Monday, November 04, 2013
I must admit that I've fallen off the bandwagon.... I'm sad, sorry and disappointed with myself. I need to figure out how to rekindle the fire I had when I started and remember the joy I felt with my success. I was never a speed runner or marathon runner, but I ran and it made me feel good and I lost the weight!
I moved recently to a neighborhood that doesn't have the paved trails I used to run on and I feel the fear and apprehension of running where people can see me once again.... I need to get back out and get over myself.......
I was at a great weight, and maintained for a long time and this move just did me in. Trying to get back on track. Need a kick in the butt.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
I had been eyeing the various runs with obstacles such as the Warrior Dash, the Rebel Run, the Dirty Girls Mud Run....... I really wanted to do one! I finally found one fairly close to me and mentioned it to my friend who immediately said I should invite her daughter who is finishing up grad school and slightly stressed.... so I had motive and company! I asked my husband if he wanted to do the Warrior Dash with me and he surprised me with a yes! Then I mentioned it to my girlfriends other kids and two more decided to join us, so I signed up the 5 of us and crossed my fingers.
We all drove down to the site which was about an hour and a half south of my house. On the ride down, they were all so nervous. Thinking about scratching. Mind you, I'm 44 and they are 17, 21, and 23 (roughly.) I couldn't believe how nervous they were. They were healthy kids and very physically fit. I had to shake my head!
We decided to stay together, no matter what!!! I was very concerned about the wall and rope obstacle!!!!!!! I had nightmares of them all waiting for me to get over it. I felt good about my running, and hoped that it might help me stay up with them.
We got our chips secured in our shoes, watched a few crazy people finish in the mudpits and went over to the starting line. They ran 20 heats. One every 1/2 hour with 600 people. After the heat before us went, we got up to the front of the starting line. I think that a lot of people went in different heats than they were supposed to as ours was the last heat of the day and not many showed up for it. Some people were just going out on their own and I asked if we could, the guy said yes. So we went on our own and quickly caught up with the slower people from the group ahead of us.
What I didn't know about the race was that the 5K wasn't just running like I'm used to. We ran up and down hills, through creeks and mud pits. We ran on small trails through the woods and over rocks and roots. It was a difficult run without the obstacles. The first obstacle was waist high boards we had to go over in the mud. Seemed pretty easy and I did fine. The next obstacly was ropes that we had to climb up and scurry down the other side. We then came to an obstacle where we had a rope and a slanted wall. We had to lean back and walk up. I had no problems till I got to the top. When I let go of the rope and reached for the top, my feet slid down the wall and I was hanging by my arms. (oh shoot) I summoned every ounce of strength my arms could muster and pulled myself up and over. I had a lot of confidence in the obstacles as I seemed to get through them quicker than the youngsters we were with. I think it's because they were more polite than I. I squeezed in and hurried up people ahead of me because I didn't want to be the one that everybody waited on.
Finally, we reached the dreaded wall. To make things worse, I saw two women ahead of me attempt the wall and then quickly go around, so I knew that was an option...... The first pull up was the hardest and then I did ok. I made it over and was thrilled!!!! Now I knew there was nothing I couldn't do. I was exhausted but we kept at it and ran between obstacles even though many were walking. The youngsters had more stamina than we did but if I walked for a minute, they all waited. I'm sure that they pushed me to have a better time than I would have without them. We neared the finish and had to run down a hill, jump over two fire pits (very hot!!!) and then crawl through the mudpits that were covered with barbed wire. I loved it and so did my entire group! We all want to do it next year and are looking for a bigger group.
The shower after was from a water truck that just sprayed us with a huge hose. We learned quickly that they were spraying the girls more than the boys, especially the girls who stripped down to their sports bra..... (not me...)
I had sore muscles everywhere the next day, scrapes and cuts on my knees, but felt such a sense of accomplishment! It was such a fun event!!!!! I can't wait to do it again. Join me?????
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Ugh.... I'm just going to say it. My Mother-in-Law sent us two boxes of Christmas treats. Fudge, divinity, peanut brittle and some other things. I know she means well (I think) but she also knows me and my husband have changed our eating habits. I broke weak and had some of the fudge (ok......a lot of fudge). Kinda acted like a deprived, starving person..... I love chocolate and can't just have a bit. I know better, but couldn't stop myself. I've got to get rid of it but feel bad about throwing it out. My husband doesn't have a sweet tooth and will easily be able to avoid it. That leaves just me and my daughter and I don't know that she will have any either.
I'm disappointed with myself for having so much, and I need to figure out what to do with it. I don't want to think that she is sabatoging me, but why couldn't she make an effort to be considerate? Maybe I am just being mean. I don't know.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I'm just about to celebrate my one year anniversary on Spark (9/30) and when I decided to join spark, I jumped in feet first. (Kinda like I live life.) I read and read articles, blogs, took quizes, everything I could get my hands on. I started the C25K and have since run three 5K's and am adding distance every week. I lost almost 50 lbs. (I want to say 50 because that sounds more significant than 48, so I say almost.....)
My journey started out alone and not because I wanted it to.... I had hopes that my husband and daughter would embrace my wonderful changes and jump on my bandwagon. Well, if you have a 17 year old daughter, you must be laughing about now. As wonderful of a child as she is, she is trying to control her own life now and make her own decisions. She didn't want to eat what I did and she didn't want to run. She doesn't like running. She doesn't like vegetabes. So I didn't push either of them. I kept at it and as the occasions presented themselves, I tried to throw out little tidbits of information, like Salmon is a great food to eat if you are a runner, always trying not to be pushy.
My husband saw the light in 4 months! He started out slowly though, eating the things I was eating. He didn't want to track his own food, so he just mirrored what I ate. He started eating breakfast, which he still will claim is the best change he made. And finally, I got him out to run with me!!! I love the running, but longed for a running partner. (I tried with my dog but she is just too old.) He just did his first 5K on 9/11 and has lost "almost" 50 pounds also!
My daughter started eating better over the summer and went out and bought a healthy eating cookbook and started cooking her way through it. Here's the great part..... Just 4 days ago while talking to my daughter about what we could do that day (Sunday) she said she would like to start the running but felt that I was way to advanced for her. (Can we get a silent high five here???) Trying not to act too anxious, I told her that I would do the C25K with her and that there was even IPOD applications that would help guide her through the process. (You know how kids love their digital things...) She went to the Apple Store online and found two right away. I told her to pick the one she liked best. Her IPOD trainer, Jim, now tells her when to run and when to walk and each day she completes, she gets a green button for that day. We have completed Week 1, Day 2! She struggled the first day out but breezed through the second day. She is making great food choices and drinking her water, which is why day 2 was so much easier. She has been listening even though I couldn't tell. I'm just so excited!!!
Monday, September 12, 2011
I completed my 3rd 5K this past Sunday, 9/11/11, which was a great day to run a race and be with so many other American runners (almost 650 people!) The race was very different than the previous ones I had done in almost every way. My sister-in-law, Christy, who is a great runner, and her husband, Troy, who is very athletic, came to visit us and go to my sons college football game. They were hoping to see him play, but he didn't get in...
Even though we partied like rock stars at the football game Saturday, we got up for the run on Sunday, with around 5 hours of sleep. Both Christy and I felt like we had eaten something at the tailgate that didn't agree with us. I had made several trips to the bathroom during the game and still felt a bit queesy the morning of the run and had concerns about being able to do the run and about the fact that my system was EMPTY! My husband ran this 5K with me and it was his first and I was so excited that he was doing it with me!!!
My husband wanted to start closer to the back even though we had been timing ourselves at around 30 minutes during our regular runs. The race was on a road in town and then cut to a path which went around a lake. I guess we started too far back in the pack, because I was constantly frustrated with trying to get around people. Once we got to the path, only about 4 people could run side by side and I couldn't believe the people that would get to the left and either walk or run slower than those on the right. I felt like we spent every second trying to figure out how to get around someone and even had to run off the path and on the grass to get around at times. A lot of people ran side by side and even though my husband and I wanted to run that way, I felt like it was better to run single file, to allow others to pass us if needed. It was also the only way we could possibly pass anybody. Towards the end, when I got my second wind, I just couldn't get around some people and felt frustrated to waste my turbo boost! I ended up finishing at 29:43 which is a new pb for me. My husband was about 7 second behind and thrilled with his time too!
Christy and Troy both started way to the front and both finished in around 24 minutes, with Christy being the first of our bunch to finish. They didn't have the problems of trying to pass others and I guess I learned a lesson that it's better to be passed than to be the one trying to pass??? What do you all say? Are there runners ethics? Was the large numbers of people part of the problem, our position at the start? or maybe just the way all races are?
All in all, a great day spent with family and doing something we love to do! We watched football, shopped and ate after the race and took our company to the airport this morning so they could fly home to Ohio! Christy and I are trying to plan our next race together with our hubbies!!! Anybody up for a Warrior Dash?
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