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an open letter to my friends & family

Dear Friends & Family:

For those of you who have been keeping up with my journey to 26.2 thus far, you are already well aware of the fact that I have decided to make running a priority in 2010. For those of you who have not been keeping up with my journey thus far, now you are aware.

This coming week is the first week of my strictly scheduled training plan, and by June 30 I will be officially registered for the Detroit Marathon. That means this upcoming week is also the first week of moving running up yet another notch on my priority list.

I wanted to take the time sit down and write to you because there a few important things I think you should know about my goal to make running a priority in 2010. This does not mean I do not value you or the time we spend together; and, further it does not mean that I do not want to spend time with you. It does, however, mean that there may be times when I have to say no to certain things or may have to be the oddball when making plans because I need to be sure to fit my runs in. It means that my reason for not being able to do something at a certain time will sometimes be because I will be running during that time. Please understand that I will still make every effort to see you as often as possible and will do my absolute best to not let running interfere more than necessary.

But, also understand that running and training for this marathon is extremely important to me.

For a few years now, I have been wanting to run a marathon — particularly, I have been itching to run and finish the Detroit Marathon. Halted twice by foot surgeries, I now have nothing to stop me and I am going to run all 26.2 of those miles. In exactly four months from today, on Sunday, October 17, 2010, I will run and finish the Detroit Marathon.

I hope that you can join me downtown for this fantastic event and greet me at the start, finish, or one of the mile markers in between. In the mean time, all I ask for is your support, encouragement, and understanding.

Look out, Detroit…I’m going to finish!

Love,
Sara

P.S. I would love to have any of you join me for any of my training runs, or for the marathon itself, so don’t hesitate to give me a call!

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i just wanted to fall off the treadmill…

It was raining this morning when I woke up at 7:30am on a Sunday (no alarm clock necessary). I had a bowl of Special K Berries & Yogurt, while I contemplated whether I should go for a long run outside or head to the gym and torture myself with a treadmill run. After deciding that outside didn’t look very promising, since it looked like a storm could break at any moment, I decided I would go to the gym.

Of course on my way to the gym, I saw two people running outside…but hey, with my luck all of the thunder and lightning, and buckets of rain would start when I neared my halfway mark. I had about 8 miles planned for the morning, so getting caught in a storm on such a trek wasn’t going to be an ideal situation (nor will it ever be).

I dreaded the idea of going to the gym for a long run on the treadmill. In fact, I dread the treadmill for any amount of workout that is going to last longer than 30 minutes. So, knowing that I was about to torture myself I grabbed my water bottle and my iPod and off I went.

I got to the gym, threw my belongings in a locker, and put my iPod on shuffle. When I found today’s lucky treadmill that got to do my workout with me, I set my water bottle, towel, and locker key down, and stuck my iPod in my inside shorts pocket. I started ‘er up, and so it began. Like I said earlier, 3o minutes on a treadmill…no big deal. But, today’s goal was 7-8 miles and that was certainly going to take me a bit longer than 30 minutes! As I reached 4 miles, I thought to myself, “phew! I’m halfway there.”

Then…as I was approaching 6 miles, I started thinking about what I would write about here today. Lots of things crossed my mind: if I can finish this workout I can finish anything outside; Satan probably orders long runs on treadmills as one form of torture; if I know I can make it to 8 miles what will I title my blog?; well, if I can make it to 8, why do that? I already know I can do that…I should just do 9 miles; and, even that I felt like my legs were going to give out at one point and I was going to pass out because it was so disgusting and muggy in the gym. All very positive things, I know 🙂

So after all of those thoughts, you would probably think I was nearing 8 miles, right? Wrong! I was just past 6.5 miles. Hey, at least I was getting further though. Man oh man…I wanted nothing more to do with that treadmill. So what happens at this point?

A man decided he was going to get on the treadmill immediately to my left (while there are a million other treadmills open…did he really have to get on one right next to another person?) and go for a leisurely walk. Awesome. Thank you, sir. All I would like to do right now is be done with my run, but I’m now almost at 7 miles and my goal is no longer 8 miles, but it is 9 miles…and you are just going to go for a nice little walk. Enjoy that while I continue to sweat like there is no tomorrow. No, I wasn’t bitter or annoyed by this man…not at all. I was joyous when he finished his good walk when I hit about 7.5 miles.

7.5 miles…great. In only a half mile I would be at 8, then I would just have to finish up one last solid mile to hit my 9-mile goal. At that point, I did the only thing there was left to do: take a gulp of water and turn my iPod up…then bust a move! Let’s be honest, after you spend so long on the treadmill that’s all that is really going to help you anyway. The treadmill is just keeping your legs moving at that point, and you just continue on, hoping for the best…hoping that your legs don’t just give out and you pass out.

And, believe me…I was ready to just fall off the treadmill a couple times during that workout and pass out on the floor space behind me. As hydrated as I kept, the mugginess of the gym was just not a good match for a long run. I managed to keep it going though.

Finally, I hit 9 miles. Phew! Done! I cooled down with a quarter-mile walk and it was time for me leave. I’m still kickin’…and feeling good today. So, I continue on with my motto…no excuses. If I finished that Satanic workout, I believe I can finish just about anything.

9 miles for breakfast on the treadmill…not necessarily enjoyable, but definitely satisfying. Success!

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hello there, friends

I know…I said I would have a post ready for Sunday…and here it is, Tuesday, and you are probably asking why I did not post on Sunday.

Well, I am going to be honest with you…because this blog is about being honest and keeping me in check with my training. And I have a lot to be ashamed of in the world of running from this past week. The truth is…

I only ran one day last week.

ONE DAY!

Ugh! It irritates me to even say it. But, as you know if you know me well enough (or even not very well at all), I tend to find the silver lining in most everything. It’s not like I really have to find the silver lining in this one…after all, I did it to myself. But, I went ahead and found it anyway.

I have had a lot on my plate lately and I have been exhausted, even without adding running into the mix. Now that things have changed again in my world as far as work, school, life, location, etc., I finally feel like I am getting settled into a groove…well, as much of a groove as I can get into anyway. I am learning to juggle everything, prioritizing and deciding what things I really need to be doing everyday, what I can be putting off, what I can do a little bit at a time, and all that good stuff. Part of this is because I want time to relax…and a huge part of is that I greatly dislike that I am always having to check my calendar.

I can’t just make plans with a friend, because I have to check my calendar. People laugh at me when I say it, but it’s true…I have so many things going on, and since I am forgetful as it is, I have to put everything in my calendar. If I don’t check it, I will overbook myself (I have had tendencies to do this) and then I have to figure out what I can cancel or push back or do earlier…what a pain! And, it is even more of a pain if the event I have to change involves another person, because then I am not only changing my schedule but I am asking someone else to change his/her schedule too. I digress…back to running and the bad runner that I have been lately.

So, I have not been running and the worst part of it is that I feel less than stellar. I feel so good on days when I get in a good workout and eat well. So why haven’t I kept this in my routine anyway? Well, for me…it is not just about find a few extra minutes in the day to workout. I want to give it my all…I need 30 minutes at the very minimum for a workout, not to mention time to shower post-workout. And 30 minutes is just for a quick day…

When I started this blog, I said “no excuses”…I must workout. And, now it sounds like I am making all of the excuses in the world. But you know the best thing about making plans? The best thing is that you are allowed to change them, they are flexible, and if you do not allow your plans to be flexible you will surely drive yourself crazy. So, I have allowed myself some wiggle room while it is still available.

Come April 5, I will not have as much wiggle room. On April 5, it is time to go big or go home. I have a half-marathon to run at at the end of June. There’s no stopping me from doing it. It is okay that I have taken this week off and have gotten things in order. I have been able to get my act together in other areas of life, so that next week, when it is go time I can worry about keeping my running on track…and not have to worry about getting all of the other life stuff on track…I’ve already done it!

So, still…no excuses.

I still have it in me…and I’m still ready. There’s a half-marathon waiting for me in June and that’s my first big stepping stone on the way to the full marathon waiting for me in October.

Let’s do this!

Anyone else facing any workout challenges? Feel free to share them and how you get through them and work your way past them.

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goal: 5 miles on the treadmill…accomplishment: 6.5 miles on the treadmill…get it!

I chose to do a treadmill workout tonight because I wanted to work on some pacing and posture. As much as I hate the treadmill, I love using it as tool for working on my pace. After dinner (I made some delicious fatayers), I relaxed a bit and hydrated so I’d be ready to go for a late night treadmill run. Finally, when 9pm hit I knew I had to go workout or else I wouldn’t do it, and not working out was not an option for me today. Remember what I said when I started this blog? No excuses!

Like I mentioned yesterday, I registered for a 10K this coming Sunday so this week is crucial in making sure that I can finish the race strong. I set the treadmill and off I went. I hit 5K right around 29 minutes, which was a bit slower than I would have liked, but it was sub-30 so I’m okay with it. My goal when I got on the treadmill was 5 miles, but as I kept going I knew if I could hit 6.5 miles tonight then I could surely finish 10K (6.2 miles) on Sunday. I worked on my pacing and gradually increased my speed, and I finished 6.5 miles in 59 minutes. Look at that! I set a goal, I pushed the limit, and boom…accomplishment! What a good feeling.

I cooled down and did a lot of stretching. Here am I now after a cold shower, icing. The more I run, the more I remember how truly important post-run stretching and ice is on a regular basis. I am certainly going to keep it up, because I certainly do not want tight muscles, or any injury for that matter. I need to take care of my feet too…starting to get a few blisters. Hate ’em, but they’re an inevitable part of running so I suppose I will have to live with them and just take care of my feet for the next nine months. You can bet I’m already planning a pedicure at the end of October!

Also, since I’ve been doing my best to eat foods that give me fuel and energy, and replenish the vitamins and nutrients my body needs and uses in workouts, I’ve been feeling much better. Everything I ate yesterday was not the best food, and I could tell quite a difference. The more I work on my eating habits and more I learn about what different foods provide, the more enjoyable healthy eating actually is for me, and the better I feel!

Four days left until the 10K. Tomorrow, I hope to get an interval workout in. Thursday will be a 5-mile run. Friday will be repeats. Saturday will be a rest day, prior to the Super Bowl Sunday morning race.

Keep up the good work everyone…let’s do this!

Tuesday treadmill workout…success.

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