We did it!!!! WOOHOOOOOO ! ! ! My First 1/2 Marathon! (I'm in pink!)
Here we go!
T-shirt at the Expo where we pciked up our bibs.
I just noticed I have not changed my introduction since this year started. I wanted to be "fit by 50", well to be honest I wanted to be fit since I had my kids 22 years ago! Wow, where did the time go? I have always worked out here and there, never really consistent. When I moved to Oregon for 10 years is when I put on most my weight. I didn't realize it until my daughter took a picture of me lying on the couch. I thought who is that fat Person?? who's legs are those? They were mine! I started walking miles, and miles and joined WW. I liked it because WW held me accountable every week. I wanted to loose every week, and I got down to my lowest weight ever 137.
I felt good, but not really a goal weight. Everyone started saying how great I looked, I shouldn't loose any more weight, blah,blah,blah . So I did what I always do, I stopped doing what was working! I kept walking but didn't count my calories. I even walked 60 miles for breast cancer! the problem is I kept eating, and thought, well I'm exercising. As you can guess by now the walking stopped and I gained, again! Well years went by, we moved a few times, teenagers, job
etc...not putting my self first, you know the drill. I joined a gym, worked out on the elliptical, lifted weights, did very well Jan-march, lost more weight, felt great, then stopped again! Do you see a pattern here?? I never finish anything, and looking back this always seems to be my problem!
I found SP the end of 2009. I journaled, found inspiration, exercised, got my spark points, felt great and stopped! My goal was to be fit by 50! Well I turned
50 in Dec 2011, and I'm still not fit! I weighed 151-156 for a year, and when your 5 feet 4 inches tall that is too much weight. So now it's 2011 and I am starting
again. But this time I have taken up RUNNING! I was never a runner, always a walker, so when I could run a mile without stopping I was very proud of myself!
So I started walk/jogging and going further.
The thing with running is you be very competitive, with yourself. I am always curious how far I can push myself. I have found I like to run, it's great for stress relief, and it's just me out there, no one is asking anything of me. I listen to my music, concentrate on breathing, and run! One of my biggest accomplishments was running a 10k with out stopping. I did not feel good that week and almost cancelled, then I thought, NO, I'm going to finish something! So I ran the 10k!!! I finished something!! This is HUGE for me, I broke the pattern, finally at the age of 50!
This year my goals have changed...I want to eat healthier, cleaner, more organic, track what I eat, it hold me accountable, and I want to complete a 1/2 marathon in October! I need a goal, so I went big, for me anyways! Now the added bonus is since I have kicked up my workout I am getting smaller. people are noticing, and I say "thank you", but I will not stop like many times before, I will put myself first, I am going to FINISH this!
I did the 1/2 Marathon in October 2011, very proud of myself!
I want to do another one this year, 2012, pain free. My ITBAND acted up and was in painf from mile 9 to the finish.
Hopefully I can run that race again and do it faster!
Well it's now July...in two days....and I took 1/2 a year off, not totally off, exercised here and there, no real plan...feeling frumpy,
that's what happens when you don't exercise!!! Just got back from running 3.5 miles....it felt great! Going to pick a race and get my self back in shape, and loose those stubborn 10 pounds...I want to be a thinner fit runner, so I'm going to eat cleaner then I have the past year. I ran a 1/2 marathon but didn't eat clean, so with all they training I maintained. This year it willbe different. Game on!!!
My 2012 Goals:
Color Run 04/12
With my daughter!
Cinco de Mayo 10k 05/12
Run a better time then LY
1/2 Marathon TBD
Hopefully with my Sister and pain free! No ITBand acting up!
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