Friday, August 03, 2007

Friday Quote Day

Without a sense of urgency,
desire loses its value.

~ Jim Rohn

Honestly? I wish I were still at my son's, instead of waking up here in the Middle of Nowhere with an entire baby-less day stretched out in front of me. Y'all were right: Babies trump everything. Heh.

I ran only once during my stay there, and then only for 30 minutes. I used MapMyRun to determine the distance and it was only 1.77 miles. Pitiful! But I did a lot of almost-eight-pound curls and lifts, along with a new maneuver that will soon be catching on in gyms across the world: rocking.

My main role while there was Chief Cook and Bottle Washer, but I was glad to be able to provide baby relief so her parents could get some rest here and there. She loves to be rocked and held and fortunately my son and daughter-in-law don't think it's possible do too much of either.

Okay, moving on … are you wondering what today's quote has to do with the last three paragraphs? Well, I'll tell you: Nothing! But that quote kind of sums up why I wasn't stressing about not getting my training runs in while I was away from home.

[You may be wondering exactly why I didn't run more often. My Middle of Nowhere is in southern West Virginia. I was four hours south of home. South, people! In late summer! Need I say more?]

The training plans at Runner's World can be as long as 16 weeks, which is what I started with, or as short as two. I'm going to create a new plan for 13 weeks, since that's how long it is until the City of Oaks half. Also? Thirteen miles, 13 weeks. There's something about that symmetry that appeals to me.

I'm still going to have to juggle some runs around in September due to a couple of short trips. I think that having a good solid month under my belt will be the foundation I need to keep that sense of urgency going. Because today? It just ain't happenin'.

I sort of feel like a slacker, but if I pretend that I just sent in my registration fee yesterday …

Thanks for all your comments on my last post. Isabelle, feel free to join M@rla and me as we continue to bust our butts and stay the same weight, but learn not to care about numbers. I'm inspired by M's excitement and delight as she gets stronger and fitter. I'm inspired by her perseverance and dedication to her health and well-being. We agree that it would be great to pull something off the size-8 rack and have it fit. But it's becoming just as satisfying to pull a heavier weight off the rack and lift it overhead!



ws said...

the South in the summer is beautiful and pleasant, what are you trying to suggest?!?

13 weeks will be plenty of time to train for the HM. Enjoy your rest day...

Lori said...

Wow, a woman with a plan. I already know you can do it and you've demonstrated the perservance of training.

Slacker, you? I doubt it.

I bet you do miss the baby and I'm glad you had a good time!

Anne M. said...

Of course you wish you were still with the baby! The good part is that 4 hours away is much closer than halfway across the country and you know you will be back. I look forward to seeing rocking catch on in my neighborhood.

I have complete confidence that you will kick into your training schedule, having watched you from afar as you prepared for the Music City HM. You know what you can do and your body likes moving.

But the running outside in late summer thing in the South - blech.

Isabelle said...

Thanks for your mention - I fear I don't do the butt-busting you mention, though I'm sure I should. I walk quite a lot. But I have to say you're inspiring me!