Go Sharon! You’ve Got This!

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Excited about joining the ranks of other Legacy Runners! Photo by Hardeep Thind.

What a great day yesterday, 1/15/2017 was. I officially became a Legacy Runner and was able to finish with a smile on my face! I have mentioned before that my training wasn’t really that ideal, mostly because I just wanted this to be a finish rather than a time I was going for. I finished in 4:22, not my best, but certainly not my worst.

The night before the race, I didn’t get much sleep because I would keep waking up in a panic worrying that I overslept. What’s funny is that I usually run pretty well with a lack of sleep. If I get in too deep of a sleep, I struggle getting up. I woke up, got dressed, had my granola bar and water/Gatorade, and made sure to go pee as much as I could. At 5:30am, it was time to head out the door!

On the way there, I was actually more calm than I have been at any of my other races. Knowing that I wasn’t trying to go for a particular time made it so much easier, I could just relax and enjoy myself. There’s always a pressure you put on yourself when you’re trying to go for a certain time, but I felt none of that yesterday. Plus, with the temperatures already being in the high 60’s, even if I did have a goal time, that high temperature would have messed with my head. I’m definitely someone who mentally can’t handle the high temps. I shut down when I realize it’s going to be over 60 degrees or so.  Continue reading

When You Don’t Feel Like Training

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I’ve realized that spending time with people I love is better than worrying about getting a run in! These are some of my favorite people/New Yorkers! ❤

I have to admit, for someone who blogs about running, I’m not doing too good of a job of running lately. By lately I mean the past two years really. Ok, so that’s sort of true. I am still running weekly, and getting in at least (for the most part) 25 miles, but that’s far from the days when I thought my life as a runner would be ruined if I missed a run, or worried so much about missing a long run that after teaching for eight hours a day, I would go home and get my shoes on and run 20 miles, into the evening. Yes, I did that several times in 2009…ran long runs during the work week. Well, it paid off, that was one of my best years as a runner.

I am currently training for marathon number 19, the Chevron Houston Marathon. This will be my 10th consecutive CHM, which I am REALLY, REALLY excited about. I’ll write more about why later. But the fact is that I am a little burned out of marathon training at the moment and have been since about 2014. It takes a lot of dedication, time, and discipline to train for a marathon. A lot of waking up REALLY early on the weekends, having to watch what I eat the night before the long run, missing out on fun weekend dinners out, etc. I trained REALLY hard for seven years straight, even training for three marathons back to back at some points…and that burned me out mentally. I also got to a point which I reached some pretty big goals so I had a “Well, I got there,” attitude about it. My ultimate goal as a marathon runner was to qualify for and run Boston. I did that, several times so I was really happy! I don’t plan to try and requalify for Boston again until I get into the 35-39 age group, so I don’t have sense of urgency with training.

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