I Love This Commercial and Update Before Things Get Cra Cra

Watch this and try not to get all verklempt.

Seriously, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this commercial and what it stands for. Sometimes, aren’t we all the guy who comes in last but just never gives up? Does it matter what place we get? Isn’t the most important fact is that we are out there trying and busting our butts to get to where we truly want to go?

I love this commercial. This could be me in a few short weeks as I run my marathon. This could be me when Ironman Florida comes around. But you’ll never find me giving up. Hell no. I’ll never give up on my dreams. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.

By the way, I had yet another interaction with Hal Higdon. I took a screen shot of it. Err merr gerrrd, HAL HIGDON AND I ARE ALMOST BFF’s!!!!! 😉 The subject was about fashion and races.

See, Hal is talking to ME!

See, Hal is talking to ME!

The weather has been quite difficult for those of us without gym memberships. Tuesday, school was cancelled because of the threat of ice. I didn’t even know we were supposed to get any bad weather at all until I got word on Monday afternoon that there was no school Tuesday. So much for those 800’s. It was 30 and raining and windy, so I decided to save myself from pneumonia and had a good, hard workout on my bike.

One hour with 4 x 7 min intervals at Z4

One hour with 4 x 7 min intervals at Z4

My friend, Amanda, and I decided to tackle her tempo workout together on Wednesday. Gulp. It was 5 miles at 7:30 pace. I figured that would be just as good or better as my two mile repeats I was planning for Thursday, so we got together Wednesday to get it done.

Man, isn’t running with someone else so much better than on your own? I mean, I love to run on my own, but for difficult speed workouts, it’s so much better to have someone to run with. We ran at Wrightsville Beach, since that’s where she lives and there’s a good straight road where we don’t really have to worry about traffic or making stops.  No one likes to be interrupted during a speed workout.  Right before we started, we both looked at each other with that “well, here we go” face. I have to admit, it didn’t feel terrible. It didn’t feel GREAT either, but it’s really not supposed to.

I forgot to mention that we had a lot of freezing rain on Tuesday and there was ice everywhere but the roads. The power lines and plants and trees were covered.

Ice at the beach.

Ice at the beach.

My kids had a lot of fun eating the icicles and I’m sure ingested tons of dirt along the way.  Nothing new. At least they were hydrating. So anyway, as we were running, a piece of ice fell from the power line and hit Amanda in the head. We didn’t find out til later that it actually cut her and made her bleed. I guess Ralphie’s mom WAS right, those icicles can be dangerous. Thankfully, she was ok and it was not a major cut, but it made us pay more attention to what was above us when we were running.

Two and a quarter miles into the tempo, I wanted to stop and breathe, which I slightly feel guilty about and am justifying with “it was a better tempo run than the two mile repeats” but I really wish I hadn’t stopped. It was maybe a minute or two and we headed back to finish our 5 miles with no more stopping. We ended up at 7:22 overall pace for the 5 miles. Whohoo!!!! And my legs felt it. When I got home, my dog was waiting for me, so I figured a good way to stretch out was to jog a little loop with her. She loved it.

Had to take a few minutes to enjoy the view and ocean sounds after our run.

Had to take a few minutes to enjoy the view and ocean sounds after our run.

There’s a reason why you don’t have two hard workouts in a row. My speed schedule is all off because of the dumb weather, but I knew I couldn’t do another speed workout today. I also didn’t really know what to consider the bike workout. I knew it wasn’t easy on my legs, but it wasn’t running. So, ????  I decided to just do the 5 miles on the schedule for yesterday. It didn’t feel bad, but I could tell my hammies and quads were tired. I could see how having back-to-back hard workouts can cause you to get injured or burn out. I did the smart thing and didn’t do it.

I’ve got 10 pace on Saturday and 20 on Sunday. THIS, my friends, will lead into my taper for the race. I think I almost threw up. It’s almost here. My son is turning 9 years old on Saturday and I have a lot to do to get ready for the family stuff we’re doing, the company we’re having, and the awesome Seattle Seahawks cake I’m going to make him.

Anyone else get hit with icicles? Running long this weekend? Want to come over for pizza on Saturday?

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8 thoughts on “I Love This Commercial and Update Before Things Get Cra Cra

  1. I LOVE that commercial!! I’ve never seen it before, so thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    We didn’t get ice, but we did get 3 inches of snow, blowing winds and windchill temperatures currently at -28F…I’m NOT a fan!!

    Great work on the bike intervals…I have serious #bikelove, especially when it involves intervals 😉

    • I just got cold reading that. Brrrr. I was thinking the other day that I need to look at your posts to get different bike intervals- there’s a lot of ones I like that you posted!
      I saw the commercial the other day and of course, took note when there was a race, but the message can’t be beat. There’s a series of them on that are just awesome. Glad you like it!

  2. Happy almost birthday to your son and I know this is kind of a tall order, but TRY NOT TO STRESS!! You’ve been so great all throughout your training and I truly believe this is going to be a great race for you. 🙂 I’ve never seen this commercial, but I’m going to have to watch it when I’m on a computer with sound!

    • If you do watch the commercial, have a Kleenex handy 😉 And of course I’ll TRY not to stress, but I will get stressed the least amount possible. I have a tendency to fail with flair when it comes to marathons and don’t really want to learn a lesson the hard way with this one! I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself since this will be it for BQ for at LEAST a year, if not longer. Thanks for your comments, they are much appreciated!

  3. Great commercial! That poor guy needed a pacer just to keep him company. I got worried about him running all by himself those last steps. I paced a friend last winter, and we were pretty much the last people over the finishline. Right as we approached, a gaggle of other runners joined in behind us to ru her into the finish. I hummed the Rocky theme song. It was an awesome moment.

    Lol about Hal H, your new BFF. Newton Running has a slogan that says, “blend out”, so that’s what you’ll be doing if you wear all your clashing colors.

  4. Thank you for sharing this video Kelli. Brought tears to my eyes.
    ~Carl~

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