Flashback Friday: PR

On Sunday my half marathon PR turns 1.

Just out for a stroll

My chip time was 1:58:37.

I’ve done A LOT of running since this race. I’ve dealt with tendonitis, humidity, and running with a sinus infection. I’ve put more than a 1000 miles on these legs, ran a marathon, a 10K, a 15K, and 3 half marathons — none of which have gone as planned, but have all been learning experiences.

My heart knows that I can run faster. I just need to convince my head and my legs (and wear my Garmin). I WANT to feel that high you get from crushing a goal. It’s an adrenaline rush like no other.

BUT if I don’t, 1:58:37 is a pretty respectable PR. If not now – soon. As long as I give it all I’ve got, I’m not going to crush myself (like I did in Gasparilla) for not PRing.

“When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.”
~ Unknown

/end of pep talk — we’ll talk again after Sarasota.

Five Quote Friday

I’m getting a little burned out on the 5 for Friday thing, so I decided to switch it up a little. Actually, I had a post all ready to go about running (which, for the record bored me to tears) and then I read this article on the Top Ten Lessons Steve Jobs Taught Us and I was inspired. (This is a great article, by the way – love him or hate him, he’s changed the world)

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I especially loved the quotes — and since he really HAS offered up a lot of good advice and insight, here are my top 5. It was hard to choose – he’s very quotable!

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Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful – that’s what matters to me.” – Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993

2.

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

3.

I’m sorry, it’s true. Having children really changes your view on these things. We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much — if at all.

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The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people––as remarkable as the telephone. – Playboy Magazine, February 1985

(AMAZING that he said this in 1985. True visionary, indeed)

5.

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Stanford Commencement Speech, 2005

What inspires you?

Hope everyone has a great Friday and a great weekend! Good luck to everyone running the Chicago Marathong this weekend!! (Angie/Randee/Alecia/Cely/Britt — I mean you!)

You Get What You Give

Let’s start this post with the positive — today’s weather? AMAZING. When I met my group (@ 4:50) it was 62 degrees. When I got home it was 58. It felt SO NICE to run to the first water stop without having to wring out my clothes.

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{So happy to be done — and not super sweaty!!!}

The negative? I did 20 minutes of sprints/hills on the treadmill yesterday – and I regretted it today.

My legs were SORE (despite stretching and foam rolling). I made it through 11.25 miles with my group at a 10:00/mile pace (and wasn’t the slowest!), but it definitely wasn’t easy, like it should have been considering the gorgeous weather!

That said — you really DO get what you give. Running long distances is not natural for me. I have to really work at it and I have NOT been working at it lately. I’ve been phoning it in. Well, as much as you can phone in running. And today just proved it to me.

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I’m (generally) not worried about speed in Savannah. I just want to finish and finish strong. My biggest fear is not that 100 million things will go wrong or that I will get a DNF, but I won’t enjoy the experience. Now, I KNOW I won’t be loving life after I finish, but if someone asked me if I would ever run another full marathon again – I want that answer to be yes.

I have IMMENSELY enjoyed (most) of my marathon training (these past 2 weeks aside). I especially love the long runs. I love feeling like a badass after 18-20 miles. I want to do this again. I think. And I want to WANT to do this again.

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I just have to keep giving to get there.

What scares you most about new challenges? It is the challenge or the risk of failure? It’s definitely the latter for me.

It Doesn’t Get Easier

Last Friday, I was talking with my BFF Kate about babies and kids — about how we always think “it’s going to get easier.”

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{We have insightful conversations at the end of a work week}

But here’s the thing (and we both agree) — it doesn’t.

When you’re pregnant and miserable (and neurotic!) in the 1st trimester you think things will be easier if you make it just a few.more.weeks.- and while (most of the time) the horrible, miserable, super anxious feelings go away – your life doesn’t get easier. Oh no. Your body starts expanding. Aches and pains begin. It’s harder to sleep. You start realizing you’re about to HAVE A CHILD.

and you look like this…

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{I know – I’m hot}

When the 3rd trimester hits, you think “I can’t wait to have this baby! It has to be easier than lugging all of this weight around and having a small alien grind it’s head on my cervix!!” and then the baby is born. And guess what? It doesn’t get easier.

The first 3 months are all about survival: Breastfeeding, sleep deprivation, diaper changes. And that’s just the baby. Emotionally, you’re a mess (good luck guys!). Trying to figure out how to raise the baby from the outside is not what you expected (at least – it wasn’t what I expected) and you think “this is the hardest part, it’s going to get easier.” And while you do figure out a routine and you settle into your new life (and you DO get sleep again!) — sometimes you think back to those first months and think “Wow – it was SO MUCH EASIER.”

The first year is a blur – first foods, first teeth, crawling, walking (or the start) and then when you least expect it – those babies begin to form an opinion. Become toddlers. Become preschoolers. Become Kindergartners. Each and every stage gets simultaneously easier and harder at the same time. Much harder.

I know this sounds like I’m whining and complaining – but hear me out. Each stage has it’s pros and cons. And easier – is not always better. Does an “easy” life make for a happy life?

Something my parents taught me from a very early age  – Life is NOT easy (nor is it fair).

Running for example — you’d think that after the first half marathon it’s going to get easier. Well, it doesn’t. 13 miles is still a hell of a long way. Even 3 miles can kick my ass sometimes. It doesn’t get easier. I just push myself harder and I want to go faster. Not easier.

So what I’m trying to say is — the next time you think, “It’s going to be soooo much easier….” (especially when you have a 3 year old) just remember – life is an upward climb. It’s never going to be easier. There’s always going to be something. A roadblock. A challenge. An attitude adjust. So, stop waiting for the next stage. For the next milestone. Stop waiting for the person to find you. Stop waiting for good things to happen to you. Stop waiting.

Start living in the moment. Enjoying the little things. The quiet moments. The happy moments. They hysterical moments.

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You’re not going to look back on your life and say “I wish it were easier.” You’re going to look back and think about your proudest moments. Your happiest moments. When you put yourself out there. When you pushed yourself. When you challenged yourself. When it wasn’t easy. You see – easy is not always better.