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13.1 – That’s My Goal

Yesterday morning I was able to head back to boot camp!  I was so excited to pick up my fitness routine and start again.  Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome back!!!

The night before I was reflecting and at first quite frustrated that I was starting over for the third time, then I decided better to be starting over, then giving up!   When I went out on my injury in July, I was actually starting to feel like I was getting into the groove of running.  I could breathe without my chest burning, my legs were working for me, and I finally felt like I could keep up.

I still remember the morning of the injury when we were running out to the beach and the pace was quick.  I remember having a whole conversation with myself – “damn, I am running really fast”, “maybe I should slow down”, “that’s not my group”, “where’s my group”, “okay Lisa, just do this!” “see how far you can go”.

Oh come on, I know I am not the only one that has these mental conversations.  We all do, that is what keeps us going when we want to stop or what we have to turn off so we can keep going!

Yesterday morning I started with the “Dragonfly’s”  this camp is the Fall Fitness & Marathon Training Camp“.  My intention for this series was to come back slowly from being away from bootcamp for over 8 weeks.  Matt challenged the group that was not set to train for the 1/2 marathon or marathon to step up to the challenge.  Then sent us out with Coach Adam and Coach Christine.

As I headed out with the group, my thought process was “No Way!”.  “He’s Crazy!” (Sorry Matt), Some people just aren’t built to run distances like that.  Yes, people the excuses kept coming in my mind and out of my mouth and then they left my thoughts for a bit as we were working out.

Throughout the workout I felt pretty good.  I can tell I haven’t run in 2 months and will need to get the lung power back, but I know that comes with more running.  I had a great morning and it was fun to be with all my friends, new friends and one of my most favorite people “Jeannie”!

At the end Adam said we should post are goals where we can see them and to write down our “give” for Christine.  Since I was on a mad dash for work, I didn’t process any of my goals till I had some quiet time.  That is when I started to reflect on Matt’s challenge on the half.  Could I take on 13.1?  Do I have what it takes?

I have run the 5k’s  and they are not easy for me and yes I do realize I have to add 10 more miles onto that, but with the group I train with and their support, my hard work  and a will to succeed, I can do it.  I don’t have to be the fastest  I just need to set the goal to finish it.

Set A Goal.

I posted on Facebook to the coaches and told them I was pondering the half and what did they think,  no one said no in fact Adam just kept posting the registration link for me to sign up.  I received lots of support and great feedback and maybe I can even find a training buddy that I can pace with.

I am putting this out on the blog so I’m locked into it as I know me well enough to excuse myself out of it.  I advise anyone that is on the fence on a huge goal to make it public so you have the support.

My Goal  –  to train and complete the 1/2 Marathon

My Give – Learn how to eat properly and train properly for training for a 1/2 marathon

Anyone else out there want to take Matt’s challenge with me?  You can do it and I know a great group you can train with.

Here is the link to register:  https://www.raceit.com/register/default.aspx?event=7019  


Owning It

The morning started off with my alarm clock waking me up, this is a rare event for me as I usually wake 30 minutes before the clock because I don’t like the noise.  When the alarm clock went off, I actually hit snooze…I never do that either.  I then laid there and thought about going back to bed, I was tired and I wanted to sleep.  Started too feel a little guilty so I sat up in the bed.  It must have taken me 10 minute to finally get out of the bed and head to the bathroom where I contemplated going back to sleep.   Then it hit me, if I went back to bed I wouldn’t sleep because I would feel guilty and regret my choice.

I have made this commitment to get up at 4:30 in the morning to work on improving me.  Since I am back to working full-time it is extra important that I remain diligent or I could let it all slip away.  I haven’t spent the last 6 months trying to change,  only to let it slip away.  This is a big part of our boot camp motto “Own It!”  I am not going backwards, I am moving forward.  Owning it is a part of my life and it does reflect decisions I make in my health and in my life.  15. 23. 14. 9. 20

I was happy to have made the choice to head to boot camp.  We had a great morning!  This morning I found out our new team names was striper, and apparently it was posted as Stripper.  I was sorry to have missed out on that post…because i am sure the comments were entertaining.  For people who don’t know a striper is a striped bass

This morning we had a new coach for the day since our coach is heading up a race for the next 4 weeks.  Dana and Todd were awesome!  They ran us to the point that we were all hoping that the dark clouds would start raining or we would head towards the ocean.  They had us work on picking up the pace and then we did Indian Runs.

When we hit the beach, we were hoping that they would have us jump in the ocean but we start a series of 8 count body builders, 30 second plank and then one-legged planks.  Next we thought it was our moment to jump into the water but we headed down the beach running to our next spot.  There we did push-ups, sit-ups and  a tunnel drill.  (We may have done these in a different sequence but when I am at bootcamp I am not taking notes).

The tunnel drill is where teammates do a military crawl through their teammates that were bent over.  I was not able to participate in this drill as I have a nasty sore on my knee from softball so I was sent down the beach and back before I could join back in with my team.

After that we were able to hop in the ocean for a minute “which felt like heaven” and then we started a run to the water and back to the sand dunes.  When we finished this drill we headed on down the beach and back to the gym.  When I heard the thunder I was able to pick up my pace as the last place I want to be in a thunder-storm is on the beach!  It was fun to have a new coach and yes Dana and Todd you worked us!  Thank you for taking the time to guide us this morning.

My give for the next 7 weeks will be no soda.  I am planning to eliminate this from my life and make it a life choice not a 7 week choice.  My other goal is to work up to a 5 mile run.  Some days the 3 miles can be challenging so I need to step it up.  I can’t take on the 1/2 marathon challenge until I am sure I can keep moving forward in mileage.

I also want to take a moment to thank Todd for taking the time to send me a note on Facebook today in response to my give.  Taking the time to send a message to me, meant a lot.  Doesn’t take much to make me happy!

Have a great night – gonna go relax now.