Mind over Matter, my thoughts Saturday morning after I ran 4 miles on the treadmill. As a marathoner and to some of you reading this 4 miles doesn’t sound major. Exactly!! Normally I reserve Saturday for my long run (10 miles or more), but with the temperature at 19 degrees and with the wind chills it was actually more like 4 degrees, per the weather reports. I decided to take my run indoors even though, I’m used to running in the cold. ~ I completed four miles indoors and I felt great. 🙂
Also, I must share that normally when I run on the treadmill, it’s more like a ten minute warm up or speed workout followed by an upper body workout or a leg workout and then back on for another ten minutes then another round of strength training and then if I want a little more cardio, I’ll finish up for another ten minutes to get 3 plus miles.
On this day, I was focused to get 4 miles in on the treadmill. Thanks to the TV screens in the gym, I was able to watch sports on one channel and the weather on the other screen. I didn’t have earplugs on so, I read the screen which kept me busy and a little people watching passed the time. LOL!
A few tips to share for you if you are like me and prefer to run outdoors.
Tip 1: Set a Goal: My goal was to get at least 4 miles completed on the treadmill.
Tip 2: Share your goal with a friend. ~ In my case, I called Kendra my friend and business partner to tell her my plans, so that I was held accountable.
Tip 3: Stay focused on your goal: At one point, I thought about just doing one mile and then an upper body workout, but I decided to stay focused on my goal.
Tip 4: Make it happen! You set your goal and shared it with your accountability partner, so stay focused and make it happen.
Tip 5: Take advantage of a few distractions. If you are like me and don’t listen to music outdoors, try something different indoors. Perhaps bring your headsets to listen to music or the TV to pass the time in a safe atmosphere or read the words on the screen and people watch.
Tip 6: Set a new goal and repeat steps 2 – 6. ~ My next goal for my indoor workout is 5 miles and I plan to increase my run by 1 mile each week.
*Please share your treadmill tips. I would love to hear them, especially during the cold winter days as we count down to spring.
The TCS NYC Marathon in one word is an EXPERIENCE!
I am now a two-time Marathoner, thanks to the TCS New York City Marathon and the Minding Your Mind Foundation. Whoo Hoo! ~ I ran this past Sunday to honor my friends and family members and others touched by mental illness. I am so Thankful for my AWESOME friends and family members who donated to Minding Your Mind. We are Blessed to Be a Blessing!
My marathon journey included so many thoughts and emotions. If you are reading this and you ran this past Sunday or in any marathon, you know exactly what I am talking about.
During my 26.2 miles I thought about my mother-in-law who passed away Saturday morning, just before I left Delaware for New York City. I thought about how much pain she went through last year after losing her leg and I thought about the pain that she had recently endured while in the hospital.
She was my inspiration to push on past the foot pain and cramps I experienced off and on during miles 8 – 20 +.
I thought about my sister and the pain that she’s experiencing. The pain of depression, hopelessness and denial. My work with MYM is just beginning. I am working on educating my sister and others that it’s okay to admit that you need help. We all need help at some point in our lives.
As you see, I had a lot to keep me busy during my journey to 26.2. ~
More thoughts and questions during my RUN …
What a Beautiful Day for a Run! We were truly Blessed with Great running weather.
I started out with my long sleeve shirt. (I got rid of my shirt on the Verrazano Bridge, between mile 1 and 2.)
Underneath, I had my sleeves on along with my Nike shorts and my Elite Access Running tank. (Perfect Running attire for my run!)
What a course! Yes, It’s challenging and hilly. Prior to the race I attended the course strategy session on Saturday at the Expo and it was Awesome and on point. The advice that was given by the speakers were to be patient with the first two miles, due to the crowds and miles 3 on to mile 20, still keep it easy. Mile 20 on to the finish is when you actually should speed up. ~ This advice is actually good for marathons overall.
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The crowds were Amazing! ~ What a Parade!! The New York Fans are Phenomenal !! Watch out Philly! When I ran my first marathon, the Philadelphia Marathon in 2012, I felt the same way. I had my own personal parade going on!
I was so excited to see friends on the course. Shout out to my friend Gabrielle and her hubby at mile 9. Of course BGR! was out on the course. In addition, it was great to have my virtual cheers from BGR! DE and Philly. My friends were tracking me during the run. Around mile 15 or so, I saw my running buddy, Andre Parker, Black Men Run.
Perks on the course!!
I think it was mile 15, the race organizers were giving out salt packets and vaseline. Major perk!! Some how, I didn’t think about vaseline prior to the run. I was so happy to rub it on my thighs because during my earlier miles, I felt a little chaffing coming on. Thank God for the vaseline! I got it just in time.
Eventhough the perks are good be careful with the oranges and bananas that people give out on the course, eating those during the run can cause bloating and cramps during the run.
What you eat the day before will fuel your run. (Thanks to my nutritionist/trainer, To-Ze, I truly believe this and I watch what I closely the day before each run.)
I had fried chicken and a baked potato with butter for dinner, my other option was steak and a baked potato.
The fats will change the viscosity of the blood giving you longer lasting fuel through the race instead of spiking insulin levels like carbs do.
Say No to carbo loading! There are so many articles out there about the benefits to carbo loading, but it’s really not the best thing the night before a race. If you want to eat more carbs earlier in the week, that’s fine. Special Note: Carbs turn in to sugar and too much sugar can cause you to have stomach cramps during your run.
Get plenty of sleep and rest during the week leading up to the Marathon. It will make a difference in your race performance.
Trust your training! You put in the the time and the miles. You Got This! If you missed some training time, like me, consider your race a nice training run and run your best. And have Fun!! Enjoy the run, relax your mind and enjoy the parade.
My thoughts after the race… Thank God I finished!! ~ The New York City is one of the toughest marathon courses. I feel like I can run any marathon now. Perhaps the Chicago Marathon. I hear it’s flat and fast. I need this after running slower than planned in New York. I would love to run four hours or less. My personal record was Philly. I ran the Philly Marathon in 4 hours and 25 minutes. My NYC time was 4:59:38 thanks to my walk breaks and cramping. I would love to beat it before retiring from marathons. For now, I plan to focus on half marathons, 10 milers, like the Broad Street Run, 10K’s and 5K’s. I feel the need for speed! 🙂
I had a light massage at Alternative Therapy Massage Spa on Monday and a nice hot bath with Epson salt Tuesday night and my legs feel Great! ~
I am so thankful for good friends and family! Shout out to Tanishia and Edward Drew and family for helping me get to, around and from New York with no worries.
Shout out to Anthony Raynor, Race Director for Bermuda Marathon Weekend for an AWESOME Race Weekend Experience. It was AWESOME experiencing the NYC pre race events and getting to the starting line with no worries. I am happy to be part of the Team!
My Birthday!! ~ Friday, November 6, I’ll be 46 years young. Instead of running this year, I’m going dancing on Friday night.
The GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon — I Love the Philly Marathon! My hometown race. Normally I run the Half or the Full, but I serve as the National PR Consultant for the Philly Marathon, so I’ll be working the race and cheering on my friends.
Huffin’ for Pumpkin Pie 5K — The day after Thanksgiving, I’ll be coaching and running with my client Tonie as she takes on her second 5K.
Bermuda Marathon Weekend — I Love this race! For the second year I will run the Bermuda Triangle Challenge. ~ 3 Races.3 Days.4 Medals ~ I’m excited to run the Mile, 10K and Half Marathon. My hubby Wayne will join me this year as a runner. He’s running the 10K. Last year he served as my photographer. 🙂
Miami Half Marathon — Thanks to my BGR! Buddy Deneen, several ladies signed up to Run Miami when the race was offering specials earlier in the year. I’m signed up to run the half marathon the week after the Bermuda Marathon.
It’s Race Weekend!
I’m headed to NYC tomorrow, October 31, 2015 (Halloween) to run the TCS New York City Marathon this Sunday, November 1, 2015.
The New York City Marathon (My second marathon) is extra special because I am running on behalf of a non-profit organization, the Minding Your Mind Foundation.
My good friend, Wendi Platt is a board member with Minding Your Mind and she asked me to run for MYM last summer and here I am today preparing to run 26.2 miles for my family members, friends and people touched by mental illness.
I am Blessed to Make a Difference and determined to help educate more people about mental illness.
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