And I ran, I ran so far….

Sometime on Friday afternoon MacGyver, my Mom and I were sitting in the living room watching TV and discussing our plans for the next day when one of our neighbors pulled up outside.  He isn’t one of our immediate neighbors, he lives a few streets over and we aren’t really close friends with him but I would often see he and his wife when I was running all the time.  Since he has a son in law who works in the same industry as MacGyver I assumed he was there to see MacGyver so I told MacGyver to go out and see what he wanted.

After a few minutes MacGyver came back in shaking his head and asked me if everyone within a 5 mile vicinity knew me as the ‘that runner girl’.

I'm THAT girl

Duh, they just all KNOW me!

So, I asked him why and he said the neighbor was just worried because he hadn’t seen me running by lately and he and the other neighbors had been talking and they decided that since he knew my husband he should come by and check on me and make sure I was okay.

So, you see, I am famous.

Kidding.

I’m trying to make a point.  And get to an important lesson here, which is, if you run in your neighborhood, get to know your neighbors.

They’ll watch out for you and they will help to keep you safe.  And for all of those people who made fun of me for running in circles, go suck it.

same dude, same day

Hello neighbor……and Hello Neighbor…..and Hello Neighbor…..and Hello Neighbor

The OCD dog AKA My spirit Animal.

On Saturday the cold front came through and while MacGyver went hunting with friends I decided to forgo the morning exercise and spend the day with my mom instead.  I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time to take her to garage sales or to the malls or for any other shopping throughout the week so we went Garage sale-ing on Saturday and we had a blast.

We found some pretty awesome things but mostly we just had a really good time spending the day together, talking, laughing, and enjoying the weather.  We also shopped got over 10,000 steps on our fitbits so I’d say it was pretty productive.

shopbit

The shopbit system

Sunday morning turned a bit cooler and I decided it would be a good day to attempt a longer run again.  I was determined to go at least five miles without stopping but more if I felt okay.

I ran six!  SIX FREAKIN WHOLE MILES WITHOUT STOPPING PEOPLE!

awkward

And then I danced a jig, kind of like this but maybe even more awkward.

It was epic.  Six miles felt like sixteen.  It was incredible.  It was slow and I didn’t run any spectacular trail, I didn’t master any amazing hills or break any speed records.  I ran six uninterrupted beautiful, peaceful, blissful miles and I realized that I didn’t forget how to run, my body hasn’t totally fallen apart and I am still as strong as I ever was. and I didn’t get a migraine.  F*ck Gluten.  I quit you.

I spent the rest of the day doing some things around the house and running errands with mom.  Last night MacGyver and I joined the rest of the World and watched the season premiere of the Walking Dead.  I won’t spoil it for you….I can’t anyway because there are just no words.  I haven’t even processed it yet.  I mean, I already knew what would happen, I seriously did, I called it a long time ago but still, they never cease to surprise me with the way they make it happen.  Does that make sense?  Did you see it?

Last thing…If y’all have read my open letter to Nabisco then you know how upset I was over the Candy Corn Oreo’s, but by the grace of the Cookie God’s Nabisco must’ve read my letter because Mom took a trip to Target yesterday and brought these home.

Candy Corn Oreo's

The nectar of the Gods

Great timing Nabisco.  It only took you three years.  And now that I’m flippin Gluten Free!  Nice.

Dammit

Dammit!

If you need me, I’ll be out in the neighborhood.  I’ll be drowning my sorrow in exercise.  Running.  In Circles.

flamingo dancing

Don’t knock it til you try it.

Have you tried the Candy Corn Oreo’s?

Did you watch The Walking Dead?

The plan

As I’ve gotten older, especially in the last few years, I’ve realized how much longer it takes my body to heal.  I used to bounce back from injuries in no time at all and I take great pride in how strong my body actually is but just like a classic car, you need upkeep and maintenance.  Otherwise, things fall apart and everything goes to shit.  You don’t just run out of gas anymore, things break and fail.

broke down car

I feel your pain muscle car, I do.

Any runner will tell you how important strength training and cross training is but if you ask 100 of them I’d be willing to bet that over half say they don’t really like it.  Some might even say they hate it.  You can put me in the some category because I’m that girl.  Be that as it may, after all these years I’m going to finally learn how to like (and maybe even love) cross training and strength training and I’m giving myself a whole year to fall in like or possibly love.

cross training

By now I should be familiar with my body and I think I am.  I know what works for me and what doesn’t.  I’m pretty sure of the time it takes me to develop good habits and also the time it takes me to sabotage my fitness and my diet.  Unfortunately it doesn’t mean I do all those things to keep me strong and healthy on a regular basis, well until now.

this sucks

Since the first part of December I’ve been working on a year-long plan.  I thought I would be ready to start January 1st but I wasn’t quite ready until this month.  Thus began the journey which I call:

1 year of learning to like the shit that I really hate or for blog purposes we’ll used the abridged version,’ the one year plan’ and here it is:

Spring – Strength

Lucky for me, spring is usually the time I start slowing down because it heats up pretty fast down here in Florida.  Typically in the spring I would slow down and spend more time on other things not necessarily fitness related, but since this year is all about 1 year of learning to like shit that I really hate the one year plan I’m using March, April and May to work on my overall strength and muscle imbalances.  My goal is alternating 3-4 different strength workouts weekly.    I’ll be using lots of Youtube videos which I will happily share with you.  Mostly I’ll be doing barre, yoga, and kettlebell workouts.  And for muscle imbalance and strength workouts, this girl is an excellent source for info.   I’m also in the process of dusting off the ol’ bike for some cross training.  Who is this girl?

yoga

I’m learning to like it…sort of.

Summer – Speed

Yeah, I know that summer is hot.  It’s especially hot down here which is why I don’t like running far in the summer and when I do, I slow way down.  Since I’ll be using the spring to work on my strength I’m positive by summer I’ll be ready to add speed and although I won’t be able to run great distances at fast speeds, I’ll still be able to get some 800’s and some tempo runs in.  Most importantly my ankle will be better and I’ll introduce hills because we all know hills are awesome speed work in disguise.  I’ll be alternating two speed workouts a week and I’ll share them with you as well.

Fall –  Farther, further, far-est, far, you get the point.

With the cooler temperatures in fall it’s a perfect time to work on increasing distance.  Which is exactly what I’ll be doing.  I’ll be doing one long run a week and one semi long tempo run each week.

Winter – Winning!

Winter is all about nailing the goal.  And here’s the big reveal.  The year-long plan will culminate in my participation in the Clearwater Ultra 50K!  I’m also going to attempt to PR in a 10K and a half marathon but I haven’t decided on which ones yet so I will post about that at a later time.

Throughout the months I’ll be posting challenges so that you can train along with me if you want.  I’m also open to challenges so if you wanna throw one at me, go for it.  Every Monday I’ll recap the previous week and you can tell me about yours in the comments.

So come on, join in the 1 year of learning to like the shit that I really hate plan with me.

the one year plan

Why wait? Start now!

In other news, Hank is doing well.  He had 8 teeth pulled but he’s got pain medicine to ease his pain and he gets to eat soft food for at least a week so, bonus.

Hank sleeping

Resting Comfortably, very comfortably.

My sister in law and niece and nephew arrived from Virginia last night so I had someone to run with this morning and we’re about to embark on a week-long Spring Break party, well as much as a 6 and an 11 year old can party.  You’d be surprised.

How is your week going so far?
Are you going to join me in my training plan?

When your mind fails you

I’ve mentioned it a couple of times before but it bears repeating, sometimes you don’t succeed the first time or even the second or third but you’ve got to keep trying because eventually you’ll get there.

For the month of November I told y’all about the Planksgiving Challenge and how I was doing it and a lot of you jumped on board as well. The goal was to perform a 5 minute plank by the end of November and if the first paragraph of this post didn’t clue you in, my results were not even close to 5 minutes.

Unfortunately the best time for me was 3:47 and that was actually several days before the month ended. Try as I might, I just couldn’t get past 3 minutes in the final days of November. In fact, this was my total plank time this morning.

plank time
So what happened?

I can’t really pinpoint one thing because it was cumulative really but the main issue was my shoulders. As strong as my shoulders are they just gave out on me before any other part of my body and I would just collapse.  Or maybe not, maybe it was something else.

Blaming my body, it sounds good in theory, but then I did make it to 3:47 at one point so there must have been another issue, something more sinister, something evil at play here that prevented me from getting that 5 minute plank.

Was I not trying hard enough? Had I not been preparing my body for the challenge? Was I not strong enough? So many questions….So much doubt.

And then yesterday I was listening to the television and I heard someone say, ‘Your body didn’t fail you. You trained, you prepared, you knew you could do it, and you were ready, but your mind failed you.’

And that was the truth.  That was my truth.  It wasn’t my shoulder, it was my head. I gave up. I threw in the towel.  I let my head win.  But I’m not letting it get to me, I’m not giving up because I’m extending my challenge through December and if it takes me the whole damn month, that’s fine because I’m going to get this. I am.  I’m coming for you 5!

motivation
Sometime last week I came across a really interesting article with Bruce Tulloh. In the article he talks about the truth in running and he shares what he’s learned from running the last 70 years.

Bruce TullohFrom the article:
If there is one word that defines the successful runner it is “irrepressibility”. He (or she) always turns up, rain or shine, and always puts 100% into the sessions. If he has a bad race, he looks for the reasons. If he gets an injury, he looks for ways of staying fit. Above all, he loves to run, because that defines the person he is. He will be a runner all his life.

Click here to read the article in its entirety, it’s a really good read.

If you participated in the Planksgiving challenge I want to know how it went. I want to hear from you!  Leave me a comment and tell me how far you got, what motivated you and if you plan to continue for December.  (I’d love to have some company this month!)

Have you ever given into your head games and given up on yourself?  (I think we all know I have.)