Posted by: Susan Loken | June 5, 2011

Countdown begins to Twin Cities: May 23 – 29

Weeks until Twin Cities: 19

Monday: Ran an easy 8 miles at an average pace of 7:30 with my friend’s daughter, Ali. Ali is an adorable 19-year-old that simply loves running and has serious potential to be a fast distance runner! Training with her will be motivating and hopefully I can be a positive role model for her. I also took a one hour strength class at Bar Fitness

Tuesday: Tonight we had the Bandido mile! So out of my comfort zone. To give everyone a chance to win we started at different times based on our predicted finish time. If everyone ran their predicted mile time, ideally we would all be racing to the finish to be first. I believe a girl w/ a 7:45 mile time won! I predicted a 5:27 mile and finished in 5:32. Not crazy fast, but I’m ok with a 5:32 mile time.

Wednesday: 8 miles at 7:29 average pace with Ali and one hour total body strength class at YMCA

Thursday: 12 miles on a hilly course with 10 x 1 minute hard/easy in the middle (up a hill for most of them!) with an average pace of 7:28 and one hour strength class at Bar Fitness. Ran w/ Flash and Kerry.

Friday: 8 miles easy with Ali. I was dog tired today so I didn’t push it at all; my average pace was 8 min miles.

Saturday: Ah, the difference a day makes. Felt great today and ran a comfortable 8 miles with Ali at an average pace of 7-min miles.

Sunday: Alarm went off at 3:45 am. Yes, you read that correct!! We runners will do anything to get in a good run! I had 16 miles with the last 12 at 6:30 pace. Arianna, Kerry, George and I met at Arianna’s house and her amazing and super-supportive hubby Matt drove us out to Fountain Hills and was our water boy every two miles during the run. If there is one thing I know for sure about running it is that SUCCESS IS NOT A SOLO JOURNEY! We need the support and love of our family and friends and the expertise of coaches, massage therapists, stretch therapists, PT’s, nutritionists, chiropractors, shoe experts, training partners and the list could go on.

Final thoughts from this week…

·         Remember the difference a day can make. If you think you are going to feel good training every single day, think again. Heck, even when you are not training you have good days and more challenging days. Accept the challenges as necessary lessons and steps towards improvement and don’t dwell on bad days, simply remind yourself that tomorrow is a new day!

·         Support systems are PRICELESS during your journey to achieving Dream Goals! Success is not a solo journey so accept the support and expertise from those that are offering and when you achieve your dream don’t forget to thank everyone that helped you along the way. Just writing this fills me with emotion of how blessed I have been to have so many supporters during this running journey. It would all mean nothing if I didn’t have so many loved ones to share the joy with.

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