Saturday, November 9, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude: The Tail End

Greetings from our cabin in the woods in Big Bear, California! I am supposed to be moving Ryan to March AFB today for training, but his training has been rescheduled and re-routed. However, we had already put our deposit on our cabin (we were going to stay here for a few romantic days before I moved him).....so we made a fun vacay out of the deal!

Pictures will come eventually. :) I am determined to finish this Grateful blog, however! So here's the last of it!


The best thing I tasted today was....For breakfast I had a slice of my home-made blackberry lemon bread, toasted on the stove, and a spread little Fage greek yogurt on it.

I love going online to .... look up recipes, gawk at dream vacations, and look up home renovation ideas. I must admit a great deal of this is done via Pinterest.

I'm grateful for the way these things feel: my husbands arm around my back, a hug from family & friends, cool & crisp freshly washed sheets after a long day, the taste of cold water after a long run.

Today I felt supported (by a person, the 3 Universe, God) (I'm going to refer to yesterday) ...I felt supported by God and the Universe when we got to the pinnacle point of our hike, and we were on top of the mountain, and Ryan urged me to climb up this rock to really feel "on top of the world". Anyone that knows me, knows I'm terrified of heights. So I felt like God & the Universe "had my back" by not blowing any winds while I was atop of that rock!

When I look around my home, I'm grateful for... Period. I am so grateful. I love our home, and could see us living there for a long time! We looked at about 34 homes, placed offers on 4....so we better be happy with it!

When I look around at the world, I'm grateful for the contrast in landscapes that God  has  given us. Just within the state of AZ...we have coniferous forests, saguaro-laden desert, the red-rocked rolling mountains of Sedona, and beautiful lakes. There are so many beautiful sites in this world!

I love that I have the ability to daydream about our next trip home. I know we will be coming home to MN this summer to spend some time at the lakes. I so cherish my time with family!

I love it when I see animals when we are hiking. I'm not a big animal person. But I do like spotting wildlife when we are enjoying the great outdoors!

The nicest thing I felt on my skin today was the cool mountain air on my skin as we ran on a trail along the mountain!

I'm grateful I'm learning to calm down, relax, and enjoy. I can be really uptight if I want to be. But I've learned that only makes me unhappy. I surrendered myself in the fact that I cannot control most things in life. Being a military spouse and working in an ER has really taught me that lesson this year, and accepting it has really made me a more calm and happy person!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Marathon Madness: Where I'm at....

Last time I talk about marathon training, it wasn't the most positive post. I was having foot pain, that I assumed to be a stress fracture. (When it comes to sports-related injuries, it is much better to overestimate than underestimate).

Well, I finally got x-rays upon my return home to AZ, it turned out to be bone spurs. I have oddly shaped feet with high arches, which affects my gait. He gave me some orthotics, and it's honestly helped.

A few things I've changed up with my training plan, since I "went forward" with it:

  1. I almost never run on consecutive days. Prior to this injury, there were times where I'd run 3 days in a row. If I had it my way, I would run 7 days in a row - for running brings me such joy and release. But discipline runs marathons.
  2. In the past, my marathon training included gradually increasing my mileage weekly and then scaling back every 3rd week. (ex 12, 14, 9, 15, 17, 12). Now I'm building steady and slow. So I did 8, 8, 8, 10, 10, 12, 12.... next week I plan on doing 13-14 and will do that for 2 weeks.
  3. I'm making sure to stretch, foam roll, and take care of my body .
  4. 2 horse-pills of glucosamine-chondritin, 2 horse-pills of Calcium + D are part of my breakfast every day. Gulp.
  5. I've stopped plylometrics until I'm done with marathon training. I love plylometrics, as they make me fit and strong. However, plylometrics is all about jumping, leaping, jumping, pounding, burpee-ing, and more jumping. I don't need any additional high-impact....
  6. I've continued the weight training. In fact, I do more weight training than running. 1 day a week I do super-high-rep leg workouts where I'll do like 200 leg presses, and 100 hamstring curls. I feel like it's made me a stronger runner!
I've been running my long runs at about a 9 min/mile pace. My training runs are about an 8:30-8:40. I'm happy with this, for I am happy to be running. But I think I need to let go of my goal to qualify for Boston. It makes me a little sad, because before this injury I was running a 7:40-8:00/min pace. But, I'd rather run this race strong than sit on the sidelines January 19 injured!

Sorry to bore you with my running talk. Have you ever had to change your approach on a goal you were working to?