Giving Time

Today after work I headed to the gym to take on 4 miles on the treadmill. Miles on the treadmill can be hard on motivation. About 20 minutes into my run when I hadn’t completed two miles yet my thoughts started to move to frustration and I remember thinking “Gosh this takes so much time!” It wasn’t enough to make me stop, in fact it actually made me increase my speed a bit to make it go faster but regardless, I had to shift my thoughts away from how much time this was taking from me.

Is it really fair to say that running is taking so much time? Isn’t the truth that I am choosing to give my time to running. Just as I have chosen over the years to give my time to the couch, or TV, or any number of other habits that have led to my oversized, non-runner butt!

I think when you allow something to be taken from you, it puts you into the mindset that you don’t control what just happened. In this situation I control everything about my run. I control my energy, my motivation, my attitude, my work ethic, and my thoughts. I make a choice to push harder or go easy, to run 4 miles instead of 3. I chose to give my time to this run, to this training, and to the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon.

The reality is that running, especially marathon training requires a lot of time. And I anticipate there being days during this training period where I will find it difficult to give my time, or when I will feel guilty for giving my time to running and not giving it to other areas of my life. I know that there will be people who may think that giving so much time to something that is not my family is selfish. And to be honest I feel that way sometime. After all it is not just the time of the run, it is the prep, the recovery, the research, the money, and it can go on and on.

I find myself asking…..
Am I selfish for wanting to have a sense of accomplishment like I have never felt?
Am I selfish for allowing myself to have time to improve my health and self-confidence?
Am I selfish for relying on others to watch my kids while I do long weekend runs?
Am I selfish for spending money on training gear?
Am I selfish for talking about running and training?
Am I selfish for thinking about running and training all the time?
Am I selfish for……..

If I ask myself these questions (and others) I am bound to get different answers every day. I have to accept that while this is a primarily a physical challenge and journey, that for me it is also going to be very emotional and full of mental challenges and choices to make. I have to trust myself and accept the choices I make.

Today I chose to give some of my time to running, and I feel good about that!

-Diane Hausler

New Year’s Resolutions

I have always been great at setting New Year’s Resolutions. Like many people I wait for it to be my golden ticket to try to do something new or improve my life in some way. Like millions of others I would set a goal to lose weight, exercise more and eat right. I would spend weeks planning down to the detail, creating meal plans and scheduling time for workouts. Planning is my strength!

I am with millions of others who quickly abandon these “resolutions” within months, weeks, or even days after the New Year hits. This is nothing new. How many times have you or someone you know said, I will start my diet next week, or next month. I will start after……There is always a reason. There is always something to wait for. The reality is that New Year’s Day or Monday or the next…is not a magic day. It is just another day. So what is it that makes waiting for that day more powerful? There really is nothing. The sun rises and sets the same today as the next. We get the same amount of hours, and the same opportunity to make choices.

What if the day that we are waiting for never comes? In fact we have no guarantee that any day will ever come. Tomorrow is not a guarantee! Our next birthday is not a guarantee. Our next New Year is not a guarantee. This continues to become clear to me as I see people struggle through loss, tragedy, and illness. They didn’t know what day would change their life forever, none of us do. So I ask you and I ask myself what are you waiting for?

When I decided I was going to do a marathon people would ask me why. I thought about it a lot, reflected on the “why” sometimes I couldn’t really explain it myself. The conclusion that I came to was because I could. Today I could train; I could try a little harder. I didn’t want to sit on the sideline anymore and watch. I wanted to take advantage of this life I have.

I have an incredibly blessed and full life for which I am so grateful for. I am surrounded by supportive family and friends. I have work that is fulfilling and helps me provide for our family. I am healthy, and have healthy children. There isn’t a single thing keeping me from doing whatever I want and right now I want to run a marathon.

So this year I did not make a resolution. Resolutions don’t work for me. The only way to make a change is to change what you do! What I know works for me is completing a registration. I have registered and completed a 2 mile race, 4: 5K races, 2: 1/2 marathons, 1: Warrior Dash and 1: Tough Mudder. I now know what it feels like to complete something that I started. The sense of accomplishment keeps me wondering, “Can I do more?” The truth is I can and I will!

-Diane Hausler

Full Marathon Bound

The journey to get here hasn’t been the easiest, but it has been fun none-the-less. I first started running when my wife passed away in September of 2002. The feeling of emptiness was overwhelming. I found myself talking to many people about what I was going through. Although it helped to talk, I still felt like there was always something sitting there. My brain was always running in different directions. Finally I read about running and how it can sometimes help in keeping thoughts straight. Well I finally picked up a pair of shoes, laced them up and went out.

It was not as easy as I thought it would have been. I found myself burned out very quickly. I realized now what I was doing. I was concentrating way too much on running and not what was bothering me, which resulted in not running for almost 2 years. That is when I found it necessary to put the shoes on again and try again. This time was a little easier, but again found myself struggling. I realized I was starting like a bullet again and concentrating on that. After a few times out I slowly got that feeling out of me and started concentrating on what was bothering me. Before I knew it my body just took over. The breathing became easier, the running movement became just instinct and speed was not part of the game at all.

The thing I wanted most out of running started to become a reality. The mental stress was starting to go away. I was feeling much more at ease with myself and much better about everything around me. The next step was by accident. Some friends came up to me and asked if I wanted to do an event. My very first. I didn’t know what to expect. The feeling after being there was WOW! The excitement and the feeling of all the adrenaline consumed me so much. I felt I needed more.

Since then I have done my fair share of 5k’s 10’ks, 8k’s and even a few ½ marathons. Enjoying the atmosphere of these events keeps me going. The stress and mental status is so much less because of running. I owe it all to that. I have found myself not only a person that likes to do events, but to help mentor others. Everyone in the community that runs knows that I will run at whatever they want to run at. It’s about having fun. The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is my pick for my first full marathon. I’ve heard many great things about this event. This will also be my wife’s first 5k event. I will be running with her during it. I can’t wait. Thank you!

-Shilo Titus

Prevea on the Move: Marathon Medical Support

Marathon weekend is finally here! We hope you had an injury-free training season, but you may be wondering what happens if you need medical attention along the course on race day? In this week’s Prevea On the Move Tom Krahn, Medical Coordinator for Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, discusses the course, medical support and other race day details to help you be more prepared for race day.

Along the route: There will be nine medical stations along the half-marathon route and twenty medical stations along the full-marathon route coupled with water stations. They will be highlighted by large red medical flags with a white cross. The medical stations are staffed primarily by licensed athletic trainers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and nurses providing general first aid needs. If a medical emergency arises, the local 911 system is activated.

Finish line medical tent: The main medical tent at the finish line is fully staffed with health care professionals with the capability to handle any general first aid needs or medical emergencies. Ambulances are also onsite to provide emergency transportation if needed.

Best of luck to all runners this race weekend!

All for one, and one for all

To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one.  You become selfless.

A quote from the great basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is the perfect sentiment for my final pre-race guest blog.  I may not be writing about basketball here, but bring five people together for a marathon relay, and the spirit of that quote applies.

This is my eighth marathon relay, and each one has been a blast.  Take five people, throw in a chip timer, and you have yourself a party in my mind.  I’m lucky to have family and friends who don’t run screaming in the other direction when the question “Do you want to run a marathon relay?” comes up. They have been quick to sign up and train right along with me.  For this I am thankful, as through the years many folks have helped me do something I haven’t been able to do by myself, yet: Complete a marathon.

Helping me navigate the 26.2 miles for this race are four friends I met because of running, including one I met on the high school track team.  We also teamed up for the relay at the 2012 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, and we know how Mother Nature treated us that day.  We decided 2014 was the year to give this relay another go.

They encouraged me to keep training through a tough Wisconsin winter, when most days it would have been easier to curl up under a blanket with my kiddos and watch kids’ shows on Netflix over and over again than hit the treadmill.  Or go to my classes at the YMCA.  We checked in with each other to see how training was going, talked about races we had run so far this year, and I know on more than occasion I complained to my teammates about how painful the winter was for running (Really, Mother Nature, more antics?  As I have learned, Mother Nature can be a runner’s best friend or worst enemy).

Now that brutal winter is a cold, distant memory, spring has sprung, and we are less than a week from race day!  I hope all our fellow Cellcom Green Bay Marathon participants are as excited as our relay team is to get to the starting line.  The training is done and the hard work is behind us.  Now is the time to lace up our shoes, pin on our numbers, and enjoy the race after all the miles we have put in to get to this point.  Best of luck to everyone May 18, and cherish every step of your journey to the finish line.

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(And to Heather, Aprill, Airon and Beth:  Thanks for not encouraging me to stay buried under a blanket for the winter!)

See you on the course!

Amy Behrendt

From the Race Director’s Desk: Change, Change, Change

There is only one constant in life: CHANGE.

After my first few years as the race director of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, I wrote a goal on a piece of paper.  The goal was four simple words — “Establish a consistent course.”  I threw that piece of paper away a long time ago.  With a 26.2 mile marathon course, a 13.1 mile half marathon course, and a 3.1 mile 5K course, there are 42.4 miles that the staff and I are responsible for planning around.  The odds of finding 42.4 miles of urban pavement where there is no road construction, no road realignment, no temporary closures, is a pipe dream.  Each year we face new challenges and 2014 is no exception.

At the outset of the year, we learned that the Miller Lite Gate at Lambeau Field, the main entrance and exit to the Atrium, would be closed during marathon weekend due to construction.  Shortly after that, we learned that we would need to move the finish line from our traditional location along Oneida Street to the west side of the stadium due to  due to a mandatory event for rookie Packers players.  Not even a week later, we found out that Oneida Street on the east side of the facility would be shut down in May for reconstruction, totally eliminating our ability to even enter the premises on foot or by car from Oneida Street on race weekend.  Yikes!

Faced with course design challenges, we opted to break from tradition and run our marathon and half marathon participants on almost entirely separate courses.  The half marathon course, which has always been popular, remains largely unchanged.  With the marathon course, however, we essentially started with a blank sheet of paper.  This allowed us to do some really creative things like spend more mileage in the quaint residential areas of De Pere and take the runners on a loop through historic City Stadium, the Packers original home.  The relocation of the finish line also offered up some great efficiencies and ultimately more space.  It is now easier for runners to get food and beverage before the race, get dropped off and picked up by bus from local hotels, and drop off and pick up gear bags.  For the first time, spectators may be able to realistically watch their friend or family member run through Lambeau Field and still have enough time to get back outside and watch them cross the finish line.

I’ve always like the saying, “When life deals you lemons, make lemonade!”  I think we’ve lived up to that slogan this year and I’m anxious to see if the runners, volunteers and spectators agree.  See you all soon!

Prevea on the Move: Taper – How should we do it?

Tapering is when runners slowly reduce their amount of training miles prior to race day. It is one the hardest aspects of marathon training, as many runners think they are not ready for race day and feel they need to continue to push themselves. However, their bodies are ready and they need this time to recover. Here are a few tips to help you properly taper:

  • Reduce your distance and intensity of your training runs leading up to the last two to three weeks prior to the marathon. This will help your body to recover physically and mentally to prepare for race day.
  • Reduce calorie intake. Since you are reducing miles, you are reducing the amount of calories you burn. Cut back a bit on the quantity of your servings during this phase.
  • Select foods that are nutritious and healthy rather than high fat products. Make sure you keep eating fruits and vegetables during these final weeks.
  • Hydration is key, especially in the last week of training. The combination between carbohydrates and water will help build your energy levels for race day.
  • Don’t try new things the week prior or during the race. This is not the time to experiment.
  • Rest. Try to get 8 hours of sleep per day during this phase. The rest will help the body recover and give you more energy for race day.

DO NOT RESIST THE TAPER!


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