Discipline

The workouts have been hard for me this week with speed, endurance and weights.  I have had a busy week at work and finding the energy to complete my training has had its pull.  The food I eat, the water I drink, the sleep I maintain all play a role.  A huge factor is the amount of emotional stress that pulls on my body.  It is all about knowing where you are at and finding balance.  People always have commented on how much discipline I have.  Being a single mother has taught me this tool.  I believe it has developed over my life and I have taken it to help balance my needs.  My friend Robin said,”Discipline is Discipling.”  I could not have said that better.  It was perfecting my endurance, so I could find my way of listening to the needs my body has.  That includes staying connected to the environment and listening to my spirit as I run.  I believe to achieve great things, discipline is a path to success.

Life Without Limits!

The human age expectancy has increased greatly over the last few decades mainly by factors such as better sanitation, improvements in medicine, and clean drinking water.  That means we are all going to live longer.   I have  friends tell me they are  going to work until they could not anymore.  They also tell me they do not know what they would do if they sat at home all day.  I could not bear the thought of feeling my life was all about my job.   I decided once my children were raised and I had the,  “empty nest” syndrome starting, that my new life goals  were going to change and on a daily basis.  I turned 54 years old and decided to learn how to surf.  I took 10 days and went to a surf camp and learned how.  I then started traveling to different parts of the country in between my races to surf.  When I turned 55 I decided to run 100 miles and I got hooked.  I had never ran a marathon before, but I knew I could complete it……and I did.  I decided after that to perfect my running and here I am.  Spencer has said to me, ” I think you would rather die than not run.”  My  thoughts are not his they are this:

To accomplish a 100 mile race, it makes me know that no matter your age, life still is exciting and full of opportunities. So it is not that I love running so much.  I love how  running empowers my spirit and body and mind.   Running for me makes me feel that MY LIFE IS WITHOUT LIMITS!

Suffering

I have given up plenty to continue my training.  Weekends off are full of workouts.  Life plays a role in what you sacrifice for your growth.  It is breaking down and building up that continues.  We must grow spiritually while we are here and it is the hardships that give us the most education.  Having faith in  knowing that all pain is given to those who can spiritually withstand it.  It is there for you to grow.  Take it with pride and know you’re journey is filled with joy at the end.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Revelation 21:4

Endurance

Your body is an amazing machine.  It will achieve what ever you require and expect out of it.  You must treat it with care.  Feed it, rest it, stretch it.

You can build your endurance it takes weeks and months of training. I use a,”three-fer” method for my build.  I start with a certain amount of time and build for three days.  On day four I cut way back and give my body a shake up.  It allows it to heal and gets it ready for the next challenge.  I also do this weekly.  It works the best for me and I have seen good results.  I also go by perceived exertion as apposed to heart rate.  I have been at this for years so this works best for me.  Find out what your body responds to and then challenge it.  It will be an eye opener and a great gift for yourself.  Keep your heart strong!  Everything else will follow it’s lead!

Amazing things happen, but first you must believe they will.

There are several comments made to me from friends, family and strangers on why they think I am running 100 miles.  Some believe I am running away from something.  Some believe I am trying to kill myself.  Some believe I don’t want to accept myself growing old.  I do not think of the negative.  None of those thoughts are there.  I knew from the first day I decided to run my first 100 mile marathon I could do it and I would.  I believed that I could complete the 100 mile and I did not doubt  that at all.  My answer to you is, dream hard, believe and imagine that you can do it.  Do not let anyone,”CRUSH” your dreams.  Find someone supportive to keep you focused on your, “Amazing Thing”.  Remember, do not follow the advise of someone that does not know your spirit as well as you do.

“Ye of Little Faith”

Pressing forward on tired legs…..

I did a speed run  and weights yesterday .  It is not my favorite but so necessary!  Met with Dr. Thea today and she worked me out for an hour on strength and core.  Then went for an easy six miles.  My legs were screaming!  I do know that I will feel much better tomorrow after todays workout!   Many people ask me, what do you think of when you are running 100 mile’s?  Well, it starts with being grateful for everything in my life.  As the miles pass and my legs are so heavy and sore, I start praying for healing.  I ask for guidance and presence that the Lord is with me and soon, he is.  “For I the Lord  thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. {Isaiah 41:13}

AND HE DOES!

 

Weekend Run

3.5 hours of running yesterday and it felt great.  Then to the gym to lift weights and ending the 6 hour workout with a swim.  I get asked all the time if I am sore.  I am always sore, but in a good way.  I feel my muscles breaking down and rebuilding.  It beats breaking down and wilting away!  You have to work extra hard when you are an aged athlete.  You’re working to maintain, build, and prevent.  I’m not complaining….thrilled is how I feel.  Who says you can’t do it?????  You can!!!!!!

More Recovery

Today was a recovery day for me.  I had my running shoes in the trunk of my car, one and a half hours to kill, so I took off in this beautiful 60 degree weather!  Nice and easy!  I then went to my appointment with Robin.  Robin is my massage therapist and she plays a big roll in muscle relaxation and prevention of injuries.  Her skills are clearly abundant and greatly added as a benefit to all my running.  She deals with diet, essential oils, and vitamins.  So necessary in today’s preventative lifestyle.

Easy ” sixty”

Today was an easy run for sixty minutes!  The sun was shining, the air was cool, my legs felt strong.   My breathing was in a pattern with strength and fulfillment .   I enjoyed the run and was so grateful to be able to get outside and hear the birds, smell the cool air, and see the gentle tide of the ocean.  I feel for me, getting out and ,”connecting” with nature energizes me.  It brings me back to who I am { I AM WHO I AM},  and how grateful I have learned to accept differences in who that is instead of who everyone else wants me to be.  It brings me to prayer for Thanks and gratitude for life today and each day to come.