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Motivation and Mom

Today, I had none. Motivation that is.

Two weeks from yesterday (Sunday) I will be running in my first marathon of 2011. I have set some lofty goals for myself this year, in terms of the number of events I have decided to complete. My goals, which can be read in my last post, were set when my motivation was high.

Today I lagged. Got off work, immediately ate dinner and then sat down on the couch to end my night doing nothing but watching television. Then I thought man I need to go to the gym. I quickly gave the sleeping dog on the couch a pat on the head and decided to follow her lead for the night. Not to long after that, I posted on facebook that I needed the motivation to go to the gym. Quickly responses came. And so did a phone call from my mom. By the end of our conversation I was dressed for the gym and in the car.

My motivation for running usually comes from within. People who study behavior and people call it intrinsic motivation. I more times than not run because I enjoy it. The feeling I get when I slide on my shoes and tie the laces in knots is unexplainable.

Today, my motivation was extrinsic, it was my mom. She is my running buddy and the only person I ever want to beat in a race. And today she was all I needed to get off the couch and to the gym.

If you keep up with my blog you know my mom is one of my best friends and an amazing inspiration. Not only in life but also as an athlete. She is a wonderful person with a huge heart, she’s a great mom, a successful career woman, a great athlete and today the exact motivation I needed.

So here’s to you mom, for getting my lazy butt off the couch. Thank you!

Goals for 2011

This year, 2011, is bring many new athletic challenges my way. I am going to take up cycling with my mom and mark. Mark has already been cycling for about 8 months, so my mom and I have some catching up to do. I am also going to push my running game harder, taking on new racing challenges.

Recently Mark started a blog, http://www.markwcunningham.wordpress.com, in one of his first posts he talked about his goals for 2011. I thought it was a good idea, and then this morning I got a text message from him, and he asked me to write down some of my goal. So here they are.

I am going to write my goals down for each event that I plan on doing in 2011.

Feb. 6 – Little Rock Marathon – goal: finish in under five hours.

April 9 – Red Bud 50 mile cycle event – goal: finish

April 10 – Red Bud 5k running event – Goal: beat mom, my mom is a better athlete then me in many distances but I usually take the win in a 5k and I don’t want that to change this year

May 1 – Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon – This will be my third running of the OKC Memorial Marathon Goal: set a PR for my marathon time. This will take some doing, but I believe that cycling will help bring down my marathon time and this goal is achievable.

August 27 – Hotter N Hell Hundred, Wichita Falls, Texas – Goal: Finish. Just seven months after taking up cycling I will attempt my first century ride. My step dad did this last year with less time to train so I am hoping that with the right training this is something I can do.

October 22-23 – 24 the hard way, 24-hour run – This event is put on by a friend of my parents, it is an amazing event where participants can choose to run 6, 12 or 24 hours. I am doing the road version but there is also a trail version. There is a lap course and the participant who has completed the most laps, therefore the most miles, wins. Goal: my goal at this event is not to win. My goal is 80 miles. If you break it down it ends up being a little more than three miles an hour for 24 hours. I have never competed continuously for more than six hours at a time so this will be a big event for me physically and emotionally. I am hoping to do 50 miles in the first 12 hours and leave the final 30 for the last 12 hours.

Nov. 5 – GCF Half-Marathon in Washington D.C. This event is happening two weeks after my 24-hour race. Goal: Finish. I am not worried about time at this event. I am doing it to honor my mom who is a cancer survivor. If you followed the link to Mark’s blog you will have seen that he is also planning on doing this race.

I would like to try to pick up another marathon in June or July but I am just not sure how that will fit in with my training for Hotter N Hell so I will just have to wait and see.

Marathons

This year I set out to run in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, and I did. My mom has done the marathon every year since it’s conception nine years ago, I think. She might have missed one or two, if any.

I started training in the middle part of January and did my best to follow Hal Higdon’s novice marathon training schedule. But, I will be honest some of those long runs that were suggest did not happen. By the end of the race I wish I would have followed his advice a little more closely.

Oklahoma stayed colder longer into the spring this year which made my desire to train less. Bad idea in the end.

When the last weekend in April came up on my calendar I was scared. I looked at the April 26, 2009 and wondered if I would survive.

Sunday morning, race day, I headed over to my moms. I had a peanut butter sandwich and had half a cliff bar for breakfast.  I washed it all down with some water. I was nervous, I showed up at my moms in my race day clothes. Which consisted of loose fitting shorts can’t remember the brand, an awesome sports bra from New Balance, a razor back top in yellow, New Balance socks, my ever trusty Asics this year they were the Gel Kanyos. I wear a lap watch and one bracelet.

I attached my bib number and my chip to my shoe and we headed out the door. We headed down town, found a parking spot and headed to the start line. At the start line we ran saw a couple who’s shirts said running in honor of Scott D. Williams. Scott was a co-worker of my mom’s at William E. David & Sons, now U.S. Foodservice. Scott was 24 from Tuttle and was two months shy of being a father for the first time. He was at the Federal Building making a delivery to the child care center. My mom approached the couple and they said that they were family members of Scott’s and they were doing the marathon for him.

We had 168 seconds of silence before the national anthem to remember those killed and then the anthem and then the race started shortly there after.

A side note on the Oklahoma City Marathon is that it is run completely by volunteers. Twenty volunteer chairmen plan, coordinate and implement the marathon. They over see the 6,000 volunteers that stretch the course.  This year the marathon brought in 19,300 runners from 49 states and seven foreign countries. The money raised during the marathon helps support the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial and Museum. Since the race started it has brought in more than $1.45 million the support the Memorial. The OKC Chamber found the race contributed an estimated $4.8 million in economic impact to Oklahoma City over the three days it was held.

The mission of the OKC Memorial Marathon is to celebrate life, reach for the future, honor their memories and unite the world in hope.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum was created to honor “those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever.”

Race day for the marathon was windy. For the first half of the marathon I could feel the wind but it was not until I crossed over the Hefner Parkway after Mile 13 that I thought I might give up. Once you cross over the parkway you turn right and then back left and run a portion of the race on the side of Lake Hefner, with the wind coming over the lake there were some points I think I might have been moving backwards. I felt very sorry for the some of the smaller, skinnier runner. I mean at least I had some mass to push through the wind with. From there my body just got more and more tired. By Mile 24 I had developed a pain in my knee that would not go away for 4 weeks after the marathon. The doctor said it was tendonitis. I think it was just my body being pissed at me for doing a marathon. But I finished.  My goal had been to beat my mom but her training was better than mine and she definitely out performed me in this one. She trained harder, ate better and ran faster in the race. My Mom finished in an amazing 5:01. That is five hours and one minute and twenty minutes before me.

I crossed the finish line at 5:21:03. Five hours one minute and three seconds. I was planning on finishing faster than that but for my first marathon I think I did ok, because I finished.

Some highlight of the marathon were the 4:20 pace group leader lady. Pace group leaders carried sticks adorned with balloons that were labeled with the times, this particular lady had just done Boston which was like 3 days earlier. I mean two marathons in a four day span, and a trip across the country, people like that are awesome. She was a great motivator, talked the whole time, it helped keep your mind off  the race and at each mile she would take a mile dedication and someone could speak up and dedicate the mile to someone, a mother, a runner or whom ever they would like. Needless to say I was only with her for a few miles.

Another great thing about this race were the 22 water stops. Each stop sponsored by a business and most of them had a theme. Some handed out more than water and PowerAde, additional items included bananas, pretzels, sunscreen, Vaseline and gu.

But the best addition comes around Mile 23, the Devon water stop hands out sponges and they are amazing. Cold and the are able to soak up moisture from your sweat drenched body.

There were spectators that lined most of the course. When you are running by houses people sit out on the laws sometime they offer you miscellaneous things such as chocolate, fruit, bacon and alcohol. The guy handing out shots was a joke but I wanted to take him up on it at a few points later in the race I wished I would have.

The Oklahoma City Marathon was an amazing one. I loved it and it has inspired me to do my next marathon. I was wanting to do White Rock in Dallas but it is so expensive. I was trying to decide between Tulsa’s Route 66 marathon, which would be good because I am a big fan of the history that comes with Route 66 and the Rock n’ Roll Marathon in San Antonio which is part of a series of Rock n’ Roll Marathons.

A girl at church is doing San Antonio with a group of women from the RunHers group out of Oklahoma City. I talked about it with my Mom and I think we have decided to do San Antonio. I am going to follow a Hal Higdon training schedule again hopefully this time it will work out better.

I will keep you up dated  on my training and preparation for the next marathon.