I had the pleasure today of sitting down with a woman I admire TREMENDOUSLY. As my daughter says, “She’s the Bomb-Diggity!”
We were talking about how my running is going. Coach was there for me with support and extra courage when I walked my first half marathon. Today, she provided the same support. It was like walking into a cozy sweater. She asked me how things are going with my training.
Me: Well… I am slow.
Coach: That’s okay. Its faster now that you are running.
Me: HA! I run as fast as I can walk.
Coach: That’s okay, how are you finding hills?
That is when I had to think about how far I have come.
2011 I didn’t hill train or do speed work or even think about recovery. I walk every kilometer in the same slow pace. My goal was to cross the finish line.
It is still a goal to cross the finish line, but I have set a goal of faster recovery time. To achieve that goal I need to do hills and speed work, I need to fuel properly before, during and after a training run, and most importantly I need to accept that I am WAY FASTER than I use to walk a 14:30 min/km and worked my way up to 12:45 min/km. When I started running in January I was running (in snow) 13:35 min/km – see! I was a faster walker!! Now I run a steady pace at 11:04 min/km. On really great days when the stars align, I can run 10:30 min/km.
If I look at the my running logs, I can see marked improvement. Does it make me happy?
People keep saying, speed will come. I know. People say, you get the same medal for last place as you get for first place. I know. People keep telling me it isn’t a race – well it is – but it’s not. It’s like golf, the only real competitor you need to worry about is you.
I also know that if I keep doing what I am doing (LSD, Fartleks, Hills, Steady, Tempo) I will improve.
I have a fantastic support system for team runners and other runners in the community. We cheer for each other on facebook, twitter and dailymile – come join! Sometimes it is PAINFUL to post a super slow 8k (like today’s run – I have a million reasons why I was slow, but it doesn’t matter – they are just excuses) and I see someone post a 10k in 1:01:00. WOW! An hour! I am still hoping I can complete the Calgary 10km in 1:30:00, but realistically, I think I am looking at 1:55:00. I have to be okay with that.
The point to this race is to run with my Dad on his 65th birthday.
I am running farther than everyone else who will still be in bed on that Sunday Morning.
I am running faster than I ever have in my entire life.
I am down another 2 clothing sizes, the more weight that comes off, the faster I will be. That is the biggest part I need to remember.
I am carrying the weight equivalent of my 17 year old son on my back when I run. My friend who ran a 10k in an hour, just has to carry her water. She already is the ideal weight for her height and age. If she had to carry my son, she would be slower too.
This I need to remember.
I also need to remember to keep moving forward because there is NOTHING sweeter than the taste of achieving your goals.
In addition to running the 10k in Calgary with my Dad, my other goal is to raise money for the Dream Team Make-A-Wish Project. I chose to run for the Dream Team project for several reasons, the team, the support, the coaching but the most important reason is to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Project. I have family and friends who have benefited from this amazing charity and it is time to give back. Our Team slogan is Because you can’t smile on the outside without feeling better on the inside.
Please consider donating on my behalf, Robyn Engel Couture here DONATE. You enter any amount from $1 – infinity and beyond.
I thank you, my team thanks you and some little kid who’s wish came true thanks you.
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