Time to running geek out again…you thought in Napa all I did was run through a vineyard and geek out about that amazing view from these two feet…well no there was WAY more running geekdom to be had…followed by some realizations about why I’m not hitting the results that I want.
Saturday running geekdom included…a running analysis and conversation with: Andrew Kastor (aka Deeana Kastor’s husband). Pretty sure that’s how people refer to Mr. BMX too…oh that’s Amanda’s Husband…hehe. Now that I have the attention of all running nerds, let me just say when I did my run analysis..he said and I quote “Perfect, great stride”.
I won’t mention any names…but the person who was supposed to snap my running pic didn’t quite get it so here is someone else finishing their run. We each ran a few times and while it wasn’t a scientific clinic with cameras and such…if the man can watch his wife run daily for years and still call my form perfect, well we’re totally best friends.
Mum always told me I was and now it has been confirmed by a third party. I was really excited by this reaction to my form because as many of you know I’ve been working on my form religiously for months now and am slowing seeing the payoff in less injuries and faster times.
Later that day I also had a chance to sit down with Andrew for about 20 minutes just to chat. Currently he works with Asics at great events like the Oakley Women’s Retreat and coaches about 20 athletes for races around the country…oh and he supports that amazing Olympian of a wife. It was great talking to him about potential races and getting a much needed WTF on my marathon time. I told him my current half PR and he looked at me like why on Earth haven’t you BQ’ed you totally can. He’s right, so if I can get out my own way I will.
LONG RUN FUN
You know all of that talk got me pumped up to run again the next morning right?! Don’t you love the running one handed shot? I think I am going to go pro with these…just not in Miami where I am so sweaty I think my camera would drown.
BEING MY OWN COACH
This week it’s back to reality with running in Kansas City, flying to Miami, back to St. Louis and all that jazz….so without the amazing scenery and words of wisdom it will be time again to rely on my own inner drive for runs. I love the feeling that running gives me, but have been only half heartedly doing my runs lately because of an inner fear… I am afraid to fail at this marathon.
There I’ve said it…I’m afraid that I will spend months working towards this goal and simply not be able to pull it all together. I know that I can run 26.2 miles, I’ve proven that a number of times. I even know that I can run it much faster than I have based on all my other race times…but can I do it with a smile and still love running?
Do you ever get in your own way? How do you get over a mental fear?
I am grateful for corn on the cobb
I am grateful for white cake
I am grateful for watermelon
I am grateful for easy road trips
I am grateful for clean public bathrooms