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Work those Arms!

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...

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HAKAPES 9/28/2011 3:41AM

    Great initiative!
So how is your P90X going now?

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KAYWEB555 9/24/2011 8:08PM

    Good for you Doris, you will get those pounds off ! They say that strength training is so very good for you after you have done your cardio ! Cheering you on !

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DEBBIEDAY 9/23/2011 5:43PM

    emoticon Great refocus!!!! You will have awesome arms!!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 9/23/2011 12:08PM

    woohoooo took 1 wk off for race wk! but will be lvl 2 (or wk 5 next wk)

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KAYOTIC 9/23/2011 10:08AM

    Good for you! Bring it on! I'm planning to get back to more regular resistance training myself....did legs on Wednesday, and now it hurts to walk....

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Eww.. Icky toe!

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:

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!

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NINEWESTGIRL 9/25/2011 8:14AM

    Aww Ouch! I've done that, it seems fine until you see it and then bam! it starts to throb! Take care of your feet, ALWAYS (my grandmother used to say that to me, whenever she saw me in heels) And have fun organizing your race!

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KAYWEB555 9/24/2011 8:15PM

    Glad that you are taking care of your feet! Runners seem to have all kinds of things going on with there feet, I wonder why? LOL

You have yourself a grand following and I'm so happy to be part of that fan club. Wishing you all the best in your races and in getting the winter run set up !

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JURI62 9/23/2011 6:54AM

    emoticonTime to take care of You!
You're doing great.

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LADYJAKE1 9/22/2011 6:12PM

    Hope your icky toe gets better

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I did my first Half Marathon today!!!!!

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.

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LINDATHOME 10/3/2011 11:31PM

    You did AWESOME - I loved the Endo peptalks I got last October during my first half - it was awesome - and was a great way for my husband to know just where I was along the route (he kept trying to catch me to take pictures).

Great job!

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CROCHICKEE 9/23/2011 9:01AM

  Congrats! I have my first half coming up and I am supernervous about the whole thing! Am really looking forward to actually doing it, and like you, saying I DID IT!!! Rock on!!!


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FRANCESCANAZ 9/20/2011 7:15PM

    SO INSPIRING! emoticon

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PEACOCK15 9/20/2011 12:37PM

I have my first one coming up in February; the Disney Princess Half marathon. My sister and I are doing it. I can't wait to have all those feelings you did and you SHOULD be so proud of yourself!!!

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PUNCHILOUIE 9/19/2011 11:50AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonThanks for sharing!!!!!!! Great family support too!!!!

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EQUINEJUNKIE 9/19/2011 10:31AM

    That is SO amazing!! Congrats on your huge accomplishment!! emoticon

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COOKNWITHTS 9/19/2011 9:53AM

    Good for you!!!!! You are AMAZING!!!!!!

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FITFOODIE806 9/19/2011 8:14AM

    emoticon You must feel amazing! I have my first big race in a few weeks so this was very motivational. Especially the messages from your family. How sweet! Congrats on this big accomplishment!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 9/19/2011 7:24AM

    Congrats!! Great time for a first!! You rocked it!!

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JURI62 9/19/2011 5:24AM

    You did Awesome! Be proud! emoticon

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3RDBABYWEIGHT 9/19/2011 12:04AM

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EBEAMS 9/18/2011 10:11PM

    Wow ... emoticon ... emoticon ... I am in awe! Great job! If you can do that, you can do anything! emoticon

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AIMLESS07 9/18/2011 10:05PM

    Way to go! I did my first half marathon 1 1/2 years ago. I still remember how good it felt to cross that finish line.

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MOTIVATED@LAST 9/18/2011 9:51PM

    Well done!!

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DANA564 9/18/2011 9:22PM

    emoticon emoticonAwesome job! You'll be signing up for another one very soon!

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    Fabulous! emoticon

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ACCT1908 9/18/2011 9:19PM

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AHEALTHIERME9 9/18/2011 9:10PM

    Woohoo!!! Way to go!!!

You are a total inspiration, and your excitement is so awesome!


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RUNNER12COM 9/18/2011 9:00PM

    You are AMAZING! I ran my own first half marathon in March of this year, and yes, the feeling of accomplishment is so great. You have every reason to feel proud of yourself.

So, what's next for you? What is your next amazing goal? Now that you realize you can do anything, the sky is the limit!

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APIRLRAIN888 9/18/2011 8:58PM

    awesome!!!! you did fantastic!!!!! I know my 12th mile was just ARGH! lol! rest up!

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Milestones matter!

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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KAYWEB555 9/17/2011 10:29AM

    Thanks for Sharing this. It came on a Milestone day for me. As I work on setting goals and rewards for the Fall Season!

Good Luck with your Run! You will do fantastic!

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DEBBIEDAY 9/12/2011 12:24PM

    emoticon Hooray for milestones...the next which will be completing that Half-marathon!!!! When & Where???? emoticon

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YIWEN39 9/12/2011 5:44AM

    Waouh, that's GREAT!!!!!
Go for it, girl, go emoticon
You'll be awesome emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 9/11/2011 7:39PM

OO that is sooooooooooo freaking awesome!!!!!! following soon, getting back into it. 6 miler is max right now!

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I actually ran 13.1 miles!!!!! So ready for the Half Marathon next weekend!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Today I impressed myself! I decided that I wanted to try and run 10 miles. If I could do it, then I would sign up for the Half Marathon next weekend. A runner friend of mine said that if you could do 10 miles, that you will be ok to do the Half.
So last night I got all my stuff organized. Got my clothes, my phone - everything so that I would be all set to get up early and go for a run. I couldn't even complaign about the weather since it would be early and cool.
I got going and it felt really good. I decided to take a road that I've never been on (not even driving) and found my way around really well. The fact that Endomondo has a mapview was VERY helpful in exploring new territory without fear of getting lost. Explore I did!
I just kept going. Then I was almost home but still not at 10 miles, so I went in another direction and into my town. Again I kept going. For the first time I took GU gel which really gave me a need boost of energy. I don't know how I ran before without it!
By the time I got home, it was exactly 13.miles - the length of a Half Marathon! I am totally going to sign up for the Half Marathon next weekend! I can't believe I did it! Even my kids and husband were amazed!

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KAYWEB555 9/13/2011 10:39AM

    WooHoo Doris ! Your breaking your own goals and setting new ones! We are watching you run! Go For IT ! ! !

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APIRLRAIN888 9/11/2011 7:44PM

    WOOHOO now rest up ;p have fun in you HM

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ACORALSEA 9/11/2011 5:55PM

    Well, great that you met the 10 miles; but, really allow yourself to rest, this week. You'll need all your strength and energy for the HM.

Just go out there and have fun next weekend!


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KAYOTIC 9/11/2011 5:02PM

    Good for you!

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RHONDALYN10 9/11/2011 5:00PM

    Way to go! Best wishes!

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SUPER3800 9/11/2011 3:38PM

  Wow!...GREAT JOB! Yes, taper down your running this week, and take the day before the race off. Also, carbo load for three days before the race. Good Luck!

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LINDATHOME 9/11/2011 3:30PM

    GREAT JOB! Now, if you're doing a half this coming weekend, be careful with miles this week and take it easy - you've got to give those legs time to heal and be ready for the event!

So super proud of you!

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