Monday, March 16, 2015

Motivational Monday

It is Shamrock Marathon {Half Marathon for me} week! Shamrock Virginia Beach is one of my favorite races. They do such a fantastic job and give out some sweet swag. How can you not love a race that's:
  • Flat
  • Fast
  • Gives a medal for every race
  • Gives a shirt for every race
  • Does a challenge and gives a medal for completing it
  • Gives a hat for finishing the half and full marathon
  • Gives a finisher's gift for the half and full marathon
  • Awesome tent party post-race on the beach
  • Free beer
  • Great expo
In 2012 I PRed this race and the 8k. Maybe that has something to do with why I love this race so much. LOL! I had high hopes about PRing this race in 2015. This race is practically designed for PR's because of how flat it is.

But for some reason in January I stopped training for three weeks. I ran twice in three weeks skipping my long runs. I lost focus. I lost motivation. Sure, I could blame it on the cold and snow. It would be easier than admitting I didn't do what I needed to do to meet my goals.

Sadly, I know it all comes down to me. But, I found this quote by Arthur Ashe and thought how appropriate for this week. While I can't go back and change what I didn't do, I can go forward this week and do all I can to prepare myself. I can do a last training run, I can eat lots of protein and make sure I'm hydrated, I can get in enough sleep each night.

That is where we all are. Maybe we have been great about our goals and following through on what we planned. But, I'll bet there's something you said you would do and haven't. Well, is the time to get back to it. It's not too late. It may not be perfect or how we thought it would be, but if you do something today it will do better than if you hadn't.

That's where I am. I can concentrate on all the things I can control this week and hope for the best. What can you do this week?


  1. Good luck! Remember to enjoy yourself out there. I skipped a 4 mile race on Saturday because my head & heart weren't there. I was being lazy. Time to get back to it and prep for a May half marathon.

    1. Thank you! I know this race isn't going to be a PR, but it's one of my favorite races of the year so I'm just going to go out and have fun. Sometimes you just gotta remember chances are you aren't going to finish first, so you might as well have fun while out there. That's what you'll come away with in the end. There's always next year! ;-)

  2. This is really a wonderful post.