Consistency

Consistency is everything. In running, in work, in your spiritual life, in relationships, in eating right, in life; if you’re not consistently working on the things that are important to you, you’re never going to meet your goals or uncover your true potential.

If I have been anything over the past two months, I’ve been inconsistent. After the Rock ‘N’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon, I wound up with shin splints. A result of my adding too many miles too fast before the NOLA race, I brought them on myself. I would rest a few days, but every time I ran they came back with a vengeance. It was beyond frustrating to feel fine, begin a run, and have to quit because of the pain.

So, I rested. I rested a lot. To be exact, I rested the entire month of March. I didn’t run a single mile. I didn’t blog about the fact that I wasn’t running. I just didn’t run. Because I was inconsistent in my training for New Orleans, I had to take a break that I had not planned to take. It derailed some of my goals and kept me from running some races I had intended to run this spring.

That’s me in the pink socks!

So, when April arrived, I bought a new pair of running shoes (I’m loving the new Brooks Ghost 9!) and hit the road. I ran the annual Autism Run 5K a few weeks ago on my first day back at it. I felt great and enjoyed being able to run in support of the amazing work that the Autism Center of North Mississippi does in our area. After the race, my abs hurt, I was tired, and even a little sore. Consistency, right?

I’m  finally back in a good running routine, focusing on a faster 5K. The longest race on my horizon is a 10K, at the moment. I hope that through consistent training, I’ll be able to shave a minute or more off of my current 5K time. I also hope to be better prepared to run that 10K, on the road to my next half marathon. For now, my goal is consistency.

2017 Miles to Go: 491

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

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.

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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