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
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?
Hey guys, sorry its been so long since my last post. Posting three times a week was getting to be a little too much for me. So the new schedule is that I will be posting on Sunday nights. The posts will be a 20 week look into my marathon training. The posts will include running journal entries and hopefully a running related topic that I will have been able to put some thought and time into. Once again sorry about the wait but I think that this will make the blog a more enjoyable experience for everyone all around.
Monday: Easy Run- Today is December and so far it has snowed all five days in December. What the H! Today I ran at an indoor track. It was nice to be out of the snow and cold and super annoying to have to count my laps. It made it hard to think of anything else as I ran besides 27, 28,29,27….o crap did I do lap 27 already? But 40 laps later I finished my 4 miles and it felt just as good as four miles outside. So I guess that will be my running home for the next…… four months. I felt a little more tired than I would have liked during my run today. I think this was because I did not have much to eat today pre-run so I was a little low on fuel. Hopefully things warm up here so I can get a few day of outside running. I ran 4 miles today. What did you do?
Wednesday: Hill run nope Tempo Run- Today was supposed to be my first day of doing hill runs. I was excited because for some sick reason I like running uphill. Unfortunately things are still a little frozen here and I did not want to take a chance slipping on the ice. Things have been melting pretty good over the last few days so I am hoping that I will be able to run outside some next week. My run today was not the best. I ate Chinese food for lunch, which stayed with me all day making it really hard to run. I need to put a better effort into my eating habits. I do pretty well most of the time. But there are some areas that I really need to work on. My goal for my long run this week is to make a serious effort to properly fuel before the run so I don’t have any excuses to have a bad run. Today at work a friend showed me this video. Check it out.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PzoxTgfRO0 I wish I could give such a compelling speech. I ran 5 miles today. What did you do?
Friday: Long Run- Today was my long run. It went a lot better than my other runs this week. I was looking forward to doing my long run outside on Saturday but I am going to go to Salt Lake tomorrow to look at the Christmas lights at Temple Square so I had to do the long run today. It has been a great first week of training. I ran 6 miles today. What did you do?
It has been a great week of running. I learned that I have literally become a fair weather runner. If conditions are not just perfect it’s hard for me to get out and run. Kinda a humbling week for a guy who at one time considered himself a running fanatic. This week I learned that it is important to be adaptable. It has been freezing and icy over the last week. Normally I would have opted out of running until favorable conditions came around. Instead I went to the indoor track and did my running. I am done waiting for favorable conditions. If you always wait for perfect conditions then you will be waiting forever. Adapt and continue the journey.
Now I need some feed back from everyone. This is my first week combining what would normally be three posts in to one big post. Is it too long? Doing it like this works better for me but I don’t want people to get bored and not read everything. So please just leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I ran 15 miles this week. What did you do?