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?
Tonight I am sitting on the couch wondering what I should write about. I have been thinking all day about what topics or thoughts that would be interesting. Those of you who know me know that I am a huge fan of The Biggest Loser. I have seriously been watching it since season 2. I rarely miss an episode and I think that it is a quality show to watch. Anyway on last nights episode one of the trainers asked a struggling contestant why she was on the show and what was her reason for wanting to become healthy. She didn’t have an answer. That is what I want to write about tonight. Why I run.
Minus the last twoish years that I have not really been running, you can say that I have been running for about four years. I started running while I was living in Pasadena Texas, serving a mission for my church. While I lived in Texas I gained a lot of weight. People fed us dinner almost every night, consisting of BBQ brisket, banana pudding, Blue Bell Ice Cream, and gumbo. Mmmmm I love Texas cooking. Anyways I started running so I could shed some of the weight that I gained, before I came home to Utah. At first I hated running. It was really hard and I was really out of shape, but I stuck to it. Once my lungs stopped burning and I got stronger I began to love it. Ever since I have loved taking time out of my day to run. These are the reasons that I run.
Why I Run
- Running is my time to think, plan, and have no thoughts all in the same run.
- Running pushes me to my limits. When I think I can’t go any further I do.
- Running is the best kind of therapy. It’s easy to be honest with yourself when it’s just you and the road.
- There is a certain kind of pride that come with saying “I am a runner”. It’s like bragging.. but different.
- I love telling people how far I ran that day and seeing their reactions. Shock, enthusiasm, and envy.
- This is a weird one, but one of my favorite times to run is at 4 or 5 pm…. in the middle of the summer. One could call me a sun worshiper. I crave the warmth and heat from the sun. There is nothing more rewarding than returning from a long hot run and knowing that I beat the sun that day.
I could keep going on all night thinking about clever saying about why I run. When it boils down to it. I run for me. I don’t do it because other people say I should or because it is healthy. I do it because I literally love every second of it. No matter how hard. I think that is why most people run. It may start off as a way to loose weight, or get you a free trip to Hawaii, but those who keep doing it after the goal is reached, or the reward is claimed do it because they love it. That is why I run. Why do you?
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?
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.