn’t think I would be able to but I have. I am trying to give my legs some relief and rest. Sunday is my first race of 2011! I figure it can go one of three ways:

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Or in other words:

  1. PR-under 1:55
  2. Finish comfortably with 2-2:10 range
  3. Suck air, walk a LOT and finish who-knows-when with sore muscles and wishing for a MAC Truck or Nekkid Semi to plow me over.

Now, please don’t get sad and down or mad about my “lousy” comment. Understand that these are my goals and they only apply to me. I am in no way saying that anything over 2:10 is lousy. In fact is is NOT lousy at all! But for ME it would be less than what I am capable of and less than I would expect of myself. I will tell you what I tell clients sometimes (in a little different way of course): You cannot use my measuring stick to measure yourself. We each measure our own individual accomplishments by our own internal measuring stick. I would not measure my accomplishments based on YOU. So why would you measure yours based on ME? Be proud of what you do, own it as yours.

Now if you will excuse me I have a lot to get done today: 1) An iPod to organize!! (For those of you who LIKE me on FB I found my iPod! Right were I put it, in the pocket of my Nathan Handheld Water bottle!) 2.) Garden work 3) Back yard sun-sitting (84 degrees today!!) 4) Car to clean out for the girls (plus LB) trip to Raleigh- Tobacco Road Expo!!!

So off I go to be responsible!! Happy Friday!!

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500! I made it merely an hour after posting!! =) You all are amazing!!! And thanks Andrea-Runner Momma-I think you were 500!

26 comments:

  1. Nothing wrong with an easy 3-4 miler today. It will keep ya loose. Good luck this weekend.

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  2. Hi!
    Now that's fun...who WILL be your 500? I'm already on board so can't.

    Good luck w/your race;-)

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  3. 499 followers?!! I need you to pimp me out along the lines of "follow this AWESOME girl" so I can get a few more, lol. JK!
    I think you will for sure be under 2 hours and I think you can PR. Just gotta push yourself. My goal is a sub 1:55. Oh, and wanna know how insane I am? I am running a 20 mile race next weekend with a fellow dailymiler. I haven't ran that far since.... November 28th. I'm so unprepared but we both are and it's just a training run for her so I decided to tag along. I'm thinking we are going to come in last because it is with the Fort Steilacoom Runners Club and I looked them up online and they are insane fast.
    Why am I writing you a novel? I don't know.

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  4. Thanks Kirstie!!

    AM-IT'S KILLING ME!! It's like Christmas that never comes! What if I sit at 499 forever!?!

    Michelle----WHAT!! ARE YOU NUTS?! =) Absolutely you are! And it is so awesome! How fun! A 20 miler would be a great race, think about it-when do you normally want it all to be over? 18-20? And then BAM-20! It's OVER!!! Good luck! Can't wait to hear how it goes!!! P.S. I love novel-ish comments! I do it too...all the time! And pretty sure I do it to you a lot!

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  5. Best of luck this weekend in the Tobacco Road Half. Starting line is about 5 miles from my house. Ran the full last year as my first marathon, and it was great. They did an amazing job with the race organization considering it was the first one. Weather looks pretty good as well. It's a course that's begging for a PR - which is exactly what you're going to do!

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  6. Evolving Through Running-WOW! Good to know! Thanks for the course info!! We will see how that PR pans out!! =)

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  7. Yay for 500 followers! Woohoo!

    I used to kind of freak out when things didn't go as planned. But, with 2 kiddos, I had to adjust my thinking. There is NO way that things will always go as planned. So, now, sometimes I freak out, but usually I just go with the flow. It will be what it will be and I've come to accept that.

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  8. 84 degrees! No way! I'm getting ready for my run and it's 40 and rainy :-(

    Oh well, it will seem a lot warmer by mile 2!


    good luck at your race. I'm guessing #1 - Do AMAZING!!!!!

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  9. Amazing, OK and Lousy are definitely all relative terms. Go get your number 1!!!

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  10. you have 500 now!!! YAY!! Congrats!! :)

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  11. Congrats on the 500 followers! That's amazing!

    I really like your comment about not having other people measure their own accomplishments by comparing them to yours. When I first started running last year, it was very difficult to not compare myself to my friends who had been running for much longer and were just naturally more athletic. Over time, I've managed to see how far I have come on my own measuring stick and I feel much better about my running. Great post!

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  12. Just go run a sub 1:55. Easy peasy! Yay on 500!

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  13. 500 Followers - Wow! Way to go!

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  15. Yay 5-hundy!!! You rock A-to-the-manda!

    Good luck this weekend!!! Looking forward to reading about it! No pressure--go out an run, you've been training for what, like 3 different sports anyways! Crazy tri-hards (crazy as in I have the ultimate respect for)!

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  16. Sunday is my first race of 2011 too!! SO excited! I think we should both KICK ARS!! I meant to get in a run this morning too, but other life responsibilities made that vanish in thin air... so it's now officially a rest day... Think of it as extra fresh legs for Sunday!
    Congrats on 500!

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  17. Good Luck with your race!!

    Woohoo for 500!!!

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  18. Good luck with your sun-sitting.

    :P

    Dark and windy here today.

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  19. I hear you on the sun-sitting. I went home for my lunch hour and spent most of it just standing on the back deck soaking it all up.

    I told D if we don't buy ANYTHING ELSE at all this year, we are getting some nice patio furniture this summer. We had every intention of doing it when it went on clearance last fall but never got around to it.

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  20. good luck this weekend!!!
    and 500!!!! you are one popular lady!!!

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  21. Good luck on your Half Marthon!!

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  22. Have an awesome time on Sunday! Watch out for the horse poo!

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  23. 500 woot!!! You are awesome and will do AMAZING in your race regardless. Rock it out sister. Miss you loads...so wish we could go for a good long run and catch up..

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  24. You are too cool for school! Congrats and good and luck!

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  25. Oh how exciting!!!! Good luck :D

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  26. Congrats on 500! That's awesome!!!!

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You're pretty much awesome!!

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