Wednesday, April 22, 2015

No-Tivation


Lincoln Half Marathon.

It's less than two weeks away. 

I still have NO motivation. 

And I'm ready to cry and quit.

I don't even know why this round of "training" is so tough for me. I can't blame it on having a crazy busy schedule like I do in the fall. I can't blame it on the weather, because, it's actually fairly nice out.

I think this time around what's happening is mentally, I'm just not wanting to train. Mentally, my heart isn't into this run. It's not my first and it's for sure not my last. It's an "in-between" race. A race that really doesn't count, per say, in the bigger picture of my racing career if you shall call it that.

Last weeks running stats- 
Sunday - none
Monday - 2 miles
Tuesday - 3.75 miles
Wednesday - 3.72 miles
Thursday - none
Friday - 3.25 miles
Saturday - none

Looks not too shabby right? Finishing up almost 12.72 miles. HA! I'm running 13.1 miles AT ONCE in two weeks. Seriously, I've got to get my act together and focus on this training. Keep in mind a few of those days weren't even real runs. They were actually walks or treadmill "jogs" so I don't really even consider that solid training time.

So, I've come up with a plan after all of this complaining. My new plan and motivation for prepping for this race? A Garmin watch! I've been just using my Garmin VivoFit paired up with my RunKeeper running app but it's time I graduate and become an official runner. Time to up the game and get something cool. IF, yes IF, I complete this race with a time matching my last half mary pace I will go ahead and purchase my watch. GUILT FREE. And I'll wear it with pride knowing I pushed myself through the last few weeks of training.

So (please) help me. Give me something. Anything. I need motivation. I need inspiration. I've lost it. Just help.



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My "second half"-marathon training....

...sucks!!

Seriously, I've come to terms with the fact that I'm too much of a procrastinator to really focus on training properly and with that being said. I'm really not sure I'd ever have enough dedication to truly train for a full marathon.

I kid you not, check out my month miles since my last half marathon in November:

December - 0 miles
January - 24.2 miles
February - 0 miles
March - 16.2 miles
April - 17.9 miles (so far)

See! I wasn't joking about literally logging NO miles since my last race. I know that over winter most runners turn to treadmills and kind of slack off but I want to love running. I really want to keep my miles somewhat consistent throughout the year. I want to want to run!

With high hopes of completing THREE half marathons this year I realize that my focus needs to really zero in and start getting serious. I truly do love running and feel it's a gift that most people don't get, but convincing myself that Grey's Anatomy on Netflix isn't more important is the trick. 

Once I get out the door and through that first mile I'm usually fine. I get through the whining phase and start to just run. But I get bored! Anymore it's so hard for me to get into a mode where I just leave the phone in my armband and go. I try music, but Pandora's killing my stations and there's nothing I can jam out to and get lost in. I've tried the audio books thing, again, the narrator must stink because I find myself over it within five or six minutes. I've tried my audio Bible which really helped me last fall while working on training for my Good Life Halfsy race. Even that hasn't helped!! At this point, nothing is helping me pull myself out of my funk and really enjoy running again.

It's about three weeks until the Lincoln Marathon and I honestly haven't logged that many miles over the past few months. It's embarrassing and I know I'm setting myself up for failure. As of now I'm really working on throwing myself into training 110% so we'll see what I can do with three weeks worth of dedicated training.

My training really consists of just logging miles. My goal is to up it a mile each day. I know realistically my body cannot run an extra mile each day so I've been working on adding that mile to the end with jogging/walking switch-ups. I'll push myself to get an extra half mile in and then if necessary I allow myself to finish up the rest with a cool-down walk.

I also want to make sure that I run daily. Some days it just isn't possible with a busy schedule or the crazy Nebraska spring weather but I'd like to set the goal of getting on the treadmill if necessary. There's really no excuse as to why I can't run on dreary days. And it's time to stop hiding behind excuses! Buck up buttercup!!

Any suggestions on how to stay motivated and focused? Anything at all?! I need major motivation at this point! Maybe it's time to focus on reading blogs again daily. I usually feel like watching others accomplish larger runs motivates me to want to brag it up about my longer runs as well!


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winter Book Challenge -Update-

Since I'm already late to starting this challenge I thought I'd do a mid-January update to fill you guys in on how I'm doing. I technically read a few before January but they were started within the timeframe and I'm just adding them to my list to make sure I stay updated and can cross things off as I go.

#1 - Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (352 pages)
#2 - Bad Girls Of The Bible by Liz Curtis (288 pages)
#3 - 
What Women Fear by Angie Smith (224 pages)
#4 - 
TBD 
#5 - 
TBD
#6 - 
TBD
#7 - 
TBD
#8 -
TBD
#9 - TBD
#10 - A Million Little Pieces by James Frey (448 pages)
#11 - A Million Ways To Die by Rick James (Alan Jackson: A Million Ways To Die)
#12 - 
TBD

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Here's a little review on each book that I've finished up to this point:


#22What Women Fear by Angie Smith. This was tough! It was truthfully not a true book like I was expecting but each chapter was broken down into a different "fear" and how God helps us through these fears and what we should try to do or expect from him in different situations. I took home a lot of new information and peace of mind from reading this book and often stopped to really digest what Angie was telling me. I found myself going to my Bible and opening it to finish reading up some quotes she referenced as well as pulling out my prayer journal to jot down some personal feelings I acquired from reading specific passages in her book. Overall, I loved the book. But, I wish there was some way to tie all the chapters together. I will for sure keep it and re-read it here in a year or so because I know there were plenty of things in the book that I kinda skipped over without letting the words sink in.


Alright, now it's time to get my "focus" on and really get some books crunched away this month!! I want to finish at least half the list so I need to read 3+ books to reach that goal. I'm hoping with the small amounts of free time that I have that I can hopefully knock some books off the list!




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