Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Team Slogans

A while back, my running pal Sharon and I created a Twitter #hashtag when we were both injured, and unable to train. We called ourselves #teamsuck. Fortunately, Sharon was back at it in no time, and managed an incredible 3:50:27 debut marathon, while I languished with my medical issues for about 6 months, basically wiping out the rest of 2010 from a running and racing perspective. Thankfully, I'm back to running - and slowly building up what I had lost last year. The process is painful, but it will pay off in the end. But that's not why I'm writing today. I wanted to test out a few potential slogans for #TeamSuck, which happens to be my team name for Tough Mudder PA this spring.

I think that the theme behind #TeamSuck is to embrace your limitations, deal with your setbacks, make the most of what you have, and just have fun with your training and racing. That said, here are a few slogans for your consideration - and there's a voting link below for the best one:

  • #teamsuck: Because we can't all be the winner
  • #teamsuck: Embrace the Suck (it's a military slogan - but I like it)
  • #teamsuck: We all finish...eventually.
  • #teamsuck: Ehh...we tried :)
  • #teamsuck: Heroes of the mid-pack

Click here to take survey

Monday, January 3, 2011

First run of 2011

Happy 2011 all! To put this run into context, let me start by giving you some recent mileage numbers:

  • Total Mileage last week: 0
  • Total Mileage for December: 26.87 (I know, right?)
  • Total Mileage for 2011: 778 (Not as bad as I thought, but not the 1000 I was shooting for)
Needless to say, there's a whole lot of rust to shake off of these legs.

Taking advantage of the 50 degree weather, I hit Central Park with a couple of goals:

  • Get my fat ass out for a run [check]
  • Run 10 miles [check]
  • Run a sub-10:00 min/mi pace [check]
  • Have fun [not so much, read on]
  • Lay the groundwork for a solid 2011 [we'll see]
The first 3 miles, it seemed that my quads, knees, shins, ankles and feet all developed mouths, and were shouting in unison "What in the @#$@# are you thinking??" Fortunately, I shook the rust off and settled into my groove.

I realize that I have a long way to go to get back to my previous level of fitness, and as a result, I am having a hard time keeping my pace to something that I can run consistently. I ambled over the rolling hills of the park, and completed 2 5 mile loops in under 1:40 as was my original goal.

2011 is going to involve a lot of rebuilding. Motivation-wise, I almost feel like I am back to where I was when I started running. I knew that running was good for me, but every single run involved a battle to put on my running shoes and get out the door. The name of the game for January and February is re-establishing the routine, and putting in the hard work - and the fitness will eventually return.

Best of luck to everyone with their plans for 2011, running and otherwise!