Saturday, Sept 4th 2010
Went to the VA Beach Half Marathon Health and Fitness Expo yesterday; what a great time. Talk about a runner’s paradise. We started if off by picking up are packets and then made our way through the expo center. Meg struck gold – new Brooks running shoes, a t-shirt, a box of GU’s – I’m sure there is something else but I cannot remember. I had a goal when I went to the expo – get a running hat (check) and GPS watch (check). I was able to hold back on numerous other temptations. The running watch I got is the Ironman GPS Trainer; this is an improvement over the 405 from what the rep told me. Definitely does all the essentials (pace, distance, time, etc.) and lots more.
This morning I finished reading Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes; what a book it was. The end chapters were especially interesting…In a lot of ways (definitely not referring to physical ability) we are alike. He and I do not care about monetary compensation – do what you love and do your best to take care of your family. He also preached the importance of fulfillment; running gives him a sense of adventure and purpose…this is how he feels whole. Once again, we are alike in this sense – doing what is necessary to feel fulfilled in life and challenging your limits. Hopefully, I will be able to get the next book, 50 Marathons in 50 Days, soon.
Lastly, he talked about how to stay motivated. Whether completing a 5K, 10K, 50K, etc. or working to improve your time, pick a race and work towards it. For me, my first two races (6 weeks apart) will work me up from a 10K to a 10 miler – should be one heck of a challenge and a great, great time. Do I have doubts…sure. But what separates someone with mental strength from someone else is the ability to commit oneself and embrace the challenge. There will be good days and bad days. I MUST reminder myself of the incredible sense of accomplishment I will feel when I meet each milestone (10K trail race, 10 mile trail race….eventually, a 50K).