I am determined not to injure myself this year, (pretty good beginning of a plan, huh?) So, I am going to follow the guidelines in a new book I just got called “Run for God.” It is a disgustingly sensible plan that may be difficult to follow. Once I get out on the trail or track, it is REALLY difficult to be “sensible…” I JUST WANT TO RUN
You know that feeling, don’t you! I can see you shaking your heads “yep!”
So, I am going to make a commitment to you, my fellow runners: I will follow the guidelines in the “Run with God” for the rest of this month (January.) Then we will re-visit this situation. O.K?
My actual plan is
1. To be running 5K’s with a speed of sub 10 by Spring.
2. To be running 10K’s with a speed of sub 10 by Summer.
3. Run a half-marathon this Autumn
4. Run a full-marathon next Spring 2013.
5. Qualify for Boston ~Autumn 2013 or Spring 2014.
I will turn 65 years old this September, so my qualifying time is 4:45:59. That is a 10.9 minute mile! I can do that now; well, maybe not for 26.2 miles in-a-row 🙂
I have a list of 5 and 10K’s lined up. It is difficult to find a half- marathon that is not on a Sunday…Do you know of any? Please, let us know!
What is YOUR plan? We would LOVE to hear it.
Let’s go to Boston together, shall we? I can see you shaking your heads “yep!”
Wondering what YOUR qualifying time is? Just go to:
I won’t be running the Boston Marathon quite as soon as I had planned…but I am getting back on track!
My running was going very well until about mid-April when I “ran too far, ran too fast and ran too often; ” results?~a stress fracture in my tibia and running stopped! By mid-summer I was running again; a little more carefully, but running!
Then, mid-October, my father became ill and running stopped again…
I sat by his bedside, every day, all day, until the evening of November 29, when our Heavenly Father called him Home.
I did not run all of December, due to the busyness of the season, the need to clean out his home, legal stuff, and on and on and on… That was my excuse…
Truthfully, I just did not have the energy to even put on my running shoes…
But now, it is January 1st, and I am determined to (first, find my shoes), put them on and start running again!
Tomorrow I will post my plan! Will you run with me? Please say YES!
BOSTON, HERE WE COME!
My buddy coach, Jo, (www.jochristie.com) sent me a quote that she received from Runners World. I wish to share it with you as it really “rang true” for me.
HaIf I didn’t run, my writing would be very different from what it is. To be a fiction writer, the most important qualities are imaginative ability, intelligence, and focus. To keep these going at a high level, you can’t neglect your physical strength. Otherwise, you can’t accomplish anything very intricate or demanding.
Haruki Murakami, Novelist
I am not a fiction writer, but I do love to write! I mostly write short stories, journal style, about my own experiences that I rarely ever share with anyone. They are simply for my own clarification.
As I ponder that quote, I realize the correlation for myself. When I don’t run, I rarely write…or is it the other way around??? The two are certainly linked together…
I think I shall ponder this…write about it? Run with it? Or is it the other way around…
Have you found this link to be true for you? We would love to hear about your experience!
Haruki Murakami, Novelist
ruki Murakami, novelist
Do you have your Autumn schedule for your personal favorite sport? Have you looked up the races in your area or the races in someone elses area that you would love to travel to?
It is only a few days into the Autumn season, and I have all of my runs lined up (either participating in or volunteering at) and registered for. If I don’t register in advance, they either fill up quickly, without me, or I get distracted and don’t go back to the registration pages.
Last week I volunteered at the race-of-all-races! DANCES WITH DIRT!
It is not for wimps; not even wimpy volunteers (which I border on being). As the volunteer at the Silver Lake Exchange, I directed running traffic (follow the blue flags) pulled back runners who started before the “touch-off” (in a relay, one runner must touch the hand of the next before he/she could continue the course.) For those who did not heed my warnings, I got to threaten them disqualification if they did not go back… Please note: I am 4’11” tall. Did they listen to me? YES! THEY DID! (how cool is that!)
My favorite part, however, was helping to wash down those who had run miles threw knee-deep mud, swamps, and corn fields. Not only was that FUN but very inspiring to those (like me) who need to push their goals “up a notch.”
Sign me up for next year? Maybe! I have been invited~want to be on my team?