The inspiration for my blog this morning came from a text that I got from my girlfriend that says, “How does one find any joys in running?!” Thinking about why I find joy in running I realized that the reason I love to run is because I find joy in seeing how far I have come since I first started running. Even if I look back to the more return to running. I can see how much I have improved and it makes me happy. Generally I find joy in running because typically my very first challenge of the day is waking up and going for a run. If I am able to get my butt out of bed and run, then I know that I will be able to face whatever challenges come my way throughout the day because I have all ready conquered one. I do have one confession to make. I am excited that my girlfriend has decided to give running another chance. I have always hoped that we could be running partners someday. =) Well this is all I have for this week. Guess it will be a short and sweet post. Have a great week all.
Wow what a great weekend. Moab is awesome and the Red Rock Relay was awesome. The race course took us from down town Moab, along the Colorado River, through the desert, to the top of the mountains and back again. My team did not finish in the top of the pack, but we did finish, and everyone ran really good. Good Job Guys=) During the race I realized that I am not in nearly as good of shape as I thought I was. So this was a good reality check for me and I have re-committed to train smarter and push myself. Moab was completely awesome. It was just the right amount of hippie and normal that I love. I found out on Monday that I did not win the lottery to run in the St. George marathon. I am pretty bummed. But I have lots of other races planned and hope to find a marathon soon. Last night for dinner I made trail mix sandwiches. Basically it was cream cheese, honey, lemon juice, and trail mix, mixed together and spread on toast. My girlfriend said it was gross, but I think it was….interesting. If I decide that I like it I will post the recipe.
Well that is all I have for this week. Have a great week.
“Having a true faith is the most difficult thing in the world. Many will try to take it from you.”
I have officially been off of soda, more specifically Coke and Dr. Pepper for two weeks. Now that the headaches and un-rational thoughts about how I can get my hands on one at 2am have subsided, I can say that I feel AWESOME! I went for a run thing morning and I felt strong and actually enjoyed the myself. I can’t say that I am going to swear off Coke or Dr. Pepper forever. I don’t know if that is an achievable goal. But I am going to stick to it and see how long I can last. Now that I have done two weeks I am shooting for a month.
I am leaving for Moab tomorrow afternoon for my relay race. This week I feel much stronger and am more excited than for the race. I am still not in the shape I would like to be for it, but I feel like I can compete. I am going to try to twitter the crap out of the race. So follow my tweets http://twitter.com/beaushakespear. Have a great week.
“If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.” (this seems appropriate for me for the last couple of weeks)
I went running yesterday. If I’m being honest with myself, then technically it’s the first time I really went out to run in over a month. I did go biking/running on Saturday and I have gone a few other times within the last month. But I haven’t been doing anything that would have prepared me for my upcoming races. Anyway for the last month I have had the mind-set that I could drink 5+ Cokes a week sometime two at once and not suffer any setbacks.
P.S. I’m not proud of this moment. After this photograph was taken I swore off Coke ( this is a big deal) and have not had a Coke or any soda for 6 days and I have not fallen off the wagon.
Physically I feel like I am in a strange place. Let me explain. I have been working out at the gym most mornings, despite my afternoon Coke bingeing. So I can feel that my legs are stronger and my muscle endurance is better than it has been. My weakness right now is my lungs. It’s weird because normally I am in the opposite situation. My lungs are normally strong and my body can’t keep up. This is probably a result of my drinking problem and lack of training for the last month. After my 6 mile hell run yesterday I am more scared than excited for my upcoming Red Rock Relay in two weeks. Well that’s all I have for this week. Have a great week everyone.
“It hurts up to a point and then it doesn’t get any worse.”
– Ann Trason
Hello everyone or no one. I may not have any readers left since I have not blogged in months. My only excuse is that my running habits have been about as good as my blogging. I swear that the last couple of months have not made it easy for me to run. Between snow, wind, ice, sickness, family gatherings, and a new job, I have just not been able to make the time to run. Enough with the excuses. In running related news I have some big races coming up. I signed up to run the Red Rock Relay. My team has a race in Moab on May 12. I am really excited for it because I have never been to Moab. Now I just need to get in shape for it. I also have the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon coming up in July, and in September I have the Red Rock Relay Zion race. I put my name in a lottery for the St. George marathon. So if I get picked I will be able to add a marathon to the list. So I would say that I have a potentially busy six months with all of my races. I am trying to get back into the groove of things and am excited for my upcoming races. Also I promise it will not be another two months before my next blog. Have a great week!
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
Steve Roland Prefontaine
Wow sorry guys. I was so excited to write about my 5K, but remember how I live in the early 90’s and don’t have the internet at my apartment? Well I have been using my girlfriends internet to get my blog done each week (thank you by the way=)). Last Saturday luck would have it that a combination of her internet connection and my crappy old laptop did not create a conducive blogging environment. So I told myself that I would do it Monday. Obviously that didn’t happen so here I am a week later trying to get this out. This is what I wrote on Saturday last week:
“Yesterday I officially checked the first run off of my 2012 running goal list. I did the Freeze Your Buns Run 5K. The name of the race was appropriate because the temperature positively freezing. My goal was to finish the race in less than 30 minutes. My finish time was 27:03. I am really happy with that time, but I think that I could have done better. I feel like I did everything I could to prepare physically for the race, but failed at ensuring I was properly fueled. I have been drinking lots of Coke and other drinks lately . Also I have not been super diligent with healthy eating. Well Friday the day before the race was no different. I had my daily Coke and went out to lunch with some co-workers, and ate a less than healthy meal which probably involved a sandwich that consisted of pulled pork and brisket… o ya and french fries. I didn’t really eat dinner on Friday, and for breakfast on Saturday I had a granola bar. So I didn’t have much energy when it came down to race time. I just didn’t have the energy that I needed to get the best time possible. But I did accomplish my goal and got the best time possible given the circumstances.”
That was all I got typed before I let the internet win over my desire to get my blog out. Something that I want to take from the race last week is the importance of proper fueling before a race. So I have made goals to not just before race day, but everyday to: stay hydrated, eat healthy foods, and get a reasonable amount of sleep. There are many other things that I could do, but that is where I want to start and will build from there.
This post feels rushed and I guess that it probably is, I just want to get it out so I can move on to other topics. Thanks to everyone who reads this blog. I intended it to be a way to hold myself accountable to my training. I enjoy getting comments and feedback. That being said… What do you guys do to prepare for a long run? Are there any foods or supplements that you use?
I am not really sure what I want to write about today. I will be going running at the gym ( yes that means treadmill) when I get off of work tonight. But I have accepted the fact that winter has finally come to Southern Utah and I better get use to doing some treadmill running.
I have my first race of the year/first race since my half marathon coming up on Saturday. It is only a 5k, but I am still a little nervous for it. I guess nervous really isn’t the right emotion. Maybe a combination of nervous/embarrassment. I know that it is stupid for me to feel like that, but I hate knowing where I was at in my running two years ago and a 5k was a distance I warmed up with not a goal. That being said I am excited to be back into running and I hope to finish in 30 minutes or less.
One issue that I have been experiencing lately is with my running nemesis. Not the one I wrote about earlier this year. This nemesis is pure evil. He breads doubt and weakness into my every run. It is easy to compete against other people. I can handle that. It is hard competing against someone who knows my weaknesses and uses them against me. My true nemeses is myself. I compete against myself almost every single day. I know how fast I was able to run races in the past. I am always thinking about how easy running four mile use to be or how my 5k time was closer to the 20 minute mark instead of the 30 minute mark. Sometimes it is hard, but I just have to forget my past accomplishments and focus of where I am right now. I feel 100% better physically than I did a month ago and for that I am grateful. I look forward to getting stronger and faster until I can beat crush my old times and my nemesis in the process. I don’t know if I will ever stop competing with my past times, but I think that until I get some races under my belt and create some new times I will continue to compete with my own too personal nemesis. (Zombie Beau=the past Beau I compete with)
I want to do a quick shout out to The Marathon Training Academy http://marathontrainingacademy.com/. I am using their training plan to train for my marathon and it rocks. I also listen to their podcast every week, and download a past podcast to listen to during my long runs on Saturdays. If any of you are interested in training for marathons or half marathons I highly recommend giving these guys a listen they are great and I have learned some really good tips that have helped me with my training this time around.
After changing my blogging method and schedule so much I have decided that I am going to go back to posting the way I did when I first started. I will once again be blogging three times a week. I will blog on the days that I run. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. I have been looking at my stats and noticed that they have severely gone down since I have moved away from consistent blogging. One of the main reasons I started this blog was so I could help others who are also training for a marathon and trying to live a healthier lifestyle. I am back on track and excited to share my experiences.
OK now that I am back I NEED YOUR HELP! I cannot wake up in the mornings.When my alarm goes off I wake up and am not really tired, but it is so cold outside that I do not want to get out of my warm bed. Running in the evenings is not really an option for me because by the time I get off of work it is dark outside. What are some things you guys do for motivation in the mornings?
So I have some bad news….I have not been able to run since Wednesday because I hurt my knee. I don’t think that it is serious. I think that I have just been training really hard and just needed to take it easy for a few days. That being said I am very frustrated that I can not run. The first three weeks of my training had been going great. I feel like I have been getting stronger each week. It is feeling a lot better today so I am hoping that I will be able to start running again on Monday.
I love inspirational quotes/statements. I have them written on sticky notes, random pages in my journal and even some up on my wall. My posts this week have been a little bit of a downer. So we need to get a little positive energy up in here. I think that it is important to recognize frustrations or negative events that happen in your life. But you should never let them have a negative impact on you. With every situation comes the opportunity to grow. These quotes have helped me this week when I needed encouragement this week. Hopefully they can help push someone else when they need a little boost.
Ability is what you are capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it. –Lou Holtz
Other people may not have high expectations of me, but I have high expectations for myself. — Shannon Miller
Good judgement is the result of experience, experience is the result of bad judgment. –Mark Twain
Once you’re beat mentally, you might as well not even go to the starting line. –Todd Williams
Your fat is your fuel. –Bob Harper
Sweat is your fat crying.
You are a force to be reckoned with.
Pain is weakness leaving the body.
There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in-between. — Pat Riley
I always wanted to state my own motivational saying and I think that I have come up with one. I hope that this is my own statement and that I didn’t steal it from somewhere or someone. If I did them let me know so I can give them credit. haha.
Inspiration can be found in the most random of places. Go find yours. –Beau Shakespear
One week down. WOW what a week of running it has been for me. If I could only remember how long its been since I have run for five consecutive days. At the beginning of the week I was worried that starting off running five miles a day was a little ambitious. Now I think it was the perfect place to start. I feel stronger and stronger everyday. I am starting to feel like a runner again and I love it!
So I had a very…. interesting run today. First I meet my official running nemesis and I saw a sled dog. Back to the nemesis. I was running up the canyon trail and out of nowhere this red-headed guy speeds by me. I swear to you he looked like just like the red-headed bully in A Christmas Story. Anyways my pride kicked in and I sped up. But he was just to darn fast and I was only like 1/3 of the way done with my run so I slowed down and hoped that he would stop to take a break so I could pass him then. As I got to the straight stretch just before the end of the trail I saw that I was only 15 yards behind nemesis. I got excited because I figured he was slowing and I could pass him on our way down the trail. He turned around and I did a little wave just to acknowledged him. Nemesis glanced at me smirked and booked it down the trail. I was pissed and probably called him some bad names in my head. He totally kicked my trash and I couldn’t even keep him in sight. Thus I gained a new nemesis. BEWARE nemesis. Next time I come against you I am going to leave you in the dust… or trip you. haha.
Moving on. After I got smoked by nemesis I was thinking about how it was nice to have a new nemesis when I hear this thunderous sound coming up behind me. I looked back and thought ” ahhh a horse!” Nope not a horse. It was an Alaskan sled dog taking its owner for a run. True statement the owner was certainly not in control of the situation. Although it was funny watching the owner try to look like they normally run that fast and that being dragged down the trail behind their dog was the furthest thing from their mind.
After my pride was starting to return following my defeat by nemesis and the sled dog I realized that there will always be someone/something that is faster than I am. Thus the importance of having a nemesis. Someone who will inspire you to work harder and be more committed to your goal so you can defeat them. This not only applies to running but to life. Sometimes a kick in the butt is required to inspire action. Who better to do this than a nemesis that you may or may not ever see again. So my recommendation to all…. find a nemesis. Have a great weekend everyone.