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Training… Is great……….

 

 

I LOVE training in the blistering, breath taking COLD ! … There’s just something about the pain in your lungs that distracts you from all else….

 

Right?? ….

 

As you can tell I might be trying to convince myself a bit.  I can’t remember if I said in a previous post or not that I would stop complaining about Winter Training.  If I did…I’m sorry.  I’m a liar.  Because winter training sucks ASS !! Big bone chilling ASS !

 

I’m doing it though…I have no choice.   I signed up for the April Fools race and I will not show up unprepared.  I ran outside on Tuesday night.  It was in the high 30’s, low 40’s and perfect.  ( as perfect as winter running can be for me. ) Tonight I have to do 5 miles…and it’s going to be in the teens.  Yippee, fuckin Skippee ! Can’t wait !!

 

Tonights commute will consist of loud playing, crazy music to get me pumped.  I need to get into warrior mode ! I have secret motivations in my head that will push me through this. 

 

Mental notes….to prepare for the fun run tonight…

 

                A Latte on the way home ….is “ fuel “ ..I will drink it with no guilt !

 

                On the way home…play songs to pump me up.  Find focus in Battle Mode !

 

                Don’t feel bad about corny “ warrior” & “ battle” references…this is MY world !

 

                Suck it up ..and put on an extra layer of clothes! You are running 5 miles in the cold.  Not climbling some crazy   mountain in 30 below! – You WILL survive.

 

                Nothing feels better than when you are done ! Keep reminding yourself of that feeling!

 

                Final reminder….April is right around the corner!!! NO TIME FOR EXCUSES !!!

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Running MY race…

 

Yesterday was my 10 Mile trail race.  Absolutely Awesome !!

I’m realizing that when I get bouts of laziness, being unmotivated….that a trail run might just cure everything.  Nothing gets me more pumped up or excited than a run in the woods.  It’s  adrenalin times 100 !

The day was perfect for a run.  After getting signed in I got to talk with some other runners.  The NJ Tail Series has an event in May called 3 days at the Fair.  It’s basically an endurance event.  You can sign up for a 6, 12, 24, 48, or 72 hour race.  The course is a one mile loop around the Fair Grounds.  Though running around like a hamster in an endless wheel does not really spark my interest too much….seeing how far I can push myself does! I was talking with the race director and asked him his thoughts on 3 Days at the Fair for a beginner.  He said he thinks it’s an awesome race for a beginner.  It’s nothing more than a mental endurance race against yourself.  You don’t have to be fast.  The race has an open kitchen, stocked with aide and hot foods that you pass every lap.  You can also set up a tent right on the side of the race course.  If you want to stop and nap for a bit and continue running you are able.  It’s all about seeing how many miles you can rack up in the set time.  I’m thinking this would be a perfect addition to my training for the 50k to see how I do with being on my feet moving for so many hours.  I’m pretty set on the 24 hour event.  Getting pysched that my 2012 race calendar is starting to work itself out.  I know it’s only 2 races so far…but it’s a start.  Love it !

So back to the race…

Of course the first part is always the hardest for me.  Doubts creep in and my body is like… ” ughhhh, REALLY? WHY are we doing THIS?!?! ”   But then my body catches up with my mind and never seems to let me down.  A bit after 3 miles I’m warmed up and feeling great.   I met a runner.. Mike…before the race.  He had overheard me talking about 3-DATF and asked if I was going to do it?  It seemed that we both were on the same running level.  He had done 2 half marathons, but never a full, and yesterday was his second official trail race.  I ended up running his heels for the first half of the race.  He kept me honest with his pace and it forced me to push myself.  Only got off the trail twice. Ha ! The first time it was 3 of us running together…and we got of course for a good distance.  Maybe 3/4 of a mile.  After we got back on track…we came to a good technical downhill.  Crazy how the downhills put light a fire under my ass.  The momentum gets me moving and I feel like I’m some professional trail runner.  Weaving back and forth on the trail, dancing on rocks all the way down.  Nothing makes me feel more alive ! It was at this point where I broke away from Mike and the other guy.  Though I was running like a mad woman, I could feel that my legs were getting tired and my ankles getting sloppy.  I had to remind myself to pick up my feet and be extra cautious where I stepped.  There were several downed trees that you had to climb over and some good muddy patches.  Though I was careful to work my way around the big mud patches, mostly in fear of sliding and falling on my ass….the small water streams I went barreling through full steam ! God..it was awesome!  Wet shoes, socks and all !

As I ran this race,  from the moment I felt my body warm up and kick into gear I was consciously thinking about this… ” Running my own Race.”  At the beginning of the race, I started at the back …like I always do.  Anyone who might have been in back of me quickly passed me.  I stayed true to me and did what felt comfortable.  I didn’t blow everything I had in those first miles and it paid off in the second half.  Many of the guys that went flying by me in the beginning were walking along the side as I passed them later on.   I know it’s hard for the ego to be at the back…to be last.  But for me, for this body it’s what works.  Once the body warms up and gets in sync with your mind…it all clicks.  They discuss the goal and somehow it gets achieved.

There are a couple of winter races and though it’s hard to think about the cold ( as I can’t feel my fingers in this damn coffee shop right now!! ) I know that like all the rest…they will keep me motivated and pushing forward.

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Progress..

I have officially decided on my first race for 2012.  This will force me to train through the bitter cold months.  ( fingers crossed for a mild winter ) April 1st-  The Fools 50K ( but I will be doing the 25k ) This should be a good stepping stone for my ultimate goal of doing a 5oK.  I will commence my official training January 2nd.  So mark your calendars…because I know you will all be waiting with bated breath for my training updates.

Tonight…was Spinning class # 3 .  I won’t play tough….it kicked my ass.  Wobbly legs with close calls of them giving out, mixed with urges of vomiting on myself, made it awesome ! ..GREAT times ! But damn if I don’t feel awesome when all is said and done.  Super Spinning Instructor Rita keeps me coming back. Well….her and the close calls of vomiting…because who can deny that type of excitement?!

Rita’s loud motivations into the microphone keep me pedaling.  Not always fast and hard…but always moving.

”  COMMIT TO THIS !!!…..COMMIT TO YOURSELF!! ”

” PUSH YOURSELF….YOU CAN MAKE YOURSELF STRONGER! ”

” IF YOU WANT SOMETHING…IF YOU WANT THIS….WORK IT !! ”

And so far I’m enjoying her playlists.  Though not a big fan of her warm-up song tonight.  “Red Solo Cup” .  Really ?!?!

The moment that got me going tonight? Rita yells ……. ” DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE ???? ”  And on it comes….

Music…motivation for the soul.  Jules asked about songs and playlists.  Well… I truly love everything.  Love acoustic stuff …hip hop, country, even the romantic sap. Love it all !  So let’s share….shall we.. ?

This is my playlist that I made to get me through my half marathon :

Sky – Joshua Radin ( featuring Ingrid Michaelson )

Pretty Vegas – INXS

Make Her Say – Kid Cudi

Set Fire to the Rain – Adele

Harder, Better, Stronger, Faster – Kanye West

Fire it Up – Modest Mouse

Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon

Faster – Matthew Nathanson

Don’t Give up on me now – Ben Harper

Something To Be – Rob Thomas

Till I Collapse – Eminem

Everyday – Dave Matthews

Missed the Boat – Modest Mouse

Dare you to Move – Switch Foot

Praise You – Fat Boy Slim

Pumped up Kicks – Foster the People

Lose Yourself – Eminem

So Right – Dave Matthews

Beautiful – Eminem

Dog Days are Over – Florence and the Machine

Shake Ya Tail Feather – Murphy Lee & Nelly

Creep – Radiohead

S&M – Rihanna

Show me what I’m Looking For – Carolina Liar

Feeling Good – Muse

You Get what you Give –  New Radicals

It Don’t Matter – Donavon Frankenreiter

Ok….so now it’s your turn. What’s on your playlist ?

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