Saturday, September 21, 2013

Why do you want to run a marathon?

This question has been streaming through my head for over 10 weeks now.

You ask why 10 weeks?

Well 10 weeks ago I started "training" for a marathon...a FULL marathon...26.2 miles


While researching training plans and tips on training I came across this question on one of the web pages. They said to ask yourself why you would want to run a marathon because when the going gets tough you will need a real good reason to kick yourself out of bed at 4 am to go run 16, 18 or 20+ miles. And guess what? They were RIGHT!! Go figure...huh?

You may ask...(if anyone reads this)...why didn't you blog about this Kris?

Well my reason, although maybe an illogical one, was that I didn't think I would stick to the plan or fail mid-way through, but now I am mid-way through and feel pretty good about the whole experience. Although the 4 am and 5 am mornings are bit of a struggle I've somehow managed.

I'm still pondering this question...it actually compels me to run.

I think about it when I wake up and when I'm pounding the pavement and when I'm taking a shower or making dinner or sitting at work or playing with my daughter.

Here are some of the reasons I have come up with:

1) I tend to "give up" on things either because I get bored or it gets tough...I'm done with giving up...I want to push through and conquer!

2) I want to enjoy the journey every step of the way, even the agonizing steps, I want to LIVE my life and if running 26.2 miles helps me feel alive then I will RUN and RUN VIVACIOUSLY!!

3) Running is one of the things I have that helps me set goals,plan and triumph...it makes me feel victorious. The first half marathon I did gave me confidence that I can start what I finish(goes back to reason 1!)

4) Because how many people can say they enjoy running never-the-less 26.2 miles of running in the same day? If I enjoy running then I should RUN and RUN with JOY!

5)  I want to build endurance and patience. I tend to want to rush through things, I like to sprint but I know this can't be my mindset always, can't do intervals every run, I want to learn distance. We need endurance and patience for life so it carries over to everyday life too.

6) I want to eat healthy. Food is Fuel and knowing I am running all the time helps me make better choices when it comes to food. I know a lot of people would say it could be an excuse to eat like a king but if you want to run and feel well you need to take care about what you put in your body.

7) I want to inspire my daughter to pursue goals in her life. I know she is only 2 1/2 but I know she will follow my ways whether good or bad and I want to set a good example.

8) My husband supports me and wants me to fulfill my dream of running 26.2.

9) I actually do dream about running 26.2 miles...weird I know but I've always been on the strange side. If you're a runner you'll understand.

10) Even if I do it once...I still did it!

11) It's better than sitting. Sitting is the "new" smoking!!

12) Everyone has to have at least 1 hobby.

13)  Greatness is not passive, it's active!

.1) New shoes!

OK so I have 13.1 reasons, half of a marathon, and I'm half way through training.

I would share my training plan but I'm sort of switching plans and I may mould two plans creatively together. If anyone is interested I will post it. I started with a 16 week plan but then realized I couldn't find any marathons I wanted to run that were close enough to me to on November 3rd so I am extending my plan to 20 weeks and running the Seattle Marathon on December 1st, 2013.


So that's my little secret in a nut shell. I haven't posted in 3 months and 16 days so I won't be sad if no one comments. :)

Cheers to Running!

Remember folks... 'Eye of the Tiger'






Wednesday, June 5, 2013

10 Reasons to Run

Self-Control, Discipline, Patience, Endurance

That is what I needed.

I kept thinking that I couldn't run and that I didn't have energy to run and what's the use if I can't start "training"(it takes longer to build base) running with the stroller and the list of excuses could continue. Blah! But who wants to hear my excuses?

10 Reasons to Run:
1) It helps clear my head.
2) It makes me feel fit.
3) My daughter enjoys going outside with me. (Thank God she got over the crying fits!)
4) It helps bring me closer to God since I find it easier to pray when I run.
5) If I start running again it will bring me closer to train for a FULL Marathon.
6) It gives me something to do rather than stay inside.
7) The weather is getting nicer and the excuse of bad weather is not an option anymore.
8) I don't feel lazy.
9) It helps kick start my day.
10) It help me feel more productive.

Not at all an extensive list and definitely something that is subjective.

Inspiration:

Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)

11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
 
 

What's your excuse to not run?

Better yet...What's your reason to run?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

FIGHT HARD, FINISH YOUR RACE

On a whim of impulsive, angry, frustration I deleted my blog on December 13, 2012.
I kind of liked it at first because I felt free from telling my story whether good or bad.
I felt like I had nothing to share anyway and who was listening?
But then I realized the reason I had the blog really was for me(and my daughter) and to write down my thoughts in this life as a memoir.
I really don't care if people read it or not...ok...well I do care if people read it because what is life without connections and relationships?
Just a chaotic fusion of narcissism and work!!

I live my life wanting and having purpose in all I do. I think I was starting to lose that and lose myself. I went into a state of depression and allowed myself to think that the things I enjoy and do really aren't necessary. But the truth is if I AM who God made me to be then I will help other people BE who He made them to be! :) We are all unique and we all have talents, gifts and abilities that help one another. No one of us is better than the other. I know people want to be better than others and I've had that thought creep in my mind with running paces and other selfish ventures but why do we want to be better than other people? What does that say about us? What do we accomplish by being better? Being better is really a matter of opinion because it is within our mind that we judge whether we are better than others or not and the basis in which we judge is by our own merit. I'm not saying that all people are this way all the time but I do believe it happens to each one of us in our life whether we admit it or not. Thinking good of and helping others is a choice and it's a choice we all must make. I like to examine my motives as to why I do something, the questions I ask myself are: is it self-serving to me? do I want them to like me? do I feel obligated to do something or hang out with someone and therefore loathe my time with them? do I really listen to what they say or am I too anxious to speak myself?
The real purpose in hanging out with each other is to share and take interest in others and to help and encourage them along their race of life. We can't always expect to get what we want for ourselves out of our relationships. We must give first and take second.
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."
                                                                                                           Ephesians 4:2

My husband says I over-analyze everything and he has a point. But God gave me this analytical brain to ask these questions and to change and grow and be better. I don't feel like I am really alive unless I am growing into who I am and being who God created me to be. While I am growing into who He made me to be I can help others be who God made them to be because He can use me as an instrument to inspire others to ponder who He created them to be. It may be through this blog, it can be through a friendship, it could be someone I meet randomly at the grocery store, really anything is possible!
Bottom line: Don't give up on who you are!! BE who God created you to BE!!
Others may not like it and some may despise you but most people will be inspired to be who they are instead of an imitation.
BE GENUINE, BE TRANSPARENT, SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE ALWAYS.
Don't allow others choices to hinder you from being who God created you to be.
"Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called..." 1Timothy 6:12
Don't allow discouragement and despair to set in...keep going...
FIGHT HARD, FINISH YOUR RACE