Thursday, May 17, 2012

R&RLong post 2

Right now I'm reading Kara Goucher's book Running for Women with Running & Reading Long. So far, I am really enjoying it! I love the bullet point style of the book so you don't feel like you're reading a novel.

Kara's love for running shines through the entire book as does her dedication, competitiveness and strong will. Unlike Kara, I didn't grow up running but playing other sports instead. Although our sports were different growing up, I see a lot of myself in Kara's personality; competitive, spunky, and somewhat stubborn. She'd train through injuries and I am guilty of that too. Not because I don't care, but because its very difficult mentally to accept and deal with an injury.

I love the various inspirational quotes she has throughout the book like "If you're getting out there and running, you're a runner." This empowered me, seriously. I guess I always had the mindset that unless I ran the entire run, had quality times, and had nice running gear I wasn't a runner. That's completely false. I'm a runner every single time I hit the asphalt.

I'm still learning, I'm not afraid or ashamed to admit that. You are really never done learning.

 Since Kara and I are sooo similar, I'm sure I'm right behind her in winning some Olympic medals. Call me Kara!

Training Wise...

I'm having my ups and downs. Some weeks I have no shin pain and other weeks I can't make it 2 miles without my shin throbbing. Today's run was one of those "shin pain" days so I ended up walking the majority of it. So frustrating when I have a race only a few weeks away.

Any advice on how to get through a few more weeks of this? I'm going to try and compress, ice and biofreeze a lot. I'm also looking into getting a foam roller too.


2 comments:

  1. I'll tell Kara to call you next time I talk to her. LOL Shin pain comes and goes for me, too. Speed is what causes it for me. Well, my version of speed. Let's use that word loosely.

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  2. I think you're definitely on your way to a medal - sometimes, on good runs, I feel really good until I hear about 7-minute or faster mile paces. Then I realize that I can't wait to WATCH the Olympics this year! Great work on the training!

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