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Angie's Half Crazy Half Marathon

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

This is it! The big race and Chuck's first half marathon. Our longest training run a couple of weeks ago: 7 miles. Yeah. Not the best training strategy but that seems to be the story of my life.

Thursday we waited in a pretty long line to get our race packets.

Fast forward to Saturday. My brother was getting married at 7pm two hours away so we had to get all of our gear together before we left because we'd be getting home late! The goodie bag included a tech shirt, a water bottle and a running hat!

Part of the packet goodies was Aleve and pain reliever lotion. Do you see a theme? Pain!!

We make it to the wedding and have a great time. My brother has quite the sense of humor and entered the ceremony to the Imperial March song from Star Wars. It was good to see family and hang out for a while and dance a little but we had to leave early so we'd get home by midnight. Congratulations to my brother! I'm so happy for him. :)

We finally get to sleep around 12:30am-ish and it seemed like my head had just hit the pillow when the alarm went off. 4am!! Chuck and I stumble around like drunken zombies but finally make it out the door and arrive at the race at 5:20am. They were still setting up the timing mats.

Ahhh....the beautiful finish line that we'll hopefully get to see soon!

I was so nervous about this race! Maybe it was the lack of training. Maybe it was memories of how bad my legs felt after my first one. So I had bombarding facebook with motivational sayings to try to get myself pumped up.

Chuck seems ready to quit already. Joking. He was just incredibly sleepy.

Made a port-a-pottie stop before the lines got bad and while they were still semi-clean (at least for a port-a-pottie!).

Because 15 minutes before the race started there were four long lines waiting!

We can do this!! Failure is not an option!

We are told to gather at the start line then the anthem is played on bagpipes while a flag hangs from a firetruck. The theme of this year's race was all about firemen. Angie's Half Crazy Half Marathon was a sold out event. Why so popular? Because of the bling, baby!

The firetruck sirens and lights go off and that means it's time to start. Do you know how hard it is to go slow when everyone is passing you?! We were almost dead last for a while. But this is an endurance run. Start slow to finish strong.

We're doing great! We're chatting. Taking walk breaks. Just enjoying the whole experience. The only goal today is to finish and get a medal. Not trying to set any records or place in our age groups, folks. I just want a medal.

Look!! We're almost to the halfway point!! There's not quitting now.

I have to say we're both really surprised at how good we feel. We're laughing. Chuck stops like 3 times to tie his shoes. Once to visit a port-o-pottie. Really? I've never seen someone stop so many times for things other than a photo op during a race. :) So I had to give him a hard time about it.

I brought some Gu (just in case) and lots of Endurolyte capsules for electrolytes because it was hot and humid. We needed them! You could actually see the salt crystals on my arm.

We got to cross bayous....

And I guess this is a bay?

We ran past NASA. Photo op!!

You know you're going to finish when you see those glorious double digit miles. I was so happy to see this at a water station that I had to give it a hug. Feet are hurting a little and I'm getting a little tired but still doing great overall. At least we're both still smiling. And Chuck said this was easier than he thought it was going to be.

It's funny how much can change in one mile. By mile 11 we are starting to feel a bit tired. I'm not sure if we did this so we could get a pic of the milestone or just so we could rest. But we've made it to mile 11!

Instead of counting down the miles I'd just say, "Another mile down!" each time we reached a new mile. It wasn't until we got to mile 10 that we started counting down the miles. It was much easier mentally to only have to worry about the next mile instead of the whole package of miles.

Between miles 11 and 12 we saw a man lying on his back in the grass and 3 cop motorcycles around him calling for medic. I hope he's ok! It was pretty warm out there.

Finally!!!!! We see the finish line and run all the way in with big smiles and were handed cold wet towels and HUGE medals. What a medal to get as your first!

Um, did I mention it's huge? Like ginormous big. I LOVE it!!!!!! The center part spins and it weighs a ton.

We wipe off all the sweat and eat a snow cone then I get a massage. Ahhh. My feet and calves were hurting a bit but mostly my feet. That sweet lady rubbed my stinky feet. I left a nice tip. :)

We waddle back to the car and then exhaustion finally sets in as we recap the race. At home we get cleaned up and I discover why my feet were hurting so badly. Look at that nasty blister! Then I discover I have a total of five on my foot. Just one foot. Weird. Look on the side of my big toe for the blister.

Time to head out to Kemah for a little celebration.

We get home and Rachel has a surprise for Chuck in honor of his first half marathon. An Asics cake. Isn't that awesome?! I'm really proud of her.

And after all that we took a nap for about an hour.

It was a great day and a great race. If you live in the area I highly recommend signing up for this race next year. There are great goodies and a BIG medal.

Hmmm......which race to do next? emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/4/2012 10:14AM

    What a great looking cake! The medal's not bad either, LOL.
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DASSCHUS 4/3/2012 4:59PM

    Ugh. Some of the pics came out sideways. Sorry. :(

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3.1 for 31 Days

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I had decided that this month I would do my own challenge of getting in 3.1 miles each day for the 31 days of March. I could walk, run or ride a bike. No driving a car though! That's cheating. ;)

I've kept with it every single day. YAY! I've done it at night, in the morning, and even in the rain. But it feels so good to make a commitment to something and stick with it.

Do you ever challenge yourself? Give it a try! It's fun. :)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/29/2012 4:15PM

    I like this! Not sure where I'd find the time though....

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MARYDSAN 3/21/2012 12:46AM

    Way to go with your streak!

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LOVELYDOES 3/20/2012 4:27PM

  Uhm, this is AWESOME!!!

I'm inspired. Let me think of companion I can do this with...hmmm.

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Experimenting with Cheat Day & Fasting

Monday, March 19, 2012

All of this month I am experiemtning with my body to see what works for weight loss and what doesn't. I've had excellent results throughout the week with using the 4 Hour Body protocol for fat loss. I've eliminated the legumes that is suggested because I have such an issue with insuliln resistance.

I have only lost less than a pound per day on one day and that was .9 of a pound. Pretty close if you ask me!

But a "cheat day" is mandatory with this. A calorie spike must happen. BUT I gained too mcuh last week so by the end of the week I had only lost the weight I had gained which was about 5.5 pounds. Still, losing 5.5 pounds in a week is great!

This week I experimented. I had my cheat day and gained 5.5 pounds. That's expected. Cheat day was Saturday and Sunday I fasted until dinner time. I really did not want to eat so it worked out perfetly. By this morning (Monday) I had lost 4.5 pounds. That's really good!

Intermittent fasting is something that many people do but this was my first time applying it. You can read a very good article about it here: www.marksdailyapple.com/fasting-weig

So I'm curious what this week will hold. I'd love to lose 6 pounds. That's my goal anyway. We'll see. But more than that, I want to lose fat, no lean muscle.

The experiment continues!

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TXGRANDMA 3/21/2012 6:47PM

    Interesting..........Wonder how it works for long term weight loss? Does the fasting continue for the rest of your life? Just curious about this method.......
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DEEPWATERS80 3/19/2012 9:39PM

    Thanks for sharing you experiments!

I think this plan allows for alot of variation in application and it's just about each of us finding how to get the results we want and need.

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Accomplishing the "Impossible" (a half marathon story)

Monday, March 12, 2012

It's 5:30am. I'm awake with running gear on. I give my husband, Chuck, a kiss goodbye and head out the door. The kids are still snuggled in their warm beds while I'm outside running in the cold darkness. As I run I send texts to Chuck: "2 miles done." "Just passed mile 4." At mile 5 I send, "Please go pick up breakfast and two bags of ice." I see him as he drives past and he tells me how proud he is of me. I only have two more miles to go for this training run.

I meet Chuck at home, immediately draw a cold bath and start to dump in bags of ice into the water. I'm taking an ice bath for 30 minutes. As I shiver in the water my legs become numb. Why in the world would I do this? Because it's supposed to make recovery quicker from long runs. And why run so many miles in the first place? Well, that's the real story, isn't it?

I weighed in at 250 pounds just a few years ago. It hurt to live let alone walk or run. I finally woke up and decided to do something about it. My first goal was to run/walk a 5K (3.1 miles). I lost 25 pounds and did it! I thought that was the furthest I'd ever travel on my on two feet. We have cars if we need to go further, right?!

A 5K was a struggle for me but it felt so good to accomplish something that felt impossible just a few months before that I wanted to see what else I could do. Eventually I set my sights on running a half marathon (13.1 miles).

I joined a running club to keep me accountable and actually paid to endure torturous runs week after week. I'd get up before the sun came up each Saturday and wonder each and every time why in the world I decided to do this! Seriously, who pays to get up early in the morning only to get blisters on your feet, black toenails, muscle cramps, and pure exhaustion?!

As time progressed I felt better and better. Quitting was never an option. I had to prove to myself that I could accomplish this. "The weight of failure is greater than any burden you now carry." I was not strong enough to carry the weight of failing at this.

After 6 months of training, I was ready for my first half marathon. I had been running 4 days per week. I ran across bridges to train for hills. I ran in the rain and freezing temperatures. I had done all I could do to prepare for this moment. At that point, the furthest I had run was 10 miles. I was about to tackle 13.1 miles.

December 11th, 2011, the whole family drove me to the start line. It was incredibly cold and windy and ridiculously early in the morning but they were there to support me. I huddled with the huge crowd of runners waiting for the starting gun to go off. I was ready.

The adrenaline of the race carried me through the first few miles. As I came around one corner I heard a cowbell being rung and saw Chuck, Rachel and Charlie on the side cheering for me! I ran to my kids and wrapped my arms around them. It was just the boost I needed to keep pressing forward. Chuck gave me a hug and I was on my way again.

At mile 10 it started to get tough but I couldn't stop now. My feet were hurting. I was tired. Hungry. Legs were aching. I even hallucinated a little. Failure was not an option. If I had to drag myself across that finish line I'd do it! Even other runners were encouraging me. One lady came outside of her house to the road, wrapped in a blanket and holding a cup of coffee in her gloved hands, to cheer for us runners. I don't know why she picked me out (maybe I looked exhausted) but she came up to me and gave me a big hug and said, "You can do this! I'm so proud of you!"

The best part: I just saw that elusive mile 13 marker. A tenth of a mile left and I'm finished. At that moment I see my kids waiting on the sidewalk waiting for me. Rachel runs up to me and gives me a hug and says, "Mom! You're about to finish a half marathon!" Charlie runs up and hugs me too. I almost cried, of course. My kids were proud of me for accomplishing something I never thought I'd be able to do. Me? Run a half marathon? No way! And yet here I was!! Crossing the finish line.

It's hard to explain the feeling unless you have also accomplished something you felt was impossible. It doesn't have to be a half marathon. We all have dreams and goals. And each one of those takes steps to complete them. The message here is that you can do anything you want to do if you want it bad enough. Just take the steps to do it and don't give up. Yes, it may be difficult but the most valuable things are usually the hardest to obtain. You can do it. If I can do it, anybody can! I've even seen amputees and people in wheelchairs complete these races. My excuses were invalid.

Do you have goals you want to reach? You can do it! Even if you don't succeed at first, don't give up. As long as you are trying, you are not failing. Go for it!

"If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough."

PS: I'd like to thank my sweet husband for all of his encouragement along the way. I couldn't have done it without him. Thank you, Chuck. You are my everything.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/29/2012 1:53PM

    Awesome job!!!!!

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ST8NLIFE 3/13/2012 1:35PM

  emoticon emoticonAwesome job! Your family is so supportive! You should be very proud of your accomplishments! emoticon

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BARRISTER2011 3/13/2012 3:15AM

  You are an inspiration

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STLRFNS 3/12/2012 11:59PM

    Thanks for the pick me up! emoticon

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LIMASTAR 3/12/2012 8:42PM

  Congrats on accomplishing your goal of completing a half marathon. I just signed up for my first marathon and will be starting a training program next week.

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HUSKERSALAD 3/12/2012 6:38PM

    Congrats on finishing your Half! I am walking/jogging the Santa Cruz Half Marathon on April Fool's Day.

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WILEE323 3/12/2012 3:10PM

    Congratulations!! Awesome job!! I just signed up for my 4th half. Be careful - they are addictive!!

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4 Hour Body Week 1 results

Monday, March 12, 2012

This month I am experimenting with the 4 Hour Body fat loss tips. It's basically a paleo diet with a few modifications.

I am also modifying it further to fit my own body. I'm leaving out legumes because I have a wicked case of insulin resistance and don't need any insulin spikes. The legumes are added in the diet to add calories. We don't want to starve ourselves! I'm adding fats (olive oil and virgin coconut oil) to make up for the calories.

I'm keeping in mind that this is only an experiment. I'm observing how my body reacts and just learning.

I'm also walking 3.1 miles per day (my own 3.1 for 31 days challenge) but running twice a week instead of the walking.

Here are the rules bhind the "slow carb diet":

*No white carbs (grains, sugars, potatoes, pastas)

*Avoid sugars, alcohol, fruit and dairy

*Eat a protein rich breakfast within 30 minutes of waking

*Eat whatever you like one day per week

There are many more little tips and pointers but that's the main idea.

As I've said, I'm experimenting. I've read mixed reviews from people who have actually tried it for 30 days but I'm going to see how *I* do!

Week 1 results: lost 13 pounds, was not hungry at all (!), had a bit more energy and slept so soundly. I felt VERY good and it was nice to see the numbers on the scale drop every day. I do realize most of that was water weight and do not expect a loss like that every single week.

I also took measurements and "before" pictures because the scale doesn't tell the whole story. I'll take measurements at the end of the month.

I had my first cheat day on Saturday and gined back 5.5 pounds. Again, mostly water weight so we'll see how I lose this week.

I'll keep you posted weekly on the progress of my little experiment.


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