Oskar Blues 4-Miler Race and Other Funzies

I’ve been in a bit of a blog funk.  I’ve been running and working and all the other joys of life ya know.
By far the best shirt I’ve gotten at a race! NorthFace brand too.

Well last Sunday I had a BLAST at the Oskar Blues 4-miler race.  I didn’t place or anything but I did run my fastest. The competition was steep because of the prizes up for grabs I believe.  Uh, hello $100 gift card to FootRx!  Which I didn’t win.  I would have had to race with a 5:10 min/mile pace.  CRAZY!  That dude was friggin fast.  But what I really enjoyed about this race was that it had a great atmosphere.  It was the inaugural event so I wasn’t expecting too much but it way exceeded my expectations.  The race director, a local coach from Pisgah Running, did a fantastic job.  Well organized, easy to locate and park, plenty of volunteers on the road giving directions and cheering us on and plenty of post race food from a local bakery–which was so so good. And the weather really worked out for us.  For once…here lately it’s been stupid windy, cold, rainy and yuk.  I’m like helllooo where is spring?!
Anyways, so the kid’s Fun Run was FREE which was awesome! All proceeds went to benefit our Brevard High school’s track and field program.  Since I went to school there I thought that was cool. Except back then I was a total nerd.  Not even into track.  Oh if we could turn back time…

Got a super cool beaded bear can necklace.  word.

Our local news did a segment on the event and look who they caught on camera! My little dude!

After all is said and done, I don’t have a negative thing to say about this event.  Overall an enjoyable event for all ages and levels of runners.  Well done Bill Baldwin!  And a huge THANK YOU for putting this on.

So how’s the marathon training going?  Eh, I’m not getting the mileage in I’d like.. it’s tanked some.  But with the help of my sister I’ve been able to get some good runs in here and there.  I am trying to be THANKFUL for what I can get in. I think I’m getting better at the sweat fest sessions in the gym…no…no I’m  not.  It sucks.  And the weather has been terrible most days.  So I either sweat my face off in the gym or freeze my assets off in the cold and stupid wind. And doing some runs at night —-which my tummy does NOT like most nights— while the kid enjoys CrossFit with the sister.  Ha!  Who knew my kid would be into that?   I have had no other option but to do my long runs every other weekend –while getting a kinda long run the other weeks– due to the fact that my work schedule sucks, and we’ve lost yet another fab associate, and work SEVEN day straight shifts… I have got to find another way to make a living…any tips on this are welcomed!
At any rate, I’ve had one great 18 miler and another superb 20 miler.  So hopefully I can crank out a few more before the taper begins…which isn’t too far off! 
But I tell ya, I’ve been dealing with some major head games.  I guess the stress levels at work have really been getting to me.  Like why am I even trying?  I’m a single mom.  Single moms don’t have time to train for and run marathons.  What a selfish parent I am.  But I have to remind myself that I have seen new strength and determination in my child since all my running crazy.  He’s already done two fun runs this year! And with most challenges he faces he reminds himself and others, “That with God’s help we can do anything! Just keep pushing and keep going.”  I pray that he stays this way.  That what ever he does in life that he does it with all of his heart and soul like he does now.  I am BLESSED to have this little guy in my life.  And so far I’ve only had to miss him for one hour a week and every other weekend I get a long run in.  You know, I could be one of those parents that miss out on hours away from their kids because they choose to party their lives away or other terrible things… no.  I’m a good momma.  And I think that maybe there’s another mother out there who needs to hear this, running is a beautiful thing and your child-ren will see that in you.  Teaching isn’t always out of a book or by words but by our actions.  They are always watching.  Don’t give up.  Teach your child-ren how to truly LIVE LIFE.  Running in itself is a life lesson.  A lesson in strength, peace, balance, determination…the list is endless.
And it has been said, If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.  I have to remind myself that when I’m dying on the treadmill doing speedwork sessions or running tempos out on hills with wind in my face.  Free resistance training I guess. ha. And somehow, I’m already planning up my next marathon in my mind…

**Your turn to share!!  How do you cope with running, training and children oh-my?!  Have you had success with a plan running long runs every other weekend?**

“9.But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Happy & Blessed Running!!
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LOSER!

That’s what’s up.  I have felt like a total loser as of late.  It happens to the very best of us.  Sometimes I sit back and wonder just who the heck do I think I am?  I’m not some elite athlete on a mission to conquer the marathon.  That’s just in my dreams.  And I daydream way too much!
Marathon training?  Well it’s going.. sorta.  I’ve had one flawless 18 miler and a few decent training runs.  The treadmill quit.  I revived it.  Then it quit again.  For good.  Then I had a cold, then another cold…sinus…upper respiratory infection or whatever you call it and had another lousy mileage week.
So…for the good news!
I’ve got my first race of the season coming up! Yay!  It’s a 4 miler which is a distance I’ve never raced before so automatic PR right? It’s local here in town, The Oskar Blues 4 Miler.  I am officially registered for this baby.  I got news for my sinus issues: YOU BETTER CLEAR THAT MESS UP FOOL! My speed hasn’t been too up to par due to the issues I’ve had this go-round during training but I’m hoping to make this a fun run with cool green and white stockings and shamrock tattoos. woo.
Back in February my sister, her kid and my kid all ran the Frostbite Fun Run again this year!  It was windy and super cold but the sun was out and beautiful.  They all did awesome, beating their times from last year.  They were all right around 9 minutes this year!

Little D, the Sis and little K 🙂

And after much deliberation and thought about the whole “OMGOSH I don’t have a treadmill and can’t afford one, I’ll never be able to run again” drama I finally decided on a local gym membership here in town, the Fitness Factory.  The people seem super cool.  The treadmill was so nice! And 99 days for $99 isn’t bad…it will get me through the rest of my marathon training plan.  And it’s right close to my sister’s CrossFit maddness awesomenss. The sister and I came up with a running plan so she can help with little dude while I get my sweat on in the gym.  Seriously…nasty sweat. It is HAWWT up in there!  HOORAY!  But maybe this will help me acclimate to heat for OKC? I don’t really know what I’m doing.  All I know is I’ve been scraping by basically to get this training done.  It’s been terrible for the most part.  But I’m getting done what I can.  I can only wonder how this next 26.2 will end up… I’ve had to really rethink my goals.  Plan A-Do NOT die! Plan B-Score PR by running under 4:24.  Plan C-Rock it like originally planned and score a sub-4!  More than likely I foresee Plan A being accomplished at the very least.  HA! Oh and I think that spring marathons are no longer for me.  Training through winter sucks!  Sickness…crap weather…retarded treadmill issues…bah.

Also going through this lousy season, I’ve been reminded of a few things that I’ve forgotten.. There’s more to me than just running!  I sing, play guitar, have family and a J-O-B.  And as I’ve mentioned before, my first priority is here:

Love of my life.

My little guy is getting not so little every day.  It’s vital to spend as much time with him as I can. I’ve had to relax a little and loosen up a lot in regards to training.  I had get my friggin panties out of a wad so to speak.  I realize I am not some world class athlete, I am a single mother who runs.  I do not have time nor the resources to training like a pro.  Running should bring joy to my life.  Not stress.  Do I want to run my best? Of course! Do I still want to run Boston? Um, heck yes! But if that doesn’t happen I shouldn’t be all poor me, I suck, I’m a total loser.  Because I’m not!  And I don’t want any other mother runner to ever feel that way either.  Being a mommy is a high calling.  You are RAISING A HUMAN BEING!  That is no easy task my friends. 

My second priority is here:

Getting fat.  Ha! But seriously, I’ve gained a few pounds that have not gone away…troublesome. hmm.  So I bought a scale that supposedly measures body fat, muscle mass, water content ect…do these things really work? Who knows.  Guess I will find out tomorrow morning.  People keep saying I’ve gained muscle but I think I’ve just gained ice-cream..err..fluff pounds.  I know I’m not the only runner out there with weight issues.  Come on, spill the beans folks.  Help me out! 
Now it’s time for me to get my ice-cream butt to the gym and work it out.

**Your turn, please share: 1.) Have you had super, ridiculous, crappy training months? How did your race end up? 2.) Have you lost sight of your true priorities during training? 3.) How’s your weight going?**
ha!
Happy (&Blessed) Running!