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.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Your Limits

Posted on the file cabinet in my cube at word is a card from Remanents.com with a quote that has quickly become my FAVORITE:

"The only way to define your limits
is to go beyond them."
Anonymous

What are my limits? I have yet to pass out after a race or truly feel that I have given everything I had. Am I afraid to totally empty the tank? No!! But being new to running it is difficult to know when to really push it. My mantra is "Leave it on the Pavement," which was shaped from my basketball mantra "Leave it on the court." With just 11 days until Marathon Redemption I am thinking a lot about My Limits and I am BLESSED because I have an avenue to really test those limits..

What are your limits? Do you hold yourself back? Are you afraid to push because you may come up short?

Anyhow....post-coffee blabber, moving on...

Do you like my new hat??
I am trying to find headwear for Marathon day. Not sure if this hat made the cut, hats make me itchy since I have really thick hair. I may have to find a visor ASAP.. Either way this hat will be great for future Race for the Cure adventures :)

Interval Training Day
I did not get my usual 10am snack, so I ate it around 11:15 and snuck in a piece of licorice...DUMB!! When I set out on my run I got an immediate sideache. Oh well, I still had to get my workout in, on plan were 4 interval miles at 7:30-7:39 pace.

1.5 Warm-up- 8:14

Mile 1- 7:26
**Weird things on the trail= moldy half block of cheese, lady running wearing a plastic hair cover, the word "Blessed" painted on the path, and countless black and yellow alive and squished caterpillars.

Mile 2- 7:31
**Thoughts= "I am glad I don't have to run this fast in a Marathon." and "But if I did have to run this fast to qualify for Boston I know I can." and "I wonder if I can hit a sub 8 minute mile the last mile of the Marathon?" and "Oh I hope that Marathon day is a good running day."

Mile 3- 7:26
**Pains= The sideache went away at about mile 5 and was quickly replaced my left hip and knee pain... NOT FUN! I have not felt the hip pain before so I am going to take today off just to be safe. Guessing it is just Taper weirdness.

Mile 4- 7:25
**Finish Line= The railroad ties mark the end of my intervals. I can see the Finish for about 1/2 mile. I always imagine the race clock in Eugene. What is that last 1/2 mile going to feel like and what will the clock say??? TBD 11 days :) I have been visualizing the Finish, me dimples shining and feeling AWESOME! I keep that in my mind, because there are many many steps to take before I get there. It won't be easy!! I will not feel comfortable, but running for that FINISH LINE is awesome!
1.5 Cool-down- 8:42

I am PROUD that I ran through the pain. I did not give in to the negative thoughts in my head. There will be PAIN, I will want to slow, but I decide when to give up....and today was not that day. Limits?? What are they really but negative voices in our head? Self-imposed boxes holding us back from our potential.
  • Every day you have a choice. Let the voices hold you back. Or RUN THROUGH and set new limits for yourself..
HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!
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31 comments:

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I don't think I push through my limits. I'm trying to work on that. The hat is cute. I love my NikeFit visors though!

Genesis said...

i dont think ive ever tried to go pat my limits...

i like the hat...very cute.

Staci Dombroski said...

Loving the hat!!!

Tricia said...

great hat!

MCM Mama said...

I've had a couple of races where I was darn close to my limits. I like to finish a race with an all out sprint and I've been playing with how far away from the finish I can start that.

Nice job on your run!

Amy said...

Last year, when I first trained for a half marathon, I definitely didn't push myself. I would think, "If I work harder today, then I'll have to work even harder tomorrow and then it won't be fun anymore," As a result, as I added distance, my pace just slowed down, and it turned out that wasn't fun either.

This year, I'm definitely pushing my limits. I've had off days, but I have also seen big improvements in the way I feel and in my pace. That's fun!

Heather said...

Great quote - and I love the hat!

S Club Mama said...

I haven't hit my limits yet but I do know that I get closer when I don't take water even on a short run. I hate being thirsty.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

I was really hating my tempo work this morning and trying to tell myself to suck it up because darn it I have to run with Mel and if I'm going to do that I gotta get much faster

Emz said...

Thanks for the quote wish I would have read your post before I went off to run but............ ;)

love it.

Marlene said...

Cute cap! Looks great with your SMILE!

Excellent job on your intervals. I also love to visualize the marathon finish line. I am giddy with anticipation so I can only imagine how you are feeling right now!!!

Love the "LIMITS" topic.... PUSH THOSE LIMITS!

rizomomof4 said...

i was just thinking about limits today i KNOW i don't hit my limits often i let the well just 2 short yrs ago i could NOT even walk to the end of the block to LOVE what i can do but i Pushed today it went great but i still had push in me :)

Laura said...

I finally had a race where I didn't give up and gave it all I could and it was just such a great feeling...that I COULD do it.
I hope at least some of this translates to my first marathon....

April said...

I am going to be pushing my limits this weekend in my half.
I love the hat! You look cute in hats! My ears stick WAY out so I can't wear hats. I also have thick hair, and I imagine that wearing a hat would make your head really hot too....maybe a visor is a good idea.

Stephanie said...

I wore a visor from Headsweats for my half a few weeks ago, and I really liked it!

You can check them out here: http://www.headsweats.com/productcart/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=74

Kerrie T. said...

I love your thoughts. Good thoughts. You are always so positive! Keep it up, Mel. Getting excited for you!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I like visors. I have too much hair for a hat.

Nice job staying positive. You are really prepared for your marathon. I have enjoyed following along with your mental prep as much as your physical.

My limits? What limits me in my running is only time. Having enough time to train, having enough time for family,...Time aside I see no limit to what I can do. I may not be the fastest or the strongest but I can do anything that I want to. It just takes time.

Lisa said...

Yet another inspiring post! I think you're right, the voices in our heads often hold us back from testing our limits. Then again, sometimes it's our feet!

You're going to be amazing at Eugene!

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

I really love to push my limits! I have set some goals for my 5K times this year and am working with my friend/coach to meet these goals. They are really pushing my limits, but it feels great! Good for you for running through the pain, you should be proud of yourself : )

trifitmom said...

limits. i always think about this. i seem to always have a kick at the end of races (well maybe not the half i did) but my point is i always feel like i am holding back b/c i don't want to run out of fuel. but i often wonder if holding back is not right, if i have so much energy to kick it in fast at the end maybe i should be pushing myself more ???

Barefoot AngieB said...

I have been thinking about this often after reading Run Like a Mother and the section on emptying the tank. I have never done that and am a little scared to do that in front of others but it is something that as a person I should strive for. Really putting myself on the line and seeing what happens!

LMC said...

It's great that you can use your former basketball mantra as your new running mantra, and it's a good one. Great post. You're ready for Eugene and you gonna be great! Love the hat!!

Kelly said...

My physical limits seem to be shown when I wake up sick the next day after doing something crazy physically. However, I think we can slowly push our limits to extend them...
I have to work on that.

MomRunningFromCancer said...

Positive thoughts are simply the way to go.

You can do it. It is as simple as that. You have trained and you are ready. Go Mel Go. ;-)

X-Country2 said...

Adorable hat! you always have the cutest stuff.

H Love said...

cute hat! you are so pretty! nice job on the interval run! what pace are you hoping to hold for the marathon? 11 days...so exciting!

akjenniekt said...

great job on your run!!

radistotle said...

I definitely don't test my limits. I've run a lot of races in the past year and always feel like i have something left at the end. Even when my times got faster, i still was fine immediately after stopping.

I think the biggest thing that holds me back is feeling like when I'm done racing, i still have to be mama to a 2 1/2 year old for the rest of the day (and the days after that) and he doesn't want to hear that mama's tired or sore and can't run after him.
i'm hoping to work on this when racing season starts again in the Fall. i'm curious to see just how much i have in me.

Funnyrunner said...

GOOD LUCK!!! Yes - I think we ARE afraid to give it our all sometimes. I read a great book to help my marathon training by Matt Fitzgerald called BRAIN TRAINING FOR RUNNERS and I highly recommend it. The book taught me (among MANY other things) that we are indeed really limited by what we THINK we can do. We CAN do much more than we think we can do.

When I qualified for Boston last fall my main strategy was to focus on NOW. I think we tend, in a marathon, to worry about how we will keep it up for the miles ahead. I focused on how I felt NOW. Am I feeling strong? Yes. My strategy was to run as hard as I could while I felt good. I had a mantra to keep myself focused and to push pain and fatigue out of my mind. I pushed away thoughts of how I would keep up the pace and focused on how I felt right at the moment. And it worked. Your 5K PR and your half marathon PR are a few seconds faster than mine, but my marathon PR is 3:41, which tells me you CAN go faster. Don't be afraid. Ask yourself what's the worst that can happen. You run out of steam, so what. Don't slow down in ANTICIPATION of running out of steam. Just run hard as long as you possibly can.

I ran Boston super slowly this past Monday to soak it all in. It was AWESOME.

YOU GO GIRL!! You CAN do it.

Funnyrunner said...

oh. I remember what (one of my) mantras was when I qualified: LEAVE NOTHING. In other words, go ALL OUT. Leave nothing on the table. Finish the race knowing you had nothing more to give. Find out what you're made of. Also, when you're tired at the end, tell yourself the faster you go, the faster you'll be done.

Sounds like you're training really well and feeling confident, so now's the time. GO, GIRL!!

Cynthia O'H said...

There are no limits; they change as you do.
Try a Nike women's running hat. I hate hats for running but, if I need one, they work wonderfully.