Flagstaff running weekend

Yes the Flagstaff Marathon was last weekend and I was in town but no I didn’t get a transfer to run the race. While that disappointed me as it was my own fault, I still got in some nice running in the ones and I did my best to cheer my daughters soccer team onward to the championship. They fell just short loading the championship in shootouts after the other team tired the game late in the second half on an own goal. Ugh, that really hurt. The annoying CDO parents made it worse. Oh well just another life lesson.
Soulstice is in 4 weeks. Flagstaff, I will be back.
In the meantime, pictures!

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Missed opportunities

I have been planning to run the Flagstaff marathon for a few months (actually sine I ran it last year) so when I went to register last Wednesday imagine me disappointment when I saw that the race sold out on Monday afternoon.  I know that it is my fault and thats what I get for procrastinating, but I often wait like many others in the event an injury or other factor comes up that prevents me from being able to run the race. On the other hand registering early (like Soulstice) places a concrete date on the calendar for me to plan for and train through the minor injuries and setbacks instead of letting them get the best of me and stopping my progress and training.  I tried to see if there was any chance of getting a transfer into the race but there were no takers on the Flagstaff Marathon Facebook page.  I am still going to be in Flagstaff for a soccer tournament so I will still get a 13.1 mile run in probably along the FUTS (FUTS click for map) or maybe go out and run the Waterline trail out in the mountains.  There is also the pending storms that are to move into northern Arizona later this week, so maybe not paying to run will pay off if the race is a mudfest.

My daughter has started her Cross Country career as a Freshman at Greenway High school.  In her first meet held in Prescott she held with the lead pack for 2 1/2 of the 3+ miles before blowing up and finishing 23rd out of 90+ runners.  Last week at the Washington High meet (held at Moon Valley) she was the overall winner beating second place by almost a minute.  In full disclosure the top 2 runners for Greenway did not run but still.  Oh, and their coach had them run from Greenway to Moon Valley before and after the race, 2 1/2 more miles.  I am getting jealous of the success my daughter is having as I am nowhere near fast and will never win a race anywhere, so when she tells us that she doesn’t like running and just wants to focus on soccer I don’t know how to handle it.  She has so much potential for running but if she has no passion…

Well, anyway as always here are my favorite pictures from the past few weeks.

My daughter on her second lap

My daughter on her second lap

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Been there. #slowrunner

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Getting coached on her way to the win.

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My favorite comedy.

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Weekly pictures.

Robin Williams, wow. Money, fame, everything you could ever want and quite often that isn’t what is really needed.

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August is here

and of most people that means that the running starts to ramp up for fall races.  I am one of those people.  With 3 races on my radar in the next few months and a few others that I may add at any time this is prime running season. I am also trying to wrap my mind around the reality that I am going to have a high school child in a week.  Where does the time go. I ask the same question when a race arrives that I haven’t given it my all in training for, this leads me to thinking of joining a training group for some accountability.  However I don’t know of any ultra training groups around here, so the next step would be a personal coach.  I know that there are several good/really, really good coaches online so I might go that route.  Some of them are pretty pricey, but what prices does one place on good coaching and accountability when it isn’t inherent?  It looks like another 100+ degree day with higher humidity, lets let it rip on the trails.

 

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Comparisonitus

runfaraz:

A nice little read.

Originally posted on Writtenbysean:

Description
By Mayo Clinic Staff

Comparisonitus, also called “why’s he got what I haven’t got” syndrome, causes bitterness, resentment, lack of focus, stagnant progress and decreasing goal completion symptoms. Unlike being lazy, comparisonitus, is a lack of movement caused by an allergic response to someone else’s success

Comparisonitus can make you miserable and affect your performance at work or school and interfere with ambition and drive. But you don’t have to put up with annoying symptoms. Learning how to avoid triggers and finding the right treatment can make a big difference.

SYMPTOMS
Comparisonitus signs and symptoms usually start immediately after you are exposed to a specific kind of success you crave and can include:

– Envy

– Low self-esteem

– Depression

– Financial pressure

– Loss of motivation

– Decrease in meeting goals

CAUSES
During a process called sensitization your nervous system mistakenly identifies someone successful or happy as something harmful…

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Hawai’i time

I have been in Hawai’i for 4 days now (Kona area) I have 5 left. I am super bummed to know that half of my vacation here is almost done. Not complaining though as I have been to some amazing places and seen some incredible sights so far. Not to mention the running. Every morning so far I have run through the resort along the walkway adjacent to the ocean and on the second day I ran down to the Queen K highway when it was 87 degrees and 90% humidity. I now know for sure that I don’t do well with humidity. Having the lava on one side of the road made me see how the Ironman athletes feel during their run segment, which is right down the road from here. Tomorrow I am heading down to do the entire horseshoe road from one side of the highway to the other, about 11 miles. Hopefully I feel well, I will take water and some nutrition. But for now…

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