Monday, November 29, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 50

Never apologize for doing the best you can.

(This is one that I need to repeat over and over for the next couple of days.)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 46

Unless you make your living as a runner, don’t take running too seriously.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

San Antonio Race Recap!

My countdown clocks have been updated! San Antonio Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon is done and gone. I have to say this was one of the BEST times I've ever had during a race (except for that first one with my Dad. But to be fair, that one was really painful so fun is not exaclty how I remember it. Meaningful, yes. Fun, no.) The entire weekend was great. Serene and I did everything you are NOT supposed to do before a race. We were on our feet ALL day. We tried sample after sample at the Expo (a big no no). We didn't hydrate. We skipped lunch. And then, instead of carbo-loading, we ate Mexican food. It was great.

The race itself was amazing. I ran with my two cousins, Christin and Kelly, and Serene. Serene and I run together all the time but we've never actually run a race together. It was SO much fun. And this was Christin and Kelly's first half. They were both SO amazing. I feel so very lucky to have shared this with them. I am already planning out future family renions centered around upcoming races. I mean, why not? Pretty soon I'm sure we will have talked the entire Collins family into joining us.

Rules To Run By - Day 45

“Winning” means different things to different people.

(This is ABSOLUTELY one of my favorites. And yes, I know I've said that a couple of time but I really mean it this time.)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

San Antonio RnR Half Marathon = Girls Weekend

I will run my 5th half marathon on Sunday - San Antonio Rock 'N' Roll. I am making the trip with Serene, Lisa, and Cassie - GIRL'S WEEKEND. My cousins Kelly, Christin, and Barrett will also be running the half marathon (it's Kelly and Christin's first). Chris, Roy, Meg, David (all running the full) and Dianna are all running as well. Did I leave anyone out? Because that is a LOT of people.

This is going to be SUCH a fun weekend. Getting to experience friends accomplish big goals. Getting away for a weekend. And the Expo. Let's not forget about the EXPO.

I signed up for this event ages ago before I realized that Dallas White Rock Marathon was moved up a week to Dec. 5th (4 weeks away). It's kind of put a kink in my training schedule and I've had to move my long miles up a few weeks. Because it's 4 weeks before my FIRST full marathon I don't want to go all out and push myself like a crazy person. But what do I do? Dad thinks I should run my race pace for the full. Should I? Or do I just go at a really comfortable pace and see where that takes me? I'd kind of like to run next to Kelly and Christin since it's their first...? Or do I treat it like I would any other training run? I don't know. And I may not know until the gun goes off. We'll see.

What I do know is that I am going to have a blast with my girls this weekend. Can't wait.

Rules To Run By - Day 43

Spend more time running on the roads than sitting on the couch.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 41

The first year in a new age group offers the best opportunity for trophies.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 40

During training runs, let the slowest runner in the group set the pace.

(I agree and disagree with this one. I think it is super important to make sure everyone is running at a pace they are comfortable with and if that means you need to slow down a little then that's what you do. But I (personally) LOVE running with people that are faster than me. I love pushing myself to try to keep up. Sometimes it's what you need to see what you can really do.)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 39

Without goals, training has no purpose.

(This is another one that I love. I always tend to make these huge (somewhat unattainable) goals. I think other people think I'm nuts but I like the challenge. Even if I never make it, it's totally worth shooting for. Otherwise, what's the point?)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 38

Never run alongside very old or very young racers. They get all of the applause.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 37

When tempted to stop being a runner, make a list of the reasons you started.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 36

Don’t wait for perfect weather. If you do, you won’t run very often.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wise words from the White Horse

I was reading a guest blog post on Outside Online today by Christopher McDougall (author of Born To Run) regarding his Top 4 Running Tips. I don’t think they are all super realistic for most of us but his number 1 tip, To Get Fast, Forget About It, is really good. It’s a lesson he learned from Caballo Blanco (the “White Horse”) and one we should all learn. I personally think Caballo is kind of a whacadoo (anyone who always refers to himself in the third person besides Elmo is a weirdo) but he’s smart and he knows running. Especially long distance running…

"The problem with most people is they only care about getting fast, and think that once they get fast, running will get easy. They got it backwards. First focus on getting easy, because if that's all you get, that ain't so bad. Once you can run easy, focus on light. Once you get light, focus on smooth. By the time you're easy, light and smooth, you won't have to worry about getting fast--you will be."

Caballo Blanco

Rules To Run By - Day 35

Don’t trust runners who show up at races claiming to be tired, out of shape, or not feeling well.

Monday, November 1, 2010