Saturday, October 29, 2011

Meet My Internal Locust

Ok, so it's really Internal Locus of Control but in my mind (hmmmm) it's an Internal Locust. NOT Jiminey Cricket, what an annoying twit he was. I think Jiminey was the first cartoon character I ever wanted to Bitch Slap.

I first read about it while reading about training for a marathon. One of the things you do to develop it is when you have a 'bad' experience you say to yourself "But it doesn't matter."

I'm tired, but it doesn't matter.

That asshole is driving like an idiot, but it doesn't matter.

I'd rather not run today, but it doesn't matter.

You get the idea. Well, it turns out it's also a big part of Behavior Modification in dogs in regard to the BAT method. But that's over on Guilt Free Fido.

Anyhow, I'm pretty wiped this morning, but it doesn't matter. It's raining and freezing out but it doesn't matter. Because I have My Internal Locust of Control. I tried to find an combat locust but this is the closest I could get, its a Locust Sniper from Gears of War.

I'm confident he could run 13.2 miles.

In fact, I'm sure he's way past the 'but it doesn't matter' stage.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I have a cold

I haven't run or worked out since Saturday. I have this irrational fear that all my fitness is dissolving. But, if I get sicker I won't be able to race on Nov. 6. Or, you know, work or study.

Tomorrow I am going to go I and try and run the three miles I was supposed to start Monday.

Who would have ever thought not being able to run or work out would be distressing?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

No, really. Really?! Yep, it's a real product.

Yes, dear, but have you noticed how far up your ass your pants are? I mean, it's unnatural.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Increasing mileage

Ok, so now I am up to 2.75 although I ran 2.91 because I don't know, because I could, dammit. Besides I was really tired of going 4.5 MPH so I sprinted at 5.8 MPH until I felt like I was going to throw up. Would you believe that's my favorite part?

I'm really pleased because I am running all the way through, keeping a consistent pace. And then I glance over and see the woman next to me is going 6.8 MPH. But five minutes later she's gone and I'm trudging along. Distance, not speed is my goal. Although a little faster would be nice. Then I realize I AM going faster then last month. It's this ever increasing goal, have to adjust as there is no arriving and done. There is just getting better.

But I still hit that 2.25 point where my brain is like, wimpy, whine, pouty PIA brain. My next thing is to make myself actually run outside. I LIKE the treadmill, it has a water holder, the bathroom is right in the gym.

Plus it's soft and you just go and can zone out. Then you get off and go do something else. But since races for whatever reason aren't held on treadmills (I would SO be there) I need to run outside rather then only running outside during a race. Or, maybe I don't, we'll see.

Now Trail Running I would do. Maybe I need to drive to a trail...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

From Twelve In Twelve

This is from a blog I follow called Twelve In Twelve. I really like the 'ten pounds lost makes you eight minutes faster' idea. Probably makes it a whole hell of a lot easier as well. 

I am training for a Half Marathon. I intend to do a full, in time, but I felt like shooting for that first would be overwhelming.

Besides, it would be great to be 1 out of a 1000 for a positive reason, you know?

  • It doesn’t matter the time. Simply finishing a marathon is a feat in of itself. Nobody will scoff at 26.2 miles.
  • On the same hand, you can’t “fake” a marathon the same way you can with a 5k or even 10k. If you don’t train for a marathon, you might not finish a marathon.
  • Most marathoners use motivational movies and books to get inspired.
  • 1/1,000 of 1% of the population has finished a marathon.
  • Research marathon training plans, and pick the one that’s right for you. And then modify it. It’s okay to make your own.
  • Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
  • Don’t always eat crap. You can eat crap, but not very often.
  • It is possible to train for a marathon as part of a healthy, active lifestyle. But training for a marathon does not = a healthy, active lifestyle.
  • If you carb-load the night before a race, you might shit like crazy.
  • Commit to run, and then do it. No excuses.
  • Post reminders or motivating quotes by your running clothes. Remember the goal.
  • Every run, imagine what it will feel like crossing the finish line.
  • Fat = fuel. You will never be totally “empty” on a run as long as you have fat on your body to burn.
  • New Equipment – try it, and use what works. Don’t fall into the stigma of “having” to wear a water belt/Garmin/HRM/Gel pouch. Use what works.
  • Don’t get in the habit of walking (unless you are walk/run training). Run if you can.
  • Training for a marathon is about physical preparedness and mental discipline.
  • Don’t wear cotton, especially if you have chafing problems.
  • Do wear a shirt with your name on it – it makes it much more fun for spectators to yell your name.
  • Get in the habit of running. Do your homework. Run, run, run.
  • On the day of the race, don’t be nervous. Just be focused.
  • On the day of a race, you won’t be as nervous if you have logged your miles.
  • To run a 5 hour marathon, is a 11:27 pace.
  • Training for a year may run out between 4 and 5 pairs of shoes.
  • It’s possible to run an entire marathon without having to stop and pee once. Yes, I know someone who did it. (She’s amazing.)
  • Start practicing with fuel (energy replacement chews, gels, etc.) before you NEED it.
  • Having an injury is one of the worst experiences – especially in the middle of marathon training. Do what you can to be injury-free.
  • It’s okay if you have a chattery mind on a run. It’s okay to think about/talk about everything on your mind. The silence will come.
  • If your schedule includes a run on Thursday, rest on Friday, and “long run” on Saturday – ultimately, your Thursday run will be awful. You will be fatigued and exhausted. Those runs count the most.
  • It might be a good idea to run 2 20-mile runs before the marathon. In case one of them is bad.
  • Oh yeah – you WILL have bad runs. It happens to everybody.
  • Don’t do anything to your feet before a race. 1-2 weeks before, don’t clip your toenails, and especially no pedicures. If they take those calluses off, you’re in BIG trouble!
  • Core work is important – your core muscles are what hold you upright for 26.2 miles.
  • For every 10 pounds you lose, it takes off 8 minutes of your finishing time.
  • Eat what works. Don’t change your race-day food.
  • The night before the race will NOT be the best sleep of your life.
  • If you are running with a partner and they want to run faster, THEY WILL. No apologies on the race course.
  • Do your best. Log the miles.
  • Anybody can run. But not anybody can run a marathon. It takes a lot of work, but is really, really, REALLY worth it.

Friday, October 14, 2011

You wouldn't think

That adding a half mile to two miles would be hard, right? Well, its harder then I thought. I did it, all running but I was surprised at how challenging it was mentally, not so much physically to add that milage on.

The first half mile always sucks. Then but the end of mile one I'm fine and dandy. But today I kept having the 'When I get to 2 miles I can walk for two minutes." mental interruption. I have no idea why. So I made a deal with myself that I'd do just that with no intention of actually doing it.

By 2.40 my form was getting sloppy, that seemed to be the magic slop number but by then it was kind of stupid to stop. I'm happy that I finished and happy that I kept it under a 12 mile pace (barely) constantly which is faster for me. Plus my heart rate is staying at a much lower rate these days.

But why is it that my mind wants to quite before my body does? I'm not even in pain. I get tired, sure, but what the hell? Maybe it's that part of your brain that thinks something must be really wrong if you are running for that long.

Sometimes when I get tired I imagine some kind of survival scenario (most morbid runner ever) just to try and convince my brain that no, really, this is good. Monday I go to 2.75 so that should be interesting. SOmetimes I wish my head would just STFU.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I've been a little busy.

It's been a mad scramble for money these last few months and with the economy sucking it, people just aren't buying really awesome stuff they don't need.

I know, right?

So  needed a job. I needed something that went along with my training (I'm running a Half Marathon next Fall) and I needed something that wouldn't' make me want to spike myself in the eye. No, I am not one for a Customer Service Position.

So we have this:

Visit Site

The incredibly talented Kaelin did the design for me. She has a site called   Kaelin Web Design not to mention all the work she's done over on Blue Dot . Don't get me wrong, I'm all about making stuff but it's just not selling now. I'm hoping my consignment will sell.

I'm considering Dog Training formally, but I really need to determine f I can deal with the human aspect of all. I'd wager training isn't doing so well either, but walking still seems to be ok. So wish me luck!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011

I guess something is better then nothing?

I can't quite figure this 5K out. It's to benefit the Mental Health Alliance and is sponsored by the Safety and Health Alliance, from what I gather. I thought at first it was a Stephen Colbert event. I think it's sort of in poor taste, not to mention they ripped off Steve. NAMI isn't my favorite group, but still.

Run/Walk To Restore Sanity and/or Fear 5K

East Potomac Park golf course entrance,

Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 8:00 AM