This bit of truth is offered without commentary.
This bit of truth is offered without commentary.
2016 is going to be all about getting back to basics, and being the best Kyle that I can be. Top of the list will of course be the best father as possible, and every choice in which I make must factor my son and how it will impact him into it. That being said, this list is what I am aiming to do in 2016 to better myself and my community.
So there you have it, my short, but lofty goal list for 2016 to be a better me. This list is very attainable, and unless some unforeseen circumstances arise, I should be able to check each one of these off by December.
As almost of you certainly know, today is the Boston Marathon. It is the world’s most famous race, and entry into the event is highly coveted. Qualifying for the event is not an easy endeavor, and earning a finisher’s medal will invoke envy from the masses. With this in mind, I thought it would be appropriate to share some motivation from 2014 Boston Champion Meb Keflezighi and the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon Series for today’s motivation. Enjoy.
I am a part of a blogger program through Jeff Galloway in which he provides some tips and insights for sharing with my readers. Today is the first one of those posts. So, without interruption, the following are a few tips on running from Mr. Galloway:
When paced correctly, running delivers the best attitude boost you can get. Sustain this by pacing yourself gently during the first mile or three.
A well-paced run enhances vitality for the rest of the day. Start each run at least 30 seconds a mile slower than you will run at the end.
If you have a Run Walk Run strategy that is right for you on that day, it’s possible to feel good after every run-even the marathon.
Running is the best stress reliever I’ve found. Research shows that running tends to activate the conscious brain which over-rides the emotional subconscious brain and manages the negative and anxiety hormones during and after the run.
Research shows that as runners get faster, their stride length shortens. A quicker cadence is the mechanical key to faster running.
The finishing of a run that is longer than you’ve run in the last 3 weeks can bestow a sense of achievement that is unique and empowering-due to positive brain circuits that are turned on.
You can’t run a long run too slowly or take too many walk breaks. You’ll get the same endurance based upon the distance covered.
Of course Galloway is known for his run, walk, run programs and his association with runDisney. I have never tried his run, walk, run program, but I am considering it for a future event just to see how it goes for me.
Sunday was the second 10 miler in the MRTC Road Race Series an it was not my best running effort. I was going on two hours of sleep due to the Ole Miss and Tennessee game and the nightmare traffic following the game the previous night. It ended up after the race that I spent nearly as much time running as I did sleeping during that twenty-four hour period. I was very proud to finish in the upright position, injury free.
This was my second close call at losing Road Warrior status. It would have been so easy to turn off my alarm ans just sleep through the morning. I am happy that I fought that urge and got motivated to make the forty-five minute trek to Shelby Forrest to run the hills.
All that stands between me and Road Warrior status are the two half marathons for the series on November 2 and November 16!
One of my goals for 2014 was to reach 1,000 miles running for the year. That would equate to 83.33 miles per month. Through the first nine months of 2014, I only eclipsed that mark four times. Not exactly a strong attempt to making my goal. I have had some issues with the heat, sinus infections, apathy, and foot pain. But these are just excuses, but it has left me where I am today.
Through the end of September, I had logged 698.11 miles, which left me 301.89 miles short of my goal. The remaining miles means that I need to run 100.63 miles per month through the rest of the year to hit 1,000. This is a daunting task, for sure, especially without a full marathon training regiment. It is, however, not even close to an impossible task.
I feel like I am up for the challenge. I have four half marathons, two ten-mile races, and two 5K’s to finish the year. My race schedule for the final three months has a total of 78.6 miles, so deducting this distance from my total needed, and I am looking at a shortage of 223.29 miles. Spread that throughout the rest of the year, and it seems much more manageable. Already for October, I am at 49.93 miles with a run pending for this evening. If the weather, and my body cooperate, I have a real shot at meeting and even surpassing this goal.
This was shared from the Route 66 Marathon Facebook page in a group I am a part of over on Facebook. I think it fits nicely with 99% of the runners out there, and certainly the vast majority of the readers of this blog as well as the author of this blog. So next time someone asks you why you run or why you deserve a medal for finishing a half marathon in two and half hours, think about this. Have a great day!