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2010 Accomplishment

Sunday, January 02, 2011

2010 was a busy year for me and I just wanted to take a minute to write down my accomplishments.

First, I ran my first marathon. I won't lie - it was challenging but I did it! I started last January with training and ran the marathon over Memorial weekend.

Then, I started training for an Olympic distance triathlon in early August. I completed the triathlon with my mom cheering me on (she was visiting from out-of-state) which made the victory all the better. I had tried to complete the triathlon the year before but was in a bike accident (someone pulled out in front of my on the course) and I could not actually complete the race. So, it was good for me to actually cross the finish line.

After the triathlon, I got busy with work and then school started and my motivation decreased. I am very much a goal oriented person and I didn't have a goal. In early November, I realized that I had tracked over 700 miles on my fitness tracker. So, I decided to see if I could make it to 1,000 miles by the end of the year. This meant that I would have to move my body at least 4.5 miles each day. I got to the gym on the weekends to use the exercise bike but during the week I mostly used my treadmill. I made my goal on December 29! I would say that at least half of those miles were running miles because I had all my marathon training in there. I would also say that I probably went over those miles because I don't always get around to putting the miles into my fitness tracker but it was great to see that number!


Back on track

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I am working hard to get back on track. My activity level has been lower but my eating level is high! Ha ha! The exercise has picked up. I just need to be better about writing down what I am eating. I generally eat healthy foods, just have trouble with portion control.

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DKWETZEL 11/11/2010 11:01AM

    Thanks for the encouragement! I am usually hurried to eat and you are right - I need to take time and slow down!

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SUCCESSAWAITS 11/11/2010 8:57AM

  Sounds like you are absolutely heading in the right direction. Reach for that pen BEFORE you reach for the food. Small steps.

Do you eat in front of the TV or with the radio on? Rather than 'cutting down' portions - which can be demoralising sometimes, try eating in complete silence - just you and your food. Not even a magazine or book!! Focus completely on your food. You'll be amazed how quickly that 'full' signal gets through when you have time to listen. Push that plate away, feel really proud of yourself and watch the numbers on those scales start to drop again in no time at all! Best of luck.


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Monday, May 31, 2010

I did it! I am recovering very slowly. My time was 5 hours 9 minutes. The last 1 1/2 hours was excrutiating with the last 3 miles seemed to take forever. I met a lady about mile 10 also doing her first marathon and we kept each going. I am recovering very slowly. My time was 5 hours 9 minutes. The last 1 1/2 hours was excrutiating with the last 3 miles about to kill me. I felt like I might pass out the last mile. I met a friend about mile10 - a lady from Lewiston doing her first marathon and we kept each other going. I cried when I finished because I was so happy to be done - tears of joy and pain. I am totally drained and almost sick to my stomach (probably from eating so much gel). My leg bothered me a little between mile 5-15 but after mile 15 my legs just felt so terrible and I started to get a big pain in my butt - literally! It was a great experience but I will not be running another full marathon.

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TEAMDIABETES 6/1/2010 7:36AM

    Awesome job - Now you are in the 1% of the world's population that have run a full marathon. If nothing else, you now have bragging rights! Congratulations on your achievement.

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DRAGONFLY1974 6/1/2010 5:09AM

    Awesome job!!! Enjoy your recovery!!!

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CPRENSCH 5/31/2010 6:04PM

    Congratulations on your finish! You pushed through even when the going got tough and for that you should be very, very proud! P.S. You beat my time by 4 minutes! :)

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SEESKO 5/31/2010 9:07AM

    Way to go!!!!!!!! You have accomplished something few do. Enjoy the moment. Let yourself recover physically and keep patting yourself on the back. NOw you know you can do anything you set your mind to. Woo HOO!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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VEUVEGIRL 5/31/2010 9:07AM

    Congratulations! Never say never. I said the same thing and the bug hit me a couple of weeks after my first marathon. You should be incredibly proud!! If you can make it to a pool today do a little swimming to help stretch out the muscles, or even a short walk, it will help tremendously!

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Clearance to Run on Sunday

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I went to see PT yesterday and he said I had pulled a muscle, did some ultrasound and ice. I am going back on friday. He said to just go for it and run my marathon on sainday. The PT has also been training for the marathon and this will also be his first (and last). I think he feels the same as me about running long distances :( He also had an injury and took 2 months off training and is still going to run Sunday (I felt bad taking the past 2 weeks off!). Anyway, I am not fully recovered but I am going to do my best - I also bought a thigh sleeve which should compress the area and hopefully help a little with any discomfort that is lingering. 

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LILPAT3 5/28/2010 7:37AM

    Good for you. Listen to your body...if it really bothers you walk and stretch and then try running again. Don't forget to cool and ice those legs after the race! emoticon

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Well, a couple of weeks ago (just after I had completed my 20 mile run), I was starting my taper and my right thigh started to have a slight pain. Well, of course, I kept running because there has been some pain here and there along the way with the marathon training. However, by the end of that week, I could barely walk and it was painful to put pressure on it. It seemed to come on so gradually! So, I haven't ran since:( I am finally to the point that I can walk without limping. I dud go and do the exercise bike last week and had a massage to work it out. I am going to see a PT on Wednesday and my race is Sunday. Although it doesn't hurt anymore, I am afraid to even try and run and re-injure it. I REALLY want to run my marathon this Sunday but I guess I will wait and see what the PT says.

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LILPAT3 5/24/2010 10:58AM

    Listen to the pt and to your body. I am sure if the pt says okay that you will be alright to run. May not get to run quite as fast as you would like and no one ever said it was not okay to have to walk a little as well. If your training has been right, your body will respond. emoticon

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GLADGAD 5/24/2010 9:27AM

    I think you're being smart. You have done the work and you're in taper mode. If the PT gives you the green light (which I am sure (s)he will), you can always get in a short run before Sunday. I think you will do great!

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