A running plan was developed. First phase of 10 weeks to go from nine years without running, to run for 20 minutes in a row. A second phase, a marathon plan. For the latter many plans were reviewed and discarded. The one selected was one I had since 2005: Furman Institute of Running & Scientific Training, FIRST. It better fitted in my life style as only required 3 days of running. Heard many things: How can you train for a marathon running only 3 days a week? I believed in the Institute results and I followed it.
As a Project Manager geek I treated this as a project: Plan, Execution and Control; analysis of every week's results and risks to understand what went on and how to accommodate all the variables that play a role in our daily life: work, traveling, getting sick, weather conditions, commitments, sadness, pain, frustrations.
Good and very bad things happened, but still, my plan was executed to perfection and I feel accomplished for that. During the race I applied everything I learned during 26 weeks. I ran smart, I trusted myself, I put a lot into it, and I enjoyed the journey. I am still in that race bubble as I have now a PR for a marathon, yes, I've established a marathon record, my marathon record.
- Planning is a key
- This endeavor is not a random endeavor that can be achieved without a disciplined approach
- Unexpected things and frustrations will occur: step back, reorganize and move on
- Shoes and carbs: key resources
- Push yourself
- Fall in love with the worst part of the plan (e.g.: hills?)
- Monitor progress
- Adapt training to the available routes (or treadmill!!!). It MUST be fun
- During training we not only train for running, we train to learn and understand food needs, body's temperature, heart rate, in summary, body's needs.
- Keeping the goal in mind is important, but no need to focus on it. Focus must be on the present training day
- Rely on close friends and family for a boost
- Mind has superiority over the body. We have so much power that we can beat a cold. I did.
- Wake up and make it happen. JUST DO IT!
Total Miles Planned = 423.2
[Phase I=50 /Phase II=382]
Total Miles Executed = 455.2 (108%)
[Phase I=82 (164%) /Phase II=373.2 (98%)]
Average Pace = 13:00
Fastest Mile 11/13/07 = 10:14
Slowest Mile 05/28/07 = 42:51 (First Day of running: Wasn't Lizzie out of shape? 1 minute run/1minute walk, imagine how I was after the minute run!!!)
Ok, I was tagged by Petra and Maddy. I'm it. As somebody said this is the electronic version of chain emails, but ... here I am, closing the year and sharing 5 facts about myself, some random, some weird.
5) My dad (qepd) was a perfectionist and perfect measurement of time was one of his obsessions. He could not accept to hear "it's 7:10 pm" if it really was 7:08 pm. So he always corrected everybody. The night he was about to die with a severe leukemia that consumed him in a month I decided not to sleep to help him with the oxygen mask, so he did not get desperate. He passed away that night and after giving him a kiss, I saw the clock, it was 4:37 am. I called the nurse and she confirmed he's died. She asked me at what time and I said 4:40 am. At 6:00 am we took mom home and I went to my dad's study room, and sat in his chair to feel his presence. I felt something that touched my hand and I had the immediate need to look at his clock. It was stopped at 4:37 am. When I told the story to my family, my sister's mother in law Luisa (qepd) commented: "He could not permit that you weren't precise with the time of his passing".
Dear All, I am leaving on vacation next Thursday 12/06 to Thailand to be with my daughter. I will be there for a month and probably won't post anything until I come back in January.
Thanks for being part of my Running Journey and we'll continue sharing in 2008 our wonderful running experiences.
God Bless You All, and have a Blessed and Happy Holidays.