Friday, January 4, 2008

Turn the Beat Around

Belatedly, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! (or any holiday/ observation that has meaning to you)

Sometimes I can just talk and talk!

Other times I am quiet!

Things have obviously been quiet for me lately. Some of that is just indecision. There are days that I am convinced that not only can I finish my first half-marathon in less than 2 hours but that I shouldn't even have a problem with it. Then days like yesterday in which doubt is dominant.

There are a few reasons for doubt! Will I be overly tired on race morning because of working the night shift the week before? Will having my family around mean less relaxation and sleep as well? What about my training? I jumped from running 20 miles a week to 30 miles last week and my legs are yelling at me for it. My right achilles/ankle and my left big toe hate me right now.

But there are also reasons for optimism:

  1. My family will be there! They are a big reason I do triathlon/running. And I just love seeing them as I am finishing a race.
  2. Many from the blogosphere will be there! Including those who have blogs that I very frequently visit; IronJenny, Trimama, Comm, momo and the RnR blog group.
  3. My running has dramatically improved. Just over a month ago, when I would slow down from an AT interval, I would slow down for less than a minute then eventually go back to 6mph to get my heart rate back to just below 160. Yesterday, I did this not paying attention to my effort and my heart rate went down to 137 at 6mph. I had to up it to 7 mph, which was awesome. My heart is recovering so much quicker. Of course, it is not so easy on later intervals because I am hot and sweaty. But that shouldn't be a problem in Phoenix.
  4. I can improve. That is always something to be optimistic about.
  5. I know that its not what you do with your life, It's what you do with what you got! (bad english on purpose). If I put my best effort in, then I should be happy.
  6. I came out of the holidays weighing less than when they started. I am solidly at 219 now. Last fall, I had a post about hitting 22o but that turned out to be some random lower weight. I was at 222-224 for the longest time before the last 3 weeks hitting 220,219 and 219. This is the first time I have been under 220 in 15 years.

A week from today, the fam and I fly to Phoenix. Exciting!

What songs have you added to your training lately?

I have particularly been enjoying:
  • How Far We've Come by Matchbox Twenty
  • I Run for Life by Melissa Etheridge
  • The Distance by Cake
  • and Turn the Beat Around by Gloria Estefan. You gotta have a little disco in your life.

Take care


  1. I didn't know you were doing the RNR marathon... Jenny, Greg, and I will be there!


  2. I'll be there as well!! Good luck!! I fly through the cities on Thursday morning at 7:00 am!! Brin on the warm weather!!

  3. Good call on the music. I'll have to add those to my playlist...

  4. I have your number in my cell - we can meet up at the expo at 10:00 a.m. - and there is a dinner Saturday early-evening with bloggers.
    Great job on getting and staying below 220! That is great!
    See you all this weekend ;-)
    p.s. - I just added the whole album from Mercy Me onto my iPod - it's great...

  5. Happy christmas to the Jumper family. You've done the training and I am sure you will do the time. Even if you don't make the time you will be at the start line and thats half the battle.Good luck.

  6. Your going to have a GREAT run.

    Kick butt and give Trimama a big high five!

  7. oh, just go out there and HAVE FUN. that's my plan. hopefully it will get me to the finish line!!!

  8. You're going to do great! Way to go on the 220 too!

  9. I'm sure you'll do great! Have a great time out there!!

  10. If you'd like me to post your progress with the race on Sunday, please stop by my blog and provide me with your bib # so I can track you online. If you'd prefer your time and progress to be kept private, that's totally understandable.

    Best of luck with the race on Sunday!