Monthly Archives: December 2017

Lookout 50 2017: training

“There’s never a top to the mountain. Each summit just gives us a better vantage point for the next peak. How high do you want to climb? Give yourself permission to be a giant. “Realistic” is an interesting word we throw around, but we’re talking about going past your current context. Who cares if your big picture goal is a bit unrealistic?”

-Chandler Stevens, “Go Big: Be Your Own Coach” from Breaking Muscle.

“Being prepared means getting to the point where you can forget about all the preparation you’ve done, because you trust that it’s done. You can do all the training in the world, but if it doesn’t translate into trust and confidence in yourself, you’re never going to be able to relax. If you can’t relax, you can’t improvise, or respond intelligently to the actual situation as it unfolds in real time. ”
-Riley Holland, “Get a Samurai Mindset: Unshakeable and Invincible” from Breaking Muscle

“The idea is to be brave not perfect. It’s to be resilient not flawless, confident not complete. . . The best athletes don’t train to be perfect! They train to tolerate discomfort. If you cannot adjust, you lose. Life will never conform to your plan.”

-Eddie Pinero, “Your World Within”

“Average is the norm for a reason. Being exceptional demands extra effort, sustained inspiration and uncommon discipline. When we attempt to give flight to our dreams, we have to overcome the weight of opposition. Like gravity, life’s circumstances constantly pull on our dreams, tugging us down to mediocrity.”

-John C. Maxwell

Some of my fav quotes above, this training cycle!

I ran my 100 mile race, Mogollon Monster, on September 17, 2017. For the first 2-3 weeks, after the race, I did little to no running. I start with no running or exercise for about 5 days. Then, I sat on the bike for a few days. I ended the 2-3 weeks, post race with the bike and hiking on the treadmill, mixed with some running.

I started training for Lookout 50 in October. Here is a brief overview of the months post-100 and leading up to my race next weekend!

October 2017 (249.46 miles/32,455′)

  • October 2-8:  48.33 miles
  • October 9-14:  53.13 miles, 6504′ of ascent
  • October 16-21:  74 miles, 14, 870′ of ascent
  • October 23-28:  74 miles, 11,081′ of ascent

November/December 2017 (365 miles/65,636′)

  • Oct/November 1-4:  75 miles, 11,833′ of ascent
  • November 6-11: 74 miles, 11,507′ of ascent
  • November 13-18:  73 miles, 13,753′ of ascent
  • November 20-26:  73 miles, 16,341′ of ascent
  • Nov/December 27-3:  70 miles, 12,202′ of ascent

My goal for Lookout 50 is 10:30, which is a 12:36 pace. 

I like to try new things with each training cycle. Each race, distance, training, prepares my body for the race coming next. I work specifically with my trainer as I prepare in the weight room. I mix up speeds/climbing as I prepare with my training cycle.

For this race, I tried 3 new things. First, because of my time goal, my trainer suggested running parts of some of my running at race pace. I did this for a week and decided that I needed to get a little more uncomfortable. Race pace was not easy, but it was not uncomfortable enough. I decided to run 4/6 runs during the week, faster than race pace. I did this for the middle 6 weeks of my training. Second, I hiked on the treadmill for 3 miles at a time, rather than 2 miles at a time at an incline between 15%-18%. My race has a significant hill that is about 3 miles long. Finally, my trainer and I worked on power and plyometrics in the gym.

I am looking forward to race day!!

 

 

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God is Near. I AM enough. God is good.

Biggest role I will play to date? Mom of a child with a distorted view of eating/image/self. If you have followed my blog for the past few years, then, you know my story. I have an ED.

I’ve always been brave. Not always protected or championed.

I ask to “walk on water”, but I think that I have been walking on water. His arms stretched out. He knows that I am brave. His arms stay out. He is SO strong and SO patient. I get out there . . . in the waves. . . in the wind. . . in the path of the squall line. . . He gives me a choice (and He loves me no matter): stay in the boat, get out of the boat, walk, retreat back to the boat. . . He waits. He could make me, walk. But, He made me brave. He knows that I can, and He reminds me that I have nothing to be afraid of (even the bravest need to be reminded).

Maybe? It’s not so much about protecting __________________ from it. Instead, helping them to be safe. Helping them to establish boundaries. Helping them to know right/wrong. So, when, NOT IF, they are disappointed, when, NOT IF, they feel out of control, they will know they have a choice, too,  and I will love ______________ no matter what!

People in our lives are NEVER there by chance. It’s our journey <just that>. . . ours: our sorrow, our grief, our joy, our race. . . But, OH! the people he brings to walk with us. The creator of all things. The God of purpose. The God of intention, He KNOWS. He knows the ones we need. He knows the ones who will be with us in the deep, dark. He’s sent the ones to sit in the still and stagnant. He’s appointed the ones to take our joy to another level.

And His tears–Oh, don’t miss His tears. They came from a heart as broken as yours or mine.

-Max Lucado, THE MANGER

As women a disordered view of food/image/self can become a fight for life, a fight for freedom. Never would I have imagined my beautiful child. . . my precious, beloved child. . . taking up this fight too.

“God is near. I AM enough. God is good” has been my prayer, my truth, my desperate plea. And, it is true. It has been true in the middle of the night when I wake up in fear. It has been true in the counselor’s office when the tears will not stop. It has been true on my long runs, when I am not sure I can do this. . .