Normally, Sunday would be a LONG RUN day, however, my training scheduled was switched up a bit with 8 miles scheduled on Saturday and 3 miles on Sunday......... all because, Monday is a race 5K Memorial Day run!!!!! Really hoping to perform and possibly make a PR.
I jumped in the car in the dark morning hours of Saturday in order to join a couple of other runners in order to knock out 8 miles.... Man, I turn on the XM radio and "Double Dutch Bus" song came on..... I haven't heard this in ages!!!!!!!!! Such a fun song!!!!! For some reason, it made me think back to days when I was in elementary school, and I would Double Dutch jump rope with the kids in the neighborhood! Good ole days!
I had completed the 8 miles before sunrise..... I was literally walking the track as the sun came up.... snapped this picture below as I completed my 1 mile post run walk........ Looked like it was going to be a beautiful day.... a hot day, but beautiful day for outdoor activities!
Back to Monday and being hopeful for a possible PR....... Training went well this week. I feel good and strong. I am trying to have a mind set that I CAN and WILL be able to see 24 on the time clock as I cross the finish line........ Below is a running motivation quote that I found on Pinterest.............. And, it is so true for me!!!
For some unknown reason, I have been in a slump of mental struggle.... I am not sure exactly what happened after the Marathon in March, but it has been tough to get back to my pre-marathon positive and confident mind set about running. When running, my mind is constantly thinking..... am I running too fast, am I staying in an aerobic state, is my heart rate where I need it to be, is my breathing too hard for a "steady run", am I pushing too fast, am I being unrealistic about running goals, why is my right hamstring tight, etc... seriously, it is an overwhelming mental battle in my head..... In reality, my running has improve greatly from when I started at the age of 40.... and, I have been mentally strong until after meeting my goals of finishing a half marathon in under 2 hours and then completing a full marathon... Crazy? right? This is what got me thinking, what is so different now?
NEED RUNNING GOALS>>>>>>>
That is it!!!! Just like in life..... if you have a goal, you constantly stay motivated....... and in running, the same hold true! No matter how little the goal is, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A GOAL!!!!! It really helps to keep you disciplined and motivated! So, for the short term, I have set a goal to obtaining a PR in a 5k since there are always local 5ks scheduled...... affordable and no travel needed! My fastest 5K is 24:21.... so that is the goal.... also, to stay mentally strong, there is a 2nd goal which is..... even if I don't PR, I have a goal to at least see a 24 on the time clock when crossing the finish line. Yes, 2 mini goals, but goals that are helping me get my positive mind set back. Without a goal, I have no focus or motivation during my runs....... yes, I think having these goals are going to help! I already feel stronger... mentally, that is!
FUN WITH GLOBETROTTERS!
My son lives and breathes basketball..... and, ever since I introduced him to the Globetrotters on youtube, he longs to be a Globetrotter when he grows up!!!! So, when it was announced that the Globetrotters were coming to Valdosta, GA to Wild adventures.... I knew we had to make sure not to miss the show!!!!
I got in the picture too!!! LOL!!! Glad that I was at least smiling! This particular Globetrotter pulled me up on stage too!!! EEEK! I have no video or picture, but I will tell you that it only took me 3 attempts to make a basket!! :)
Here is a video that I downloaded to YouTube from the show...... It really was a GREAT show!
The above Globetrotter was gracious enough to stay a few minutes over to signed a few more items.... the signing period was very short and some what disorganized... there were some disappointed fans... but luckily, there were more shows throughout the day... so maybe they were able to come back and get items signed. My son was over the moon with seeing the Globetrotters in person!!!
After the show, the boys hit up a few more rides..........
Well, I need to get back to house work.... so wish a cleaning fairy would show up at my house!!! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!!!!
What are you up to this weekend? Racing? Grilling?
Do running goals keep you going? What are your current goals?