Friday, September 23, 2011
Well, I know I can't run for a few days. But after seeing The Biggest Loser on tv the other night, and knowing that I need to lose 10 pounds still (because my fall/winter pants from last year are too tight!), I am going to work on my upper body instead. I've found my P90X DVD's and have started doing one today. I started yesterday, but so much was going on (phone, etc) that I only did the first exercise after the warmup. And even with just that, I was sore this morning. I am really out of shape as far as arms/shoulders/back!
Here I come P90X! Here come the sore arms...
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Yesterday I went out to run and was hesitant and took it slow because my ankle was hurting since the Half. I took breaks when my ankle seemed to hurt, but otherwise all seemed good. The running felt really awesome.. like I was reliving the half and really enjoying not getting tired and my renewed spirit was high. When got home I stuck my foot in the cold pool and felt fine. You can see it here: www.endomondo.com/workouts/kSwH_-6c-
Later that night my toe starting hurting, which started being a little sore about a week ago, but seemed ok. When I took my sock off there was an ugly purple toenail, plus a blister on the toe next to it. Like a kid who doesn’t cry till they see blood, I think it hurts more now that I’ve seen it. So I am taking a week off, or at least however long it takes for it to get better. Instead of sitting around though…. I am planning to start my P90X again and work my upper body which I have let weaken a lot over the summer. I might not get far into the full 90 days, but will do what I can.
To keep me motivated to keep running, I am already signed up for a 15K in November, Stockade-athon (in Schenectady) and really want to do the Sacandaga Lake 10K in late October. Also, I have offered my running club to be a co-director of a race in January, the Winter Wimp where people have the option of doing 2.2 miles or keep going and do 4.4 miles – no matter how cold the weather! It will be interesting to see how much work and planning goes into the creation of a race!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I did it! I finished a Half Marathon!! I can't believe it! What an amazing feeling of accomplishment, pride and sore muscles ever!
First off, I was so excited/scared last night that I couldn't sleep. I think I got about 3-4 hours sleep -- then I had to be up at 5am to get to Saratoga on time.
I had a plan to start slow and save my energy to sustain me through to the end. It didn't go accordingly to plan. I started out thinking I was going slow.. after all I was just going with the crowd and before I knew it, 3 miles had passed and looking at my time.. it was one of my best 5K's ever. I should have been tired, but I was so pumped with endorphines with the excitement of it all, that I wasn't. My first 5 miles were all under 11 minutes each, which is amazing for me. One was even 9:52 which is pretty close to my record (although this was in the middle of a race, not just a sprint mile).
At mile 5 and 6 I got confused because I pushed buttons on my Endomondo program. It said 5 miles, but there was a 6 mile sign. A very welcome mistake though! I was farther along than I thought!
About mile 11 I was starting to fall apart. Just when I was wondering if I was going to be able to keep up a good speed and keep running more than walking, I started getting messages on my phone!! My husband had hooked up into my Endomondo program and him and each of the kids left a message for me! I sooo needed and appreciated these messages! They really put a huge grin on my face (other people probably thought I was goofy) and even made me weep a little. That was certainly what I need to keep going! They even left a message from our dog Red! Here are some of the messages (they are simple but meant so much to me):
Alyssa says good job mom!
Red says your doing a great job!
Quentin Says I Love You Keep Going
Jennifer says, WORK IT, WORK IT!
Alyssa says go mom, go.
the castle family says go mom go.
At mile 12, the excitement was wearing off as I was getting tired again. I was walking, just listening to my music, wallowing in my self pity, when a man says, rather yells, (since I had music) You can do this! I looked at him.. said "You're right! Thanks!" and put on a good run!
The course was beautiful. Starting by running down the main street of Saratoga with closed traffic (I love to run down the middle of a normall super busy street with closed traffic!), then through a trail, through Saratoga Park, through SPAC, along the horse-race tracks, through Skidmore College and a bunch of neighborhoods. The volunteers were amazing. Tons of water stations, potty's along the way, lots of supporting fans and bikers that kept traffic aside. One biker scared the life outta me. He screamed super loud at a car, made me and a person in front of me jump and almost run into each other. Turns out he was yelling at car that was too close. Then I ran along side the bike for a bit and we chatted, then he biked on to protect other runners.
I still can't believe I DID it! While I am tired and sore, I would Definetly do it again!!
Oh.. for the stats. I came in at 2hours and 25 minutes. I came it number 755 out of 830.
You can see it step by step here:
This is a pic of me and a fellow runner friend.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Well, I did it.. I just signed up and paid to do a half marathon (13 miles). I can remember being winded when the bus driver wanted to talk to me and running down the driveway to see what she wanted. Then I remember going on walks with the kids and they always going to fast for me and having to take breaks. I then remember finally taking up running and being amazed at myself for doing an entire mile without stopping and emailing a friend of mine because I thought it was such a huge thing. Then I remember running to a little green house and feeling like it was the other side of the earth (it was really a mile and a half). Anyway.. it's all these small milestones that keep adding up that really make a difference in the long run. I just wanted to share this... so that when you come upon a "milestone" that you realize how important every single one of them is. How they can add up to you doing things you NEVER thought possible!
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