6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Why in the Monkey do I think that?

This week has been yucky, mucky and just no fun. I try to keep on my HAPPY face...but with the rain (only bad because I run on my lunch break and have to look professional), pain in my knees, and lack of energy I have to admit it...I have not liked running this week.

When something is not good I want to make it better. One thing I know about myself is that I have the power to change how I think about things. Pondering and looking at my training plan I figured it out. My STUPID EGO is creating stress, which has caused the pain, and lack of energy (nothing I can do about the rain). I have the Hal Higdon Advanced training plan printed out and have TRIED to follow it, with little success.

ADVANCED???

Why in the Monkey do I think I am Advanced? I have been running for just over a year and have 1, count it 1, Half Marathon under my belt. Pretty darn sure that an "Advanced" training plan is not geared toward the full-time working mom who runs on her lunch hour. It is the former-college-athlete self-esteem in me who believes that I can accomplish anything. My Ego needs a good kick in the booty..

Sooooo with 2 weeks to my Halloween Half I am going to re-assess and not put so much pressure on myself. I truly think that will fix what is broken...and send Polly Pessimism packing. AND I am sooooo excited I have the best idea for a COSTUME idea for my Halloween Half Marathon... a costume that is also great running gear.. I have a few pieces to put into place. You are going to LOVE IT!!

I am thinking of announcing the I Declare Charms Giveaway winner Monday....if I can put together my next Giveaway by then. So make sure you enter!!

Have a great weekend!!

19 comments:

Kelly said...

I don't blame you for thinking you are advanced- I kind of think you are BUT not if its not right for your body. Good for you for listening to your body :)

robinbb said...

You have got to love our Mommy Ego's. We pop out a few kids and think we can do anything. I need to pop my big fat ego and be happy with how far I have come in the past few years. Trust me, this has been a blue few weeks for me, but I plan on popping out of it soon.

shellyrm said...

A Halloween Half in costume?! That sounds awesome!!! I will have to see if anyone in my area is doing something like that. It would be great. I am trying this fall to run more short races...I usually only run marathons and one local 10k but I have been reminding myself that I need to get out ther with other runners and remember the fun of racing! Oh and all moms ARE advanced! It's in the mom handbook...that's why we change all diapers, wipe all bottoms and noses, work all day, get up all night and still have the energy (and will power) to want to go RUN!

Kerrie T. said...

You are advanced to me! But I know what you mean. Isn't it hard being a mom, working and all that, AND trying to run? Sometimes, I think the most difficult thing about training is just tryiing to get out the door! Can't wait to see your costume! This sounds like such a fun run. Maybe I'll do this one next year.

Marlene said...

I've had a similar week to yours.... I think I cut every run short. Ugh!

Sounds like you have the right attitude to turn things around. :)

Can't wait to se the costume!!

HAPPY WEEKEND!

Christina said...

You're smart to reassess your schedule and adjust it. I don't know how you do it...work, kids, run, blog...amazing.

Velma said...

Have a great weekend and have FUN running.

Cassie said...

Sorry about the lousy weather! It has been cold and rainy here in Virginia and it has NOT helped with my motivation. Good luck with your 15K!

The Tri Runner said...

I love Hal Hiddon Training plans. I've used them several times. Sometimes I followed them to a T and others I would be luckly do get any running done that week. You have to find what works for you. I've found that I can still get a PR at my race and still have a life without doing the Advanced plans.

Good Luck with your training. I can't wait to see your costume on the Halloween Run.

Shelley said...

i completely understand. i did the same thing briefly after my last full.

then i thought about it, and made my goal for training for the next one to simply be: not beat myself up for falling short or not following to a T the training plan i choose to follow.

you are a very wise and all-around spectacular runner, friend!

Carly said...

Love your blog!

I did the same thing after my first marathon (which I finished just in just under a week), I started looking at the advanced schedule too. I never tried it though.
I feel that the beginner level is just to get you across the finish line. I think you are doing the right thing going to the advanced training plan.

Sarah Jane said...

Why do you think you are worthy of an Advanced training?? Because you are a BAD-ASS, girl! You ROCK these distances. You are FAST. You are STRONG.

Ease up on the pressure and try to enjoy it! That's the whole point, right? :)

Chellie has Issues said...

I love your new pic at the top! It's beautiful. I missed it, what 1/2 are you training for?

Jennifer P said...

Ditto all of the posters above -- and enjoy your next half! They just get better and better!

momof3 said...

I can see getting sucked into the Advanced plan, because at some point you might look at the intermediate plan thinking "hey now- that's looking a little short". Maybe do this week at the intermediate level & see if it helps. I've been injured 2 weeks before race day and I can't say enough about the healing power of a "power down" week late in the training. Next week you can always go back to the advance plan or not, depending how you feel.

Fran said...

I thought you ran much longer than a year. To me you are an advanced runner. Your enthousiasm for running inspires me.

I'm looking forward to your Halloween costume!

runsher said...

I run because I love everything about it, and I've felt down about it before. At that time, I told myself that if I don't love what I'm doing, I have to reassess and see what is causing the problem. I think you should bag the training plan, and do what you know how to do- run. Take the pressure of the plan away and create your own that works with your life. You know how to run-so run.

The Happy Runner said...

I'm the same way! You just want to do your best and so you push yourself! That's not a bad trait :-)

But...it is good that you are recognizing that you shouldn't pressure yourself too much. That can back-fire. Good for you for reassessing!

Carmen B. said...

I just started reading your blog and love it! I'm a runner mom too...been at it for over two years now and my second half is in 2 weeks.