Progress in the Making!

Although running is not getting any easier, I am seeing small signs of progress indicating that my running fitness in on the return.  I won’t be knocking out any fast runs in the near future but they are on the horizon.  It has been a long time coming while taking lots of little baby steps but progress is in the making!  I know it’s sometimes hard but I encourage all of you to keep moving forward, each and every day, even when you can’t actually see the improvements. Part of the process of growth, development and improvement is the plateau where we yes, it happens to all of us sit at the same spot for an undetermined amount of time without much visible progression.  This is the most important time frame to be patient, keep on doing what is necessary and have faith.  Focus on small steps/goals, which are attainable and allow progress to be identified, no matter how minute.  Try to think of a BIG goal as a completed puzzle.  How much time, patience and how many tiny, tiny pieces go into a beautiful completed puzzle?  Lots.  Stay focused and move forward slowly.  It will be worth it!

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I’m currently running low mileage.  I’m averaging 15 miles a week, which includes 3 runs.  Not the norm, or what was the norm, but its safe and keeps me in the game moving forward towards my goal of running a super sonic 2013 Shamrock Shuffle 8K.  Why is the Shamrock Shuffle my next goal race?  Simple.  BEST.RACE.EVER.  It may be the only time you can legitimately chase green men and be considered sane while doing it.  Need I say more?

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In order to be fast by the Shamrock, I’ll need to keep pushing and testing myself along the way.  I’ll need to get used to running more short distance races rather than pounding out the longer, slower fun miles in my comfort zone with my F’N Runners

In order to test the current level of progression, I went out in the dark this morning and tried to push the pace a bit to see where I am fitness wise.  I certainly wasn’t at race pace with it being dark and my being undertrained but I averaged an 8:39 pace over 3 miles.  This is my starting spot.  I’m at 8:39 and just need to focus on getting stronger and faster while continuing to mend my injuries and maintain health on all other fronts.  I’ll be foam rolling, stretching, icing, cross training and watching my food intake to try to stay as healthy as possible.

I’m also thinking happy, positive thoughts.  I’m still very focused on recovery and rehab, but am just now able to take it up a notch to start working a new set of small steps/goals to get to my BIG goal.  It won’t be easy but if it were easy then it wouldn’t be worth it, right? 

Do you also try to break down the BIG goal into smaller pieces to make it more manageable?  Want to share your current BIG goal?

** Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz ** amanda@tootallfritz.com

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8 thoughts on “Progress in the Making!

    • Not fine…..you could easily run circles around me. But I’m better than I was. I couldn’t bare weight on June 2nd without tears, so I’ve come a long way.

      You are doing great in the TRI world! Love that you are thinking about a 70.3 or a century. I’d like to try a 77 mile ride that a local club is doing this month but not sure I can fit it into the family/life schedule.

  1. TTF…yes…big goals are fulfilled in many little steps. Be patient…both your endurance and speed will return far faster than you might expect based on your current runs. Just take it in small, gradual steps and soon you will be back at the top of your game!

    Absolutely take the big goals and break them down. Case in point – last week’s marathon training goal was 100-mile week. I did it…100.68-miles, some of it easier and slower runs, other tempo and pace runs, some speed-work, and the long-run including the fast-finish, followed by the back-to-back long run of 10-miles on Sunday. The only way I could do it was by one day at at a time and one run at a time on most of those days that included two runs, and one day 3 runs.

    That was the current training goal, but the ultimate goal is to run Fox Valley Marathon on September 16th and post a Boston-qualifying finish time. But not just a 3:40, but need to beat my qualifying time by several minutes in order to have a chance to get into 2013 Boston race in the last phase of their rolling registration. They give precedence to the runners with the fastest times, so that means beating your qualifying standard by more than just a few seconds.

    So the goal for that race is to finish somewhere between 3:30 and 3:35. But…like all big goals, that goal comes one mile at a time….run according to plan first hour, then adjust accordingly and hopefully faster in latter phases of the race.

    So…you are right on track and just be patient with your goal(s). Try not to think about the big goal and just focus on the little steps…each day…each run…that you need to do to make that big goal.

    • 100 mile week sounds a little crazy from where I’m sitting but I know that you have worked up to it and were prepared. I’ll be thinking of you on the 16th hoping you make the 3:30-35. I know its not easy but yes, one mile at a time is how everyone runs a marathon regardless of pace or goals for the day. Good luck to you!

  2. Big Goal – Sub 3 hour marathon. I know sounds freaking crazy. I did have a goal of a 3:15(my Boston time) but along the way I ran into to some blogs of some BAMF runners and some have sub-3 now and some are shooting for it. Not to sound like a pig, but those BAMF are women, so it seemed like a nice round number to shoot for. Big Goal is a 3-5 year journey. I have outlined some much smaller intermediate goals. I have to have something to focus on or I run the risk of falling off the wagon.

  3. Big Goal #1 is have a load of fun at Ragnar in Jan 2013. And if I managed and 11min mile average on my legs I’ll be stoked.

    Big Goal #2, that I am a little scared to say out loud, is on Olympic or International tri in 2013.

    General Goal #3 is to race as much in 2013 as I have enjoyed in 2012 🙂

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