When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.
The heart of the difference is not ability or even talent, but desire
The secret of life is that there is no secret of life. It's all hard work. Yet you still have to find the right works and be free to choose direction that is best for you.
The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Scott Mason had put up an amazing new team (and I am so behind with this announcement) for ultrarunning - Wasatch Speed Goat Mountain Racing Team. I got an invitation - Wahoo! I say this is like so exciting (no, I did not leave NUUN Team, besides, NUUN is co-sponsoring WSGMT), as this is a team for regular folks, mid-pack (ok, there are some at the front, some aspire to be at the front and some used to be there, but while I admire super-elite type who are simply unreal above human, I am kind of scared to be next to them:)). The important part - we get to be who we are! The exciting engaging communicating eyes-popped-hooray trail mountain ultra junkies! If you check out the link, as well as team-mate's blogs, there is more info there on what we do and who sponsors us. BTW, here is the crazy part - been sponsored for 5 (all) years of my ultrarunning times by various companies (some small, some bigger and better known) I don't think I had ever seen 2 things: so many various sponsors stepping up and not forbidding other companies to join in (and whatever is listed on Scott’s and other’s blogs is more than doubled by now) AND so much communication going on amongst the team members. Talking about been short on time to respond! But the camaraderie is amazing! Look out for us at the races and say hi, we are YOU!
The challenge I asked you to help with is on. Salomon shoes and Nokia phones contacted a few runners (have no idea who and how many) with this whole thing (please, dig out archives if interested). So with your great help (thanks, Meghan!) I picked the 3 mile trial time. I won't do it around the track (are you kidding? I hardly make it through mile repeats!), but did study maps of Forest Park and Leif Erickson dirt Rd, found an honest stretch that is rolling some but resembles the flattish path, and after about hour warm up (and inside 18M run) will do it this Saturday. The goal? Well, the first one is a trial, so don't know. Really, last time I ran 5k was in 2004, a week after WS100. I'll have to post it here, so ya'll know how really slow I am and not sandbagging these days. Any ballpark prediction? How about happy with 25min? The future goal? Take off 1 min in 2 months.
In a meantime, since goals are fun, I figured I'd pick a couple more. How about Bushwhacker's idea of holding 6x400m under 99 sec (I can do 2 in a row now) and running 700M total in 2 months? The countdown started past Monday.
Healthy food is good. I've been entertaining myself with new choices, which (major point) should not take more than 20 min to cook. Here is another version:
So, yes, I dropped 8 lbs and a pant's size. Kind of fun, although I am not too focused on the number and not pushing too hard, just playing around. It all might come back any day now:)
Stephen brought the grades report - best yet! I am so proud of him, probably because I am so afraid my crazy spinning life, his crazy spinning life and new conditions/situation makes me feel guilty (no, not really, more like cautious of blames). Yay for Stephen! His first track meet is this Thursday (p.s. he placed 1st in hurdles and 4th in relay team run); his next boxing tournament is May 3rd.
I visited Monika's class for Pilates Reformer. I had been doing her Pilates classes for about 2 months or more, and really saw how it works small stabilizing muscles versus big chunks, and liked it. This week it was my chance to try the machine. Yikes! Not that it was hard physically (she put me on level 4/5, nothing I couldn't handle), but it's a "brain gym"! One leg here, another there, but the arms yet elsewhere, inhale now, exhale differently and hell knows when...fun.
Somebody asked me how I put so many miles a week. Doubles. As in 2 runs a day 3 times a week. The longest I can do at a pop is 10M due to time issues. Wish I can be on trails more as well, but during a week it is only twice. However, after my outing last week to the Gorge I made a decision to have a pilgrimage there every Thursday with Gail and Mike (who else would agree on 6am start?). So below is a little photo-assay.
OK, I am sure I forgot half the things I planned to mention, don't hold it against me. I gotta go work:)