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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Pursuing Conflicting Goals

"The secret to change is to focus all of your energy NOT on fighting the OLD but on building the NEW." Socrates

I am at the beginning stages of accepting reality. My yesterdays are gone, it is time to focus on my todays and embrace my tomorrows.
  • New Goals.
  • New Adventures 
  • New Attitudes. 
I have a few conflicting goals this year. Between ultra running and wanting to qualify for Boston I have to strategically plan my training.
There is a big difference between road running and running trails.
The running terrain is just the obvious. But the training is all together different as well. Running Yasso 800's are not necessary for running a 50k. It is rather pleasurable walking the hills on a 16 mile trail run in comparison to trying to maintain your speed up a hill on a long run. Running trails I rarely look at my pace because you run on EFFORT Level. However, running roads I am married to my watch. Marathon training comes with tempo runs, hill repeats, progressive runs, track work and each one placed perfectly in your week.
They are like the Jekyll and Hyde of running.

My weeks have been balanced with both road running and trail running.

Where: Holly Rec
Distance: 11miles
Misc: Wet, cold, rainy trail run. So sloppy and fun

Where: GAC
Distance: 7 miles
Misc: 6 miles @ 8:10 pace TM. 1 mile walk around the track.
Strength; roll, stretch, core and legs

Where: Started at Seven Lakes & ran backroads
Distance: 16miles
Misc: Fun group run, ran 2 miles earlier with Claudia. We over shot our miles, but my legs kept up.

Where; Holdridge, West Loop X2 and North loop
Distance: 10 miles
Misc: FUN group run. Every time I got tickled laughing I fell then peed my pants. Double Wammy.
I purchased the some new lighting, Noxgear. I just love how I glow in the dark now!

Where: Around town, Road running.
Distance: 15 miles
Misc. Lacey had a very intentional plan for this run. The first 10 miles, at the top of each mile add a 20 second walk break. The last 5 miles remove the walk break and PICK UP the PACE for a negative split. I felt great on this run today. I was able to pick up the last three miles and not even realize that I had. It was a good day in the running world for me today.

NEXT RACE: Saturday February 3rd. Snow Moon Trail Run. 6:30 PM. Nite RUN!

It was important to get back on the trails this week to be better prepared for my 25K next Saturday.
It is also equally as important to have a strong long run on the pavement to prepare me for a road marathon.
For me it is finding balance and trying to find a road marathon. Lacey and I are racking our brains to find the perfect placement for a marathon. The beginning of May would be great, one of the problems is I need to find one on a SUNDAY! Even the Beginning of April would be doable.
So until I find one we will keep on trying to find balance between the two!

Pursuing conflicting goals. I am really good at fudging my goals up because I do not plan properly. I am great at planning out my running and training. My daily life is another story. Getting a pocket calendar was a big step for me. Prioritizing is an organizational skill I need to work on. I have every day packed to the gills and it is no ones fault but my own.
Meal prepping and planning has really helped me stay on task. 
It is the little things that make a big difference for me. Sometimes the goal has to change, or be altered, the only thing that is the end of the world is the END of the world.


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  2. Ok, I'm either commenting multiple times, or blogspot is being weird
    Consider Cincinnati. It's the first Sunday of May, 4-5 hour drive from Detroit, great value for the cost, super fun. The humidity and hills will challenge you in a great way. New this year for the 20th anniversary - finisher jackets!

    1. Cincinnati..Hmmm...I may be checking this out. I need to pick something up soon!

  3. I need to start reading your blog regularly again - you always do great running posts. Looking forward to following your training this year for sure!