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So, as good as last Thursday’s run was, last night wasn’t so great. My calves were taut, and not in a good way. I tried to push through it, but my legs felt like lead. And to top it off, when I got home, I got all dizzy and sick feeling. I haven’t felt the room spin in a good long while, and I can do without that feeling for a good long while more.

Marathoning can be dangerous. Proper nutrition is essential, and should be as much a part of the training as running.

“No doubt a brain and some shoes are essential for marathon success, although if it comes down to a choice, pick the shoes. More people finish marathons with no brains than with no shoes.”

Don Kardong, 1976 Olympic marathoner

Friday and Saturday were sedentary days. Sunday I mowed the lawn and trimmed the hedges. That got my heart rate up, and I got a good upper body workout lifting and maneuvering the hedge trimmer up and down, not to mention filling and lifting the lawn waste bags.

Monday I ate:

1 package oatmeal
1 salad, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, croutons, basalmic vinaigrette
1 bowl chicken, penne and mushrooms in what was supposed to be a ‘light’ creamy sauce but was more akin to Alfredo sauce. I left about 1/4 of the meal in the bowl.
1 plate spaghetti with tomato sauce
1 stick mozzarella cheese

And, since I’m still a little gimpy, I didn’t work out. But, I did work on my inspiration and motivation! A few ‘Did You Knows’…

Did You Know…

  • It was 40 years ago this Boston Marathon that the first woman with a race number in a marathon distance race?
  • The year before that, Roberta Gibb snuck her way on to the race course.
  • But not until 1972 were women officially allowed to enter.
  • 1984 was the first year that a women’s marathon was included in the Olympics? An American woman, Joan Benoit Samuelson won that inaugural event.
  • Team Hoyt will be missing the Boston Marathon this year due to surgery. This father/son combo have raced over 900 events in the last 28 years, including 25 Boston Marathons and an Ironman Triathlon. If you’ve never heard of these guys, please go read. The son has cerebral palsy, and the dad drags, pushes, or bikes his son through these courses. AMAZING!!!

1 package oatmeal
1 chicken breast with avocado, rice, and beans
1 Chipotle bol with rice, black beans, chicken, salsa and cheese
1 glass milk
4 bite-sized chocolate chip cookies
1 100-calorie pack of Chips Ahoy! cookies

8-8 oz glasses of water

Does picking myself up off the floor count as exercise? Dammit. Today was not a good day. 😦

Forgot oatmeal and tummy told me so quite loudly around 10:30.
Salad (lettuce, cucumber, tomato & feta cheese with dill-vinegar dressing), hummous & pita
6″ Subway Club (with cheese!) and apples
8-8oz glasses of water
1 stick mozarella cheese

33 minutes on elliptical, 380 calories burned. 1 trip down the weight circuit, 30 reps each machine, arms & legs.

Lesson: Do not try to flat-iron hair after having taken said trip down the weight circuit if arms were included. OUCH.

1 package oatmeal
1 grilled chicken sandwich with avocado, lettuce & tomato (no cheese, no dressing)
1 small salad with vinaigrette dressing
flank steak with pico de gallo, black beans, spanish rice
Haagen Daz raspberry sorbet (fat free!)
8+ 8 oz servings of water

Rest night. Going to bed NOW.

I made this tonight for dinner. I highly recommend this recipe. It was VERY good. I also made a pico de gallo (white onion, tomato, cilantro) and it was heavenly with this dish! Very fresh and tasty.

1 package oatmeal
1 Yoplait yogurt
Chipotle bol with rice, black beans, carnitas, salsa & cheese
Spaghetti and two slices bread
8-8 oz servings of water

68 minutes on elliptical machine. 730 calories burned.

Getting to bed before 11 pm…after my shower.

mo·ti·va·tion [moh-tuhvey-shuhn]
– noun
1. the act or an instance of motivating.
2. the state or condition of being motivated.
3. something that motivates; inducement; incentive.
– noun
1. the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior; “we did not understand his motivation”; “he acted with the best of motives” 
2. the condition of being motivated; “his motivation was at a high level” 
3. the act of motivating; providing incentive

ac·count·a·bil·i·ty  [uh-koun-tuhbil-i-tee]
– noun
1. the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable. 

– noun
1. responsibility to someone or for some activity 

These are two words that I have not used in my vocabulary as of late. The last time I ran (and I use the term loosely) was nearly a year ago. April 8, 2006. A 5K. And I was out of shape then. Whooo boy. Do we have some work ahead of us or what?

January was very good for getting to the gym. So was that first week in February. Not so much since then.

So, here we are. It’s Goal Setting Time.

1) Sign up for Running 101 class. Duh. Yes, I know how to run. One foot in front of the other. Just like walking. Only faster. This will help me get my mileage back up. We’re starting at 0 again.
2) Manage my eating. My least favorite part. I love to eat. My ass shows it. I love food. Food tastes good. Food satisfies. I was raised to eat. I just exercised enough as a kid that it didn’t matter. Now it matters. So, cut back on the bad. And really, I don’t eat that much that is ‘bad’. I just consume too much. Portion control is really the key that I’ll be looking at.
3) Get more sleep. One of my resolutions that I’m falling down on. Part of it is a problem I have with sleeping. My brain just doesn’t shut down. The only time I’ve really been able to sleep well is when I’ve been on anti-depressants. They also help with the depression that I’ve suffered from since I was 17. That’s kind of a separate thing though.
4) Keep a training journal. That’s where this comes in. When I trained for the Nike Women’s, I was strict about keeping a training journal. It was the first time ever that I’d kept up with anything like that. It gave me great motivation to add lines in that journal, and watch my pace and mileage improve. It was also great that I counted up miles-run-to-date. 25! 50! 100! 200! Great achievements.
5) Be true to myself. Not every day is going to be great. Some days it is going to hurt. But, I’m not going to quit. I’m going to stop making excuses. Just do it. Cheesy, but it’s true.
6) Lose weight. It’s not possible to be on a diet while training for a marathon. You just don’t get the calories you require. My training and my paying attention to what and how much I put in my mouth will naturally lead to this. But honestly? In order for me get into what would be considered a ‘healthy weight range’ for my height, gender, and age I need to lose. This is embarassing. But I’m being honest and laying it out in the table. 80 pounds. This won’t be a ‘goal’ to accomplish by the marathon date. But, it’s out there.
7) Run 26.2 miles in NYC on November 4, 2007. I have a guaranteed entry this year since I deferred last year. And I want it. Coincidentally, this date will also be the 8 year anniversary of the day my great-grandmother passed away. So, I will dedicate this race to her. I don’t want to let my great-grandma down.

I deserve this. I can do this. I have done it before. It’s an achievement that not many people are willing to train for. In 2005, I was 2 of 383,000 marathon finishers (Nike Women’s and White Rock)! That’s out of ~300,000,000 million people living in the US at the time. This is for me. For me.

So many times, it happens too fast,
You trade your passion for glory,
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past,
You must fight just to keep them alive…


October 2021