Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
1. Don’t be a whiner. Nobody likes a whiner, not even other whiners.
2. Walking out the door is often the toughest part of a run.
3. Don’t make running your life. Make it part of your life.
4. During group training runs, don’t let anyone run alone.
5. Keep promises, especially ones made to yourself.
6. When doing group runs, start on time no matter who’s missing.
7. The faster you are the less you should talk about your times.
8. Keep a quarter in your pocket. One day you’ll need to call for a ride.
9. Don’t compare yourself to other runners.
10. All runners are equal, some are just faster than others.
11. Keep in mind that the later in the day it gets, the more likely it is that you won’t run.
12. For a change of pace, get driven out and then run back.
13. If it was easy, everybody would be a runner.
14. When standing in starting lines, remind yourself how fortunate you are to be there.
15. Getting out of shape is much easier than getting into shape.
16. A bad day of running still beats a good day at work.
17. Talk like a runner. “Singlets” are worn on warm days. “Tank tops” are worn to the beach.
18. Don’t talk about your running injuries. People don’t want to hear about your sore knee or black toe.
19. Don’t always run alone.
20. Don’t always run with people.
21. Approach running as if the quality of your life depended on it.
22. No matter how slow you run it is still faster than someone sitting on a couch.
23. Keep in mind that the harder you run during training, the luckier you’ll get during racing.
24. Races aren’t just for those who can run fast.
25. There are no shortcuts to running excellence.
26. The best runs sometimes come on days when you didn’t feel like running.
27. Be modest after a race, especially if you have reason to brag.
28. If you say, “Let’s run this race together,” then you must stay with that person no matter how slow.
29. Think twice before agreeing to run with someone during a race.
30. There is nothing boring about running. There are, however, boring people who run.
31. Look at hills as opportunities to pass people.
32. Distance running is like cod liver oil. At first it makes you feel awful, then it makes you feel better.
33. Never throw away the instructions to your running watch.
34. Don’t try to outrun dogs.
35. Don’t trust runners who show up at races claiming to be tired, out of share, or not feeling well.
36. Don’t wait for perfect weather. If you do, you won’t run very often.
37. When tempted to stop being a runner, make a list of the reasons you started.
38. Never run alongside very old or very young racers. They get all of the applause.
39. Without goals, training has no purpose.
40. During training runs, let the slowest runner in the group set the pace.
41. The first year in a new age group offers the best opportunity for trophies.
42. Go for broke, but be prepared to be broken.
43. Spend more time running on the roads than sitting on the couch.
44. Make progress in your training, but progress at your own rate.
45. “Winning” means different things to different people.
46. Unless you make your living as a runner, don’t take running too seriously.
47. Runners who never fail are runners who never try anything great.
48. Never tell a runner that he or she doesn’t look good in tights.
49. Never confuse the Ben-Gay tube with the toothpaste tube.
50. Never apologize for doing the best you can.
51. Preventing running injuries is easier than curing them.
52. Running is simple. Don’t make it complicated.
53. Running is always enjoyable. Sometimes, though, the joy doesn’t come until the end of the run!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
1) If you have a long day of airports, wear a pedometer - just walking in the airport to get to the initial gate, walking to connecting flights, and heading out once arriving, I've found you can easily get 2 miles of walking done! If you have lengthy layovers, take the opportunity to get some additional mileage done and wander through the terminal rather than sitting your gate.
2) If staying in hotels, make sure your hotel has an exercise room. There's more than likely going to be at least two treadmills that you can use as a last resort.
3) You would be surprised the number of miles you accumulate when doing all the tourist attractions - again, make sure you wear your pedometer! Map out the attractions you plan on seeing and try to group them together based on geographic areas to minimize drive/metro time and maximize walk time and miles.
4) Traveling for business where you have little daytime free time? Pick a restaurant for dinner which is a few miles from your hotel and walk to and from dinner.
5) Try to stay somewhere which has an area condusive to walking - if you are busy during the days, stay in an area where you will feel safe walking in the evenings.
6) Recruit people you are traveling with, visiting, or doing business with to walk with you, especially in unfamiliar areas.
7) Have time to explore? Do an internet search for trails and/or state parks nearby. This is a great way to de-stress when traveling!
8) Traveling somewhere cold? Not an ideal, but worst come to worst, find a nearby mall, throw on your pedometer, and do some mall walking.
Don't let traveling throw your training off track!
Monday, May 3, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Week 24 training started off great for me! I logged 16.25 miles of walking and 30 minutes of cross-training on the stationary bike! I am excited to be ahead of the mileage in the training realm.
TRAINING COUNTDOWN: WEEK 23 Schedule
Monday, 4/26 - Rest Day
Tuesday, 4/27 - 3 Mile Easy Walk
Wednesday, 4/28 - Rest Day
Thursday, 4/29 - 3 Mile Moderate
Friday, 4/30 - 30 Minutes of Cross-Training
Saturday, 5/1 - 4 Mile Easy Walk
Sunday, 5/2 - 3 Mile Easy Walk
TOTAL WEEK 23 GOAL: 13 Miles and 30 minutes of cross-training
Team member Kara and I will actually be walking in a 5K fundraiser for foster care in Des Moines on Saturday, 5/1. What a great way to help another cause AND get some training miles in this week!
Team Bras of Glory is up to $4405 of our $10,000 in 2010 goal.
Last week, I "earned" $35 in donations by helping some friends! A group of 15 people bought $1500 in lottery scratch cards. They asked me to be their "verifier" as they wildly scratched the tickets. I asked for donations towards my 3-day goal as my tips for helping and made $35 in just over an hour.
MORAL of the STORY (or FUNDRAISING TIP OF THE WEEK): If you help friends with something, don't be afraid to ask for a small donation for your time... make sure you make it clear that your helping them doesn't require a donation, but it would be appreciated. I thought I would be lucky if I got $20 from asking and was enthralled when I left with $35! I couldn't wait to donate online!
LESSONS FROM MY 2009 3-DAY
Last year, I did not heed the advice of getting shoes a half-size bigger. Three miles into day three, my feet were so swollen my toenails were bleeding underneath. I ended up cutting the toes from an $80 pair of tennis shoes and had to ice my feet at every break stop. This year, I bought two pair of actual walking shoes (rather than cross-training shoes) and heeded the advice of the 3-day literature and experience of others and myself.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Today kicks off the 24-Week Training program! All five team members have been walking prior to the start of the training program since it is fairly aggressive as far as adding mileage is concerned. Every Monday I’ll post the weeks training schedule, so here it is for Week 24 (we’ll be counting backwards towards the 3-Day event):
Monday, 4/19 – Rest day (what a great way to start the training week!)
Tuesday, 4/20 – 3 Mile easy walk
Wednesday, 4/21 – Rest day
Thursday, 4/22 – 3 Mile moderate walk
Friday, 4/23 – 30 minutes of easy cross-train activity
Saturday, 4/24 – 3 Mile easy walk
Sunday, 4/25 – 3 Mile easy walk
TOTAL: 12 Miles + 30 minutes cross-training
An “easy walk” is defined as 2 – 3 mph pace on fairly level ground. A “moderate walk” is defined as a 3 – 4 mph pace and/or incorporating hill work into the walk. Cross-training is anything which keeps the heart rate up for the specified amount of time to help build stamina – this could be anything from aerobics, biking, swimming, sports, etc.
Team Member Lindsey Smith, who hails from Seattle, is hosting her first big fundraising event on May 22nd at Russell’s Dining. Wine has been donated by Distefano Winery and she gives a special shout out to Seattlite Alex Eagleton for helping her get this going. More details will follow as they become available.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~Winston Churchill
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
2) Join Team Bras of Glory (Click the link to the left, search for Bras of Glory, team password is "bras", use registration code GOTEAM through April 23rd and save $25!)
3) Numbers 1 and 2
4) Comment below about how much you dont want to help end breast cancer
5) Share any ideas for me to bring in contributions so I will stop asking you for money
All in all, I think these are great options...now it is up to you to choose one! :) Did I mention ALL donations are tax deductable and go to help with breast cancer research and providing care for those who cannot afford treatment? Who can say "No" to that?
HELP SAVE THE BOOBIES TODAY!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I spent the past few days in the DC area and have had some interesting thoughts since my last post:
- Walking in an area that hosts a 3-day while wearing a 3-day shirt is really cool - people were familiar with the event and I had several people approach me to discuss the 3-day and even thank me for participating!
- Walking in a different area while site seeing makes the miles pass by quickly - I couldn't believe when I looked at my pedometer and hadn't realized I'd already walked 3, 5, 7 miles
- Walking over 10 miles on both Friday and Saturday made me realize the training walks I've been doing have been helpful, but I definitely need to get on the training schedule when it starts next week - my calves were screaming Sunday morning!
- Walking over 5 miles today in 84 degrees made me realize I need to start walking with water on these longer walks... I definitely was wishing I had some about an hour into it.
- And, I realized I only have 172 days to raise another $1090... I need to jump on the fundraising ASAP!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
In March 2009 I decided I wanted to do something bigger than just me. I wanted to do something that would have an impact. Anyone who knows me, knows I tend to be extreme... so of course I would choose something that would be challenging on multiple levels.
There are so many causes and non-profit organizations... so you may ask, why breast cancer? Well, my father passed from cancer in 1992 when I was 16 years old. He had terminal lung, liver and pancreatic cancers by the time he decided to see the doctors. Being I've been a smoker for half my life (I am working on quitting...), I thought doing events for lung cancer would be a bit hypocritical. I couldn't find many events for liver and pancreatic cancer. So, since the breast cancer events are so well known, I started investigating those. I had heard of the 60-mile 3-day from a few people who knew people who had done 3-days before... when I realized what a challenge it would be, I decided it was the event for me. And, since multiple cancers run in my family history (which I know little of) I figured that helping any organization doing cancer research would be beneficial in the long run.
At the time, I didn't realize that 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime... so statistically, I have a good chance of being personally affected. My step-father's sister passed from breast cancer a few years back. My girlfriend's mother passed in 2008 after a 7-year battle with breast cancer. The more I got involved with the 60-mile last year, the more I realized how many people this disease really does affect.
Last year's walk in Chicago was amazing... and that is why I decided to captain team Bras of Glory for the San Francisco 3-Day this year and get more people involved!
How Glorious is Your Bra?
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I am headed to DC on Thursday, but when I return, I plan to focus on fundraising. My effort day was to ask my facebook friends to post my fundraising link (http://www.the3day.org/goto/michelle2010) on their profile. I only had one friend who did it and thus far it hasn't yielded any additional contributions, but at least the word is getting out there. I only have $1090 to go - that's only $10 from 109 people!
The Komen foundation has online ambassadors to help encourage participants in their training and fundraising efforts. Neither is easy and it is a big commitment to fulfill. I thought this was a great article on motivations so I am sharing the link: http://leannethewalker.blogspot.com/2010/04/motivation.html
Monday, April 5, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Breast Cancer Fact: More than 1.3 million are diagnosed with breast cancer globally each year. More than 465,000 die from this disease each year.
Friday, April 2, 2010
The two most important training tools for me are my shoes and pedometer. I actually invested in shoes designed for long distance walking. These are New Balance shoes which are designed for the Komen walking events (see the Komen ribbons on the insides). I must say, there is a very noticeable difference between using an actual walking shoe and the cross-training shoes I used last year. I invested in two pairs of shoes which alternate on training days.
The pedometer is handy when I walk places which are hard to map online or if I mall walk. I have done 23 pre-training walks since February 23rd and have walked over 60 miles already. I think I am ready to start the Komen 24-week training program come April 19th!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Each walker must raise $2300 to be able to participate in the event. It isn't an easy journey. It's hard to ask people over and over to please contribute to your fundraising goal. As a team, our goal is $10,000 in 2010. Currently, I am already past the 50% mark in my personal fundraising and am looking for new and creative ideas for not just me, but my team as well.
This blog will track my training efforts as well as my fundraising efforts.
The recommended 24-week training program begins April 19th. I began training in February since the schedule is fairly aggressive. You can also track my progress on Facebook where I post my walks through an app called "I Just Walked". The 24-week totals 645 miles!
Please join me on this journey through this blog...
Happy April 1st!