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
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.
Wednesday Dec 14: NO RUN
Saturday Dec 17: NO RUN
I am disappointed to say that I only ran one day this week. This week was a busy week full of… “life”. I had birthday dinner with friends, work Christmas Parties, and was sick. Sometimes life happens and when it does you just have to do your best and not beat yourself up when you fall short. IT”S OK!! All you can do is try harder. This week I came to the realization that running or whatever the hobby may be cannot get in the way of “life”. Hobbies cannot take the place of the people, jobs, or religion. A balance must be maintained. This is what I learned this week. What about you?
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