Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It’s all in my head…

The pain in my leg.

The cinder block shoes.

The sandpaper socks.

It’s all in my head.

The tightness in my calf.

The tingling in my toes.

The tired legs.

Please tell me it’s all in my head….

The hammering on my heal.

The pulling of my hammy.

The achy knee.

Over and over again…

It’s got to be ALL IN MY HEAD!

3.58 Miles today and it was not fun.

It’s all in my head, right? Taper madness is no joke!  It has me, big time. I need some positive visualization in a serious way. Maybe I can work on some meditation tonight. I’ll let you know how that goes.

I have realized lately that it takes me about 3 miles to warm up. That’s not necessarily bad in a race  that is 13.1 miles or more. But for a 5k, not so good. Guess I need to start warming up before races. Heck, I should even warm up before training runs. What a concept!

I got a sweet new jump/speed rope. It says 12 min a day 5 days a week will burn almost 700 calories. After Vegas I am beginning some wicked cross training. I am pretty excited for the change up.  And in case you need an excuse to change it up a bit you should check out this article by Runner Dude HERE. He spells it out for us in simple terminology and easy to understand verbiage. Essentially, muscle burns fat throughout the day whereas running, well it only burns while you are actually running. So while I’m running  for 4 1/2 hours, like I will be doing next Sunday, I will be burning fat/calories. But once I stop, so does the caloric burn and then I am STARVING and need to refuel with an entire pizza (or the like). Point is muscle burns fat and I am getting soft people. I need to hit the weights and lean up.

Have you all been thinking about what is next for you in 2011? What is your course? Will it include long races? Short races? No races? Weights? Cycling? Swimming? Yoga? Zumba?  What do you want to accomplish in 2011?  I hope to reveal my big plans for 2011 soon!!


  1. It's all in your head!

    Or metabolism ...

    anyway good luck.

    I'm after some winter outdoor running strategies for snowy/icy conditions

  2. Thanks man! Stupid metabolism.
    Hm, winter outdoor on snow and ice...brrr! Treadmill.
    No, kidding. Lots of people put some spikes on their shoes, forgot what they are called. sorry! I'm no help at all!
    Well, here is an article that I read and found helpful:
    hopefully you find some good info from other seasoned snow runners!

  3. Hi Amanda! Thanks for stopping by my blog! We are using an 8-week half marathon training plan. Some of the workouts on the treadmill we make because we want use incline and vary speeds (to avoid boredom mostly!). So, we take turns calling out the speed and incline for each mile!

    I'm hoping you get through Taper madness and can't wait to hear how Vegas goes!!!!!

    I ill be thining of you and Tall MOm!

  4. Just tell yourself its all in your head. Don't go into this week doubting yourself. Good luck!

    I so badly want to get back into cross training for 2011 and hope some time will open up for me to do so. I'm dying to get back into Zumba, I miss it. I have 2011 all planned out for now. May add some things but pretty much set.

  5. It's in your head.


  6. It's all in your head. You are amazing. You and Mel will rock this weekend.

    I have lots of running plans for 2011. I'm hoping for a miracle to make it to the National Marathon in DC.

  7. It is in your head but so is all that training so don't freak. You've got this!

    And after, you'll be a rock hard runner from all that cross training!

  8. I've loved incorporating cross-training since my last marathon. I feel great and it works wonders for weight loss.


  9. You are awesome, and I can't wait to see you in Vegas!!!!

    2011 I have crazy big plans. Including a 100 mile run. Post-Vegas, I will reveal the official "Plan"!

    See you this weekend! Mel has my number.

  10. LOL It's sooo funny I should read this right now because I was just SITTING HERE a few minutes ago and felt a twinge in my shin. I was thinking to myself "WTF was that?!?!" Glad I'm not alone.


    you got this!!!
    2011: Yes big plan: first half marathon!!!

  12. It's totally in your head. You and Mel are going to have a blast! Enjoy every second!

  13. Yup - it's in your head. Have fun! Run because you can!

  14. It's all in your head. 2011 plans, ugh, I find it daunting to think about right now. Balance home, work and working out, tough stuff.

  15. Thanks for that good article on winter gear ... I think you're talking about "yaktrax" - chains for your shoes!

  16. It's all in your head!!! You got this girl, you could do this in your sleep! Hey.. that's an idea... :)
    Can't wait to start some serious XFit with you after your race, I think we will both benefit from it in a major way. I would love to do a half in 2011, that one we were talking about in March maybe? And work up from 5k's to 10k's would be a good goal for me too. AND lot's of cycling road/mountain of course!!

  17. It's all in your head! The taper has got you down. You'll do great!

  18. Good luck, good luck, good luck!!


You're pretty much awesome!!


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