Wednesday, February 16, 2011

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on.~Robert Frost

Running is like mouthwash; if you can feel the burn, it's working.~Brian Tackett
Every obstacle that could get in the way, is...

My goal is to qualify for Boston. I've been taking tiny steps to reach this goal.
First, I ran 25 half marathons in 25 states between 2007-2009. Achieving the goal 2 years to the day started.

Then, I completed a 70.3, which ended up being no goal at all, yet, it was a mid-training incentive for Chicago marathon. I finished, cutting almost 1/2 off my estimated time.

In October, I got sick. Doctors didn't know what was wrong, I went to every specialist in the book and had every test. Ended up being a Vitamin D and Calcium deficiency. For 3 months, I focused on getting my diet and "health" under control.

This past January, I started feeling better and started running again. Met with a coach who set a plan for me to focus on a Boston qualifier goal in the next couple of years.
Last week, in February, I started getting in ship-shape, ready for training, and all of the sudden, had a bum knee. Messed my knee up really bad skiing a black diamond. "Had to do the black diamond to 'say I did it.'" (Not...a good decision...) =S
So, now, here I am visiting knee surgeons and PT's to prep for surgery, "Torn ACL". *Suffice it to say, training will be deferred until after surgery and healing and PT is complete. (4-6 months tops).

Finally, I find out that the BAA decided to lower the qualifying requirements over 20 minutes per age group in 2013. Here is the information.  In 2013, there are new qualifying times
Age Group Women
*45-49 3:55:00

I'm not going to give up.
I keep my stride...
- Focus on eating the right things in my diet.
- Try to take care of my knee so I have a future running career.
- And read, read and read about "mental focus" i.e. "Magical Running" and "Brain Training for Runners".

I'll keep preparing and perservere!!!!

For now, I stand in line, patiently waiting to heal.

So, there you go... My story... my journey... toward my Boston qualifier goal...

And the story continues....

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snow Day!

I woke up this morning and looked out my hotel window to find over 6 inches of snow, and there's more coming.  Crazy winter.  Not unusual for the northern midwestern states.  Winter weather gives me a Yin-Yang emotional feeling.  I like walking out in the fresh glistening snow; but, when it comes to day-to-day, it becomes an irritant for me.  My thoughts lean toward, "I really don't want to drive in this." And, "I don't want to do anything."

BAD, Bad, bad thoughts.

It's so easy to get into a slump of these thoughts.  Especially, when I read notes from my friends who live in the southern states, who can get to run without the perturbing obstacle of the winter snow.  Sure, many of my friends enjoy the snow.  Those who can stay in their warm cozy homes, drinking coffee and seeing off their kids to school.  Then, at their leisure, can get their snowshoes out and walk on their purchased land as they desire.  On their schedule.

It's not always fun watching that, especially, when I'm dealing with so much personally and am trying to get back on track professionally.  I keep struggling forward with obstacles like, my weight, eating habits, doing the responsible thing, which is going to work day-in-day-out.

I'm not certain my thoughts are positive today, but, wanted to post me in a hum-drum slump.

In another few minutes, I will turn the corner and forge forward out in the snow; clear my car windows from the cold snow and then drive the short blocks to work.