6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Friday, August 21, 2009

nuun WINNER, Self Talk and Race Goals

Thanks to everyone who entered the nuun Giveaway!! I hope that if you did not WIN you will check out nuun because the product is amazing.. With 88 comments using Random.org the WINNER is:

HEATHER at Run Faster Mommy
This lady is AMAZING, this week she began her journey to finish her degree, inspired by her sister she is testing her abilities as a tri-athlete, all the while working and raising her kiddos. The quote she left in the comment is this...

"The journey of a thousand miles
must begin with a single step."
Lao Tzu

What a great quote!! Heather please email me your address and I will send your nuun goodness in the next couple weeks. I had planned to have a NEW Giveaway today...but it will be postponed to Monday, so please check back :)

This week I have been low energy. I am not sure why, it has been TOUGH to keep moving. Last night I passed up my usual "no brainer" nightly reading and went to my bookshelf hopeful to find something to get my mind focused. There with a mint green cover was "The Art of Talking to Yourself and Others." by Harry Hazel. Never heard of this book? Well of course you haven't. This book was written by one of my FAVORITE Communications professors at Gonzaga University for our Interpersonal Communications class. Most of the content is very Communications Class focused but there is a Chapter on Self Talk and Remodeling the Self Image.

Although I struggle with self confidence, like most people do, in general my Self-Image and overall belief in myself is VERY HIGH.. I operate by the quote below by Henry Ford.

What good does it do me to think I cant??? Positive self talk can change your world!! In Women's Running Magazine this month there is an article on Kara Goucher called "Think Like a Champion." To sum it up, Kara, an AMAZING professional runner with extraordinary looks to match, struggles with negative thoughts. Her thoughts in the past have been nearly paralyzing in her workouts. After working with a Sport Psychologist she has come to great way of thinking.

"There will be a million reasons why I can't do something," Goucher says. "Instead, I try to focus on the proof that I can do something."

You control your mind. Your internal dialogue can be positive or negative, you chose!! I am not naive enough to think that positive self talk will make me as fast as Goucher, have 6 pack abs or win a Marathon....those things take time, practice and God given talent. What I KNOW is that I WILL be successful because I BELIEVE that I am worth it..

So here is my Challenge should you chose to accept it. It takes 6 weeks to change an attitude or habit. Pick one negative thought that you have about yourself and change it to be positive. Simple as that.. Change your thinking and change your world!!!

Speaking of positive self talk here are my goals for my first 10K this weekend. I am giving myself a A, B and C goal....but if you know me, I want the A.

A= 7:28ish Pace for a time of 46:33
My A goal can be accomplished with the right fuel, energy and a smart pace.

B= 7:58ish Pace for a time of 49:33
My B goal is something I know I can do on a good running day.

C= 8:27ish Pace for a time of 52:33
My C goal is if I have a BAD running day, have to stop to visit the Honey Bucket, get a cramp or am low on energy...

Wishing Luck to the Tall Mom Bloggy Pack members Racing this weekend: If you would like your name listed please let me know which race you will be doing this weekend and I will add you to the list.

-Mel at 2nd Chances: Her first Triathlon at the Orilla Try-a-Tri

-Candice at I Have Run: First Half Marathon at Hobble Creek Half

-Velma at Running with Boys: Lake Saint Louis Triathlon

-Marlene at Mission to a(nother) Marathon: A Midsummer Nights Run 30K


Being Robinson said...

i bet you get your "A" goal mel! you are a superstar. and thanks for reminding about the self talk, clearly from our earlier convo this week, i need to do that more.

Jennifer P said...

Good luck on hitting the A time!

I'm hitting the trails this weekend: Try a Trail Series Race #3, 12K. Rain all week guarantees a muddy good time!

Good luck to all the other racers this weekend!

Marlene said...

AWESOME post and a great minder. I love that quote and I'm up for the challenge! I have mega issues with negative self-talk so I'm going to work on it. Constant reminders would be appreciated. :)

You're TOO sweet with the shout-outs! Thank you so much!

Good luck on your 10K this weekend. You are in good shape to hit that A goal. Go for it, lady! Can't wait to hear about your first 10K experience.

IzzyBubbles said...

Great post - this is one that I need to work on for the next handful of days before my race. I need to concentrate on all the reasons that I can do well, not all the reasons that I might not do well! Although to be perfectly honest I think it would also help if someone ran along right in front of me waiving a piece of cheesecake in front of my nose every few steps. Do they make cheesecake flavored GU yet? Ha.

Relentless Forward Commotion said...

waahoooo!! I LOVE the nuun!!!! I'm so super excited yaaaaaaaay!

I find that running in itself has given me a huge boost in self esteem and confidence. Must be those awesome endorphins! :)

Alisa said...

You got your A goal in the bag! Positive thoughts right?!

Felice Devine said...

GOOD LUCK! Hope you hit your A goal!

I'm right with you on the self-talk. I made a conscious decision to change my thinking almost 3 years ago and it changed my life. I'm working on the complaining thing, still, and I'm getting better at it. I find that thoughts are like snowballs -- when I'm thinking positively, my thought snowball keeps on collecting pretty, clean snow. When I'm thinking negatively, man, my thought snowball collects all sorts of dirty, muddy snow.

Mel-2nd Chances said...


Unknown said...

Good luck this weekend!! I will be sending you my happy race thoughts! And thanks for another shout-out. You are the best cheerleader EVER!!!

Anonymous said...

I will taking you up on your challenge!!!

Velma said...

Thanks for the shout out!

Lynette said...

Love you Mel:) I know you'll do great, and we can't wait to see you tomorrow and hear how it went!!!!

Anonymous said...

Just came across your blog and wanted to say I LOVE it...soo motivating, I loved the quote by Henry Ford, how true! Keep up the great work :)