My Top 5 Moments of the Big Sur International Marathon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are my top 5 moments from the BSIM yesterday!

5.  Strawberries around mile 23

4.  Spectacular views!

3.  Fresh foggy ocean air

2.  Michael Martinez playing the grand piano at mile 13!  Hearing him play “Bridge over Troubled Water” as I crossed the Bixby Bridge gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes!

And my #1 moment about running the Big Sur International Marathon yesterday….. FINISHING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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Methinks I think too much!

In less than 2 weeks I’ll be running the Big Sur marathon.  I’ve done the long runs, done the hills, strength trained and done what I can to be prepared.  At this point it’s all about the taper and most importantly, mental prep.

Having done 7 marathons, a lot of half marathons as well as hundreds of training miles over the past 11 years I know what running a marathon feels like physically.  It feels good, it feels bad, it feels good again then it feels really bad and then you’re done.  Cry, limp, get a medal, get a space blanket, eat a banana, and feel like you literally could do anything.  Then you feel like you want to either throw up or curl up in a ball and sleep!

The mental part of the marathon is my Achilles heel.  While I can train my body it’s my mind that gets in the way.  Too fast, too slow, what’s that pain, do I have to go to the bathroom, it’s too hot, too cold, why did I ever think I could do this?  And that’s only at mile 5!  In order to get over my feeling of inadequacies and dread I need to run through the race in my head a few dozen times.  I think about how I’ll feel at mile 20 and what I can do to get to mile 26.2.  Sometimes I put myself in a good situation where things are great and then move to a situation where the wheels come off – just so I can plan how to deal with it.  Mostly though, I just think about running and how to keep running and how great I will feel when I accomplish marathon #8.

Plus when I’m done I’ll get a fancy new space blanket.  They are all the rage!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Today’s run brought to you by the letter A, as in annoyed

With so many cranky thoughts rattling in my head I started my run today feeling very sluggish.  Even after a mile in I still wasn’t feeling that much better but decided to keep going – in spite of my foul mood.  At around mile 2 I started to feel looser, in every sense.  My pace evened out, I stopped looking at my watch and I started to sort out the mess in my brain.  By the time I got back home after 5 miles I was in a much better place than when I left.  Trust me when I tell you that my family breathed a sigh of relief!

I often say (well, sometimes preach) that exercise is a restorative activity for body and mind.   I have never come back from a run feeling worse than when I started.  Sure I may be sore or tired after a run (which to me is a positive) but my outlook and mood always spikes upward.  So the next time you are in a funk and think that skipping your workout will make you feel better, lace up those shoes and get out there.  I promise you’ll feel better when you get back.  In fact, I can almost guarantee it.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

Three Cheers for a Clean Bathroom!

I don’t know if one can truly appreciate the wonderful job the hard working folks at your local park and rec department are doing until you are at mile 12 of a 20 mile run and need to use the potty!  In San Rafael, where the majority of my training takes place, there are many places where one can stop if needed.  For the most part the restrooms at our local parks are cleaned regularly, the water fountains free of sand and paper towels when needed.

I’m sure I pay for these services through a tax of some sort but that’s fine by me to ensure that there’s an alternative to the bushes!   So hats off to our park and rec department.  Keep up the great job!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂