Friday, February 28, 2014
This project is great. It has really given me that extra push to move toward something great. When I was trying to come up with project ideas it got me thinking why haven't I been doing this? Why haven't I been trying to challenge myself and do something that would really make me a stronger happier kid. Training for a marathon has been incredible. In the beginning my parents, friends, and even my mentor Jeannie were skeptical. They thought I was too young and were concerned that I would injure myself. They'd ask me "are you sure you don't want to do a half marathon?" And every time my answer was "of course not." I just completed a training run equivalent to a half marathon and it was great but there's no way I'd feel the satisfaction that completing 26.2 miles on race day should give me. Every time I go a little farther than I have ever ran before I just prove to myself that I can do whatever I want. I feel so capable and really everyone is. My mentality right now is to just be my own hero. You can look up to other people and love what they do but remember that you can do that too. Maybe not to the same extent but if you want to do something enough and you put the work in anything is possible. That's what this project is teaching me.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
This morning I ran 13.1 miles with my mentor Jeannie. It felt really great and I finished strong. I got to try out some gels which were fantastic and I realized I could go a lot farther without water or gatorade which is nice. Over the break I completed training runs of 12, 3, 6, and 3 miles while in Florida. I've decided that I really do not like hot weather while running. It was hard to stay hydrated and I wasn't as prepared as I should have been for a lot of these runs. Feeling great and always moving forward.. Lauren :)
Monday, February 10, 2014
Weekend long runs are weird because if its "warm" enough to run outside then I'm almost excited to go and I set my alarm and make my route and I'm up and out by 6 am.. But when it's too cold for the outdoors I have to go on the treadmill and I put it off and put it off. After HW after dinner, you name it I've put running after it. Yesterday I ran 7 miles on the treadmill and managed to get myself on at 8 pm. That was after 2 slices of pizza and not even close to enough water. But that was my fault and not an excuse to quit so i powered through and now I've completed another training run on the road to success. Go me.
Monday, February 3, 2014
My birthday is on Tuesday and so this weekend was my time to celebrate with my mom but this weekend also had a 10 mile run in store for me and on top of that it was a blizzard outside on Saturday and Sunday.It was really looking like I wasn't going to get that run in, but I did. I got back to my dads and I went down in my basement and was on the damn treadmill for a solid 2 hours accomplishing a goal of running 10 miles. I want to run this marathon so badly and that is the thought that I look to for strength during the most enduring runs. I just think, "this is necessary to get what you want." Don't complain about it. JUST DO IT. Short term discomfort will (in my case) lead to an amazing race day and even more amazing feeling when I step over the starting line and come in over the finish line. "Desiree is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attempt the success you seek" (Mario Andetti).
Monday, January 27, 2014
On Saturday I ran 7.5 miles in 2 inches of snow and 21 degree temperature with a windchill that dropped that temperature even lower. It was so cold. Even with the 4 layers on top 3 layers on the bottom and 4 layers on my head by the end of it I was frozen. The weather is really hurting my performance and forcing me to cut runs short at times because I am so cold.
Until next week
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Yesterday I ran 7.2 miles. I've realized that by running three days in a row I'm more prepared for the longer Saturday run. My legs are much stronger after the three in a row as opposed to the 2 with a day in between. I'm also getting more rhythmic with my steps and concentrating on breathing more. When you do finally align your steps with your breath you enter that zone and forget that you're running. it's a sort of nirvana for me when I have music playing blocking out the surroundings and set into my personal rhythm and just feel the run and being comfortable with it. There's nothing like a morning run when it seems as though you're the only one in the world and you're accomplishing something great. That's what running is doing for me. It gets me so excited after accomplishing each run that I'm stoked for the next and coming to each challenge and kicking its butt gives the most incredible feeling. I feel like I can do anything after a 10 miler in the rain and that bleeds into my outlook on things. I'm so much more positive and excited about life and what I'm doing.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
As Christmas break comes to a close the 18 week training program I've selected (suggested by a mentor) has officially begun. It is now of the utmost importance that I do not skip or get lazy and so far so good. Week 2 is upon me and I've successfully completed the first 5 training runs of 3,3,3,6, and 3 miles. The short runs I've completed on the treadmill but I can't bear to do more than 3 on those things anymore and when the high is -1 it's difficult to get outside but I got out their for my 6 miler in the snow and I have to tell you it was GREAT! I am pushing myself every day whether its running or homework or anything else and it makes me feel really good about what I'm doing. Keeping a positive state of mind...LAUREN