Thursday, March 09, 2006

And Speaking of Dreams ...

(I dreamt last night that I weighed 127 lbs. Not 126. Not 128. 127. Which of course I would kill for. What is it with the odd numbers? But I digress...)

The Little Dictator, though in the midst of taper madness, continues to take time out of her busy schedule to scare the crap outta coach, train, and encourage me. I'm telling you, without her, I would curl up on the couch and never run again. She has so much faith in me ... more than I do ... and apparently, she honestly likes this coaching thing. So, just to be nice, I let her practice on me.

Here are some excerpts from a fun little e-mail she sent just today, giving me advice on how to run my 10K-turned 8K on this coming Sunday morning (I've noted my comments in red, just so you can distinguish between the two of us, you know, to avoid any confusion):

Miles 1-2.5: Start at a pace, say 10:45-11:00/mile or so, (See, that's already hilarious! Such a kidder!) that you can sustain for the WHOLE race.

Miles 2.5-4.0: From here on out, you're going to get faster, not slower. (This is where the dreaming really starts.) Don't just maintain your pace, as others will start to slow, giving you the illusion of speeding up. Quicken your pace to around 10:30 (OK Bex, I gotta tell ya: you're FREAKIN' me out!!) (or even a bit faster IF you can hold good running form) . Breathe evenly, one breath in for every two strides, one breath out for the next two strides. Repeat ad infinitum. (Well, she got that
infinitum part right.)

Mile 4-5: Tighten your focus and speed up even more - say 85-90 percent of your capacity - probably about 10:15-10:20/mile. (La la la la, sorry, I can't hear you!!) Listen to your body for any abnormal aches, but remember that when racing, you will feel some discomfort/pain. (See, right here is the problem. I really dislike pain. And discomfort. Really. Dislike. There must be some way around the pain/discomfort thing.) Try to run in a controlled but relaxed manner. Think, "As the race gets longer, I get calmer." Remember to breathe and keep your head up and focused on the middle distance. Hold back just enough energy to sprint the last 500 feet.(It's possible I can do this part, because I will have been running so slowly for the whole race.)
All kidding aside, can you believe my luck in having the Little Dictator as my personal coach?? This is excellent, just excellent! Bex, you're the greatest. (Thank God she'll be away this weekend so she won't be too crushed by my 11:30 min/mile pace. If I make it that fast.)

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In other news, does everyone know that Naomi of 26.2 Miles vs. Naomi fame has flown the coop, vamoosed, high-tailed it outta here? And is now in Senegal? Dakar, to be exact? Yep. And she's updated her blog several times. She has some amazing stories to tell, and a Naomi-style (per usual) take on the people and the place. You should really stop reading this drivel right now and go read her instead.*

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*This has been a paid public service announcement brought to you by the Committee to Repel and Attract People .

13 comments:

21st Century Mom said...

Your new running mantra "Bex roolz.. I can do this.. Bex roolz... I can do this...." in cadence with your breathing and your feet. You will be working so hard to keep you times up and keep the rhythm going you won't even notice the pain. Problem solved.

jeanne said...

Bex does rule!!

susie said...

Bex is right. And you'll feel the right pace. Breathe steadily, taking deep breaths to calm your heart rate (yoga belly breathing). You will know you've made it when you hit five miles (and you've done that a million times), you can fly home. Repeat those words: fly home. And then, wa hoo!! I'll be thinking of you and sending good thoughts your way:)

Elle said...

I think I'd like to be on your committee...but only the sub-group that repels people...

Don't you go worrying too much about the pace...you eventually reach a point when you get faster without even realizing you're doing it. You'll be at a 9mm in no time...mark my words.

Dori said...

JFC! That's quite a running plan. I couldn't even do that for a 5K; but it's a nice goal. I noticed that "Have Fun" is not part of the plan. Or maybe it goes without saying that gasping for large amounts of oxygen while trying to propel yourself forward is fun. Good luck on Sunday--can't wait to read all about it.

a.maria said...

ummm.... yeah so what is it with coaches and delirium?!?! KK (my personal dictator...er uh, coach... is the same way!!)

i say... run what you feel, and enjoy it. remember its a race, but at the same time, remember you entered it for fun, and pain and discomfort... well...

i'm not a big fan either!! can't wait to hear about it!!

a.maria said...

ummm.... yeah so what is it with coaches and delirium?!?! KK (my personal dictator...er uh, coach... is the same way!!)

i say... run what you feel, and enjoy it. remember its a race, but at the same time, remember you entered it for fun, and pain and discomfort... well...

i'm not a big fan either!! can't wait to hear about it!!

m said...

You are so funny! Thanks for the laugh I needed it!

Bex said...

Jeanne, you made me laugh on a day when I definitely needed one! Am in Austin, which is fab fab fab. You would really like SXSW - although you'd probably like the great Tex-Mex food and beer just as much. I know I do. I'm updating my blog tonight about a little 'ol 10K I ran myself this morning against my better judgement. I should have stayed in bed ...

Kim said...

Jeanne - you are going to do awesome! Look back over your blog. Look how far you've come! You're getting faster and faster.
Listen to Bex. Sounds like she knows what she's talking about.
But most importantly - go out and have a great time tomorrow morning!!!

Rae said...

Good luck in your race today! You've already improved so much this year and this race is going to document that!

Go all out! Listen to Bex, she's an awesome coach!

And have fun!

Susan said...

Good luck to you . . . I want to know more about this committe you are on . . . sounds interesting.

personal development said...

When we are born our brains are like empty computers waiting to be fed information. As we grow our peers act as our programmers, they supply us with the knowledge which we channel through the conscious mind into the subconscious (our hard drive). The subconscious mind is the biggest hard drive ever developed - it stores everything we come in contact with and by no means is all of this information of a positive nature.
All that we have heard, touched, smelt, tasted and seen are stored in the recesses of our minds. The subconscious mind holds on to this information until we need to recall it. For example when you were young your curiosity lead you to investigate your surroundings. When you approached a substance that was dangerous, such as fire, your parents or guardians would most likely have rebuked or scolded you if you ventured too near the flame. Perhaps you may even recall an incident when you were physically burned. Your subconscious mind then began to relate scolding (or pain) with the intense heat of the fire and would therefore feed the feelings of the scolding incident back to you whenever you got too close to fire again, thus acting as an early warning system.
This is the mechanism used by our brains to learn. It is also the same method employed by the mind in every situation. The subconscious mind has a tendency to emulate what it sees - it tends to replicate its environment. This is why so many people find themselves in similar relationships and situations that they saw their parents in while they were growing up. Most people also hold very strongly or similar views of their parents.
Think of a time when you gave yourself praise. What words did you use? Do you use the same words that your parents or peers used when they were praising you? The same is applicable when you scold yourself.

Watch your internal dialogue. Look at it closely. It takes diligence to change the way you think. When you notice yourself thinking a negative chose to think the opposite. This way you neutralise the negative thought. Now the think the positive thought again! You have just reversed the negative thinking in that moment and remember you only have this moment. No other time exists!
Daydream about what might be. Imagine things they way you wish them to be. If you catch yourself thinking "this is just a daydream - a fantasy" then stop! Think the opposite. It is not a daydream it is your reality. Now think it again.

By doing this simple procedure you will begin to retrain your subconscious mind to think positively and you will ultimately begin to consciously create a life that dreams are made of! hypnosis