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21.1 Long Run

My goal for Seattle is 4 hours. I haven’t done anything at the moment that proves to me I can run 4 hours, but that is my goal and as I talked about in Mental Marathon Training I won’t short change myself by creating secondary goals.

However, during my 21.1 solo run (minus 3 miles with Tom!) I realized something very important… that is my PRIDE goal. The reality of the matter is all that I want from every run is to love it. Seattle

I love running, I love my feet hitting the pavement, I love the wind on my face, I love the sweat, I love the accomplishment and at the end of the day I really don’t get two hoots about how fast I run…except that my pride cares. My PRIDE wants to say I ran a 4 hour, which will lead me to want to BQ…but I don’t really care about those things at all because I have often found they start to strip away at my joy.

It’s the same pride that won’t let me count my walk breaks, which would actually have made this weekend a 23.2 mile day…but those miles don’t count for my pride. I don’t know what will happen in Seattle, but I hope to spend many miles enjoying Mel and Marlene’s company (and all the other ladies who might hang with us!!), the scenery, the atmosphere and the blessedly cooler weather!

SKIN CARE
Post run, I had an appointment to help try and reduce the skin discoloration on my face from ALL the wonderful years where I didn’t know any better than to wear sunscreen. Now first was the issue of putting something on my muscles to keep me from getting stiff and to reduce the current soreness I was already feeling…I tested out a new all-natural product from Peaceful Mountain, ok fine I used like 3 products because every inch of me was tired. So far, I’m a fan, but I’ll need a few more trials to give you any long term thoughts.
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Next was getting dressed….and even in the heat I had to go with jeans so I could wear some compression sleeves! I love you McDavid, but these puppies are NOT TIGHT ENOUGH.DSCN1993 DSCN1989
How do you get out on the town after a long, exhausting run??
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Gratitude Journal
May 30
I am grateful for shiny rings
I am grateful for silly self picturessig
I am grateful for frozen bananas
I am grateful for clear skin
I am grateful for hopeful anticipation

25 comments:

Cassie said...

I can definitely say you're going to love the cooler weather up here. Even on the warmest days we have, the wind in your face is still enjoyable on a run. I think as long as you're joyful and motivated, the goals your pride has set for you will fall in to place on their own. I have no doubt you'll do amazing in Seattle!

Abby said...

I'm with you on this one - being competitive with yourself can be a good thing, but it can definitely take the fun out of things quickly. Have a blast in Seattle, and just enjoy all the minutes and hours you get to be on the course, regardless of how many it ends up being.

And then Alaska! I ran my first marathon in Anchorage, and I'd love to go back. Have a blast!

Trying To Heal said...

I have the same problem, i love just running but pride makes me want to do crazy things. :)

i can' wait until you run seattle! you're going to do great!

Java Joggers said...

Sighhh... I'm trying to just run for the fun of it, and let go of the PRIDE thing. I want to spend the summer not fighting the heat, but just running to run, and letting the times fall where they may. Good luck on finding your balance, and have FUN in Seattle :)

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

This year I have been soooo focussed on the PRIDE. On proving that my first Marathon was not what I am capable of. Training was FUN because of the friends I met along the way. The solo runs felt a lot like work.

We will have FUN and if that speeds our legs to sub 4 hours so be it. If not, we will still have a pretty killer story. Less than a month!

LMC said...

Great job on the (over) 21 miler! You'll do great in Seattle and you will definitely have fun!! Love that pic of you in the mirror, blue is your color!!

Tricia said...

great job on the run! happy sunday!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Great job on the run! You are going to do fantastic in Seattle! Kick that marathon's butt!

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self said...

Great run! You're going to kick butt!!!

Also, I find it very inspirational that you've distinguished between your pride goal and your deeper goal - it's a good way of thinking of it.

Amanda said...

I always tried to stay close to home and take it easy after long runs, but of course that isn't always feasible. Great job on your run!!

allijag said...

UM - you look freaking adorable in that picture :) I looked like TRAIN wreck for days after my 20 mile training run, and my marathon! :)

J said...

I think we all want to run fast and especially in the marathon but having fun really is important. Hopefully you can keep the balance and maybe get your pride goals too. Great job on the long run!

Her Name is Rio said...

I usually don't leave the house after my long run, so no advice there. :)
You've got the right idea on keeping running enjoyable. It doesn't hurt to also have a time goal as further motivation.

Jill said...

Can't wait to meet you in Seattle. I am so excited and can't believe how fast it is coming. Woot, woot.

Jamie said...

I think we all have that! You will do great in Seattle. Plus it is going to be so much fun. I wish I had signed up for this one!

It is tough to get out on the town after a long run. It takes me awhile after I get back, stretch, shower. And if it's too hot for jeans and compression socks then it is for sure the most comfortably cute outfit I can find :) My empty stomach and empty fridge happen to be the biggest motivators on getting me going!

Caratunk Girl said...

You are going to rock Seattle! I have a hard time doing much after a long run as far as "stepping out on the town." I tend to do homey stuff, cook (AND EAT!) work on the garden, stuff like that.

misszippy said...

Fantastic attitude to take into the race! It may be that when you are relaxed with that outlook it leads to better than expected times!

Kim said...

This was a really good check for me. My marathon is this weekend and I really want to hit around 4:15, although I would LOVE LOVE LOVE 4 hours. But in the end, both of those are more about ME than about running. I want to run because I love it, not because I have to meet a time. Thanks for the reminder!

Laura said...

Nice job and have an awesome race in Seattle. I am now totally into the pride thing now that I have actually seen what I can do.

hmm114 said...

You are going to ROCK Seattle !!....From experience.....tell your Pride to Kiss off ;) EVERY step that gets you closer to the finish...COUNTS!!

Adam said...

I'm a VERY firm believer that "there is no history of something until it happens". Just because you haven't had the history of something happening (training runs or race history) there is nothing saying that it can't happen in the future. Go for it - at least you can say you tried.

Marlene said...

You're so right about pride, but I think it's okay to have PRIDE goals! Regardless, we are going to have a spectacular time in Seattle!

You look so pretty all dressed up!

eatingRD said...

wow, sounds like you are good and ready! I think a little bit of pride can be a good thing when it's all in balance :) But most importantly have fun and be in the moment!

Denise said...

i really believe people should have goals that make them happy. you love running for what it is. there's nothing that says every runner has to want a BQ or a sub 4. do what makes YOU happy and that way it will always be enjoyable!

Michelle said...

Way to go on the 21 miles! And, yes, I'm the same way with the pride (although I'm nowhere close to getting a marathon in under 4 hours), but I do have quirky things that I do b/c of pride.

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