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Maintaining Fitness Through The Winter January 16, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in fitness, Fitness Goals, personal training, running, Winter Fitness.
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I have to confess that I am struggling to get out there in this nasty weather. I went out to Greenlake to run a couple of times, but it’s been pretty dicey.

We don’t normally get all this snow here in Seattle. Most of us don’t know how to drive in the stuff. People run out of gas, abondon their vehicles on the freeways and walk home. School is cancelled and everything comes to a halt. The news reporters tell us “Don’t go out if you don’t have to.”

As a personal trainer who starts her day at 5 or 6 am, I listen to the weather report. I have clients who live in outlying areas and struggle with the commute. This is just nuts! We have had such weird weather here in the Northwest. Is it global warming? El nino? I don’t know, mostly it’s been a pain in the rear that threatens to derail our training.

We have another snow storm coming in and I have clients at 5 am tomorrow. I don’t know what the commute will be like. The thing that gets me through, besides Starbucks 24hour drive through, is being there for people are committed to their goals. They inspire me every day, rain or shine.

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Back From Texas January 14, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in boston marathon, marathon, running.
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I took a week off running when my 99 year old grandmother passed away. She would have been 100 if she made it until May 26th. The funeral was in Abilene, Texas, which is about a 2 and 1/2 hour drive from Ft Worth, Texas.

My last trip to Texas was about 25 years ago. I noticed the dry, dusty land and mesquite everywhere. I remembered chasing lizards and horny toads as a child. We used to run barefoot and play kick the can in the evenings. I remembered laying out in 107 degrees trying to get a tan, as a teenager. I received the sunburn of my life and still have a wierd patch of freckles on the back of my shoulder instead of a bronze tan. Don’t forget the suncreen!

I was sad that my grandmother was gone, but glad that she was no longer suffering. She had osteoporosis and macular degeneration. Despite this she never lost her sense of humor. She was able to transcend circumstances and make the best of her situation. She lost 3 sons and her husband to cancer. My grandmother was a strong woman. She would say things like “I wish the Good Lord would take me, I’m ready to go”. Maybe she stuck around to teach us all a thing or two.

What struck me most about the trip was the history of my family. There were close to 100 relatives at the funeral. My grandmother came from a family of 11, 8 girls and 3 boys. My grandfather, passed away 22 years ago in 1985. Many of these people lived near Abilene or Winters, Texas their whole lives. I saw the graves of my great grandparents and many aunts and uncles. Many of my grandmother’s sisters lived well into their 90’s. They were farmers and ranchers and their lives were hard compared to mine.

This is a reminder for me that family is important. Sometimes we get so busy doing our own thing that we forget to take time to be with our families, to sit down and have a meal and share our lives. The other thing I am left with is there is strength in community. I was amazed at how people step up and help each other when they can. The last thing I think about is longevity. A lot of us are going to be on the planet for a long time. Therefore, we need to take care of ourselves and our surroundings.

Last but not least. I think I have some pretty strong genes in my family. My grandmother was one tough lady. If she can make it to 99, I can make it to Boston….

2007 Resolutions January 12, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in 2007 Resolutions, boston marathon, fitness, marathon, new years resolutions, running.
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Fitness Goals For 2007 are:

1) Qualify for the Boston Marathon. I will need to run 3:50.59 or faster on a certified course to qualify as a 41 year old female. I basically need to run 8:45 pace for 26.2 miles. I’m shooting for the Portland Marathon in October.

2) Run The Vancouver Half Marathon in May. This is a warm up for my marathon. I want to run between 1:45 and 1:50, which is 8:00 – 8:30 pace.

3) Stay Injury Free! I have struggled with various injuries in the past. Right now I am dealing with plantar fasciitis. I need to get it under control before I add extra mileage. I may need orthodics.

4) Lose 5 Lbs. Isn’t this on everyone’s list? I won’t tell you what I weigh, but getting a little bit leaner should help me run faster again. It’s all about performance.

My last marathon was the Rock N’ Roll Arizona in 2004. I think I was overtrained going into it, and ended up having a bad race. I hurt my lower back and went to physical therapy for a while. I wasn’t sure if I would ever run another marathon.

…..But, This is the year. The marathon is calling my name. I am stronger now from cross-training. I just hope the stars align to help me acheive my goal.

Wish me Luck!