Sisters in Sport: Check Out

Time to ch-ch-check out on the Sisters In Sport check ins!

Have you used the hashtag #sistersinsport ?

Have you used the hashtag #sistersinsport ?

On another note, isn’t it funny how you can oscillate between positive and negative spaces regarding running in like a whole day? Exhibit A: Last post. So negative! Debbie Running Downer! Who was that writing that: Angry Runner Person?!

I like the person who drew this better -- normal, balanced runner person.

I like the person who drew this better — normal, balanced runner person. I gotta stop being runner Jekyll and Hyde!

My mom, who knows very little about running, said, “But, haven’t you just been fun running since that marathon and not training?”

Mom, so wise.

Here were my goals for December and how I fared:

1. To build mileage at the rate my body allows. There is no magic number.

Check — done with flying colors. While I wasn’t so good at not feeling guilty about not running, I never stressed out over how much I should run. Four to five milers were totally my jam…and sometimes those turned to three or six or [only one time] nine.  I only used my watch if I was going for minutes rather than time (ie 40 min run). I am the world’s greatest 10 min per mile pace four to five mile runner.

13 miles to 27 miles per week. Definitely not committed to any magic number!

13 miles to 27 miles per week. Definitely not committed to any magic number!

2. To continue to do strength stuff twice a week.

Check-ish — done fairly well. I did do strength stuff at least once a week every week…twice per week did not happen every week. But, something is better than nothing right?!

3. To be more adaptable with rest.

Nope – failed miserably there. I have such guilt if I don’t run unless I have planned it in advance. Work in progress…

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My Believe I Am journal is one of my most cherished running gadgets. I’d pick it over my Garmin any day if I had to choose.

More valuable data than my Garmin splits...

More valuable data than my Garmin splits…

I find there is a lot of power in putting pen to paper. I don’t know what the kids do these days, but I’ve always had a hand written planner, I have hand written all of my notes throughout college and medical school, and when I’m stressed, I doodle or draw (at the level of a 3rd grader; my specialities are stars and initials).

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Writing each night what I did exercise that way reminds of how much time and effort I really do put into running. It serves as my pat on the back and my motivation to continue tomorrow.

The journal provides ample space to write all of my running victories, disappointments (there are no failures in my book), insecurities, confidence boosters, related quotes, neuroses and, quite possibly psychoses. I like that I have one organized little notebook that has all of my running info – from how many miles I ran to how I felt about it to what I was thinking to what my new goal is….so on and so forth. It’s all in there and easily accessible.

Yep, all there, even my notes on "Golf Is Not A Game of Perfect" by Bob Rotella.

Yep, all there, even my notes on “Golf Is Not A Game of Perfect” by Bob Rotella.

Finally, the Believe I Am journal has one of the most effective goal setting tool and visual cue I’ve ever come across.

The goal flower...

One of my goals – completed this fall!

There are only 3 goal flowers in the journal. While this doesn’t mean you can’t set other goals (obviously), I like to think of those flowers as overarching, all-encompassing goals consistent with my running ethos (“to chase joy”). With only three flowers, goals should not be carelessly written in. Then, in having to enumerate the reasons this goal is important to you (leaves) and steps to achieve it (petals), I am left with a nice visual cue of something I want to achieve that is readily available. When I’m frustrated or a bit lost in my running “life,” I can quickly come back to this page and be grounded and motivated yet again.

Runners shell out for shoes, gadgets, training plans, and nutrition quite often. I’d argue that of anything you buy this year, the Believe I Am training journal should be at the top of your list. I find it that valuable to my training and mentality towards running.

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To wrap things up, as we #sistersinsport head into the new year, remember:

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy” – Dale Carnegie

“Courage is fear turned inside out. It is impossible to be courageous if at first you weren’t afraid.” – Bob Rotella

Dream bigger in lucky 2013!

TELL ME: ONE RUNNING GOAL YOU HAVE FOR 2013 AND/OR A FAVORITE QUOTE YOU’RE BRINGING INTO 2013…

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13 thoughts on “Sisters in Sport: Check Out

  1. I love the term Lucky 13 (thanks to Oiselle). Monthly check-ins like this are such a good idea – I think you’re doing pretty well 🙂 I still don’t have a BIA Journal… sometimes I feel like I would slack on the writing, but in the long run it would probably be really helpful/motivational.

    I think for this year I want to “run happy” always and BQ (as always). When are you coming back??

    • 2nd weekend of Jan! Get yourself the BIA journal for graduation! I love having a log to show how much I do get done running-wise throughout the craziness of school and such – I’m sure you’d enjoy seeing that, too!

      Run in Jan?!

  2. I want to be able to run a marathon. I started running last year in the hopes that I would be able to run a 5K.. and never though I could run a half! I’m starting to train for a full, hopefully for this fall. I wrote my goals too (I have that journal as well!) and I’m hoping 2013 is a time to accomplish them. I seriously cannot be happier with that purchase of the BIA journal.
    I love how you make monthly goals. Mine was to run 3x weekly this month. Here’s to a fresh start!

    • Thanks! I’ve really enjoyed making them now that I’ve done it for a few months…it keeps my focus short term and committing to something for a few weeks doesn’t seem too daunting. It has really helped me also determine what are my needs right now….which often changes month to month! Hope your 3x per week running is going well! I did my first marathon about a year after i started “formally” running. In hindsight, I would’ve waited longer, but I was determined to do it. It can be done — good luck!

  3. My main goal is to PR in the marathon at some point. I want to make up for my failures in the last year.
    I love you find time every night to write in your BIA journal. I would probably be good a for a week and then slack off.

  4. Meggie, long time reader, rare commenter, but I love your #lucky13 attitude. I just started a BIA training log and I’m going to shamelessly plagiarize some of your self-talk strategies. I’m notoriously tough on myself, and seeing you transform your negative self-talk into kick-ass affirmations inspires me so much!

    We’re about the same pace and seeing what you’re capable of has really opened my eyes. Thanks for being so awesome!

    • Shamelessly plagarize all you want! That’s the main reason I write this blog — so that maybe me crazy running thinks and rethinks will help someone else (and having it written on the internet gives me a reminder, too). Thank you for your kind comment and for reading. Good luck with all of your running! I will keep trying to “be awesome” as you say, but no promises 🙂

  5. This has been my favorite quote since college: “The irony of commitment is that it is deeply LIBERATING. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around in the form of RATIONAL HESITATION. To COMMIT is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.”

    I found it on a starbucks cup of all places! I love my BIA journal as well, though I feel I still haven’t used it to all of it’s potential. It’s been great to see you #sistersinsport and how you’ve used it to help me in my own growth!

  6. Dude, we need to talk about the highlighting. Taking it to the next level. Also, excellent handwriting. A+

    This may or may not be helpful: Since you love Kicking and Screaming (SP), there is a quote I think of often:
    Will Ferrell: “Yeah, so everyone, come up here and grab a finch.”
    Kid: “Do we HAVE to keep one?”
    Will Ferrell: “You GET to keep one.”

    Then I change the quote to make it work for running: “You GET to run.” (I say this to myself when running becomes stressful in my life)

  7. Love your monthly check-in! And the pretty pictures! 🙂 My goal (once again!!) this year is to get and stay healthy (and keep my desire to “run fast” in check enough to do that). Have you seen Jay Dicharry’s Anatomy for Runners? I just got it and hope it will help with my staying healthy goal. Favorite quotes:
    – “This is your life. This is it. Right now. It doesn’t wait for you to get back on your feet.” – Graham Martin from the movie A Lot Like Love; and
    – “When you recognize that failing doesn’t make you a failure you give yourself permission to try all sorts of things.” – Lauren Fleshman

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