Good Luck OR Positive Thinking?

Hello Everyone!

It’s been awhile, I know, but I’ve had so many positive things happening in my life.  It’s been a crazy whirlwind and everything is starting to fall into place.   Lately I’ve been trying to think positively, rather than harp on the negative.  You can really get caught up in the stress which will ultimately make your problems a lot worse for you.  Recently, I did an Angel Card reading.  I know what your thinking, but I had my doubts too, but where I work there is a holistic healer who is all for this and told me I just had to try it.  So I did. Completely full of disbelief, I had to clear my head and think of a question I wanted to ask “the angels”.  Of course I stood there awkwardly, pretending I had some question.  Then it hit me, ” I want to be happy”.  Don’t get me wrong, I am always so happy & energetic (it’s my profession–PR), but recently I felt so weighed down.  Then, I had to pick from a deck of angel cards, whichever one “called out to me” even though they are all faced down and look exactly the same.  So I pick one, and what do you know I get Angel Indriel.  Basically, it says that people dump all of their problems on me, even strangers (true & true) and I need to learn to not let them get me down and take their problems with me & shake it off.  Spot on? I think so.  I’ve been trying really hard lately to just stay positive and not let my own feelings be affected by others and I honestly feel so good.  I’ve been on a lucky streak for almost a week now.  Guess I should play lotto.

A quick synopsis of my good luck  (in list form because I’ a crazy type-a personality):

  • Everything is going SUPER good at my job, we are booming in all of our facilities and literally are beginning to not have any openings.  Although it’s a problem, it’s a GOOD problem to have. (if you didn’t know I’m also a marketer)
  • I found the car of my dreams. After having my wonderful little Chevy Malibu for 6 years (the one my parents got me when I passed my road test) It was finally time to move on.  After test driving 10 cars, yes 10 I’m neurotic, I finally came to a decision, a 2012 Volkswagen CC. I always wanted it but never thought I’d be able to purchase it at 23, by myself.
  • I won a necklace from the amazingly talented, Erica Sara. I literally never win anything and  totally just entered on a whim.  It is gorgeous. I highly recommend purchasing one!

    My gorgeous Erica Sara Necklace! On the back it says Strength & Run Long.

  • My plantar fasciitis is almost ALL gone. Since my acupunturist was having a tough time curing me, she brought me to one of her friends & previous Professor’s who does trigger point acupuncture as well as had a multitude of experience with athletes.  I’m not going to lie, it hurt & I had to take 5 days off from running but in the end I think it was worth it.  I also changed my shoes. My acupuncturist asked my body, I know crazy right, what was causing my foot pain and apparently my body answered that it was my sneakers. I switched from my beloved Brooks Adrenaline’s to Asics Kayano’s and so far, I couldn’t be happier.
  • I’ve been on a kick ass run streak this week.  Normally I get so harped up on time and how fast I’m going that I end up freaking myself out.  All I want to be is fast god damnit. BUT I realize I need to just chill out and let my body run & trust in my training.  I’ve been stuck on the dreaded 10-min mile.  IDK why. It’s all in my head and now I know that.  For the past few nights I’ve been running at what I felt was a comfortable pace, not too easy but not where I’m gasping for breath, and guess what my Garmin was reading at a 9:07. See I’m crazy. Last night, I did my first ever mile repeats.  Mile 1- 10:04 (warm up), Mile 2- 9:17, Mile 3- 8:57, Mile 4- 8:34(woo-woo), Mile 5- (cool down) 9:30.  I was on such a high, but today I’m feeling wiped out.  Mind you I did this at 6:00pm in 30 degree windy weather, in shorts. I’m a genius, I know.  I just hate wearing pants but I learned my lesson last night since I had a chill I couldn’t get rid off.  Last nights run made me push myself a lot more than I normally do.  I kept repeating to myself, someone my brother told me, “You need to push yourself 100% in workouts, they should be harder than the actual race”.  I rarely ever do that b/c I’m always afraid that I’m going to push myself to far, but then do I ever actually know my limits? Nope. Lesson learned.

With all that being said, I’m still deciding on what Half I want to do in May.  The LI Half, horrible course but close to home, & the Jersey Half are the same weekend.  I know people doing both, but I just can’t decide. Stay home for a horrible course or travel for a beautiful/new course. What to do what to do. Training officially starts Monday!!! I’m so excited and nervous at the same time. My goal is a 2-hr Half. Scary to say that, but also embarrassing at the same time.  Only a 2 hr half.  I feel like I should be so much faster than that.Hmph.  I will be back up on posting a lot throughout it.  I want to document everything so if I do well,  I can look back and see how I improved/felt during training.   Also, coming up is my one-year anniversary of running!! February 18th.  Yay-yah.

 

Is anyone else running a spring half? Have you been having a good luck streak?

 

Until next time,

Run Hard. Run Long. Run Strong.

3 Things Running Taught Me

1. Without Running I will go insane

2. I need running in my life more than I ever knew

3. I cannot continue to eat like a 300lb man and have bacon ranch sandwiches for lunch everyday when I don’t run.

 

I haven’t posted in a while because I was in a running funk and I thought I’d save you all from my pity posts about not being able to run. Three weeks ago I found out I had posterior tibial tendonitis. Which basically means I had really bad pain in the arch/heel of my foot whenever I walked/ran.  The first two days of not running weren’t so bad, I pretended they were rest days( see I’m really good at mind games), but when the pain was still there I started to FREAK. Was I going to lose everything I worked for?  Was my endurance going to be affected? If you didn’t know this already, I’m completely mental about running.  I think it’s because I went from not being able to run a half mile to running a half marathon in such a short period amount of time that I constantly freak out about losing my endurance just as quickly, crazy I know.

 

After speaking with the PT she thinks I either amped up my mileage too much in such a short amount of time or that I don’t stretch enough.  Personally,  I think know that  I don’t stretch enough.  Actually I rarely stretch at all.  I like to still think I still have my gumby 16-year old dancer body.  Shockingly I don’t, darn it. So a week goes by of not running and I’m starting to get so antsy.  I feel like everyone around me is getting their runs in– I swear all of a sudden people were running past my window at work throughout the day.  So I decided to ask the Acupuncturist who works at my job if she could help me out.  Turns out she could.  I’m not going to lie, the need she put in the bottom of my foot and my arch KILLED me.  She used STM on the needles in my knee, arch, and bottom of my foot. Twenty minutes later and BOOM I was back to normal.  Crazy right?  I tried running New Years Day, I did about 1.5 miles and my arch started hurting again. Womp,Womp. First thing Monday I got acupuncture again and my foot felt great.  We think the taping the PT did was forcing me to pronate which was causing another injury, so we decided to take the tape off and see how I felt.

Last week I went full force back into running.  What a stupid, stupid idea.  Can you blame me though?  I was SO excited to run again. My foot felt great until Saturday.  I had a long run planned, but only did 5 miles because my foot was bothering me. So far I’ve taken off Sunday & Monday, I’m trying to be a good little runner but it’s driving me insane.  I feel like my runs suck now from taking off and I feel all flabby and gross.  Am I crazy?  On a lighter note, I finally joined Daily Mile. Woo-hoo.  My goal for 2012 is to run 1,000 miles, do-able? I think so!

Some goals I’ve made for myself that I’d like to achieve in the next 6 months

1. Run a sub-30 5k

Clearly I was hot and took my clothes off and threw them on the ground.

2. Suck it up & Join a local running group, which hopefully will help with goal number 1.

3. Run the Jersey Shore Half Marathon with Rebecca & Kailey. Oh, and hopefully have some crazy PR like 45 minutes or so.  Gotta be ambitious, right?

Maybe I'll actually keep up with Rebecca this time

Maybe I'll actually keep up with Rebecca this time

 

I’m going to use the Mcmillan running calculator to get my booty in gear.  Has anyone else seen results from it? What are some of your short-term goals for 2012? It doesn’t have to be running related! Also, is anyone running in the 10 mile to the Brewery run on January 28th in Sayville? I don’t think I’ll be running , damn foot, but I’ll be cheering everyone on 🙂

 

Until next time,

 

Run Hard. Run Long. Run Strong.

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I was a bad little runner and took off on Friday.  Sorry RWRunStreak but my calf was screaming at me to take a day off s00o, I did.  Instead of running I filled my night with baking and eating all … Continue reading