Published May 18, 2016
Well, here is my last entry (I think) to the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon Blog. It’s been a good 4 months. I have not been able to enter every single little detail about the ride into words, but I’ve put in what I felt was important and personal to me, so that all of YOU out there can learn and hopefully grow along with me.
As of this morning I’ve been able to keep my run streak going, today is Run Streak Day 903. I ran a nice paced 5k with some Running friends that we have at Our Watertown Area YMCA. I was planning to run 5mi, but when I ran Monday I felt a small twinge on the bottom of my left foot that I have experienced once before last November. At that time I kept pushing and it got a little worse, so this time I backed off, listened to my body, and had very little notice of it this morning. My knee issue from two weeks ago that came about after I raced a duathlon in town, has pretty much gone away, so I’m feeling good and relaxed coming into Sunday’s half. This race is definitely is on the top of my list, not only is it fun, and enjoyable, but it was the first half I ever ran. That was back in 2010, so I have that connection that keeps me coming back each year.
This year my kids and I will be run/walking the 5k together and having some good quality bonding time as well. They haven’t been too serious about their training, but they are both down from their almost 15 min miles they had when I first had taken them out to run in January. But the speed is definitely not the point for this run, it’s about some good PERSONAL and quality family time! We are coming up from Watertown Friday evening, doing the 5k Saturday, then having some fun family time. I will be racing the Half on Sunday, then we will be relaxing thru Monday, before heading back to Watertown. I am looking forward to a nice Family based RACE-CATION, and enjoying the time we will have together.
Reason for Running: I absolutely love the freedom. There is no better feeling than heading out on a run with miles of pavement in front of you, fresh air in your lungs, and music in your ears. Although I am still in my first year of racing, I can also tell you I am addicted to that feeling in the air at the start of a race and crossing that finish line. Sunday is going to be so awesome!
Current Celebration/Accomplishment: I CANNOT wait to be able to say I finished a marathon – I know no matter what I will cross that finish line. Mentally and physically I have prepared myself the best I can with what I have – no regrets! Although I have a goal finish time in mind, no matter what I will be honored to have been a part of the experience.
Current Challenge/Fear: I have been able to run the last couple of weeks all outside – I am ready for whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at me on Sunday – although I’m hoping she brings sunshine and warm-ish weather. Having never run this far (in general or outside), I am going to trust my training and stick with the pacers to get me across that finish line.
Strategy for Success: I will not let defeat get to me. Physically I have prepared myself, it’s all a mental game now. There will be nothing but positive thoughts all week. I can’t wait to cheer everyone else on too!
Focus/Goal for next week: CELEBRATE!! … and recover of course.
Can’t wait to see everyone at the start AND finish line! Let’s celebrate all of our hard work and accomplishments!
Published May 16, 2016
Hello runners! Let’s talk cheerleading. I’m not referring to pom poms and ponytails and human pyramids. I’m talking about the people in your life that keep you going. Who are they? In some of my research, a motivating technique to get through the miles is to run each mile for someone. I’m going to list a few members of #teambeppa. I’m sorry if I leave anyone out or don’t mention you by name
- My husband, Zach – You have to listen to all the complaining and deal with my constant hunger which isn’t easy. I think you have it the toughest because this race is in your face every day. Good and bad. You support everything I’m doing. You even read my blogs before they go out (except for this one.) After every tough run, you remind me of how far I have come from struggling to train for a 5k last year. You have cold ice packs, protein bars and whiskey ready all while going back to school. You’ve also signed up to run the Cellcom 5k which will be your first race ever. So proud!!!
- Alissa – I had been tossing around the idea of running a half marathon like it would be a nice thing to try “someday.” You are the one who really convinced me that I could do this. That I am a runner because I run. It’s the finish line not the finish time. Being slow is ok. I had to make choices and sacrificed taking my favorite spin class with you for other cross training alternatives. YOU are the reason I am doing this. You advised me through all the aches and pain and highs and lows. You are a true inspiration and beautiful person.
- Amy, Kari, Dan – You provide me with the physical cross training and mental reprieve from running that I need. You challenge me and push me out of my comfort zone to make me better. I am doing things I never thought my body could do because you believed I could. And let’s face it, you make working out FUN!
- Nicole – There hasn’t been one day that you haven’t checked in on me. You gave me a “runner’s starter kit.” Besides being my favorite TRX companion, you are my favorite treadmill companion. We can talk through the entire run or watch our Netflix and just be. The endless encouragement has been a blessing. I really cannot thank you enough.
- Krissy and Gregg – You ladies are always my rock. I’ve been with you longer than Zach, and I can always be totally honest with you. You will always be my girls, in letters and numbers (you get it).
- Michelle, Llama and Laurie – You are my new found soul sisters. Any time of day, you are there for me and my panic sessions. You are my stress relief and don’t let me take life too seriously.
- My mom, Faith and Aunt Cyndie – My angel runners. These were the kindest, smartest, most caring women you could ever know. You are with me, keeping me strong. I can only aspire to be as beautiful as you. I hope I have lived up to your aspirations for me.
- My Dad, Larry – You are the best dad a girl could ask for. You dealt with a moody, whiney teenager by yourself. For that alone, you should win a prize. You took care of me when I got all 6 of my wisdom teeth pulled. You drove me to every dance and choir rehearsal/performance. You taught me how to drive (to and from the before mentioned rehearsals) and were SUPER excited when I got my license (I can’t imagine why). I’m glad you found Brenda and your happy place with Disney. I get to brag about my dad’s completely amazing retirement.
- My siblings: KJ, Chuck, Allen, Annie, Anita, Tina, Chris – You are all amazing in your own right. We are all different people but an incredible group of people. It is truly a travesty that we are not together more often than we can be. Stupid miles and miles of distance. I’m not good at communication but please know that I respect and love you all.
- My nieces and nephews: Jordan, Holly, Mason, Courtney, David, Brynnan, Declan, August, Dawson, Devin, Lily, Audrey, Justin, Charlotte – All of you are so different and so amazing, blood relatives or not. I love watching you grow. Peepers, I am Beppa because of you, and you will always be my “spirit daughter.” Mason, thank you for being one of my running gurus. I hold you all close to my heart and hope to embrace the energy you radiate.
- FBC – You are the best coworkers I could ever ask for. You deal with my slow, sore muscles and my 3 AM yoga/foam roller/massage stick/ice packs. You encourage me and are the best team in existence. We get through the good and bad together. I would trust any of you with a family member or my own care any day. And you know that means a lot coming from a fellow RN.
- Western Racquet friends – There are so many of you I don’t want to leave anyone out. Talk about a community!!! This all ultimately started a bit over a year ago when I joined and found this place to work out/laugh/sweat/smile. You embraced this novice as one of your own and welcomed me into a world of encouragement and love. Endless high fives and “atta’ girls.” There is NO judgement and ALL inspiration. This is an environment of true support. Best gym EVER!
- Me – I am going to take the last 1.1 miles for myself. I have spent the last few months not wanting to disappoint other people, but on this day, I want to please myself. All I need to do that is to finish. There is no time limit for me. I can do this. I want to do this. I am determined to enjoy this race completely from start to finish. I will never run this race for the first time ever again. My body and brain will get tired, and I know that I am strong enough to push through.
Of course, I can’t forget to thank Cellcom Green Bay Marathon for this Tundra Trailblazer opportunity. I can’t imagine running this first half marathon without their support and knowledge. They trusted me as their ambassador to broadcast a process and race that I have never completed. They took a chance on a beginner. I’ve done my best to be an open book for everyone.
This has been a long list but it has been a long process and I’ve had a lot of time to think during these runs. I wish the best for all runners! Thank you for reading J Happy training, racing, and recovery!!!
Published May 12, 2016
WOW! It’s hard to believe that race day is FAST approaching!
I have been through marathon training 3 other times now and I still feel the same way as I did the first time…TAPERING IS HARD!!! So many emotions, worries, doubts and phantom pains run through my mind. I need to focus on the positivity and not let nerves get the best of me. I am happy to say, I remained injury free during the last 5 months of training…not even sore toe nails. I have put in the time and training, now its up to my body to show up on race day.
One week ago, my Aunt Deb Ernst passed away from cancer. She battled her sickness for over 2.5 years. She never let it slow her down or did she ever show her pain. She believed in herself and knew if she was strong and brave, she could live her life to the fullest…AND SHE DEFINETLEY DID THAT!!! Cancer never slowed her down! Deb has inspired me to be the athlete I am today and I want to show her that on marathon day. My 26.2 miles will be dedicated to her and when times get tough and I think I cant go another mile, I am going to use the mantra #WWDD—-“What Would Debbie Do.”
Lets all take this next week to visualize the finish line and trust in the training we have put in!
I will see all you runners at the start line!
Published May 6, 2016
Hello Runners! We are under 3 weeks from the race. I just ran my longest run before race day. Is anyone else freaking out??? I keep bouncing from one end of the spectrum to the other.
On one hand… Dear ‘Lanta!!! I’m going to run 13.1 miles. Who does that? On purpose… for fun… without being chased? My everything hurts. People keep saying, “You’ve got this.” But do I really? I’m nervous. This is all new territory. NEVER in my life did I think of doing this. I was always dancing and singing, never a traditional “athlete.” I hated even the thought of running. Now, I am trying to run a half marathon. My last long training program run said 11-12 miles. I feel like there is a major difference between 11 and 13 versus 12 and 13. I realize that beyond a certain point it is ALL mental, but what if my body gives up before my brain? Those who are close to me know that my nerves can really build up and make me crazy. It’s best to not try to talk to me because I will be on the verge of tears.
On the other hand… I totally have this!!! I have put in the training. The miles despite a mild injury. The cross training. The recovery. I listened to my body. I pushed my body. I keep thinking of how I’m going to plan my music plan list. I need slow songs at the beginning and key motivator songs at miles 6 and 10. I understand that a race gives you extra endorphins, but I want to control my pace at the beginning to not over-run my start. I am also in total awe of those who have gone before me. I am still listening to everyone’s stories. I think of everyone running the full marathon. They are running twice as far as me. Are you kidding? That is truly incredible! The good thing about my intense nerves is that I have a way of using them as fuel. I remember my first day of training to be a labor nurse and my first day of Metabolic Meltdown class at Western. I was petrified but I was not going to fail. I felt like people expected a lot of me, but I expected more. Luckily, I am realistic as well, and on May 22, I simply expect to finish. I am in no rush and want to fully experience and enjoy my time on the course.
I’ve been asked several times if I’m going to run a full marathon after this. I honestly can’t tell you if I will. I am focused on appreciating this journey and taking this one step at a time. I keep telling people that, “I’m only running the half marathon. I’m only half crazy.” ONLY? With this, I’m belittling my own accomplishment and that of countless others. This is nothing to overlook. We are strong athletes. Go after a goal. Any goal. And GET IT! It is yours for the taking. You can do it on your own, but I encourage you to involve friends/family/community to support you along the way. If you ever need a cheerleader, let me know and I am more than willing to encourage you from start to finish.
Happy training! Let the taper begin!
Well, we’re down to 3 weeks until race day, So far this year I am at 522 mi running, I have over 1400 combined running and cycling miles, today marks my Run streak day 884, and besides a tender knee, I am feeling great! I have been getting my long runs in on an old fashioned out and back country rod that has 4 ginormous hills on it, I have added running at The Nordic Ski trails (Also very hilly), and have been running with friends like crazy! This has been one of the best trainings I’ve had for the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon that I can remember! The self confidence is up, (besides the tender knee that has me a little worried), but it’s all good. I will be coming into the race with confidence and have one of the best times of my life!
It’s very easy to get caught up in the training of the race, and forget to or neglect to listen to what your body is telling you. Last November I had a short (2 month) bout with plantar fasciitis, I backed down, let it heal and BOOM was back at it in February. I have added cycling in since it has gotten nice outside to my training, and that has been nice, also still doing 3 other cross training classes per week to help with strength, I’m honestly feeling like I’m in the best shape I’ve been in for this event, I have an 11 mile long run on the schedule for Sunday. We’ll see if my knee allows it, or if I have to wait for it, but I will listen to what it tells me, to avoid injury!
The kids have been working hard at their 5K training also, they are scared and excited, I will be doing this with them the day before the half. My wife, well she says she is going to be the paparazzi with the camera. We are making a family weekend out of it and enjoying the great city of Green Bay! Below are some of the training pics from the last couple of weeks!
Clockwise from top left:
- After a run and bike brick completed with my son!
- One of the Hills at Nordic
- One of the trails at Nordic
- An awesome sunrise while out on a run
- Having a blast on the trails
2016 Tundra Trailblazer,
Reason for Running: Running builds my self-efficacy and self-confidence. I have set small goals and achieved them – proving to myself if I set my mind to accomplish something, I can. I have also learned sometimes you have to look big picture – I used to beat myself up if I had to end a run early or didn’t get the time I was hoping for. It’s okay to listen to your body and take care of it – I have suffered the consequences of not doing that once or twice and learned the hard way.
Current Celebration/Accomplishment: We are under the 30 day mark! My training will be slowly vamping down until race day – so I guess I can celebrate that I have pushed myself harder than I ever thought possible. I created a training plan and stuck with it through the good and the bad! Not every run was awesome, some were downright miserable – there were days I wanted to quit (and did), days where I doubted I would be able to make it all 26.2, days where I can’t believe I actually made the commitment to the full. However, I honestly feel I have trained to the best of my knowledge and ability and hope my training has prepared me both mentally and physically to get me across the finish line.
Current Challenge/Fear: Staying healthy and injury free as the days count down.
Strategy for Success: WATER! I have been watching my weight pre and post run to make sure I am consuming enough water. It is crazy how much and how fast your body can sweat out water weight. I have been reading up on the dangers and signs of dehydration in hopes I can keep myself hydrated and fueled up on race day.
Focus/Goal for next week: Embrace the last month of training; in less than 30 days I will be able to switch from saying “I am training for a marathon” to “I RAN A MARATHON”. I am unbelievably excited!
Runnin’ for Recovery,