Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Back on the horse

I have one more day and one more run, and then I am getting back on the horse. What horse? The "training hard, chasing my goals and dreams, giving it all I've got" horse.

Training starts again on Friday.

I have had almost two weeks since Utah Valley Marathon and my DNF. Since that time, I have let myself be down. I was discouraged, frustrated, and sad. And then I picked myself up, brushed myself off, and knew that I would bounce back.

I took a day off from running completely. It was my first day off since October. After that I kept all of my runs to five miles or less, and kept the pace super, super easy. I had no pressure or expectations for any of my runs. I saw a physical therapist. I slept later than usual. I had a complete blast running Ragnar Wasatch Back with Josh and some friends. I have taken care of my body and my mind.

This week I read an awesome book called "Mind Gym" by Gary Mack. It is "An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence" and is just a great and valuable read for any athlete trying to be their best. It is not a "running" book - it is for athletes in any sport. (In fact my oldest son saw it and said that his football coach reads to the team from it regularly). Reading this book has really recharged my mental game and given me some tools I will use when the going gets tough.

I highly, highly recommend this book for anyone remotely serious about competing in sports. Here is just one of the many quotes I have highlighted. :)

"It has been said that thoughts become words. Words become actions. Action become habits. Habits become character. Character becomes your destiny."

Starting on Friday I am back to -

- following a killer training plan. Lots of intensity people. Lots of intensity.

- doing my cross training and strength training five days a week. I want to be as fit as possible.

- putting lots of focus on my nutrition and diet. I want to be healthy, strong, and lean.

- getting enough rest.

- believing in myself and being confident. Utah Valley shook my confidence. But I know that my mental game is as important as my physical game, and I want to be as strong and ready mentally and emotionally as I am physically. I believe in me.

September 1. Pocatello Marathon.  It's going to be big.

"The will to win is important, but the will to prepare to win is vital." - Joe Paterno

"Good things come to those who stay optimistic and are willing to persevere." - Gary Mack

"Attitude is a choice. Think positive thoughts daily. Believe in yourself." - Pat Summitt

"Setting a goal is not the main thing. It's deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. The key is discipline." - Tom Landry

"Motivation gets you going.  Discipline keeps you going." - Jim Ryan

"It's all about the journey, not the outcome." - Carl Lewis  

"When you have fun, it changes all the pressure into pleasure." - Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr.

"Be the dream." - John Chaney


Yolanda said...

Loved the Joe Paterno quote!

Mark Matthews said...

I don't know what's more amazing; your speed, your parenting, your blog, the quantity of your running miles, or the number of marathons you do in one year? Of course, comparisons are erroneous, so there's no equivalence that can be measured, but the will and drive bleeds over into all areas it seems.

I think I finally finished my jaw dropping in amazement at your family, but now its dropping for the number of marathons you do in one year. I thought for sure your next one would be NYCM.

I can hear your iron resolve in this post. Nothing you can't and won't accomplish with it, just the illusion of time is in the way.

Terzah said...

So glad you are back! Here's to a great summer of training for you!

Jen@runfortheboys said...

Pocatello IS going to be big and I get to be there to see you SHINE, my friend! Gives me goose bumps thinking about it. Love you.

Jen@runfortheboys said...

P.S. Giddyup!!! ;-)

Gracie said...

Heck yeah!

Vicky Cook said...

At last, now you sound like you. Race schmace, whatever Utah! Possibly the only thing I've learned from all those years running in my youth and the many years not running is we are NOT only as good as our last race. So what, it didn't happen, you felt like crap - big deal. Like you say, back on the horse! onwards and upwards - the only thing that limits us is ourselves. Looking forward to hearing about all this 'intensity'. Loving your work :)

Christina said...

All good quotes. You definitely sound resolved and determined. Sending you good training thoughts and wishing you all the best! Make the next race BIG!!!

Suz and Allan said...

Hooray! You can do this!

SWMom said...

She's back! Yay! We are cheering for you and exited to see Sept. 1 race results!!!!!! I'm nursing a knee injury so I'm living vicariously through your running. :) I hope to still complete my first 1/2 this year!

Beth @ Miles and Trials said...

Pocatello will be here before you know it and you will have redemption! You continue to inspire me.

Kristen Lawrence said...

The last marathon was a learning experience. Gotta get back after it girly!!

Canuck Mom said...

You can do it!! I am cheering for you. I start full training on Monday and gave myself this week as a cheat week. For months I have been weight training and eating healthy. I needed one week before I really got hard core serious to have some of those foods I love. Next week I am in the same boat as you. Lots of healthy eating, running, and strength training with my goal to be as lean and fit as I can for MCM. So we can cheer each other on along the way.

Raina said...

I am REALLY glad to see you are back at it again. I need a mourning period after a disappointment, then I am ALL fire. Just need to have the body and mind cooperate :)
This book sounds like an EXCELLENT tool.
Q- would LOVE to know how you went about your USTAF certification. Did you have to take classes at an actual campus? How long was the process? So proud of you for doing that.