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A Weekend Full of Learnin’ Bout Stuff

I meant to post earlier this week, but I was without wireless for two whole days. GASP!!!!  So here I am, in a hotel room, blogging.

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m currently in Georgia, to take the Level I USATF Coaching Certification class. I got up this morning at 4:30, got all ready, decided last minute to take all my stuff on carry-on (Hello? Can you say easy?!), and got to the airport in plenty of time. Funny, I ended up seeing and talking to a few friends who were headed north for a weekend of fun. That’s never happened to me before, but it’s kind of cool to live in a place small enough where you actually know someone at the airport! I was playing Candy Crush and reading my Oprah magazine through the two smooth, short flights.  Another thing I may not have mentioned is that I’m really afraid to fly. I don’t know why, and I used to love to fly, so it’s annoying. Bigger planes are better for me, so thankfully, they were bigguns today!

I have to laugh at the “economy” rental car my husband booked for me. I would have chosen economy too, but when I saw this:


All this baby car wants for Christmas is to be a real car.

All this baby car wants for Christmas is to be a real car. Beep beep.

I let out a giggle. I’ve never driven a car so small. Whatever, because I wasn’t there to drive and if it saves money, I’m all for that. I do know that it gets REALLY good gas mileage and it does NOT like to go over 65ish mph. Kinda gets angry and “gerbils in a wheel” sound when you try that.

I got to Marietta early, so decided to see if my hotel had my room ready by chance, then go check out Life University, where the class is being held. Yeah! My room was ready, so I checked in, changed into my running clothes, and headed to go run. It wasn’t the best place to run at, but it was gorgeous, both scenery and weather.

A very short trail, but it was beautiful.

A very short trail, but it was beautiful.

Very cool.

Very cool.

I got in somewhere around 4.5 miles, including two laps on the Life University track. The run did not feel good, and of course, the pain is back. Some days are good, some are not, but I’m seeing a physical therapist to see if we can get to the bottom of this. I also know I will have two days off since class and travel will take up any time I may want to run this weekend, so that’s good. I’m going to have to make a decision this week about what I’m going to do about this marathon….. I was feeling cautiously optimistic the other day, and now, I’m just feeling defeated. So who knows what I’m going to have to do.

Here's one more.

Here’s one more.

When I was done running and stretching by my rental gerbil car, a lady drove by and asked if I was part of the USATF class and if there were good places to run. We chatted a few minutes, and I look forward to talking more to “Maria” tonight. Yeah, now I can say I know someone!

So why AM I taking this class? Well, there’s a need for coaches. Educated coaches. The county where my kids attend school does not have a middle school track program. They want one. They need one. They don’t have the facilities for an actual program, but we run around the outside of the football field. It works. I’ve learned a lot from coaching a group of 15 6th graders in Stride. I know that I don’t know that much! But I know they want the program to continue. I know I really like coaching. The obvious step for me was to get as much education as I can and go from there. You just never know where it may lead.

Oh, the lure of the track.

Oh, the lure of the track.


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Workouts: Good vs Bad, or is it?

Since I’m taking as much time off running as possible without ruining my chances at a sub 2:00 1/2 marathon in just two weeks, I’ve been swimming a lot. I’m getting used to it and am getting “better”, but it’s still really difficult for me.  People have always told me that swimming is a great workout and I have to say that I totally get why people have been saying that! While it’s difficult for me to do something at such a beginner stage and admit that, well, I really suck at it, I have to see it as a challenge and a pathway to my next goal of completing a triathlon.

My swim workout last Wednesday was a little over a mile total. It took me a long time to complete it, but I felt pretty strong and that progress had been made from the last session. Then I swam again Friday. Oy. The planned workout was 1500 meters with some drills and speed work. Let’s just say that I got the distance done. It was ugly! After ONE MEASLY 25 meter lap, my heart was pounding and I had to breathe every stroke. Yes, every stroke. I’ve been working on breathing every other, but on Friday, I preferred to not inhale the pool water, so every stroke it was. As I did drills, all I could think about was just getting to the end. Fast laps? That was a joke. My sister and I were sharing a lane and she didn’t feel the most energetic about her swim either, but something shifted in the middle of our hellish workout. We knew we have bad workouts in there, but we knew we had to do it. So we did it. We completed what we needed to do. Was it pretty? Oh, hell no, it was terrible.  But we did it.

So I wondered, was it REALLY a bad workout then, if we actually completed it, was simply not as good as we wanted it or as it should have been?  I figured that no, it wasn’t bad, because we did not quit.  We finished it.  I have had so many “bad” running workouts that were just miserable to complete, especially in the middle of summer humidity. But they were completed. I got my miles in and it strengthened me in some way, whether purely mental or both mental and physical.

I flipped my perspective around and thought that really, we should all be looking at “those” workouts as maybe less-than-stellar, but certainly not bad at all. We need to remember that we’re training, we’re supposed to be tired, we’re working, we’re building, we’re growing. Not every workout is going to be this wonderful feeling of endorphins and happiness, and not every workout is intended to be so. But just stick with it and do it. You’ll be all the better for it.

This brings me to SATURDAY’S workout of 6 easy miles. I have to laugh as I think about it.  I was a little nervous because I didn’t want my leg to hurt but I needed some miles for that pesky 1/2 marathon in a few weeks. So I jogged as slow as I could.  I don’t even know if my heart rate increased enough to call it an aerobic workout, but I’m sure somewhere in there, a little training was done.  People walking their dogs were passing me. Little toddlers on their bikes with training wheels were passing me. The frogs in the water retention areas were keeping pace with me as they easily swam along. I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do, but I knew I needed to do it.  It’s all for the greater goal and I can’t let one run trip that top domino and ruin the other ones for me. I know I’m going to have to stay slow until the race and I know I’m going to have to take time off after the race too, and that’s ok. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself! My leg felt ok, minimal discomfort during and especially after, which is more important to me.  Progress?

I got the workout done, so for that, it was good.

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