Gaining Confidence

“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” – Joe Namath

In honor of the 2016 National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide’s celebration in Tuscaloosa today, I thought I would share a quote from former Alabama great, Joe Namath. After two really fantastic training runs this week, I am feeling confident, having fun, and looking forward to amazing things that are to come in 25 days in Disney!

I ran three miles Monday when we returned from Nashville and it was awful. I was slow, winded, and mentally just not into it. I swear 90% of running is having your mind right. The other 10% is just putting one foot in front of the other.

Tuesday, I rocked my 10K! I felt great and could have kept going had it not been after work and the fact that my boys would expect supper sooner than later. Everything about that run was amazing.

Today, I completed an eight-mile long run that was equally as fabulous as Tuesday’s 10K. It was cold, but I layered properly, and enjoyed being out in the sun. Had I had one more GU packet, I could have easily hit 10 or more. Today was a great training day!

Gaining confidence as a runner is vital to enjoying the sport. When I feel good about a run, I have fun, and I know that reaching the finish line of whatever race I am training for is attainable. Joe Namath played football at Alabama under the one and only Coach Bear Bryant, so you know that without a doubt he worked hard to hone his quarterback skills so that he would be confident on the field. He led the Tide to a National Champioship in 1964, both fun and amazing.

Our Magic Bands arrived yesterday and the excitement of returning to “the happiest place on Earth,” has us counting down the days. We aren’t telling Miles about the trip until the morning of departure, so we are just as excited about the surprise as we are the trip. I desperately needed this week of confident runs to know that I am almost fully prepared for the Glass Slipper Challenge. Training was fun this week and I cannot wait to see what amazing things are in store when the race to 19.3 begins in four short weeks.

2016 Miles to go: 965

Keep Moving Forward

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 As the bitter winter cold has finally set in and I have found myself back out on the road, I am constantly looking for inspiration to run harder and longer than ever before. The Glass Slipper Challenge is less than five weeks away and I want to be overly prepared for all that these two races will hold.

Today, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his ultimate sacrifice for equality in our country. I didn’t want to run today since it was so cold and we got up early this morning to drive home from a weekend visit to Nashville, TN, but the prolific words of Dr. King that kept showing up on my social media feeds motivated me to lace up my shoes, put on many layers, and hit the pavement. I waited until 3:00 p.m.to get out and run because it was going to be the warmest hour of the day, at a whopping 34 degrees. With the wind chill, it felt more like 27. Either way, it was cold. I was tired, but I did it. I kept moving forward and completed a much needed training run. It was a rather disappointing run, definitely not my best, but I completed it.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 This week took me to two fabulous southern cities, Birmingham, AL, and Nashville, TN. I spent most of the week in Birmingham on a media blitz promoting Tupelo as a great weekend getaway destination. We recorded a television spot and pitched editorial on Tupelo to some of the amazing publications based in the Iron City. A highlight of the trip was a dinner meeting at Chez Fonfon, Frank Stitt’s delightful French bistro in the Five Points area of the city. I highly recommend a visit to this delectable locale whether you are on business, enjoying a girls’ night out, or just looking for a scrumptious meal. Our hotel was in a very high traffic area, so I succumbed to the dreaded treadmill for my training runs, but at least I remembered to pack short sleeve shirts! Birmingham is such a quick trip from home on Interstate 22 and it was fun sharing all things Tupelo in this beautiful Alabama city.

 With my Run Disney races just thirty days away, I am close to putting in the miles I want to reach to be race ready. I am going to lengthen some of my early morning runs this week so that I am getting closer to what it will be like to run a 10K one day, immediately followed by a half marathon the next. I am confident that I could get through it now, but I know that putting in the hard work and moving forward over the next few weeks, will make my bucket list races that much more fun.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2016 Miles to go: 979

Running Resolutions

I love a good New Year’s resolution. I’m not talking about an overly broad “I’m going to be a better person this year” type of resolution. I mean a measurable, attainable goal that motivates me to actually be a better person in the process. I have made resolutions in the past to read a certain number of books or volunteer a certain number of hours, but this year I am resolving to be a better runner with a few running resolutions in 2016.

Resolution #1: Run 1,000 Miles in 2016

I am going to run 1,000 miles this year. If I were to do it all at once, I could get all the way from Tupelo, Mississippi, to New York City in a little over 1,000 miles. In reality, this is just under three miles a day. My current training schedule requires running four days a week, most days over three miles, so while it will be challenging, I look forward to tracking every mile on the road to 1,000.

Resolution #2: PR a Race 

To date, my fastest race was my very first half marathon. In training for the RunDisney Glass Slipper Challenge in February 2016, I have gotten faster and know that a PR is within reach. I don’t expect to PR the Princess Half Marathon from everything I have read about the race with all of the character stops, photo ops, and number of runners/walkers who participate, but with several other races planned in 2016, I am excited about this resolution.

Resolution #3: Participate in a Virtual Run for Charity

Virtual runs can be run anywhere at anytime. You simply sign up, pay the entry fee, get in your miles, and your medal arrives in the mail. Virtual runs are a great way to raise money for a non-profit or charity organization without having to actually put on a race. I haven’t participated in one of these races yet, but plan to support one of my favorite charity groups this year by participating in a virtual run.

new-years-day-1021360_1280

I just finished my first run of 2016 and while it was cold, windy, and I could definitely tell that it has been a few weeks since I hit the pavement, it felt great! I am excited about all that this new year has in store. The RunDisney Glass Slipper Challenge is a bucket list race for me, so I cannot wait for that magical weekend in February. Most of all, I love being a healthier, stronger version of myself, and that alone will make me “a better person this year.”

Happy New Year!

2016 Miles to go: 997