I can’t believe I’ve been home for an entire week…and, sadly, I am getting ready to pack my bags again…though this time for work purposes. I will be heading out to Saskatoon, Edmonton and eventually Calgary over four days next week.
I am exhausted just thinking about it. Plus I know that I’ve got at least two more work trips and one surprise trip to Minneapolis to see Garth Brooks in the midst of all that.
LOL. I kid. This is really a complete and total first world problem. I will, however, have to make sure I keep things balanced with rest, healthy food, exercise, etc.
My weekend plans are relatively low key–going to the gym ( if my body allows it) and to see the Black Keys with my dear old Dad and older brother. It will be fun and all but it really doesn’t compare with my Saturday a short 14 days ago when I got to spend the day getting massages, sunning myself by the pool and drinking beverages below with one of my best friends.
So…I’m sorta proud of myself. I did something that I didn’t think I would do again–I ran with a run club last night. Woo! Go me!
Admittedly, I didn’t do this solo–I met up with my buddy O and we headed out with some of his friends at this club for an easy 4 miles….
in the rain…I might add…
and then my calf seized up again….like it did in Hawaii…
and then we had to gimpily run/walk back to the home base of the run club…
in the rain…
My calf feels horrible today…and if it is anything like Hawaii, it will be another day or two before I can even walk properly, never mind run.
I’m not entirely sure why this keeps happening, but I think I know the answer–I think it’s from my slow runs of late. Both my race with my dear old Grams on Sunday and my ToT race were done at a slow for me pace, with lots of starts and stops and a total change in my gate. I think this is the reason that everything goes to pot when I start to run at my normal old paces.
I won’t lie–I’m getting pretty frustrated with my body’s inability to cooperate with me on this whole running thing–between my hernia and this calf thing, I’m really worried and curious as to why everything is falling apart on me….especially when Glass Slipper Challenge is so, so close.
I’m really trying to take it all in stride…as I wait for my calf to un-seize and for my appointment with the hernia specialist, I am going to do my best to work out as well as I can without further aggravating my apparently pissed off body and really try to focus on my nutrition as not being able to work out at my normal intensity will have major impacts on my weight if I am not careful and that will likely be more damaging to my race goals than keeping my fitness up.
Thinking of everyone who is impacted by the situation in Ottawa today –much love to you all and stay safe. ~Princess Lisa
It has been awhile since I provided a Run Club update, so I figured today was the day–especially since I also need some advice from readers.
The last 6 weeks have been a bit of a rough month for my Run Clubbers. There was a lot of germs going around and everyone seemed to be taken out for long periods with colds, flus, infections. We also have a few people battling some minor injuries, but I am proud to say that the group is still working toward the goal by working with their setbacks by taking rest days when they really need them, doing a long workout when they are feeling energetic or doing alternate activities when running just isn’t possible.
There have also been some success stories coming out of the Run Club. One member who could only run for about 5 minutes at a time without stopping is up to do running 17 minutes at a time. Another member who has been battling a severe case of plantar fasciitis is finally on the mend and is starting to run again for the first time since October!
To keep everyone accountable and motivated, I have put out different challenges, with varying levels of success and rewards–the last reward was a jar of Hell’s Kitchen Peanut Butter for the member who had the most workouts for the month. For May I am hoping to create a individual goal setting challenge that would prepare them for running their first race of the season on June 1.
I want the members to think of three goals fitness related goals for the month. An “A,” “B,” and “C” goal. “A” is an achievable goal, “B” is a stretch and “C” would be essentially kicking butt and taking a few names. I would like them to also associate three rewards that would fit each level of achievement.
I have done this before for races that I have run–my friend Tara introduced me to this style of goal setting. Once I read this quote from rock star marathoner Meb Keflezighi, after winning the Boston Marathon on Monday I thought I would extend my method of madness to the group…..
“I can’t run a personal best from behind. I can’t win a race from behind. Goal No. 1 was to win this race. Goal No. 2 was to be on the podium. Goal No. 3 was to run a personal best. I could have been conservative and stayed back and run 2:10 or 2:11, but I’m a competitor. This is probably the most meaningful victory ever for me.”
I feel like the quote speaks to working towards the ultimate goal and if you miss that, then there are still great things that you accomplish, despite perhaps not quite hitting that ultimate mark.
So my question–does anyone else undertake this style of goal setting? Did it work for you? Is this too much for new runners? Do you have any tips for motivating running groups? If so, let me know in the comments!