My coach came up with a name for me that the team calls me now and it is ISE. It stands for ‘I’m So Excited’… I guess I am just a bit enthusiastic about things and he has caught onto that personality trait of mine, ha.
BUT I wasn’t super excited for the workout yesterday because I had never done it before but it ended up being fun so I’ll be excited for it the next time we do it.
We started off with a short w/u and then CLIMBED AND CLIMBED. It was about 1.2 miles and we climbed 500 feet while trying to push the pace in that segment. We were toast by the end but I think somebody told me that over the course of CIM you climb a total of 600ish (correct me if I am wrong on that) feet so yesterday built my confidence thinking we did 500 ft in 1.2 miles. After the hill we did about a mile very easy and then a fast mile (5:31).
We are ready for those CIM rollers!
While I ran these three went on a little bike ride!
We went out to get a little bit more Christmas shopping done for our kids. Skye isn’t super thrilled about her winter uniform;)
And then we went out to my (and clearly Skye’s) current favorite restaurant (Chipotle) for lunch.
The rain won’t stop these two!
Brooke is really into drawing lately so we are mastering drawing horses together.
Because I was too tired to make anything other than grilled cheese and tomato soup.
And now I need to get in as much recovery as possible before Saturday because we will be doing those 10 x 1 mile repeats and my mantra for Saturday= I am not going to choose comfort over growth.
Is 17 days out too early to start packing? Probably but that’s okay. Skye brought me a pack of gummy bears to pack, haha.
I absolutely love hearing about your finish line stories so please keep sending them to [email protected]
Lisa: “So it is bittersweet when I share with you that I got my BQ in Indy last weekend. With a time of 3:54:50 I made it with 10 seconds to spare…likely not fast enough to be accepted to run. I had a great 18.5 miles. By then though the backs of my legs were so tight they just didn’t want to run and I stopped looking at my watch as I didn’t want to see my goal pass me by. But then I saw my son at 25.2( exactly) and I was so defeated. I felt I let him down. However he had a look in his eye and he told me he’d see me at the finish line since he couldn’t pace me without being a participant of the race. Something told me that the time on his stopwatch must have meant I could still BQ – just not with the time I wanted. So I kept plodding. I looked into the eyes of every person along the sidewalks and tried to pull in some energy. And I made it. Although I cried with disappointment and looked back at all the spots along the course that I could have done better – I finally decided to celebrate my victory with my son. I took 17th place in my age and I BQ’d and knocked off 17 minutes. Best part of the entire race was the hug he gave me. I will never forget that moment! Now to look at a spring marathon to see if I can find another couple of minutes so I can run Boston in 2021. (No finish line photo as my son was busy with his stopwatch…he’s a future coach he just doesn’t know it yet).”
Kaitlin: “When you do the same race every year it inadvertently serves as a stake in the ground as to where you are in life in that moment. Last year this half marathon was a month out from a horrendous miscarriage that left me in the hospital broken physically, mentally, and emotionally. I toughed out a finish for that marathon out of sheer grit and determination to prove to myself that I CAN do (and endure) hard things.
In the year since, I have focused my energy on becoming stronger; physically and mentally. I have been (more) consistent and intentional with my training and upped my meditation game. Coming into this year’s Wine and Dine half marathon, I was hungry to demonstrate to myself the progress I have made…
It took me 6 1/2 years to best my time in the half marathon distance but last Sunday I achieved a personal record, by over six minutes no less. It was a cathartic feeling to lay down that time and prove to myself that practice and training do, in fact, have an effect when consistent.
There is still vast room for improvement and growth; but if I’m honest, that’s the aspect that draws me to this crazy thing of running marathons. But one thing will always remain the same…
I can, and will continue to endure, hard things.”
Do you have any nicknames?
Do you prefer a course with hills or a flat course?
-I think I prefer hills because it will switch up which muscles we are using and I think all of the trails have made us ready for them!
What is your current favorite restaurant?
Who has done a Disney race? Who else did Indy this year?