Friday, November 20, 2009

Up Close and Personal (video)

My first video message to you:


I have missed my calling. I think I should have my own talk show televised from the stairs of my house. It could be called "Live with Beth and Tripod."

There is something about taking charge, putting yourself in the driver's seat of your life, that makes you feel empowered. We've all been in that spot where we believe we are victims of our circumstances. We think, "Oh well, it will never get better than this. This crap I call my life is just my fate."

Wrong. But you have to be the right place for change and forward movement.

Now, let's apply this to me, because it is all about me, and my life is just that fascinating.

Eight weeks, five days, ten hours and 13 minutes ago I incurred a stress fracture in my cuboid bone. Never heard of the cuboid bone? Me neither. I don't think it's really a bone. Anyway, this has been my "story" for the past 2 months. I made it who I was. The girl who loves to run and couldn't run the race she'd been training for.

I read something yesterday that put things into perspective:

Events reveal people's characters; they don't determine them. If two people are hit by a bus and crippled for life, one will become a bitter shut-in; the other, the kind of warm, outgoing person whom everyone loves to be with. It's not about the bus. You have the chance to be the person you wish to be, until you die.

Are you a bitter shut-in?

Maybe I'll write a book called, "It's Not About the Bus."

And now I've GOT A PLAN.

Although I can't really start any "real" sort of running for a few more weeks, my goal is to do the Colorado Marathon on May 9. Working backwards from this date, I've come up with what my training will look like going forward (you can tell I am totally following the ten percent rule this time. I am going to worship this rule like my own personal Jesus, especially if it keeps me from injury). I hope to be an example of someone who started out really small (walk 2 mins, run 3 mins), and got really big (marathon).

Week one:
walk 2, run 3
walk 2, run 3
walk 1, run 4

Week two:
walk 1, run 4
run 20 mins @9 min/mile pace
run 20 mins @9 min/mile pace

Week three:
run 20 mins @9 min/mile pace
run 22 mins@9 min/mile pace
run 22 mins @9 min/mile pace

Week four:
run 22 mins @9 min/mile pace
run 25 mins @9 min/mile pace
run 25 mins @9 min/mile pace
run 25 mins @9 min/mile pace

Week five:
run 27 mins @9 min/mile pace
run 27 mins @9 min/mile pace
run 27 mins @9 min/mile pace
run 30 mins @9 min/mile pace

Week six:
run 30 mins @9 min/mile pace
run 30 mins @9 min/mile pace

From here I'll move onto a 14 week marathon training plan. Then I can work on increasing speed and getting back to where I was pre-injury. And by May 9, 2010, hopefully I'll be back to this:
Me running a race with my dress flowing in the wind. My kids cheering me on. The Rocky Mountains as my back drop. An iPod growing out of my left tit. My fists balled into sweating lumps. Photos stolen from Brightroom.

Yes, my plan looks kind of boring. Yes, it is very slow going. I am not a patient person. I don't do things gradually. But I have no choice.

What are you trying to be patient about today?

23 comments:

  1. What a great blog!!! And what a great attitude. (Couldn't watch your video, bummer!)

    Having my family be all together (within one state) is what I am trying to be patient about.

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  2. LOVE the vlog! You just gave me a new idea...I think! Love Tripod, too!
    Patience is a hard thing for me. I do not have it when I drive; I do not have it with my SIL or MIL; I do not have it at water stops during a marathon. But today I think I can tackle the SIL & MIL thing...I have to, Thanksgiving is next week!
    Glad you have a plan of action...sometimes that is all we need to get out of our funk! Have a great weekend! :)

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  3. Good luck too with the road back. Hopefully, your plan will go very smooth.

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  4. That was awesome!! Thanks for reminding me to be patient. And I am a planner so it was great to see what you have ahead of you! Can't wait for more videos in the future...

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  5. Video was awesome! Good luck on your PLAN..I know you can do it!!

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  6. I like the video idea. The quality is great. What kind of camera are you using?

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  7. Fun video! Sometimes I share my plans just so I can convince myself. Glad you shared.

    I'm not patient about having a baby... but we're waiting... still....

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  8. LOVE the movie! Cute dog, happy I didn't see his penis. Didn't miss much, right? Keep up the excellent, hopeful attitude!!
    Hmmm...I'm "trying" to be patient with my college boy who just came home for Thanksgiving and is a little stinky and messy!! Just close the cereal box already! Stay well!

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  9. Love the video - excellent idea!
    Do you live in Denver? I've run the Georgetown to Idaho Springs like a gazillion times. Maybe when you're up to par again, we can hook up for a run! Good luck getting back into the game - you have a great attitude and you're going to do awesome!!

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  10. Ha ha! Great video! Your dog is cute. :)

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  11. Loved it! A plan--yes, that's what I need too. A couple of plans: for school/home and for running. Hopefully I'll get a start on the running one next week.

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  12. it's so fun to see you in outside of words and pictures! You have a wonderful outlook on it, having been there before myself, i know how tough it is to come back, but i have no doubt you will be back, VERY SOON, you have a solid plan in place, with great and realistic goals. You'll appreciate it all so much more :) Have a great weekend!

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  13. Oh Lawd! Oprah, who cares if you are leaving in 2010?! I have Shut Up and Run! to keep me company and HER weight doesn't fluctuate. I have seen Lucky's plucky and it's impressive!!! Oh, just wanted you to know that I slowed down at the Richmond Marathon on purpose to lift the spirits of some poor souls who were having a really hard time. It thought it would make them feel good if they beat just one more person. I did it with L-O-V-E, "love".

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  14. PS: Hubby graduated JMU in 94 and BIL in 93. They are slightly fanatical in their love of the place :-) Our niece is there now. She loves it, too!

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  15. Love the video!! Awesome idea. Your plan looks good - be patient with it so you stay healthy!!!

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  16. Well, good for you! It doesn't matter how fast you get there, it's that you get there in the end!

    And I love the part of how setbacks reveal your true character. I would really like to be the kind of person who remains all zen in the face of adversity.

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  17. Hello again, and let me just add: I love the dress!

    Would you like to exchange links with me?! You can find me at Mom's Home run.

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  18. Great video! You definitely missed your calling.

    I admire your new attitude and your new approach. Hopefully your patience will pay off!

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  19. you WILL be back to that in may 2010!! i have no doubt :)

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  20. Oh Beth I just love you. I can't believe it took me almost a freaking week to get over here and watch this video. I had imagined you had a deeper, raspier voice though. Kind of like a high school phys ed teacher. Don't ask me, I'm just minding my own business reading. My brain is the one who comes up with this stuff.

    I (haven't said it outloud yet but) am hoping I might take a shot at a BQ in the fall and run Boston in 2011. Let's meet up in Beantown - we cross the finish line together holding hands, ok?

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