Saturday, April 19, 2008


Well...I hoped to do a nice brick workout today. Woke up...couldnt find the bike pump (moving mishap)....hubby couldnt find it either. So I decided to do the run first...and put him on a man hunt. And then bike hence RIKE. A lil backwards..and I think there will be a short intermission between the running and biking...but still a RIKE workout in my book. (I invented it..I make the rules!)

The run...was 3.5 miles on a 9 min/mile pace! This is a VAST improvement over my 11/mile pace the week after the marathon. Hopefully I'm good to go and can look forward to the half marathon on May 18th.

Not sure if any of you have heard of Randy Pausch?! The professor from Carnegie Mellon with pancreatic cancer. ABout 7 months ago they gave him 3-6 months to live...and hes famous for "The Last Lecture." He's been on Oprah..and prob a handful of other shows. him..and watch some of his videos. They are SOOO inspirational. He is looking in the eyes of death...but yet never worries about what the next day will bring. He is all about celebrating life...and not worrying so much about the rest. He bikes for an hour everyday...and runs races. He really focuses on accomplishing dreams. Setting goals...and achieving those dreams.

SO many people begin to set a goal for themselves and before they finish the sentence of what they want to accomplish, they already have doubted themselves...and end up saying "nah...I cant do that." Even if you cant accomplish your goals, if you at least try, you are so much further. You learn and grow through failure and its a step closer to ACHIEVING that goal. I for one have experience with this. I was the one that said run a 10 k? ...OK....oh geez...what if I dont finish? What am I going to tell people when i fail..or if im really slow? yeah...forget running a 10k. I'll just jog for fun...then I won't ever have to face failure.

This was me...the old me. I was always a high achiever......IN THINGS I WAS GOOD AT. Like school for instance. I have always done well...set goals...and succeeded. But I never really worried about failing. I knew I was good at it. Anything I had the slightest doubt in myself with...I would not even attempt. I had too much pride to stare into the mirror and see failure. But then something changed. I was busting my ass in graduate school, spending countless hours in the operating room and many many more in class...and then studying all night. Day after day after day. My life became a high speed chase....with no turns. It was boring, I was stressed, unhappy and looking for an out.

In december I decided to go on a cruise with my mom and some girlfriends. I decided to check out the fitness center in hopes to not gain 50 lbs while eating the marvelous food on the ship. It was BEAUTIFUL!

There were treadmills that just stared out into the middle of the ocean...where nothing could be seen. I fell in love. Everday at 7am I would get up and walk a mile with my Mom on the track around the boat. It was great mother/daughter time. Then I would go straight to the fitness center and jump on the treadmill. First day I ran about 3 miles. I could not get off the was just too beautiful. It was on that cruise that I told my mom I would run the half marathon with her in Cleveland in May. Those feelings of facing failure immediately started circulating in my head. I tried so hard to push them out.

I still had 2 weeks of I knew I could workout hard during those weeks. I'll never forget how scared I was to do my first long run of 5 miles. I kept telling my friend Danielle "I'm so scared...what if I can't do it?" It's so funny to look back now. I was terrified that when the grueling 15 hour days of school started back up that I wouldn't be able to keep up with the training. I did my best to make my schedule work for me. I always had my off days during the week..usually one was the night before our exam day (We have 2 tests every friday). And what do you know? A short 5 weeks after that cruise...I ran a half marathon. WHAT? but said you told your Mom you would do one in MAY! not JANUARY!? Ah HA! YOu see.....this time...I used being scared of failure to push me...instead of making me give up. I was so scared that I might not finish in May....when everyone was watching that I decided to just give it a shot in Jan. And then if I did it...I would lose that fear of failing. It worked!!

It threw me into a whole new world and changed my life. I am now not afraid of all. I laugh in the face of it. I am now in a whirlwind of setting goals and living life to the fullest. Here are my goals....thanks Dr. Randy Pausch

1) Do an IronMan
2) Become a Pilot
3) Qualify for the Boston Marathon

Those are like my long term life long goals. I can already cross run a marathon off my list...YESSSS! Make some goals...write them down...put them on your blog. Make everyday a step closer towards achieving them. I will never forget this quote that my good buddy Benson wrote on my blog when I asked if I should go for that half marathon 5 weeks after starting..

Mark Allen says "Unless you test yourself, you stagnate. Unless you try to go way beyond what you've been able to do before, you won't develop and grow. When you go for it 100%, when you don't have the fear of "what if I fail," that's when you learn. That's when you're really living."

I have used it so many times. Get up...and go get em! You have one chance to live April 19th, are YOU going to live it? Carpe Diem! Holla..


Holly Jane said...

Awesome post! Thank you for the inspiration, Christine! :-)

The Laminator said...

Great post, Christine! Your thoughts complement mine about Boston exactly! Thanks for the motivation. I'll use it for my short race tomorrow.

Brian said...

I need some motivitation like that before running cleveland. please save the next one.

Did you ever get the tattoo?

Marcy said...

Awesome post, chica! And awesome goals :-)

*aron* said...

LOVE this post :) very inspirational... makes me want to get out there and run and set some goals!!!! maybe i will see you at boston someday :) but maybe i should get the first one done with first :)

Anonymous said...

I have no doubt that you will reach all your goals! Awesome quote by Mark Allen. Great post!

sauerkraut said...

wow... so many goals for such a busy person. but they are doable.

I'm thinking of a ton of people I know who went thru things like law school, med school and various grad school programs while being very competitive runners. People I've run with or coached.

Or take Emily LeVan as an example. She's had to deal with a different type of stress yet still ran very well in the Ollie Trials yesterday.

RunnerGirl said...

I've been wanting to read that book . . . I think he's so amazing!

jahowie said...

You always have goals. I think that's awesome!! Those treadmills staring out into the ocean must have been cool. I've never seen anything like that. I know that you will achieve anything that you set you mind to.

triguyjt said...

great, great post christine...

yes, randy is inspiring.He lives everyday trying to reach forward and impact the world. he does not focus on the "ohh I have cancer", aspect.
funny, how we think about future goals or maybe winning the lottery or something, but its the everyday things, the small points of improving on something..(training, etc) that get us going and sustain us...

Nice post. Mark Allen is a great person to quote..what a machine as a competitor.

Benson said...

Geez you lazy underachiever. don't just do something, stand there.
OK, kidding aside. You put many 20-somethings to shame. You're leading by example. Rock on.

bill carter said...

Hi Christine

That is such a great post and you can feel the energy in the words... and they are very powerful.

You don't know it now, but I am just betting you will be running the Boston Marathon in the next couple years.

Lana said...

Wow - what an awesome post! Those are words to live by for sure!! ~Hugs~

Stef said...

Great post and THANKS for the motivation! Your attitude is awesome -- and contagious.

*jen* said...

FANTASTIC POST! I find your attitude and self-discipline to be very inspirational and refreshing. I really enjoy reading your blog. :)

Viv said...

Super inspirational post Christine..LOVED IT! i see why you picked up running on the cruise. I on the other hand quit for a week..losah!

I have no doubut you will conquer you dream goals! We totally have to try to say hi in cleveland.