Dear readers, I need your help. I can't go into details - but I will later on. I need to identify a challenge for myself, a measurable one, the one where you can see results, and that should be completed by the end of June. It has to be hard, yet do-able for me, I will be keeping track on this blog of how it's moving along, and you would be able to vote whether or not I will attain the goal. I need to define this unique challenge, tough to reach but possible. There are few elements in it:
Other information to specify?
Now, the timing kind of gives easier to pick - Bighorn 100M is on June 20-21. So this will be probably it. Although potentially it could be total mileage run by the date? Or speed improvement on track intervals or trials of shorter races? (Could it?) I certainly hope eventually, in those 2 months, I'll be able to do something with my scar forbidding me to run freely, with the help of ART and focus on my running technique and stretching. The problem I have with picking a 100 for this challenge is that it's a long race, and things can happen despite the best prep - like food and liquid/salt misbalance, injury, weather...you name it. So I wonder how it should be. Throw in the ideas. If you're going to offer a specific finishing time, please review my previous 100M results on the Results link on the left, as well as be aware my speed workouts are about 30 sec/mile slower these days, and I haven't even started official hill workouts. Be considered about the stride length shortened yet give me a goal to aim for. My last year's Bighorn time was 30:20, I planned to run 27 hrs and was on pace for about 65-70M until the blisters broke hell and I wlaked most of the last 20M. I will also have no pacer or crew at this race (includes aid stations and drop bags time). Hopefully, it will not be their wettest/snowest year...
I had done 2 appointments with ART specialist. I kind of liked my previous chiropractors John Foland more (this dude also does adjustments as a part of whole body finding the correct alignment) and the Bend ART guy Mark (he seemed to have dug into my points deeper, and I love the pain in a masochistic way, I always say, if a massage therapist doesn't hurt me, he is useless). Not to mention this guy charges a fortune (for me)...but I guess I'll stick with him for a month or so and see what it does. The points he works on do hurt and sore the following day, and so far my track intervals lost 15 sec/mile! That was a bad day to think about it...that was also a day I felt the "snapping" in my hammie with every step even as I walked. I had hoped that it's one of those things "it has to get worse before it gets better", and this morning somehow, despite a recovery run, my left side step was stretching out further and with no snapping! Will I see the light? Kyly, what did you do for your tear? Stacey? Anybody?
I had been keeping a food log for 10 days now (yes, including vacation time). I didn't make many changes, nor followed a specific diet, but recording the food intake allowed me to not eat mindlessly (I needed to have a measured estimate, so couldn't eat out of a can or a skillet as I often do). The result so far - 5 lbs lost (well, this morning I was up by 2 after last night's dinner out) and 1/2 inch in waist and butt. I think I might stick to this method for a bit. I don't do calories count (too much time digging the internet and figuring things out) and I didn't give up meat or whatnot, but it is an interesting experiment nevertheless. I found out I eat very often (practically every hour and half), and, of course, my main meal is a dinner - a late at that too (we come home every night after various practices for Stephen after 8:20 pm). Since it also means I just ran for an hour and half, I am starving, and no way am I skipping a good dinner for a protein shake. Funny things:)
I had been tagged by Bad Ben (thank you very much, grr) in this post. I was going to skip, but I like Ben too much:)
Here are the rules:
1) Write your own six word memoir
2) Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you want
3) Link to the person that tagged you in your post, and to the original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere
4) Tag at least five more blogs with links
5) Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!
6 word memoir:
Happiness is a habit - cultivate it.
This picture was adopted from Dmitri's blog.
I'll give you not one, but two visuals, as I love this art work by Angie!
I'll tag Dmitri and Angie as I used their pictures for inspiration, Rob since he is going through some life challenging changes, Craig because he is very insightful, and Billy because I want to know:)
The weekend is back to "normal" - rainy!!! and we have a new (for me) route planned for a long run.
Man is on the verge of spiritual insanity. He does not know who he is. Having lost a sense what he is, he fails to grasp the meaning of his fellow-man. Heschel, "Sacred Images of Man" 1958