Wednesday, March 01, 2006


First off, Happy 5th Birthday to my oldest daughter, Kinsey. It’s very hard to believe she’s 5 already. That’s about the age of my oldest memories, so I better watch what I say and do a little more closely from now on.

Today was an easy recovery day. I ended up running twice, 6 miles each time. During the first run I spent a lot of time thinking of various affirmations I want to think about during an 8K I’m running on the 19th. For shorter races I like to have one for each mile, so I came up with 5 for this race;

Mile 1 – “Relax to achieve the max.”
Mile 2 – “Calm and confident, I run great.” (remember from yesterday, “calm” is my cue word)
Mile 3 – “When I act ‘as if,’ I get a lift.” (‘as if’ would be something like acting as if I’m winning the race)
Mile 4 – “I love hills.” (since there’s a gradual uphill during this mile).
Mile 5 – “I’m a well-oiled machine.”

I’m sure all of these will come to mind at various stages during the race. The reason I like to have a new one for each mile is just in case my mind is wondering all over the place, they help re-focus me. I figure if I have positive statements that are pre-planned, it’s harder for negative thoughts to enter and stick around.

I got some good news at work today. We are moving into a new office building that is closer to my house. So, instead of driving 24 miles to work, I’ll drive 18. The new office will have a shower, but no workout facility. Not a big deal, but it was nice having a treadmill at home and at work. I guess that means I’ll have to come up with a bunch of new running routes. Either that or I’ll just run from home since my commute won’t be as long. Probably the biggest bummer is that we won’t have a cafeteria like we have now. Right now we have subsidized lunches. I can eat an entrée with veggies, a side-salad, and usually fruit and cottage cheese for $3.50. I won’t be bringing all that food myself. Overall, the move will be good for me. I was worried they were going to move further away, so I can’t complain.

Quote of the Day:
“I think there’s only one sensible place for a person to be at 5:30 in the morning. That’s in bed. And what am I doing? I’m out running. And I completely hate this.” Derek Clayton, first sub-2:09 marathoner


Mike said...

Great quote, sums up feelings all of us have at some point, whether we are fast or slow. Happy Birthday indeed, you hardly seem old enough to have a 5 year old!

E-Speed said...

my columbus mantra was "I am Strong,I am Tough, I will run 3:30"

Maybe next time I will add a few more!

Chad Austin said...

Mike, yeah it's not a positive quote, but if he's still getting out the door for his morning run, it has a positive spin.

Elizabeth, 3.5 hours is a long time for one mantra. I like to make mine ryhmn too. I'm sure as Grandma's gets closer, I'll share all my mental "secrets" for the marathon. Sorry to say, I don't have any 50-miler secrets. you're on your own.