What a surprise tonight! I was named the “Most Inspirational Athlete of 2018” by Koz Events and San Diego Triathlon Series. I am in shock and honored.
If you know me, you know I had a rough couple of years_personally. At the beginning of this year I decided I needed a good distraction, so I committed myself to train for AT LEAST 3 duathlons and couple of running events. I surrounded myself with other multi-sport athletes ended up doing 7 duathlons, 3 5K runs and 2 half marathons this year!
Yep, I desperately needed strength and positivity in my life and I got it. As each month flew by this year, I was getting stronger mentally and physically. I was not going to be stopped.
I want to thank all my parents, daughters and close friends for their support and motivation to keep going this year. Thank you KOZ events and the San Diego Tri Series from the bottom of my heart and "sole" for pushing this old-girl forward and making 2018 a fantastic year! So grateful.
My legs are so skinny, I had to make sure both were in the photo so you can actually read what these old socks have to say!
I feel like I am coming back. Now that there is less stress on my body (really in my head), I can push through and get back to training.
If you know me, I train like I am heading to the Olympics in 2020. I love running and staying active. It's like breathing_literally for me! I must have it to SuRvIVe! LOL!
Now that I am healthier and have officially fought off that nasty cold/flu monster, I am ready to get back out there and compete. The journey back has been challenging but I am happy that I am moving and grooving again.
My goals are to increase my upper body strength, endurance and running performance. I would love to go for Team USA in my age division for duathlons but I still have a lot to learn when it comes to road cycling. So, time will tell.
Whatever your goals are this year, I hope you are taking significant steps (big or small) to get yourself closer to your goals. There will be setbacks but that doesn't mean you are set...back! It's just a little bump in the road, a lesson to be learned or simply a time to completely rest your body. Keep your eyes on the prize, don't look back and keep your goals close to your heart. You will get there!
This week's workout included the following:
- Monday: 2 mile run and upper body workout with 8 flights of stairs.
- Wednesday: 30 minute run 60 push-ups
- Friday: 3 mile run 60 push-ups and upper body workout
- Saturday: Goal 20 mile bike ride. Accomplished 14 mile bike ride 60 push-ups and upper body workout
- Sunday: Easy long run. Goal 6 miles. Accomplished 4.35 miles
After running a nice 5K this weekend...
...the one thing that truly surprised me was the feeling I had AFTER the run OR should I say the "not feeling anything" feeling after the run was over. I was a little winded and extremely tired because I could not sleep the night before, but there were not aches or pains! HALLELUJAH! Usually my feet, back and/or hips are on FIRE and it takes 2 or 3 days to recover but not this time!
That night, I slept well, got up the next day ready to do SOMETHING active! I missed the window of opportunity to get on my road bike but I did get in a good 3 mile walk with my MOMZ instead. I wanted to do more but I had to stay focused on my training schedule and RECOVER properly even though I felt NOTHING.
If you read my blog from time to time, I sometimes whine about being over 40 but my running partner put things in SERIOUS perspective this weekend. He has had a rough couple of months with work and health yet, he is still smiling. Someone had asked him, why he wasn't losing his mind over all that he had been through in the past few week? He was telling me that when he checked himself into the hospital a few weeks ago, another guy who checked in around the same time did not able to check out...because he had..."checked out". Yeah, so what we whine about is n o t h i n g and it beats the alternative.
Look, I don't feel 40+ AND people tell me I don't look 40+ SO I am going to roll with NOT BEING 40+ and enjoy life, right where I am. This weekend I ran a 6:48 min/mile pace and what I do know...not very many women my age can say that! Soooo, I will keep reminding myself of all the good things I can accomplish and not dwell on the bad.
STAY STRONG. BE STRONG and DON'T LIMIT YOURSELF anymore!
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