Month: May 2020

Persevere When You Think You Can’t.

I can’t! I can’t! Words that make or break what we think we can or can not do. As our MCM training continues, Chris has been discouraged and has been using these words a lot. “…I can’t run that fast…, I can’t lose the weight…,I can’t do this workout today…” all of these statements might be valid, but they are not helping him turn it around. As I keep reminding him, you can but just not yet. Growth mindset. I read the book for school and my classroom this year which focuses on turning those negative mindsets and putting a positive spin on it. I remember my sweet co teacher from 3 years ago, Chrissy, who would always tell our kiddos “…you can’t do it yet but you will…”. I truly believe that. I believe Chris will just not yet. It’s too early in his training and he has a lot of bad habits to undo. Example: stop not eating lunch and then grazing right before dinner!

When Chris has been down on himself all this week, I remind him that all he’s trying to do doesn’t happen instantly but he has to work on it. I ran by my favorite running store this morning and a sign outside spoke to me-wishes don’t win races. Very true! You have to work and you have to work hard to accomplish your goals. Maybe not winning races but doing better than last time. Not everyone can be a Mozart where it just comes naturally. You work to get better. A sweet friend worked for 20 years to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It doesn’t happen overnight. I have to instill that in Chris’ brain so he doesn’t get discouraged all the time when he doesn’t see results.

One step at a time

This morning we were doing our long run of 8 miles, and we woke up later than expected. Heat and humidity are no joke in Florida. He woke up with a headache that he had all day yesterday. Still he got dressed and grabbed his Garmin and water. We started, I asked him how he was doing? “Terrible I feel like I’m going to puke.” Uh oh. Turn around? “No.” He kept going and going until all 8 miles were done. No complaining. Just one foot in front of the other getting his miles done. In my eyes, he’s such a trooper. I know with a little bit of time and patience he’ll knock out this training, lose that weight, and feel like a real runner again. However, he’s that to me already. I’m so proud of him!

Remember it’s not about the destination it’s about the journey, Mercedes

Week 2: Wrestling with being Uncomfortable

Our bodies are funny, when we do something that is out of our comfort zone, our mind goes into survival mode. “…I’m dying…”, “…this hurts…”, and “…snarl…” are some of the most repeated phrases I heard this week.

Yes, it is the 2nd week of MCM training and the honeymoon has worn off quickly. It started off good with Monday as a recovery walk from our long run on Saturday. Tuesday was suppose to be our tempo run but our trainee was not having it. We did another easy walk. How long could we postpone the inevitable?

On your mark, set, run😎

Wednesday morning, he was kind of ready. Tempo run, which is 10 minutes of warm up and 10 minutes of running at pace, and then 10 minutes cool down. Sounds easy right? After 10 minutes of 15:00/14:30 pace he was done. Our race log has a place to rate our runs based on how we feel. I asked him to rate it from 1-10, 1-worst and 10-beyond awesome! He rated it a “2”. Oh boy. He had 2 days of rest and ran his first cadence /acceleration drills on Saturday. Just a quick note about the day…he woke up with a neck ache and headache, so I didn’t push him to run in the morning. We decided to run at 4:20 p.m. Well if we lived in say Maine where it ‘s cooler, no biggie. But we live in Florida and it was closer to 84 degrees of humid yuck! Again 10 minutes of warm up, 5 minutes of each drill, and then 10 minutes cool down. I was so proud of him! Even though he hated the workout, he did it! His best pace was 14:30! I got rewarded with the sneer.

There it is…the infamous sneer.

Long run was Sunday(we scaled back to 5 miles, which was a good call because the humidity was back), he struggled and said his leg was bothering him since we ran fast yesterday, (oh wicked mean mind messing with him in order to not do something uncomfortable)but persevered.

He knows it’s going to get harder, but he’s ready. Our minds can stop us but can also turn it around by just believing in yourself and your training. It also helps to have a trainer who believes in you and encourages you. Either way, we will make this running a habit once again.

Remember it’s not about the destination it’s about the journey,


Week 1…MCM training

Some days…

We have about 25 weeks to train for the Marine Corps Marathon, and this happens to be the real week 1. Chris has officially made me his trainer (he had a virtual doctor’s visit and told his doctor he has a trainer😂), and so I’m trying to get him down to running a 15:00 minute mile to start with. Easier said than done. However, he is trying every run he goes out on. Fastest: 15:10, slowest: 18:10. He ran 4x’s this week. 2 shorter tempo runs, 1 memorial run for #irunwithmaud, and then the long run. Some days he feels awesome and is talkative and smiling, and some days it’s a struggle. Today was a struggle but he didn’t quit-kudos to him!! However, he is getting out and doing it even when other people tell me “I’m too positive”. How can you be too positive?! Really people?! I don’t do grumpy.

So now his worry is his weight. Yes, he has some to lose, but once he gets that weekly exercise regime in gear the weight will start dropping off. It always does. I explained no skipping meals and no grazing(virtual learning helps me make sure he’s eating right). I know when Galloway runs start again, he’ll go with is runner friends again but until then…my special brand of training continues. Join in on the fun virtually and cheer him on(he does better when someone else is being his cheerleader). Stay tuned for week 2 on our journey of conquering summer marathon training!

Remember it’s not about the destination it’s about the journey,


Marathon Training Step 1

Every journey begins with that one step.

Chris had knee surgery nearly 2 years ago. Since then he has not run as much as he use too. Before this surgery, Chris was a runner, a swimmer, a tennis player…he was running way before me. He ran a lot of Gate River Runs, he was a Galloway group leader, and even a marathoner. Now…

Nothing. So I did a thing, I dared him to run MCM this year. He laughed. “Sure honey ,”he said. I signed him up for the lottery. He didn’t think he was getting in-surprise! He got selected. Now what? Well, time for him to start training.

What does that mean?

First of all, this man of mine has to run/be active more than 1 time a week. He has to run/walk at least 3x’s during the week minimum per Jeff Galloway. Then he has to try to get his pace under 14:00. He has to lose weight(25-30 pounds), which hopefully will happen when he runs more. And lastly, he has to do all of this during Summer in FL. Sound impossible? Well…

Of course not! Don’t be a killjoy! With some hard work, he should be ready by late October. Progress has happened already. Last 2 runs, he has gotten to a 15:45 pace! Every bit is a celebration. Now if I can get his attitude to be as chippy. Stay tuned as I whip him and myself into shape(I’m in this with him too)!

Remember it’s not about the destination it’s about the journey,