Plan for Success

Only 2 1/2 weeks until the Freepress Marathon in Detroit.  Last week was the grueling 20 mile training run.  Now it’s time to taper the training and rest the muscles for the big day. I don’t think I’m going to miss those ultra long runs on Sundays.  Although I  do love the guiltless pleasure of eating whatever comes in sight on Sunday evenings.
I feel ready.  My hubby and I were pretty disciplined this time around.  We even upped the mileage and put in extra days.  Whether it’s work or working out it pays to plan.  Plan your work and work your plan; right?  It will not only ensure that you are prepared; it will give you the confidence that you need to succeed. 

“If you fail to plan then plan to fail.”

Last week’s  training:

5 mile run – be safe in the dark.  Wear reflective clothes and bring lighting.  I use a flashlight so  that cars can see me and I can see the road ahead.  1 fall this season was enough. 

10 mile run.  Day off; what an oxymoron.  Run, do laundry, bake cupcakes, volunteer at the school, go to a cross country meet (go Mattie!), go to the school picnic and book fair, pass out!

5 mile run


20 mile run
C’mon Detroit!  The Thompsons are ready!!!

Dedicated Runner

This week I logged the most miles I’ve ever run in one week, 43.  For the first 3 marathons I was never able to maintain a 5 day training schedule, but this time I have stuck to it. Only 5 weeks left until the Detroit marathon and I am feeling ready.  There have been lots of times of I have wanted to quit and I have as many reasons (excuses) as the next person to ease my guilt if I were to quit.  I work a lot of hours. I have 2 kids and an awesome hubby.  I do volunteer work.  The list goes on and on, but, quitting is just not in my make up.

“Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.”
  ~Doug Larson

I started getting serious about running an a whim.  I saw the movie the Bucket List (best movie ever) and I put these things on my list:
1) Run a marathon
2) Learn to speak Italian
3) Become a master gardener

Since running a marathon was the most time sensitive I went for that one first.  The rest is history.  I am now training for marathon number 4.  The reason I share this with you is because I wasn’t a runner before and now I am a marathoner.  You may not have a goal of running a marathon, but there may be other aspirations that you have that you haven’t started to work towards yet.  Believe me; you can do whatever you want to do.  You just have to decide to do it and stick to it.

“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The first thing to do is to get started.  Start small and celebrate all of the small wins along the way.
The next thing to do is to tell as many people as you can about your goal.  Sharing your goal not only gives it more stick-to-itiveness it gives you a resource bank.  You will find that many people who you share your goal with have had similar goals and can give you valuable tips on how to be more successful.  I would have never found Hal Higdon’s training guide or the super valuable GU if I had not shared my goal with others.

There is no limit to what we can do as long as we are willing to set the goal and get started.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”
-CS Lewis


5 miles

10 miles – last week I mentioned how this 10 mile route has street, dirt and trails.  I forgot to mention that at about mile 7, right where you start going “only 5k left” there are 4 flights of stairs.  There’s only 5k left, but you run it on rubber band legs.

5 miles

5 miles

5 miles

18 miles.  What a Sunday!  Run, eat like a 16 year old boy, pass out.  Wake up and eat, pass out, repeat.

Weekend Playlist; 9.9.11

Yikes!  Back to school week.  Who had more anxiety going back to school you or your kids?  I find that I worry about things that never even cross their little minds.  Will they get on the right bus?  Will they have a nice teacher?  Will they make friends?  I’m sure my kids were a little nervous, but not nearly as much as I was.
How can you help your children relax?  Give them a confidence boost in the morning before they take off for school.   When they get dressed for school tell them that they look good.  Don’t you feel better when someone compliments how you look?  It’s the same for them.  Instead of saying “have a good day” before they run out the door tell them “you’re going to have a great day”.  The little things make a big difference. The little change in words has a big impact on the message.  Just make sure to not over do it because children’s intuition is amazing.  They will know when you’re insincere.

My big 8th grader.

Mr Huge


A friend of mine put a sign above her door last year that said her “kids names” “rule the school”.  They would high five the sign on their way out the door every day.  It was the little boost they needed to kick up their confidence and get them back to being eligible for sports.

So much going on with the kids that I haven’t had time to look into events in southeast Michigan.  I know that my town, Brighton, has a BBQ and Jazz Festival on Friday and Saturday.

Huron Clinton Metroparks are hosting a rememberance for 9/11 with a sky lantern launch at many of their locations.  You can take the entire family and enjoy many activities in the park to work your way to 10,000 steps before the lanterns are set off appropriately at 9:11.

The team at Running Fit always has the most interesting events.  This weekend they have Run Woodstock. Check out the events they are hosting for this one:  Flower Power 5 mile, Hippy Half, and the Mellow Marathon.  There are shorter runs as well like the Far Out 5k.


October 2nd, The Brooksie Way.  This one is in Rochester and made the list for scenic fall runs.  We ran it in 2009 and it is definitely my most memorable finish line.  My husband and I lost each other at the beginning of the race, but I caught up to him at around mile 11.  Realizing that we could finish under 2:00 we held hands and booked it to the finish line crossing together at 1:58.
October 16th, Free Press Marathon.  We are signed up for this one making it our second appearance in Detroit.  There is also a marathon in Grand Rapids for the western side of the state on the same day

Time For Oktoberfest

After my last post I have been thinking a lot about what Labor Day means to me.  We just drove back from Rochester, NY where my husband got inducted into the DCA Hall of Fame.  We are so super proud of him.  Actually, I am so super proud of the entire family.  Our kids were champions on this trip. To make the drive more tolerable we listened to the Blue Collar Comedy Network on XM radio and laughed the whole way home. Every break they would say “celebrate Labor Day”.  I don’t know too many people who actually “celebrate” this holiday.  It does mark the start and the end to many things. 
I am not really concerned about whether or not to wear white after Labor Day and I am not the hugest football fan out there (except for Spartan Football and we all know that is just for the Spartan Marching Band – Hooah!). 
Can you find me?
What I love about the day is that Labor Day is a busy busy day at work.  I love the high energy of our holiday sale days.  Since we have decided not to participate in the recession work is much more fun.  It is amazing what a change in attitude can do for your results.  You should try it.
Labor Day means that tomorrow the kids go back to school and back to school means that I get to get back on course for Schmonday or T’Wednesday in my case.
Speaking of courses; it’s closing in on marathon time (6 weeks until Detroit) which means lots of long runs on Sundays.  Finding courses that make the distance seem shorter is a challenge.  Two weeks ago Chris and I decided that we would get our 16 miler in by running our subdivision loop – 10 times.  That was brutal.  We will have to be much more creative for the upcoming 18 and 20 mile runs.
Here is what I can really tie to the day . . . Labor Day means it is time to say goodbye to Oberon and hello to Oktoberfest.
Here was how my last week of training went:
5 miles
30 minutes strength training
10 miles – this is the perfect distance from our house.  The course is a perfect mix of asphalt, dirt roads, and challenging trails.
5 miles
5 miles
No running in Rochester this weekend.  The rest will do us good for the 18 miler coming up this weekend.
We had planned to stop at the Cheesecake Factory on the way home, but since we had such a late breakfast we decided to do a fly by.  Knowing that we had planned for an amazing meal we had to find a way to top it so we sought out a Michael Symon’s (Iron Chef) restaurant.  Boy were we surprised to find out that he has burger joints; B Spot.  This was perfect since we weren’t really dressed for Lola’s anyway and because we are such huge fans of his restaurant in Detroit, Roast, we knew we were in for something amazing.  B Spot did not let us down.  I had the Lola burger paired up with his rosemary fries, oh yeah, and some onion rings too.  If you are in the Cleveland area you definitely have to try it.

Weekend Playlist; Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day; to most it’s the end of summer and the beginning of football season.  To some it’s the last day to wear white.  To Michiganders it’s back to school.  What does Labor Day mean to you?

Just a teenie weenie bit of history . . . Labor Day has been celebrated since the 1800’s and was officially made a national holiday in 1894.  Grover Cleveland made making the holiday  official a campaign promise and at the end of the Pullman Strike it had a speedy unanimous vote in congress.  Most cities today will celebrate it with a parade and probably a political speech or two.  Detroit will be visited by President Obama who will discuss efforts to create jobs and boost the economy.  This is the first time he will appear open to the public in our city.  I don’t really have an opinion regarding his visit, except that earlier this week I saw that he promised to create 1,000,000 new jobs.  I wonder if that was 551,000 and he rounded up or if it was 1,023,500 and he rounded down.  It seems a bit trite to me that he chose to use 1,000,000.  It takes away from any credibility in my opinion.  Hmmm, what’s a number that everybody likes?  I know one million.  All right; enough of that.

No child left inside this Labor Day Weekend.  Get out and get your 10,000 steps.

Arts, Beats and Eats is one of my all time faves.  Now hosted in downtown Royal Oak it has something to offer everyone.  Last year’s kids area had a lot of fun stuff to keep them busy, but bring your wallet.  This one is not cheap.  I am happy to see that they are promoting healthy food choices for families this year.  Not that I don’t enjoy the junk as much as the next girl.  It’s just nice to have choices.

Pure Michigan has a entire page dedicated to one tank trips for the holiday.  They suggest: Frankenmuth,  Henry Ford, Ann Arbor and many more destinations  you can get to quickly.  All of them offer a ton to do for the entire family and offer plenty of outdoor opportunity to get in your 10,000 steps this weekend.

There are 5k’s all over the place this weekend.  If you’ve never raced before a 5k is a great place to start.  You can run, walk, or crawl to the finish line. Running in the USA is a website that lists events by state.

Where will I be this weekend?  My awesome hubby is getting inducted into yet another Hall of Fame this year.  That makes two in one year.  I am so super proud of him.  We will be traveling to Rochester, New York and you can bet we will all get in our 10,000 steps.


October 2nd, The Brooksie Way.  This one is in Rochester and made the list for scenic fall runs.  We ran it in 2009 and it is definitely my most memorable finish line.  My husband and I lost each other at the beginning of the race, but I caught up to him at around mile 11.  Realizing that we could finish under 2:00 we held hands and booked it to the finish line crossing together at 1:58.
October 16th, Free Press Marathon.  We are signed up for this one making it our second appearance in Detroit.  There is also a marathon in Grand Rapids for the western side of the state on the same day

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