Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My Mantra

My high school track coach Todd LaVelle was one of the greatest motivators I've ever known. He knew how to make you reach into your weak adolescent mind and find the will to push through the pain. This was his favorite poem he shared with us before big race days.

Most mantras are shorter but I use the last two bolded lines. Such simple words yet so meaningful. Enjoy!

"Fortunate is the person, Who in this life can find
A purpose that can fill their days, And goals to fill their mind.
The world is filled with little people, Content with where they are;
Not knowing joys success can bring, No will to go that far.
Yet in this world there is a need, For people to lead the rest,
To rise above the "average" life, By giving of their best.
Would you be one, who dares to try when challenged by the task,
To rise to heights you've never seen, Or is that too much to ask?
This is your day - a world to win, Great purpose to achieve.
Accept the challenge of your goals And in yourself believe."

To all those running the Lincoln Half or Full Marathon this weekend:
Dig deep. Make it Hurt. Give Your Best. You'll be Glad You Did.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Glory in a Bad Race

Don't you love the feeling of a new PR? I was lucky enough to get that endorphin rush almost every race weekend in 2010. Then 2011 happened.

My fall predictions for spring races fell short. Not enough speedwork over the winter, a couple extra lbs, and more long slow miles are likely to blame. I'll admit, it's a bit discouraging and it's got me on a mission to change it quick. In the meantime, I've discovered that it's not all doom and gloom. So for my benefit (and hopefully yours) I'm going to list the positive experiences I've had in my not so successful races.

Leprechaun Chase 10K- excitement that goes with the 1st race of the season, costume theme was so fun, got to see some of the Freaky Fast Crew, Heather, plus my mom and the Northeast Nebraska Roadrunners, i loved the course, it was a beautiful day, green beer

State Farm 10 Mile - felt like a warrior with snow blowing in my face, got to see some old friends from Wisner, got to run under my favorite tunnel on the mopac

Novartis 10K - Saw my friend Bry and ran with her and pushed her to beat her goal of a sub60 minute 10K, Dave sprinted the end with me to support me since I had a tough race, got to see Megan win first in our age group

Eagle 10K & 5K - got to see Dave, Heidi (4 legged and 2 legged), 2 legged Heidi won overall female, beautiful Mopac course, did 8 miles afterwards to get in 17 total for the day, I hurt but I played 'pacman' on the 2nd half of the race and kept passing people.

Only one person can win the race, so we might as well do the best we possibly can and enjoy the experience. What's been the best part of a race you did this year?

Saturday, April 2, 2011

New Milestone - 17 Miles

"No matter how many setbacks you've suffered, God still has a great plan for your life. Keep hope alive in your heart. Never give up on your dreams."

That's the quote I woke up to this morning in my daily devotional that my good friend Tessa got me for my birthday. That little book has helped me in so many ways. And today it made all the difference.

I've been struggling with some things in my life that had me doubting whether or not I could pull off a 16 miler. If anybody knows  how to sabatoge themselves, it's this girl. But seeing that quote - I knew that God was telling me to forget all that and see myself the way he sees me.

Here I am...17 miles later.