"The only way to define your limits
is to go beyond them."
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..
PS. Giveaway tomorrow....and I think you are REALLY going to like it. Click HERE if you want a preview..