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)
First of all I want to apologize to all my readers for slacking on post over the last couple of weeks. I have been in the process of moving and have just gotten settled. My new apartment is great. The one downfall is we don’t have the Internet. I am going to have to find an easy way to continue posting. I never thought that I would miss writing my blog but I do. I like being able to sit down and write. Especially when I know that it is helping other people achieve goals that they have. So until I decided to rejoin the 2000s and have the Internet in my house, I will just be posting whenever possible.
Moving on the the reason all of you are reading this. Lets talk about running. I have set five running goals for 2012.
1) Kanaraville 5k
2) Kanab 10k.
3) Red Rock Relay in Moab.
4) Bryce Canyon Half Marathon.
5) St. George Marathon.
I am not limiting myself to only running in these races. I will try to do others in-between. I decided that I would start over on the marathon training I have done so far since sickness and the holidays disrupted the schedule anyway.
Had a great run today. I was suppose to do four miles but I ended up doing closer to five. It felt great to get out and run. It has been too long and I can tell that it has been a while.
Today’s run was pretty killer. It was my “hill” day. Which means I needed to run on hills as much as possible. My normal running route by default is pretty hilly so I am use to minor increases and decreases in elevation. Last night I was driving home from work and noticed a light near the top a mountain near my house. I thought “I want to run there”. The light ended up being part of a golf course sub-division. I mapped out the route and went to bed excited for the challenge. Despite being chased by a dog and running through two herds of deer it was a really good run. I think I will continue to use it. I will just avoid the road with the dog. haha.
My run today was great. It has been a while since I have done all of my runs during the week so it felt great to start off the new year strong. It was a good run and it felt great to be running outside. The temperature was perfect and the sunshine felt great. Although not fifteen minutes after i finished my run it turned freezing and snowed. Guess I lucked out. So there is a new running gadget that I want to buy. I’m not sure if it is a necessity but it seems awesome. It is a Garmin running watch. My brother got one for Christmas and I have been researching it and I WANT ONE. It tracks miles, pace, and maps your course. The part I am most interested in is that it will track how far I have run. I hate having to drive the streets watching the odometer, trying to find the route that will get my mileage. I keep thinking of all the freedom I would have with a watch that will tell me how far I have gone. The problem is that it is pricey. More than $200 pricey. Too bad Santa will not be coming around for a while.
I don’t know why I didn’t write about this sooner but I have officially registered for two of my five running goals. I registered for the Kanaraville “Freeze Your Buns Run” at the end of January. I am also signed up and on a team for the Red Rock Relay in Moab in May. I am really excited to have these races to look forward too. It will help me to stay focused and really motivate me to train harder. Especially now that I am part of a team. The last thing I want is to be the weak link. On that note I missed my run today. Yesterday I drove four hours to surprise a friend for their birthday and did not get home until late. I planned on running when I got off work, but I had to work late. What can you do. Shiz happens and you have to deal with it. I hope that all you runners took advantage of the perfect running weather last week, because I think we will be in for come cold runs for a while.